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Tor browser

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WaxfordSqueers
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Tor browser

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Everyone aware of the Tor browser?

https://www.torproject.org/
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Kayaker
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Re: Tor browser

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Out of curiosity have you tried it? I read up a bit on using the Tor browser and VPN for complete anonymity. Practically speaking I'd probably never use it, this forum itself is probably the most subversive site I visit, lol, and I'm not too worried.

It would be nice to completely eliminate tracking, directed advertising and such, but for normal daily browsing and the convenience of staying logged in to certain sites, that's just part of life now and seems not to be what the Tor browser is designed for.


In terms of security, I just learned about using the relatively new protocol of Secure DNS or DNS-over-HTTPS setting on some browsers. Rather than using the local DNS server for translating the IP address you are wanting to connect to, which could be viewed by your service provider or would-be attackers, the browser uses Cloudflare or other DNS provider.

This feature seems to have been rolled out last year on many browsers and is enabled by default in some depending on where you live. This new video on a tech channel I often watch (ThioJoe) lays it all out well.

Enable This Setting on EVERY Web Browser
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vm4JRJVLBtQ
WaxfordSqueers
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Re: Tor browser

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Kayaker wrote: Wed May 26, 2021 10:18 pmOut of curiosity have you tried it?
No!! :devil:

I have downloaded it but my interest stems from a book I read recently called We Have Root by Bruce Schneier. He claims to have helped write some of the code for Tor. Got it from the library. I was mildly shocked by the amount of spying US agencies are doing on ordinary citizens and the ease with which appliances in homes can be hacked, including security (alarm) systems and television cameras/microphones. Cars with connections to the Internet can be easily hacked because, once installed, the suppliers have no interest in upgrading the firmware to prevent hacks. Schneier claims that governments agencies (US thus far) are in cahoots with Google, Facebook, etc,, to get access to secure networks via backdoors.

Apple has blocked those attempts thus far but they are under pressure to comply. When they blocked a security loophole in an iPhone, the FBI complained. I can understand the FBI's point, for tracking criminals, but that presumes they'd only use it for that purpose. As it stands, there are other means of locating the area where a cell phone is being used. They are using drones, of all things, that work in conjunction with cell towers.

Some links:

https://www.schneier.com/books/root/

https://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/ ... ned_t.html

In this second link is a link to a similar app being developed by MIT.

https://grahamcluley.com/mit-researcher ... rival-tor/

http://people.csail.mit.edu/devadas/pubs/riffle.pdf

I'm not to worried either since I don't do anything like reverse apps and release them onto the Net. I am more concerned about reversing the Windows XP kernel to allow XP to work on newer motherboards. I don't see that as reversing as much as adding functionality that should be there. Is there a difference?

It's getting to the point where emails you send can be observed by anyone. Your information is essentially owned by outfits like Google, once it enters their network. If a hacker gets into the area where Google stores those emails, many innocent people could be embarrassed. I strongly recommend to people that they not use their real names in emails, if possible. That does not prevent an email being traced back to an IP, revealing one's true identity, but at least the real name won't appear in the email. I think with Tor, from what I understand, you can prevent an email being traced back to the source.

Look at the last US election. People are trying to assure US voters the election system could not be hacked, which is a damned lie. Schneier talked about that in his book and he did not seem to be a fan of Trump. He predicted several years before the fact that elections could be won by hacking voting machines. It annoyed me that US judges refused to hear evidence of hacking even though one witness was a former Armed Forces security expert who witnessed it happening.

Thanks for the link. I'll check it out and Tor itself. I was just trying to make people aware of Tor.
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