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Is Tor safe for normal surfing?

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#1 Darkslaye


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Posted 23 June 2018 - 02:22 AM

Ello there.


I just want to know if Tor is safe for normal uses. I don't want to explore the deep web or anything, however, rather just go through the web without being tracked.

I just want to know these things

Will anyone track me?
Is it safe when I strictly use it for normal things? (Facebook and all that, I won't sign into my accounts with Tor)

Will it draw any attention? Even if legal use?



Edited by Darkslaye, 23 June 2018 - 10:40 AM.

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#2 midimusicman79


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Posted 23 June 2018 - 11:27 AM

Hi, Darkslaye and Welcome to BC! :welcome:

Here is an in-depth article on the Tor browser and how it works, including its vulnerabilities:


And given these, personally, I neither use it nor recommend using it. :exclame:

You are welcome! :)


Edited by midimusicman79, 24 June 2018 - 09:24 AM.

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Posted 25 June 2018 - 08:53 AM

The Tor browser is associated with its own network.......namely, the onion router network!


Its primary use is to gain access to the Dark Web, no other browser will allow you access to this as they dont support the onion.


You can certainly use it for normal browsing however, because Tor disables Javascript and many other plugins (which are potential security open doors), many websites will not function as smoothly as they would with other browsers.


Tor will allocate a different IP for every site visit, so sites like FB, Gmail etc may lock your account if it senses multiple log in attempts from different locations.


Tor also buffers very slowly so watching video content from sites such as Youtube can be draining on the soul.


The whole point of the onion network is to keep some sense of anonymity while accessing what most browsers cant.


Your better of using VPN on the clear web,

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#4 Didier Stevens

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Posted 25 June 2018 - 10:30 AM

I just want to know if Tor is safe for normal uses. I don't want to explore the deep web or anything, however, rather just go through the web without being tracked.


Do you plan to use Tor with your own browser, or will you use the "Tor Browser"?

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Posted 25 June 2018 - 07:33 PM

Many .coms etc will block traffic coming from a tor exit node. The network can also be pretty slow at times-- bouncing everybody's traffic around.


If your concerned about tracking there are many excellent browser add ons you can use that will help alot. I am speaking about Fire Fox add-ons because thats what Iam familiar with.

. As mentioned you may also want to try a paid VPN service. If the VPN dosnt provide a DNS service then you can use other options like OpenNic, Simple DNScrypt etc. for DNS look ups.

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