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Re: [tor-talk] Will Tor affect Internet Explorer? (newbie question)

On 13-07-26 10:13 AM, Sebastian G. <bastik.tor> wrote:
> 25.07.2013 15:27, Marcos Eugenio Kehl:
>> "Could a printer or another software that I have check for updates or
>> something like that and reveal information about me or my machine?"
> If one redirects all traffic through Tor and software contacts its
> companies server to ask for updates it may include information that
> reveal the system or the individual that purchased/registered this software.
> The printer itself is not asking for updates unless you look for new
> drivers, which is not part of the printers responsibility, but the OS.
> Regarding firmware updates I think its unlikely that a printer will
> check, since users are not supposed to do firmware upgrades.
> Printer software (scan tool, PDF-converter, etc. is just software and
> may checks for updates as well.

Some devices on your home network such as Network Attached Storage (NAS)
drives go to their manufacturer's website to check for firmware updates.
These will bypass the Tor process running on your computer.  It is
another question whether it matters much, to reveal to your ISP or drive
manufacturer that you have a NAS device of a certain vintage.  It won't
compromise your identity under Tor, unless you happen to use Tor while
downloading software updates for the NAS.
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