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If you merely want to view a doubtful web site, why not simply use a web proxy? Google lists hundreds of them, mostly free. No need to install special software. Simply navigate to the web proxy and enter the suspicious URL there.


Yes, you could use a proxy.

But if your goal includes avoiding being tracked (which is where this article started), please remember that whoever operates the proxy ends up with a blow-by-blow record of your entire web browsing history – every URL, and, for unencrypted traffic, all the content, too. You’d better trust that free proxy you found on Google an awful lot!

Using Tor, your traffic goes through three randomly chosen nodes each time, so (a) the nodes change regularly and (b) no node knows both where your packets started *and* where they ended up. The entry node knows only that you browsed somewhere, but not what you looked at or where. The exit node knows where someone browsed to, but not that it was you. The middle node keeps the entry and the exit node apart and ignorant of each other so they can’t “compare notes” while your traffic is in transit.

As for complexity, installing the Tor Browser app, at least on OS X, is actually less hassle than changing your browser proxy, at least on Firefox :-)

Lastly, the default configuration of the Tor Browser app’s actual web browsing component (it’s the Firefox Extended Support Release) is almost certainly stricter than the settings in your usual browser, making it less likely that you’ll give away personal data by mistake during your most sensitive browsing.


“many FTP servers inside Tor had left identifying details in their login banners”
I nearly snorted my water at reading this; that’s pretty funny.

You cannot trace us. You cannot find us.
Sincerely, Calvin


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