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Re: Limiting hops

On Tue, Nov 18, 2008 at 6:46 AM, Erilenz <erilenz@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> * on the Mon, Nov 17, 2008 at 01:05:27PM -0800, Marc Erickson wrote:
>> I use Tor on my laptop to encrypt wireless packets when connecting to an
>> unsecured wireless network.  Is there a way to limit the number of hops the
>> packets take through the servers so that I can better the speed?  I only
>> need one hop.  I'm running Windows XP.
> By using Tor for that purpose, all you're doing is making it so people
> running Exit Tor nodes can sniff your traffic, rather than people watching
> the unsecured wireless network.
> I wouldn't automatically assume that reduces your chance of having your
> traffic sniffed. It might even increase the chance of that occuring.

I think we can safely say that for most people using Tor makes it
*more* likely that their unencrypted traffic will be sniffed.

But TOR would usually change who is sniffing the traffic:  Some guy in
his basement, some foreign government, or some spammer/scammer
harvesting email addresses and credit card numbers from your traffic
may be preferable to the person's school, employer, or government all
of which may have a more direct and specific interest in the person's