From: tor <tor@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: Not so fast torpark doesnt have privoxy? Re: Torpark if firefox
already on computer
Date: Fri, 04 Nov 2005 10:47:04 -0800
hmm I think we need to take a step back here and look at what privoxy does
to the datastream that
Torpark is great on the DNS issue. This was one of the main reasons
for creating it.
Torpark has incorporated versions of Firefox which have internal SOCKS
proxies, and are capable of remote dns functions, so there is no need
for privoxy. Essentially the browser can loopback all the data through
the browser doesnt do or does incorrectly. Privoxy actively modifies the
bitstream to keep ads ,
window opens and other things you may not want happening in your browser..
not simply http
to SOCKS4a or 5. It strips these before the more complex and vunerable
browser ever sees them.
It also strips browser identifying information from the outgoing bitstream.
I am sure other here could give
more complete synopsis of privoxy and its effects on the http1.1 protocol
but as far as I know getting rid of privoxy
is not a gain its a loss of anonymity and privacy.
you may want to think about this quite carefully before running torpark in
the configuration discussed here
or compare results when using a site like this:
http://www.anonymizer.com click on the Free Privacy test link and see what
both systems report
keep in mind that privoxy strips advertisements and can be configured to
lie to the inquiring website about
all sorts of details.
Privoxy is the "/Privacy Enhancing Proxy/". from the privoxyFAQ
Web page content filtering (removes banners based on size,
Modularized configuration that allows for standard settings and
user settings to reside in separate files, so that installing
updated actions files won't overwrite individual user settings.
Support for Perl Compatible Regular Expressions in the
configuration files, and generally a more sophisticated and
flexible configuration syntax over previous versions.
Improved cookie management features (e.g. session based cookies).
Bypass many click-tracking scripts (avoids script redirection).
Multi-threaded (POSIX and native threads).
User-customizable HTML templates for all proxy-generated pages
(e.g. "blocked" page).
Every feature now controllable on a per-site or per-location basis.
A tor operator