Just learned about it on Twitter.
Your thoughts? (PS: I’m on a Mac)
Via Twitter, one fellow writes:
Yes. It works well, and the package combines it with Privoxy so you can block out ads if you want to.
Tor is ok; it’s slower than maple syrup in the winter though.
Though, for all the privacy concerns, remember you’re implicitly trusting the folks that run the exit hosts.
What Tor does, simply, is provide an anonymous web proxy via a peer-to-peer structure. Your request goes, encrypted, to another tor host perhaps, or goes to an termiating host, that will unencrypt your packets, proxy your web-request, and send back to you the response.
However, with any such web-proxy setup, you’re implicitly trusting the person who sends your unencrypted text to the internet with all your secrets. For example, say you use tor to keep track of all your friends on facebook from work. Your work IT staff is none the smarter because they only see the traffic as encrypted traffic. Facebook only uses encrypted traffic for the transmittal of Email and Password. Everything else you send to facebook is sent unencrypted. Same thing with anything that you’re not using https to communicate thru.
That includes: AIM / ICQ / Gmail (unless you told it to use https://mail.google.com), any POP or IMAP email clients, etc.
Also realize that others are using the same Tor network for privacy. These folk may or may not be trying to cover criminal activities, specifically trading of child ****. Your traffic may end up being trapped and traced by law enforcement tracking others; since they cannot say whose traffic is whose, the search warrants used will be generic enough to allow them to analyze your traffic as well.
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