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    Re: Is TOR safe to use?

    TOR seems to have it's purpose. It hides IP address. But 90% of the traffic on TOR seems to be unencrypted. Can we all say fools? Use https.

    I use a VPN service and sometimes TOR. You'll notice TOR apps are encrypted. Why would TOR have an encrypted chat app? Because encryption is still vital for everything.

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    Re: Is TOR safe to use?

    I wouldn't touch it with a barge pole. Bottom line, if you're only using internet for legit stuff you don't need Tor. Be sensible about what you do online.

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    Re: Is TOR safe to use?

    Quote Originally Posted by mr john View Post
    I wouldn't touch it with a barge pole. Bottom line, if you're only using internet for legit stuff you don't need Tor. Be sensible about what you do online.
    There are legitimate uses, if you're involved in anti-government stuff, or have some other reason to believe that someone is trying to track you.
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    Re: Is TOR safe to use?

    Quote Originally Posted by paulxx View Post
    Thanks, dodo3773,

    You say you don't use/trust tor. Can you say why? Is it just a general distrust of government funded projects or is there something in the source-code that is suspicious, or perhaps another reason. I'm just a computer user, I don't really know how the internet works and so I have to rely on experts (like yourself perhaps?) who can tell me what is safe or not to use.
    Well, here's the thing: It's very easy to know if someone is using a tor exit node if enough time has passed (It depends on who has control of the tor exit node you are using and what type of end to end encryption you are using (if any (I would recommend using "HTTPS Everywhere" -> https://www.eff.org/https-everywhere at the very least))). In order for tor to become more secure more and more people need to volunteer their time and computers for exit nodes. One thing to remember about tor is that anyone can manage and run an exit node whether that someone be good, bad, friend, enemy, etc..etc...

    If you are going in and out quickly it's hard to say. You may be fine. Look at it more like a roll of the dice though. I would recommend spoofing your mac address, using a live cd (without any type of persistent storage) and using internet outside the home at the very least if you plan on doing something really dangerous.

    Edit: Probably worth mentioning: This should be common sense but do not log into any sites that were signed up for without tor with tor (including email clients, chat clients, etc..).
    Last edited by dodo3773; April 25th, 2013 at 07:55 PM.

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    Re: Is TOR safe to use?

    TOR is probably about as anonymous as you can be for a simple install-and-go application, if that's your objective. Last time I tried it out though it was horrifically slow, so you wouldn't want to be using it all the time. It may have improved since then, but as the whole network is bottlenecked by design I suspect it's a permanent problem. Surfing the net on it would be like chewing glass IMO, and forget about downloading large files, gaming or streaming anything.

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    Re: Is TOR safe to use?

    Quote Originally Posted by dodo3773 View Post
    Edit: Probably worth mentioning: This should be common sense but do not log into any sites that were signed up for without tor with tor (including email clients, chat clients, etc..).
    Question about this please?

    I only use TOR when going to banking institutions online. I signed up for them without TOR, before I starting using it.

    Should I not use TOR for them given the above statement? (I have been).

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    Re: Is TOR safe to use?

    As with anything online, TOR is only as safe as the servers you are routing through. Do you know which servers the data is going through when you use TOR? Do you know who owns those servers or why they are hosting a server? If the answer to that is no then you should try your best to at least add some more encryption to to your transfers. Encryption isn't completely foolproof as there are backdoors, but it's a start. As I said earlier, it makes more sense to only use the Internet for legit reasons, ie not anti-government stuff, porn, anarchy or anything like that. If you're worried about being tracked then you should probably avoid the Internet altogether, because if someone really wants to track you online they can do it wheter or not you use TOR. Use your brains.

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    Re: Is TOR safe to use?

    Quote Originally Posted by mikodo View Post
    Question about this please?

    I only use TOR when going to banking institutions online. I signed up for them without TOR, before I starting using it.

    Should I not use TOR for them given the above statement? (I have been).

    Thanks.
    Why use TOR with your own bank anyway? All the traffic to and from is encrypted, I don't see what additional security TOR would offer you. Your bank already knows who you are.

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    Re: Is TOR safe to use?

    Quote Originally Posted by Paqman View Post
    Why use TOR with your own bank anyway? All the traffic to and from is encrypted, I don't see what additional security TOR would offer you. Your bank already knows who you are.
    I dunno, because I am stupid maybe?

    Alright. I'm finished with it then. I was getting tired of using it anyways.

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    Re: Is TOR safe to use?

    Quote Originally Posted by dodo3773 View Post
    Edit: Probably worth mentioning: This should be common sense but do not log into any sites that were signed up for without tor with tor (including email clients, chat clients, etc..).
    Just to mention that a lot of places won't allow you to register when using tor. I registered an email account with a online provider and all went well. After a while though the account was suspended (nothing illegal or even remotely dubious was done with it), I tried registering a new account and simply refused based on source IP.

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