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robbbert 06-07-2006 04:54 PM

Using the anomizing proxy Tor
Hi, I'm checking out how to connect to the internet anonymously. (In another forum, I'd been sued for that - to be a terrorist or paranoid, etc. - Well, I just think that my intent is legal, and I have my own reasons. - I think everyone should be free to decide on that. - Please, call me a moron.)

I've been using JAP, respectively, anon-proxy (link).
In the Firefox browser, I set up the proxy

I've been using ethereal to check what's leaving the network card: "Encrypted request"s and "response"s in case of using JAP/anon-proxy. - Perfect, that's working.

- As JAP/anon-proxy ain't very fast and reliable, I checked out Tor.
I've installed it, and, in Firefox, I set up the connection to use the proxy.

Now, when capturing my traffic using ethereal, I found all the original URLs I've visited in plain text.

- So I'm wondering what's this all about with Tor? - The proxy does work - nevertheless, my URLs are passed through, directly?!

Thank you

unSpawn 06-07-2006 05:28 PM

Theres a HOWTO at the TOR Wiki on how to set it up.
It explains why you best chain Privoxy in front of TOR.
Have a look at it. Haven't got the URI ready, soz.

Please, call me a moron.
Guess I'll pass even though it's a clear invitation.
Hell, you even said the magic word, FCOL...

craigevil 06-07-2006 05:35 PM

Yeah it is a good idea to use Privoxy along with Tor.

Here's the howto

robbbert 06-15-2006 04:00 PM

Thanks both, and sorry for the delay in responding. As everything appears to be so easy (i.e., Privoxy appears to be up and running, I read the manuals, played with that config file) I had to make double-sure I'm not missing something elementary.

So, here's the issue (again):
Privoxy is set up to start at boot time (there's a script in /etc/privoxy/init.d).
When I set up Firefox to use, it's "waiting for" - but forever.
When I issue "sudo privoxy", Privoxy tells it's already started:

robert@ubuntu:~$ sudo privoxy
Jun 15 21:37:52 Privoxy(b7d586c0) Info: loading configuration file '/media/hde1/home/robert/config':
Jun 15 21:37:52 Privoxy(b7d586c0) Fatal error: can't bind to There may be another Privoxy or some other proxy running on port 8118
Anyways, when I do a port scan on, port 8118 doesn't seem to be open.

I can't seem to find any more points to look at, so I'd really appreciate any further hints.

Thanks again :)

robbbert 06-16-2006 01:51 PM

D'oh! - nevertheless: Solved
OK, got it. There was a simple typo I'd inserted into the /etc/privoxy/config file, that detained Privoxy from forwarding the requests to Tor.

BTW, do you think it's polite or unpolite of Privoxy not to throw an appropriate error? - Just kidding ;)

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