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A branch of the U.S. Navy uses Tor for open source intelligence gathering, and one of its teams used Tor while deployed in the Middle East recently. Law enforcement uses Tor for visiting or surveilling web sites without leaving government IP addresses in their web logs, and for security during sting operations.
1. Download Vidalia from
2. Install Vidalia - a TOR client with GUI.
3. Wait until Vidalia tells you that Tor is working.
4. Start Google Chrome.
5. Using the Tools menus (it looks like a wrench), choose options, "Under the hood". Scroll down to "Network" and click the "Change Proxy Setting" button.
6. Under the "Connections" tab, choose "LAN Setting" - Select Use Proxy server and enter "Localhost" and port 8118.
7. Save your work and return to the Chrome web browser. Check that you are using TOR by going to
A Green message will indicate that TOR is operating correctly. A Red message will indicate that TOR is not set up correctly.
8. Continue to surf using TOR
Originally posted by discomfit
Tor (The Onion Router) is a gift from the military also.
Tor is a program that allows you to remain "anonymous" while using its Onion layered style network. In short your traffic hops through several other computers on the "secure" Onion network first before trying to get to its target (web site, ftp, etc).
Tor is widely championed by the EFF and others however few people seem to mention that it was developed by the US Military.
The US Navy currently operates the Tor related web site onion-router.net
onion-router.net is one of those very very ugly 1990s looking web sites. Why the navy is running a .net web site is unknown to me (vs a .gov or .mil) and it should be noted that the word "Navy" and the Navy seal don't appear until the very bottom of the page.
Despite how secure Tor may seem and all the fanboy love it gets please never forget that Tor was born from the US Military.
Think about that for a second. Is the government going to pass out a tool that will allow you to possibly commit crimes - even against them without their ability to detect you ? Not likely.
By using the Tor network in a way you're waving a huge flag saying, hey everyone - I got something to hide ! Don't look at me !
By the way - if your local police station starts passing out free "anti-finger print stuff" that probably don't work so well either.
On another note
I'm fairly sure every ISP is still has to allow law enforce access to their networks. Almost anything you transmit over the internet can easily be intercepted by our (the US) government and possibly other governments (not counting regular hackers).
The vast majority of your internet traffic isn't secure and even the secure traffic may be subject to compromise. If anyone has the computing power to crack something it's the US Government.
Originally posted by ZOMBIEMASTER
USING TOR ONE WOULD HAVE TO BE EXTERMELY PARANOID... ITS SLOWER THAN SNAIL CRAP ON A
JUST USE OPERA PORTABLE 10.6 ......NO OTHER..JUST THAT ONE..
Originally posted by cul8rby
GODLIKE PRODUCTIONS BANNED ME FOR INCLUDING MY EMAIL IN A REPLY!!!
THEY ARE JUST AS BAD AS THE GOV. AND THEY REFUSE TO LET ME BACK ON!!! AND THEY HAVE
A LOT OF PORN AND IMPROPER GRAMMER...ETC....AND THEY ARE REFUSING ME???
Originally posted by CharliePrime
TOR is funded by the U.S. State Department and U.S. Naval Intelligence.
That's all you need to know to understand how "anonymous" it is.