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Re: [tor-talk] Will Tor affect Internet Explorer? (newbie question)
So, what happens if I just download the Tor browser bundle?
What is Tails? Give me a complete rundown.
From: mirimir <mirimir@xxxxxxxxxx>
To: tor-talk <tor-talk@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Sat, Jul 13, 2013 5:10 am
Subject: Re: [tor-talk] Will Tor affect Internet Explorer? (newbie question)
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
> 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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