And why is that? What errors occured? Did you try setting up the Privoxy (or Polipo) + TOR chain w/o the use of tools?
Okay, to add to that. What happened was a little odd. Firstly getting tor and tork were not difficult, nor was installing the programs. I currently use Kubuntu 8.04, so most of the hard work is done for you simply by typing 'sudo apt-get tork' etc.
It has been a couple of months ago now, and I should have kept a copy of this, but I believe I could get Tork to connect
to the Tor Network, and see the servers, but I couldn't get an Opera session to work.
The docs did not seem to be complete but said something like: "TorK is a graphical Tor client that lets you do absolutely nothing". I am not kidding about this.
I did spend some time tinkering around with it and poking around for answers. It wasn't long into my search for anonymity that I encountered using TOR as an option.
Also to answer your question I didn't try to use TOR without the TorK interface.
What I will do however is maybe have another go at it and see what happens, I may have luck. At first though using TOR seemed like the smart thing to do.
I am familiar with the use of Privoxy BTW, which I currently use. For every ad and piece of junk that Privoxy blocks I feel I have won a small victory.
Now when I said 'hazards' perhaps I could have used a better word. I was at a point with this where I was reading articles such as 'Peeling the Onion: Unmasking TOR Users' and there was another article which explained how TOR nodes 'may' 'funnel' traffic by lying about their bandwidth. However, I am by no means an expert on the subject so please don't quote me on that otherwise I wouldn't be asking.
At this stage my interests lie with simply being able to surf without people playing 'silly-buggers' with your IP number, and being able to do basic things like blog and exercise your right to free speech (there are good and bad examples of this) with 'some' degree on anonymity.
I considered proxy-chaining to at least make it slightly more operationally difficult to know your public IP. In a sense a chain of greasy proxies is slightly better than a single hop.
What I have certainly found is that truly understanding the anonymity problem takes quite a bit of knowledge and opinions certainly differ as to what is regarded as an appropriate solution for various uses. This is why feedback and recommendations from people with experience is important in an issue such as this.
I have downloaded proxychains now BTW and take a look at it.
Sorry about the lengthy reply, but I felt as though what I said justified some explanation