First, to everyone in this thread who mentioned facebook, what the heck are you thinking? To use facebook, you log into your facebook account which
means you are identified. The whole purpose of Tor is to be anonymous so you CAN'T be identified. If you're talking about using facebook on Tor,
you're missing something, unless you're talking about logging into a fake facebook account which probably violates the facebook T&C.
I have some friends who were critizing their employer, a fortune 500 company, and they didn't use Tor, so the company was able to trace the criticism
back to them and they lost their job as a result. This is one way Tor could be useful...you can be a wistleblower and not have the information traced
back to you if you know how to use it. Here is another use:
Originally posted by mainidh
Your fear is entirely unwarranted. I mean, do you go to google, and search for bad things? Then why would you using TOR?
I don't think they
are bad things, but I don't want to take the chance that someone else will misunderstand. I've done a lot of searches on nuclear weapons. I don't
want any, I don't intend to make any, etc, but I have a lot of interest in who does have them and what they are doing with them etc, so it just
doesn't seem wise to let "big brother" Google have a profile on me with a lot of searches on nuclear weapons that might make me a person of
interest, when really, I'm not a person of interest, I'm just curious. So Tor prevents these nuclear weapon searches from all getting logged to my
IP address, when I don't have any bad intentions.
Originally posted by angeldoll
Lots of talk about "finding yourself somewhere you don't want to be", and making it all sound very nefarious, mysterious, and highly secretive.
So what kinds of "deep" subjects are you talking about?
Child Pornography? If so, who cares except to call the police which I would happily do.
Otherwise, what odious topics are you referring to?
Actually calling the police could backfire on you.
If you find illegal material, you probably clicked on a link that said it led to illegal material, and it's illegal to click on such a link. So
you'd basically be reporting yourself as a criminal. Besides, law enforcement already knows the illegal content is there, and they have traps set
everywhere, so one of those illegal links you clicked on could be set up by law enforcement. They have a bag of tricks they can use to expose your
real IP address, so they may already know that you clicked on an illegal link before you even call them to report it, if you don't know what you're
doing. So by the time you call they could just ask you to come down and turn yourself in because they already have an indictment against you for
clicking that honeypot trap link they set up. And if law enforcement didn't set up the link and you admitted to them that you clicked it, you just
admitted to being a criminal and you can be prosecuted for that.
Originally posted by Helig
There have been several documented attacks that can make it possible to
discover the originating IP address.
Yes I've even seen a paper which gives instructions on how a tor exit node owner can learn the true IP
of a Tor user. It's not 100% effective even if you know what you're doing, and if you don't know what you're doing, it's probably worse to use
Tor than to not use it because if you don't use it at least you're not under the illusion that you're anonymous.