A place to discuss privacy and freedom in the digital world.
Privacy has become a very important issue in modern society, with companies and governments constantly abusing their power, more and more people are waking up to the importance of digital privacy.
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I use both.
It might be overkill, but i hate the thought of being profiled and assaulted with ads. It’s disgusting what the Internet has become.
Fun fact, my mobile provider introduced a live ads program so every time I go the mall I get SMS messages with promotions from some of the closest shops.
This shitty behaviour cannot be stopped neither by Tor and VPN…
I don’t understand, what kind of ad do you get that needs VPN+Tor?
I don’t remember to have seen any ad on the past months… unless I disable the ad-blocker. And smartphones also have Firefox app which includes ad-blocker add-on to install.
Wow that’s digusting. Can’t you opt out?
Yes, I have to send them a request by email, and they have 30 working days to respond. But this doesn’t mean I won’t be tracked wherever I go, I just won’t receive SMS messages anymore.
No… I don’t. I can’t stand when this clickbaity article gets reposted because as is the case of most articles, the headline is read and the nuanced discussion within the article isn’t. For many people, a VPN is more suited to our needs than Tor Browser.
VPNs have a solid use case, though of course cannot provide the anonymity of the Tor Browser. The article actually does a pretty good job of laying out the pros and cons of each, so it’s a little disappointing that the title is so click-baity and oversimplifying.
Right now, I would use VPN only to access to my work network. Not as a paid service.
I live in a country that blocks Tor and it doesn’t work at all without bridges. Now, I’m not sure whether the ISP can detect me using tor even with bridges (would be good to get some clarification on that) but I don’t want to put a target on my back by accident.
I think in this situation you need to hire a VPS (as cheap as possible) and use that VPS to tunnel all Tor traffic via SSH so no one can see it on your region (ISP)
Try finding another SOCKS proxy site.
I understand the privacy aspects of TOR, and I fully support the idea of the TOR Browser, but holy jumped-up jesus on a birch-bark canoe is it fucking slow…
When it takes, on average, almost five minutes for ANY webpage I try to access to load, that’s just not a useable browser, imho. This is 2022, not 1995.
I use it often and it doesn’t really seem slow to me.
Hello, right now I am on Lemmy using Tor network, with the same browser as I use for everything.
I first open the tor daemon and with a Firefox container add-on + proxy for each container add-on the same browser I can choose which website I want to use direct or Tor network connection. So I can connect directly to my bank account without Tor and the same time explore musics, articles, lemmy and browse much more stuff with privacy (even from my ISP) over Tor network without any effort.
I play all music/videos/streams over Tor browser, and it just goes 1-2 seconds lower than my direct connection. (I’m talking about simple streams, not 4K videos)
Do you have a link to a guide for setting that up? I know that I can right-click on a link to open as a container. But would be cool to see how to try a setup like you have.
I don’t know any guide, it’s easy. Use https://github.com/bekh6ex/firefox-container-proxy if you trust this add-on maintainers, then install tor and run it with
sudo systemctl start tor(if you have a distro with systemd). Configure the proxy to use
localhost:9050which is Tor network proxy. You can use Tor network on terminal with the package
torsockslike SSH via Tor
torsocks ssh firstname.lastname@example.org -p 1234
Thanks for the info! I am using Windows, but I downloaded the extension and tor zip for advanced Windows on their site. Created a torrc file and set it to the localhost:9050 and created a “tor” container. And just tested it with the check.torproject.org site (both with a normal tab and a “tor” container tab) with success! Good to know random things that might be very worth knowing.
In case you don’t already know, Firefox with a separate Tor connection is easier to fingerprint than an unmodified Tor Browser (unless you’ve configured Firefox to camouflage as TB)
I know about fingerprints, it is hard and breaks a lot of websites. I even got banned for suspicious activity, so it’s more headache to add this protection to your daily browsing.
What I want to tell is that you should have a main browser private and secure as possible and if someone wants to use VPN, in most of the cases Tor networks already works.
It breaks websites? Are you talking about the experimental fingerprinting protection in Firefox? By “fingerprinting”, I meant the general tracking of unique properties of your browser (settings, add-ons, user agents, etc.), not the Firefox-specific anti-fingerprinting.
I agree that Tor is better in many situations.
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when did you last use it? it hasn’t been that way for me in ages.
also -> https://blog.torproject.org/congestion-contrl-047/