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Tor anonymity online

Tor (The Onion Router) is a free software implementation of second-generation onion routing — a system enabling its users to communicate anonymously on the Internet.
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Use Tor to prevent people watching your connection.

If you are worried that someone could be watching your connection, or you are on a public wireless network and would rather people do not watch your Internet traffic, there is a program called Tor that can solve your problem.

Tor is a toolset for a wide range of organizations and people that want to improve their safety and security on the Internet. Using Tor can help you anonymize web browsing and publishing, instant messaging, IRC, SSH, and other applications that use the TCP protocol.

It is rather complicated to explain, See Here. Installation can be a bit tricky also, but it works well once you get it up and running.

Documentation: Running Tor & Getting Support

Tor: MS Windows Install Instructions

The Tor network relies on volunteers to donate bandwidth. The more people who run servers, the faster the Tor network will be. If you have at least 20 kilobytes/s each way, please help out Tor by configuring your Tor to be a server too. Configuring a Tor server

Tor Installation Make Simple (Windows)
1) Download Tor & Privoxy & Vidalia bundle:
Tor & Privoxy & Vidalia & Torbutton bundle: (sig)
(latest stable release)
Tor fixes many problems including crash bugs, problems with
hidden service introduction that were causing huge delays, and a big
bug that was causing some servers to disappear from the network status
lists for a few hours each day.

We also modified the default Privoxy config files in the bundles to
avoid some security problems, so make sure to leave "install Privoxy"
checked when you upgrade.

2) Type of install: select FULL f you have previously notinstalled Tor, Vidalia, or Privoxy you can deselect whichever components you do not need to install. Arter installing, check to see (at system tray) that Privoxy and Vidalia are running. Privoxy's icon is a blue or green circle with a "P" in it, and Vidalia uses a small green onion to indicate Tor is running or a dark onion with a red "X" when Tor is not running.
3) If you're using Firefox ( recommended), the Vidalia bundle installs the Torbutton plugin for you. Restart your Firefox, and you're all set: Firefox browser download at top right side column page.
4) Enable Tor by clicking Tor button at Firefox browser bottom right. You can also start or stop Tor by right-clicking on Vidalia's icon in your system tray and selecting "Start" or "Stop" from the menu.
5) Click on the Tor detector make sure that your IP address is being anonymized.
6) Also recheck at if your IP address has changed in not showing yours.
7) And if your page is reading foreign language as default, further confirms that you are anonymous now. Right click the green Tor's onion icon at system tray for new identity i.e. changing to another IP address.(for eg. an English Language domain ).

Regenerate new IP address in Firefox
If when changing new identity is not available at Tor icon (green onion) lower right desktop system tray by right click\select & New Identity is not highlighted, just in Firefox browser go to tools\Clear Private Data -Check all boxes & Click
"Clear Private Data Now" .The New Identity will be available again highlighted for you to click. Further step is to open a new tab and browse to a website, changing pages within will do the final trick.

Always make sure you have the latest version!!

When all is correct, congratulation! that you are on stealth mode now where no radar can detect your actual IP address!! We say your ass is covered!!

Donate to the Tor Project!

See Also

Tor anonymous surfing on Thumb Drive

Tor presentations at What The Hack (2005)

Is privacy important? Can Tor protect you and your right to privacy? Watch this presentation on Tor at What The Hack and find out how Tor can help you increase your Internet privacy.

"Tor is a toolset for a wide range of organizations and people that want to improve their safety and security on the Internet. Using Tor can help you anonymize web browsing and publishing, instant messaging, IRC, SSH, and other applications that use the TCP protocol. Tor also provides a platform on which software developers can build new applications with built-in anonymity, safety, and privacy features.

Tor aims to defend against traffic analysis, a form of network surveillance that threatens personal anonymity and privacy, confidential business activities and relationships, and state security. Communications are bounced around a distributed network of servers called onion routers, protecting you from websites that build profiles of your interests, local eavesdroppers that read your data or learn what sites you visit, and even the onion routers themselves.

Tor's security is improved as its user base grows and as more people volunteer to run servers. Please consider volunteering your time or volunteering your bandwidth. And remember that this is development code?it's not a good idea to rely on the current Tor network if you really need strong anonymity."

Click here to DOWNLOAD VIDEO

Year.........: July 2005
Size.........: 541 MB (238 MB + 298 MB)
Video Codec..: XViD
Runtime......: 00:55:05 + 00:43:29
Audio Format.: MP3
Frame Size...: 720x576
Language.....: English
See also: Tor and China (2006)

23C3: Tor and China (December, 2006)

Tor is a network security tool which provides many excellent security properties such as traffic analysis resistance, anonymity - and other nice properties.

Learn how it works, why you should use it and what the future plans of the Tor-project are.

This video focuses on the censorship-resistant properties on Tor, and what is planned for Tor to make it more censorship-resistance in the future. See presentation in PDF

Click here to DOWNLOAD VIDEO

Year.........: December, 2006
Size.........: 355 MB
Video Codec..: h264
Runtime......: 01:27:46
Audio Format.: MP4a
Frame Size...: 640x480
Language.....: English

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See also: Tor presentations at What The Hack (2005)

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