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Dropping Tor reduces privacy while online but that can be compensated, e. Tor is the better choice when it comes to critical tasks, e. Update : Tor Browser 9. After upgrading Tor Browser to version 9. Thanks Torian! Attention : I suggest you use a portable copy of the browser to make these modifications and keep an original copy on the computer as well; you may then use either one of the solutions depending on what you want to do on the Internet.
Tor Browser loads as quickly as any other web browser once you have made the modifications. It works similarly to a heavily modified version of Firefox in that regard, e. It is certainly possible to modify Tor Browser further, or modify Firefox to improve privacy of the browser instead. Tor Browser comes with many privacy and security modifications as outlined in the design document. Whether it is a good idea to run Tor Browser without Tor, or use a different browser to improve online privacy is up for debate.
When it comes to out of the box privacy, Pale Moon is still among the best especially considering its development is not profit-motivated. I kinda wish there was a Firefox fork or something that uses the latest rendering engine builds, but has the UI of Firefox 3. I loved Firefox 2. But after they released 4.
For example imgur. Even if it is only a frontend without the engine. If you include the engine, you need thousands of people. Websites that hook into OS functionality because they want to act like mini window managers, clipboards, and other functions of OSs and such themselves, these are an arrogant pain in the ass! Stinking of being designed for crappy mobile devices that do not have proper copy and paste or storage, manipulation facilities themselves, so need it to be implemented server-side.
The code is there running for them. One good principle for anything — is the K. Bloat is a bad thing, because a smaller, hardened codebase is the best way to keep bugs and exploits at bay assuming the devs pay attention and are well-enough resourced of course. Anyway, both non-profit motivation and no-telemetry are not goot indicators for the quality of a browser. Please expand on that, and if possible, contact the devs so they are aware of them. I think it has yet to be shown that telemetry is without risk — at the very least, it exposes you to the software manufacturer.
So my point is something along the lines of: If telemetry is a serious privacy violation to some people, then why is lack of security updates not a serious security violation to them? If their data to protect is so precious, that is? They use a browser due to lack of telemetry, but trust a couple of people working on this with all implications. Pale Moon and Waterfox, my preferred browser gets security updates. Yes, so? The size of the team involved seems an odd thing to bring up, as from a security point of view, the effect of team size is on the flavor of the possible vulnerabilities more than whether or not they exist.
So people tend to make trust judgements from an emotional place rather than a technical one. Not Mozilla, not Google, Microsoft or Apple. Is it someone who uses it 5 hours a week? What if they also use another browser for 6 hours a week?
What if they have multiple computers with the same browser installed? What if they downloaded the browser and any updates only once, but then deployed it to thousands of computers in their corporate network, with all telemetry and update checks blocked? Even the number of downloads, which is something they do know for sure, can be enough to base your rough user numbers on.
Anonymous: true, not to mention those who install a browser, which the developer records, but then uninstalls the browser, which the developer does not record. Lots of people download software, try it, and decide not to use it, or never even try it. Lots of people download the same software more than once, etc. As an aside: uMatrix. I have seen the question — uBlockOrigin or uMatrix or both — debated, and in the end R.
Hill himself said there is no compelling reason to use uM if you use uBO. What you said applies to Waterfox too, and probably also to some other privacy-hardened browsers. About user interests and privacy, the Palemoon dev has also demonstrated hostility to a script blocking extension and an anti-advertisement extension. It is?? What do you mean exactly? As far as Pale Moon is concerned, the search engine deals help the developer pay his bills as he works on the browser as a full-time job, not simply as a hobby.
Users can of course opt out simply by not using the default Pale Moon Start Page which is set as the homepage for fresh browser installs. There is a subtle but important distinction between developing software to make money, and making money in order to keep developing software.
Developing a niche browser is not a path one pursues if his desire is to be rolling in cash. One pursues this path because one is passionate about a specific goal, which in this case is making a browser that is extremely customizable and versatile while adhering to open web standards more so than any other browser.
Google and previously Microsoft. The problem is when the business model is about making money from unethical software anti-features ads, spyware, DRM, other anti-user design choices dictated by whoever paid… and anti-privacy default search engines like Bing, Yahoo or Google. The free software philosophy implicitly assumed that software freedom was enough to make such a business model impossible, as it was so cheap for developers to fork out the crap that nobody would use the original version.
It was true for a time, but Mozilla and others have proved this assumption wrong nowadays, as business can always make theoretical freedoms nonexistent in practice, through many mechanisms. Personally I believe that with time, Firefox is adding more privacy aggressions than protections by default, and a lot of them are not clearly visible but hidden in a thousand cuts of small technical changes.
Of course it does make the browser more private. Is it? I hate what TBB v8 has done with UA spoofing, and I need my browser to easily spoof its user agent to mobile platforms on my daily browsing. And question 1B; if Tor is the answer, what extra extensions or about;config settings should be added in order to further improve its privacy? My answer would be to add nothing, change nothing. Who even cares about cookies etc. You have FPI first party isolation , and can change to a new Identity whenever you like.
The only drawback I see, is that new Identities are only auto-created per session. So if you wanted to isolate repeat visits within a session, you would need to manually change Identity. Most users will be at default. Pants: thanks for your feedback. I tried. This plus the inability to sufficiently modify the Firefox UI and the constant additions of features that I needed to worry about is why I abandoned Quantum. If you want to use Tor, then use the Tor Browser.
Because it uses the Tor protocol, it has advantages over Firefox. A vetted, even audited, VPN could effectively offer the same anonymity i. So with due diligence, I do not think this becomes a factor. In fact, MOST of it can. The differences really boil down to TB code patches bundled fonts, which actually reveal your OS , and the benefits of Tor e.
OpSec is hard, but essential. This can also possibly enable better security, because they enforce it, so if they disabled a media type, or a new API until they checked it out, everyone still looks the same. And Tor traffic would likely stick out. Although I definitely see issues here with first party repeat visits per Identity Identities are not changed every 10 minutes like they used to , and I think this is a bad move.
Just browse the web, visit the odd hidden service. It all depends on what your threat model or needs are. Pants: wow, that is quite a reply for just off the top of your head. Your points are mostly clear to a non-geek and my gut feel pointed me in the same direction, though for well-argued reasons. I have implemented a number of Ghacks user.
Many thanks for al the work you and the team do on that. Thank you for this big ass reply. As you said, a vetted, even audited, VPN service could effectively offer the same anonymity, and we can even chaining VPNs to enhance it furthermore. By using the original Tor browser, we keep the same results of feature detection i.
I think this case is worth of us to do more investigations. Thank you for your hard work. May god take off his pants. Do not mix and match. When I mentioned OpSec, this was only half the equation. The full equation is that a browser has no control over BOTH end points. But since the experts say so, we take it.
However I will switch to Chromium Portable soon, I tried Firefox 63 and among others I really hate the auto update notification. Looks like you can turn off the notification. Thanx Martin, very nice idea. In terms of local persistent data ghacks user. But then Tor has issues too. You could actually take Tor and hardened it even more beyond the safest slider setting. First I made a general custom user-overrides.
Then with two other custom user. Everybody is under surveillance, by businesses and police agencies, this is not a fear or a theory, this is something publicly known. Check that for a small sample of what exists. This is a pretty standard position for for-spying people to assert, anyway. Ubiquitous surveillance and gaslighting tend to go hand in hand. There is no NSA snooping, right? What China is doing now even promotes the mass surveillance in democracies.
If Martin had lived in the East Germany once upon a while, he must know what I mean. Your mass surveillance attributed to China only happens in the US too, Edward Snowden furnished plenty of overwhelming proof thereof. You obviously live under a rock and have your head way up your backside so are blissfully unaware of the reality in that big world that is so frightening for you. So, do yourself a favour and read some better stuff than that standard US government propaganda that you lap up like a puppy and regurgitate like a loyal harebrained parrot.
As for Martin, I suggest you leave his private life and his abodes out of this discussion, unless you have explicit permission from him to speculate about where he lived or did not live. I suppose you lived in East Germany and China to support all those opinions, surely you would not just rely on what western TV said? Troubadour: a pea-sized brain like yours always has trouble understanding reality, and accepting it.
Besides, your crony gwacks thought it appropriate to make a mendacious political statement out of the blue, and when someone spews lies as if they are the absolute truth, I react. Instead of choking on your own vitriol, I suggest you check out the whole thread to see how this got started, but I doubt you have the honesty to do that, never mind to admit reality, just like your crony gwacks. Hint: check out the 1st comment with China in it, if that is not too much for that oversized ego of yours.
What kind of fascist would believe that saying something bad about USA or something good about Russia would deserve a ban from this forum? USA was born on the genocide of native americans to steal their land. It then grew on the genocidal slavery of black people. Had a civil war to transition to a more modern form of slavery. After the war they installed fascist regimes in many countries or invaded them in quasi genocidal wars because they were turning too left-wing for their taste, and to steal their natural ressources.
They also enforced blockades to mass murder men, women and children through starvation and lack of medical care. They were also the main supporter of terrorism, used against their enemies Bin Laden had worked for the CIA. They assassinate or imprison foreign political leaders, bomb weddings, mass torture people just for their own sadistic pleasure in their secret prisons. Death toll of the wealthy psychopath parasites ruling this country since it exists : hundreds of millions.
Indeed, and it is no less evil that the US government and corporations combined does precisely the same thing. Now you understand what I mean you little empty brain? So please do your little empty brain a favor, read some more:. If ever there was a loyal US government mouthpiece with blinkered stenographers and presstitutes it is the NYT.
And into the bargain you drag Martin and his private life into this. In my modest opinion, it is about time you look in the mirror and stop your pathetic warfare over an issue you provoked yourself. So please never mind. There is only one thing that really increases privacy in browsers like Firefox, and that is eliminating third parties, which can be done in every browser with a content blocker and addons like Privacy Badger. Privacy is important, and Firefox does not gather PII by default and you can easily disable telemetry.
A heavily modified Firefox like TOR is still the best choice for privacy. And tracking is here at countless different places. What about the backdoors? All software and hardware from USA have backdoors! If You search for this there are tons of evidence about this technique, so it might be very commonly used today. What may not have value to you today, may have value to an entire population, an entire people, our entire way of life tomorrow.
Very nice point. Yes, this. I take great care with the privacy of people I know, and I expect them to do the same for me. Do you own the planet in a way that nobody else does? Either an incredibly stupid comment or a malicious diversion attempt. I do not think it could possible to own a planet that an American has not already bought. Double-click on the preference to set it to false. Terribly incomplete instructions and wording.
Ever thought about using bold, italics, quotes? I just recently updated my Tor Browser to version 9. I suspect it is an issue with both extensions TorButton and TorLauncher no longer being able to be disabled via about:addons. They have both disappeared from the about:addons page. I suspect they can still be disabled via about:config but I am lost as to what to do or what settings to toggle. Tor Browser 9. This article is no longer applicable. Please update as soon as possible.
Tor 9. However it is still possible to download and run Tor 8. Close Tor. Then reopen it and follow the instructions to disconnect the Tor Network. To learn how to use environment variables, follow the links below. No such entry. I have another question: How to turn Windows Tor Browser 9. In about:config, app. Can someone help me please.
Thank you in advance! How to turn Windows Tor Browser 9. After some time, it pops up update failed window twice. Can anyone help me please? Hello World, keeping the Tor Browser up to date is especially important, but the browser makes connections, which in turn may allow some kind of tracking, which one might indeed not want at all. PS: Tor 9. In ghacks user. Thank you so much Torian. Based on your suggestion, I added the variables in the existing Tor Browser shortcut on my Ubuntu Under about:config, set extensions.
By the way, if you now exit Tor Browser and start it, the last two about:config settings will be reset so you have to set them again. What a pain. Not sure how much better this is compared to firefox. But it looks like it ought to. Your instructions are outdated since Tor 9. Step 7 is obsolete. Step 10 can no longer be disabled in the browser. Because the changes do not work in the browser, they have to be done through Tor files instead. Please update it by including instructions for Windows, Mac, and Linux.
And include a download link too. This was the solution I was on about. The text files were made in Unix LF format, with the correct extension. In Windows I put autoconfig. And I put firefox. In OSX I right clicked the app to show package contents. Then put autoconfig.
And then I put firefox. That was the issue. Worked straight away in Windows Still not working in Mac OS. Might be the file locations?? Works in Mac OSX too. Right click the Tor Browser app. And watch out for the right kind of quotation marks. Но размещенные там веб-сайты совсем не непременно должны быть какими-то незаконными либо неэтичными, хотя такие, непременно, находятся. Для попадания туда от юзера требуется лишь две вещи:.
То есть никаких тайных манипуляций, ввода многостраничного кода и иных странноватых действий делать не необходимо. В данной статье мы поначалу разберем функцию установки анонимного браузера, а позже методы для нахождения спрятанных ресурсов. Чтоб попасть на черную сторону веба, необходимо применять особый браузер. В принципе можно для этих целей настроить какой-либо условный Chrome либо Mozilla Firefox.
Но еще проще и безопаснее будет все же Тор. Для его установки выполните последующие шаги:. Сейчас у вас есть все нужное для доступа в Дарк Интернет. Ссылки на надлежащие интернет-ресурсы смотрятся последующим образом:. В качестве примера откройте ссылку rougmnvswfsmd 4 dq. Просто скопируйте ее из нашей статьи, вставьте в адресную строчку анонимного браузера и нажмите Enter на клавиатуре. На загрузившемся веб-сайте вы отыщите подробную информацию по сетевому трафику, юзерам, серверам и иным принципиальным статистическим нюансам.
А для комфортного поиска onion-сайтов в Tor предвидено множество поисковиков.
В продолжение темы Некоторые операторы связи РФ начали блокировать Tor Как вы наверное знаете, иногда с работой Tor и Tor Browser борются, блокируя его разными способами. Недавно это произошло с некоторыми российскими провайдерами. Do people just use a normal Firefox and set up Tor as a SOCKS5 proxy? I was hoping I could maintain some of the privacy benefits of Tor Browser while getting some of the "normie browser" convenience back. E.g., thing that would be nice. О сервисе Прессе Авторские права Связаться с нами Авторам Рекламодателям.