I've just come from ShieldsUp!
Everything on my computer passed on all tests.
All ports.... everything! Now that's a strong piece of mind of security
From this point on, Tor means Tor, Vidalia, & Privoxy
From this point on, browser means Firefox and not
If your Tor is configured correctly, your are stealthed, and the report you have seen was a false positive. I'll explain later on below.
If your Tor is configured correctly, each time you click on a link on that site, and do another test, you should have a totally different ip address.
Tor works the same way when you're surfing from site to site.How to test your Tor and make sure you're actually on the network
(I use Firefox)
Before I tell you about the test you should take, please understand that Tor uses the ip address of127.0.0.1 port:8118
to identify you. Very unique, because every computer owns that ip address.
When your Tor is configured correctly and you open your browser, goto Tools>Options>Advanced
, then click on the tab Network
, then click on Settings
..... your setting should look like the image below.
To actually test your Tor, do the following.... and bookmark the links below
because you'll want to always be able to know your Tor is working correctly.goto:http://www.cmyip.com
.... it'll show your ip address, and it shouldn't be your real ip address
then open another tab, and goto:http://www.showmyip.com
.... it'll show your ip address, and it shouldn't be your real ip address.
If you were to check your ip address and then just simply type in another address to check your link, Tor will change your ip address again.
Very sleek and very unique.
You can bookmark as many ip verification sites as you like, but those two above I've been using for over a year now.
Tor can be setup to be run as a server, making you totally anonymous while p2p'ing. But, if you don't run Tor as a server, then your real ip is
known when using/doing any p2p.
Want to know some else great about Tor? If you setup a server on your end, and run it through Tor, your actual web site is anonymous over the internet, as strange as it sounds.. A web site that can't be identified by it's ip address.
because the ip address is either a Tor network ip address, which is everyone on the network, which is 127.0.0.1:8118, which is everyone. Ireally don't think it gets better than that.
If you are just surfing and browser using, then you're fine.
As far as other tools that you have, you will need to check their setting and verify that they're configured correctly to run with Tor. Unfortunately, I have never used Kaspersky
nor Black Ice
(I do have Black Ice though), so I couldn't tell you anything as to configuring them with Tor.Tip:
.. print out the Tor manual/docs .... and remember what I said Tor means. It's much better than trying to sit in front of the computer to read that much info. You will have to get used to using Tor, because it's very powerful, yet it has a learning curve to it.
Along side of Tor, I use PeerGuardian 2
. That gives me that extra protection, just in case.Things to know about Tor.
... Tor has been designed to protect your privacy and therefor Tor itself can not identify the real source of an ip address. And I believe that too. But, it's not a 100% guarantee that your ip address can't be found out by using it,,, but to this day, no one has ever been able to do so. If the government uses it to hide their identity, and it works for them... it's all good. I believe just about every big institution is now using Tor.
Tracking cookies, spyware, and other monitoring scrips, codes and such are actually no match for you while using Tor, because the information that they get from your computer, ip address isn't yours, so the next time you log back on the internet, they'll never be able to track you, because your ip address always change, and the info they place on your computer actually goes to ip address 127.0.0.1:8118
, which is everyone in the world with a computer. There is no real way they can spy on you as long as you are using Tor. And I see no way this system can be broken. It's like trying to pump all the water out of the ocean.
I can tell you more about Tor, but I think I've given you enough to at least test and verify for now. If you have any more questions about this,, just post back into this thread, so we don't get confused on the Tor topics. I'm not an expert on Tor yet,,, but I will be soon.
I guess I'll do a topic on Open Proxies, and why people better leave them alone, because you're actually using honey pots
(a governmental term for a trap proxy server they setup) and other non safe surfing services. I'm glad I didn't have to learn any of this the hard way. Don't learn the hard way either.
Throw out every single hide ip, proxy services, proxy softwares, proxy web sites and all that crap.... in my book?.... they are all officially obsolete. And Tor is the exception
to that rule.
Ohhhh, and before I forget... download the Firefox addon called Torbutton
. it will allow you to turn Tor off and on, from the browser, and the bottom of it. and get NoScript
I'm out...... post back.