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Re: [tor-talk] Will Tor affect Internet Explorer? (newbie question)
A Survey on the Security of Virtual Machines
Info on browsers - based on Whonix
Running Tor in a vm isn't totally secure, as some software can escape the vm into the host os, but that's more in-depth than most, if not all, newbies need.
Honestly, the most direct route is to throw tails/whonix on a jump drive(rather a write protected DVD or an sd card with the write protection switch enabled). Boot up, and run Tor with no java/flash, and https everywhere, as configured by default in TBB.
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On Jul 13, 2013, at 4:57, mirimir <mirimir@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> On 07/13/2013 08:07 AM, Gabrielle DiFonzo wrote:
>> Okay. Now I'm officially confused.
>> If I download Tor, can't I run it as a separate program from IE? Can
>> I run the two programs separately, like the proverbial ships in the
> Yes, Tor is a separate program. But it's more like a canal than another
> ship ;)
>> Can someone tell me exactly what it means to configure Tor through
>> IE? Can't I configure it by itself and continue to use the two
>> independently of each other?
> It's not Tor that needs to be configured. It's other programs that need
> to be configured in order to securely use Tor. And that's not something
> that newbies should be doing.
> You should at least be using the Tor Browser Bundle, without any
> customizations. But that's not really very secure, because the rest of
> your computer is still using the Internet naked. It would be safer to
> use the Tails LiveCD, or to run Whonix in VirtualBox.
>> -----Original Message----- From: Tom Ritter <tom@xxxxxxxxx> To:
>> tor-talk <tor-talk@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> Sent: Fri, Jul 12, 2013
>> 10:26 am Subject: Re: [tor-talk] Will Tor affect Internet Explorer?
>> (newbie question)
>> On Jul 11, 2013 11:41 PM, "cl34r" <an0n102968@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>>> On 07/11/2013 11:24 PM, Gabrielle DiFonzo wrote:
>>>> Hi there,
>>>> I am currently running Windows 7 and my usual browser is
>> Explorer. If I download Tor, will I still be able to use Internet
>> Explorer when I want to?
>>> You can configure Tor to with any browser. However, by doing this
>>> you are
>> compromising anonymity.
>>>> Will continuing to use IE compromise my Tor privacy?
>>> Yes. The best solution is to download Torbrowser from the
>> website, or Tails at https://tails.boum.org. Not only do either of
>> these solutions work out of the box (in most cases), they also
>> preserve anonymity.
>>>> Will Tor affect my other programs in any way?
>>> Not unless you configure them to use Tor.
>> Actually, to use Tor with IE, you have to set the system-wide proxy,
>> which will affect the operating system and other applications.
>> I don't know anyone who's ever looked at what will be sent through
>> that, but I do know it will be a lot. (Windows update traffic for
>> For this reason, and others, I would really recommend against using
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