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Which would be more secure a VPN or Tor?

Tor. Unless you can somehow prevent your VPN provider from knowing who you are or what your IP address is, there will always be the possibility of your anonymity being compromised. You could ...
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How can website server recognize incoming Tor or VPN connection?

The list of exit nodes is well known so it's trivial for any system to look up into that list and see if any incoming connection comes from any of them.
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Is Tor completely anonymous?

This setup may, or may not, be completely anonymous, depending on a whole bunch of factors, some extremely subtle. Adding a VPN to Tor basically never improves anonymity, though. Exactly how someone ...
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Tor via VPN: Good extra level of security, or unnecessary?

This is a matter of who are you trusting more? Your ISP or your VPN provider? Since you have a lot more choices with VPN providers than ISPs, it is logical to prefer the VPN provider over ISP. This is ...
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Editing Wikipedia on Tor without creating an account?

Setting up an account on Wikipedia does not necessarily lead to pseudonomymizing. The idea behind that is not to link your account to your real ID, but rather to link your account to your behavior on ...
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Connect directly with Tor Browser (as in, bypass Tor)?

You have to disable Torbutton. At the top of the connection settings dialog, it indicates this: "Disable Torbutton to change these settings." In about:addons you can disable Torbutton and ...
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Send all OpenVPN traffic through TOR?

I have found that this works pretty well: (For this, I'm assuming that you have installed tor using "apt-get install tor" and not using the Tor browser bundle.) Add this line to the "/etc/tor/torrc" ...
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Difference beetwen tor and vpn

Firstly, if you aren't using Tor Browser, then your browser probably already uniquely fingerprints you. The Tor developers spend endless hours making sure that you look exactly like every other Tor ...
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How can I download Tor within China to get over the Great Firewall?

As per the Tor FAQ: Some government or corporate firewalls censor connections to Tor's website. In those cases, you have three options. First, get it from a friend — Tor Browser fits nicely on a USB ...
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Can the Tor network be used as a VPN?

No, this is not possible. TOR works on higher layer than VPNs and is only able to substitute your TCP stack. It is not possible to relay raw IP packets via TOR, like you can do over VPNs. I know this ...
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Security of Tor compared to VPN

That random site who will make money in selling you a VPN service is being "liberal with the truth". Lets do a point by point: Their "Tor disadvantages" "It is very slow" Not always, you can ...
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Anonymity behind VPN/TOR

I'd recommend just using Tor. The VPN is probably being recognized, not you. If needed, use bridges. The VPN destroy Tor purpose
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Why is putting a VPN between the destination and an exit node unsafe?

Short answer: Because a VPN account degrades your anonymity to pseudonymity. Long answer: All your VPN traffic is tied to a single VPN account. If one "anonymous" post (or page view) can be linked ...
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How to cover Tor usage with both front end and back end hidden by VPN and/or Proxy?

This is pretty complicated to do, but it is possible. Assuming that the VPN you are connected to only uses TCP then this could work, though not easily. You could do this with much less complication ...
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Unable to connect in China

Sebastian advised you to use the meek transport. However you can also use the current version of Tor browser. This has support for a new protocol called obfs4. Just use the dropdown menu at the green ...
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Send all OpenVPN traffic through TOR?

To rephrase what you are saying: you'd like to establish a VPN tunnel and then use Tor to connect to external hosts across that tunnel. You can achieve this by running Tor on the VPN server and ...
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How can I make Tor browser use hola VPN

Using Hola may not be advantageous and instead can even backfire considering the infamous reports. In addition, I do think the IP address of those exit nodes are even available, and even if you get ...
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Tor -> VPN or VPN -> Tor

I think is best is to not include any non-legitimated part in the chain. Untill there is not a part that could be considered like NSA-safe 'apart' of TOR, if a minor safe part like VPN is include, ...
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How to use tor exit node and VPN to break through GFW in China?

I'm not familiar with Tor, but I suppose you just want to go through the GFW in China with a VPS server.(Hong Kong Server is ok) Most people in China nowadays use SS(shadowsocks)/SSR/V2ray to get ...
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Me -> My own VPN -> Tor

Removing the reverse DNS doesn't matter because what the DNS used to be is sitting around in, for example the Rapid7 Sonar scans. They regularly scan the entire IPv4 address space's PTR records and ...
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What happens if I open .onion links on Chrome or Firefox?

I've no idea how your "VPN extension" loaded the onion but I have heard of some VPN providers who will proxy .onion. In these cases the VPN provider gets to see all your traffic to the onion,...
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VPN software with Tor?

VPN is not secure to use with tor: VPN are not anonymity networks, because the administrators of the VPN can know both where you are connecting from and where you are connecting to. Tor ...
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Is this setup to send anonymous email secure?

When you go to the place with the open wifi, you should additionally check if the place is physically secure. This means no cameras, no people who could shoulder-surf etc. Furthermore if you connect ...
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Tor fuctionality on XP home service pack 2

What about trying the operating system called "Tails" on a live usb drive? It works with older hardware too. You can save XP on the computer. Nothing happens and anything you do will not be saved on ...
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How anonymous would be this set up?

The VPN will add little to nothing and possible even harm your anonymity. There is an entire wiki written on this. You will hear this over and over from the Tor team: Generally speaking, we don't ...
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Tor connection from 1st to 2nd computer, then from 2nd computer, a 2nd Tor connection to browse web (for increased untraceability)

Your second computer must have two separate ISP's with different IP addresses, and it should be no problem at all : you will use two virtual machines, one for "using net securely", you will connect to ...
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Tor connection from 1st to 2nd computer, then from 2nd computer, a 2nd Tor connection to browse web (for increased untraceability)

Don't do that. Try Tor over VPN or JAP or (chained) proxies or something else. Is running Tor over Tor dangerous?
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Remote Ethernet Devices blocking VPN and Tor

You should try pluggable transports, especially Meek and Obfs4. Of it won't help you, please post a torrc and error log here, I'll be able to help you further UPDATE 13.1.2016 on your edit: Try to ...
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Getting cloudflared all of a sudden, why?

CloudFlare is blocking most (or all?) Tor Exit node for everyone having enabled even on the most minimal security setting. Only if this setting is completely switched off CloudFlare won't show that ...
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Getting cloudflared all of a sudden, why?

It seems that you're using an exit node that was tagged as a "dealing bot traffic" one. The problem lies deep in tor exit node setup guide. The guide says that you should expose the fact, that you're ...
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