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How to set firewall to allow TOR browser


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#1 Achaemenid

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Posted 22 July 2015 - 02:36 AM

My system was using Win 7 pro 64 bit, but I am also using TAILS 1.4.1 live DVD.

The Tor browser tells me it is not ready.

A message says to set the firewall to allow it through. I thought that if TAILS is the OS, it should control the firewall.

If so, I would like to know how to configure TAILS to allow TOR?

Or if I have to log out of TAILS and open Windows and configure the firewall from there. How would the firewall be told to allow TOR browser?

Suggestions appreciated.

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Posted 22 July 2015 - 02:42 AM

 

Or if I have to log out of TAILS and open Windows and configure the firewall from there. How would the firewall be told to allow TOR browser?

No. Windows has nothing to do with it.

 

 

How are you connecting to the net? WiFi?


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Posted 22 July 2015 - 04:53 AM

Tails distro site is down which gives specific instructions on this...

 

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Posted 22 July 2015 - 05:39 AM

How are you connecting to the net? WiFi?


Yes, I am using WiFi and I cannot configure the router.
 

Tails distro site is down which gives specific instructions on this...
 
Here's a link


You mean the boum.org site. I find it hard to navigate, but thanks for the tip. I'll wait till its online again.

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Posted 22 July 2015 - 06:11 AM

Have you clicked on the network connections desktop icon and selected your network?

 

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Edited by Al1000, 22 July 2015 - 10:20 AM.


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Posted 23 July 2015 - 09:08 AM

Have you clicked on the network connections desktop icon and selected your network?


I just did that. I set the wireless internet connection to the one available to me here. But TOR still said "Tor is not ready."

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Posted 23 July 2015 - 09:17 AM

On the tor page TsVk! linked to, I am finding pages of code -- the green clickable links.

https://tails.boum.org/contribute/design/Tor_enforcement/Network_filter/

I am now booting TAILS from a live DVD. Am I supposed to paste this code into the command line prompt?

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Posted 23 July 2015 - 09:35 AM

On the tor page TsVk! linked to, I am finding pages of code -- the green clickable links.

https://tails.boum.org/contribute/design/Tor_enforcement/Network_filter/

I am now booting TAILS from a live DVD. Am I supposed to paste this code into the command line prompt?

I clicked on the first link on that page, and it's a configuration file. So no, don't just paste that into the command line. You would just get a "command not found" error.

With Mint and Ubuntu and other distros that are designed to be easy for beginners to use, you would be asked for your router password after selecting your network, and everything else happens automatically. Since Tails is more of a specialist OS, connecting to wifi may be more complicated.

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Posted 24 July 2015 - 04:34 AM

 

On the tor page TsVk! linked to, I am finding pages of code -- the green clickable links.

https://tails.boum.org/contribute/design/Tor_enforcement/Network_filter/

I am now booting TAILS from a live DVD. Am I supposed to paste this code into the command line prompt?

I clicked on the first link on that page, and it's a configuration file. So no, don't just paste that into the command line. You would just get a "command not found" error.

With Mint and Ubuntu and other distros that are designed to be easy for beginners to use, you would be asked for your router password after selecting your network, and everything else happens automatically. Since Tails is more of a specialist OS, connecting to wifi may be more complicated.

 

 

I booted the live DVD of TAILS. 

 

TAILS says you make your TOR connection in the TAILS GREETER. 

1 click on yes. 

2 . go to network configuration "This computer's internet connection is censored..."

 

TAILS says to "look at the internet settings in another browser to see if it is configured to use a local proxy"

 

I do not know quite yet how to tell if my connection goes through a proxy.  It is wireless connection that I do not control, so the information may be in the LAN adapter. 

 

I would have to enter proxy type

address, port

 

 

TAILS asks "which of the following best describes your situation?

- connect directly to TOR network. 

       If I choose this option, TAILS gives me a message with the yellow triangle with the exclamation point "Unable to save TOR settings. Please ensure TOR is running" 

 

   If I then click OK, a box opens sayinjg "connecting to the TOR network.  Please wait while we establish a connection to the TOR network." 

            I tried this twice but it just hangs, doing nothing. 

 

 

If I go back and choose the second option: "This computer's connection is censored or...proxy",  TAILS asks for bridge or proxy info. 

 

I got the information from "Help" on how to get a bridge. but have not been able to apply it yet. 

 

In order to get the bridge I attempted to open the "Unsafe Browser" in TAILS.  I was able to open it once but the second time it would not open. Every time I tried I get this message:

 

   "ERROR - another unsafe browser is currently running, or being cleaned up. Please retry in a little while."

 

But there was no window open for any other browser. Something in the taskbar lower left says "starting unsafe browser" but this disappears and no browser opens.

 

I turned the internet connection off and on but the same thing happened. I tried to reboot the TAILS DVD but it would not reboot.

 

Then I tried booting Windows again but I just get a black screen  with a cursor prompt at the upper left. 

 

I think this means my HDD has finally died.  I was warned this would happen.  I just don't know if all the problems getting the TOR browser running have anything to do with the HDD. 

 

I have to get a new HDD so will return to the thread in a couple of days. 


Edited by Achaemenid, 24 July 2015 - 04:37 AM.


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Posted 24 July 2015 - 05:18 AM

I booted the live DVD of TAILS.



TAILS says you make your TOR connection in the TAILS GREETER.

1 click on yes.

2 . go to network configuration "This computer's internet connection is censored..."



TAILS says to "look at the internet settings in another browser to see if it is configured to use a local proxy"



I do not know quite yet how to tell if my connection goes through a proxy. It is wireless connection that I do not control, so the information may be in the LAN adapter.



I would have to enter proxy type

address, port





TAILS asks "which of the following best describes your situation?

- connect directly to TOR network.

If I choose this option, TAILS gives me a message with the yellow triangle with the exclamation point "Unable to save TOR settings. Please ensure TOR is running"



If I then click OK, a box opens sayinjg "connecting to the TOR network. Please wait while we establish a connection to the TOR network."

I tried this twice but it just hangs, doing nothing.





If I go back and choose the second option: "This computer's connection is censored or...proxy", TAILS asks for bridge or proxy info.



I got the information from "Help" on how to get a bridge. but have not been able to apply it yet.



In order to get the bridge I attempted to open the "Unsafe Browser" in TAILS. I was able to open it once but the second time it would not open. Every time I tried I get this message:



"ERROR - another unsafe browser is currently running, or being cleaned up. Please retry in a little while."



But there was no window open for any other browser. Something in the taskbar lower left says "starting unsafe browser" but this disappears and no browser opens.



I turned the internet connection off and on but the same thing happened. I tried to reboot the TAILS DVD but it would not reboot.


These are all problems that you would not have with Mint or *buntu etc.

I turned the internet connection off and on but the same thing happened. I tried to reboot the TAILS DVD but it would not reboot.



Then I tried booting Windows again but I just get a black screen with a cursor prompt at the upper left.



I think this means my HDD has finally died. I was warned this would happen. I just don't know if all the problems getting the TOR browser running have anything to do with the HDD.


Your HDD would not even be mounted when you boot up with a live DVD, unless you moumnted it.

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Posted 24 July 2015 - 08:49 AM

These are all problems that you would not have with Mint or *buntu etc.


What would be the reason for that? What is it about a TAILS live DVD that caused these problems?


 

Your HDD would not even be mounted when you boot up with a live DVD, unless you moumnted it.


So somehow did TAILS unmount my HDD?

After several tries, I found I was able to boot up Windows again. So it looks like the TAILS live DVD did something temporarily to my system.

I checked the network adapter of my wifi connection but could find no mention of proxies in any of the tabs. Unless that infor is somewhere else I must assume that is not an issue with TOR browser.

Edited by Achaemenid, 24 July 2015 - 09:12 AM.





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