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Re: [tor-talk] Downloading Programs with TBB - dangerous???
On 6/26/2014 1:34 PM, Bobby Brewster wrote:
That used to be the norm, but I believe the message was changed in later
TB versions. Which version are you using?
/Let's say I download a PDF with Tor. I get the warning that I might download it outside Tor./
I'm not sure I've seen that warning lately, for just saving a PDF.
Pretty much the same precautions as regular surfing, as far as
"dangerous" files - whether inside Tor / Torbrowser or not.
The advice is generally, don't open downloaded files while online.
Certainly not in or using Torbrowser (like a PDF, using built PDF viewer).
But that viewer isn't AS big of an anonymity breaking threat as using
3rd party software over the Tor network. They don't always follow the
Tor proxy rules.
/What is the liklihood of that actually happening? Are there some dangerous file types that one should not download./
For some (like Thunderbird) people have gone to great lengths to create
software / plugins, etc., to make sure it stays inside the Tor network.
Even those methods aren't 100% foolproof, 100% of the time.
Much depends on whether using 3rd party software for the downloading, or
even Fx addons used in Torbrowser. If just d/l a PDF or txt file, etc.,
saving it to disk / DVD - from the browser save window isn't a problem.
Of course, most any file could be malicious or its extension be
/Please note that I am talking about the downloading itself. I'm not talking about downloaded files containing an image which makes a request to the server so that the user's real IP is exposed./
The addons may be OK, or they may leak data like real IPa, or something
else. One shouldn't assume because they're listed on Mozilla AMO, that
they maintain anonymity over Tor. They might - but they might not.
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