I'm new to Tor technology and have a question which may have an obvious answer...
After installing and configuring Tor with Privoxy, I set up FileZilla to test if it would use the proxy (it did) but downloading a file from a usually fast server was agonisingly slow. As soon as I turn off the proxy, the speed is what it should be.
For example, on a 10MBit connection, which was downloading a file from my personal FTP server, it ran at 1MBit without Tor and 35k/sec with Tor. I fully expect a speed drop considering the way Tor works, but I did not expect such a drastic speed drop. Browsing web pages is also very slow in comparison.
Is this 'normal'? Is this the pay-off for privacy? It almost seems like too much to pay for the benefit, unless using AIM clients where speed isn't necessarily needed!
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