August 26, 2005

Tor Anonymizer

Filed under: Technology — mmrobins @ 6:40 am

I finally got Tor working. I never tried very hard before, but I didn’t realize until reading some good setup instructions that you need to also download Privoxy and configure some things. Tor basically works by routing your internet web page requests through other computers so that your IP address isn’t available to remote server.

It’s cool that it works, but it really slows down web suring depending on who you end up routing through. One time I turned it on I ended up routing through a server in Germany, and web pages loaded painfully slow then. I turned it off and back on and got a server at Brown University and that was a little better, but still noticeably slower. I’m considering trying to setup a Tor server just to see if it would work, but probably not unless I find some more time.

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