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Tor (http://www.torproject.org/overview.html.en)

VileReynard
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Tor (http://www.torproject.org/overview.html.en)

Does anyone have experience of using Tor - either as a client or server?
[I'm disgusted with the current Government spying instructions - (Traffic Analysis).]
I think I've set up a client and a server properly - the Server is working, but I don't know how to test the client.  Smiley

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Re: Tor (http://www.torproject.org/overview.html.en)

well the tor project themselves give you some hints http://www.torproject.org/docs/tor-doc-windows.html.en#verify (or http://www.torproject.org/docs/tor-doc-unix.html.en#verify if you're penguining)
it'll be interesting to see how long governments allow tor to remain viable (or legal) if the network of tor nodes gets really big ...
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I think the Tor client network is already quite big.
I forgot to limit usage and I got 1GByte of traffic in about 5 hours.  Grin
I had limited bandwidth to 50KBytes/sec - so it pretty well maxed out.
Thanks for the links.
I think it would be quite difficult to block TOR - but not impossible (nothing is  Sad )
According to http://www.torproject.org/docs/tor-doc-unix.html.en#verify everything is working perfectly.  Smiley

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Its becoming a Police state with them given the powers to hack pc's last week
http://blog.wired.com/27bstroke6/2009/01/uk-approves-pol.html they want every phone and email saved as well. There is the new porn law coming into play this month as well which is crazy.
It outlaws women being tied up in simple terms and could be used to get people who have films like the Avengers, Dracula etc. Its very badly worded and will cause all sorts of problem.  Were will it all end?
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Quote from: samuria
It outlaws women being tied up in simple terms and could be used to get people who have films like the Avengers, Dracula etc. Its very badly worded and will cause all sorts of problem.  Were will it all end?

I wonder how the plods are going to enforce this in the bedroom.

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@axisofevil
hmmm I just installed tor on my windows xp system and it slowed browsing to sub-dialup speeds (set up as "client only") -- bbmax tested at 289kbps instead of my regular ~6000kbps
if you'd experienced the same on your nix box i'd expect you to have said something ...
at the moment it makes browsing unusable for me so i've turned it off
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Re: Tor (http://www.torproject.org/overview.html.en)

Have you got  the
RelayBandwidthRate 
RelayBandwidthBurst
set?
In
/etc/tor/torrc
mine read:-
RelayBandwidthRate 50KBytes
RelayBandwidthBurst 100 KBytes

50KBytes is about 400Kbps
I've also added two lines at the end:-
AccountingStart day 00:30
AccountingMax 300 MB

I don't notice any performance hit - it's a 8Mbit ADSL2+ connection.
Perhaps an bit of memory usage - but nothing much.
It's very slow to actually use Tor as a client, via the Firefox Torbutton
so I mostly just let the server run.

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thanks, tried adding the torrc settings to no effect
so you're running a relay (great for the rest of us) but not taking advantage of making your own browsing etc secure ?
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You need to restart the server for those settings to take effect.
Tor is really designed to allow communication for those situations where you
need access to the outside world from a police state.
We are not there yet, but we have a lot of the infrastructure in place.
When that happens, I'll have my Tor client well set-up and my browsing will be
lost in the midst of a pile of Tor traffic.  Smiley

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yes, i realised the bit about restarting
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Re: Tor (http://www.torproject.org/overview.html.en)

Perhaps a router (problem)?
Tor creates a large number of simultaneous connections.