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Introduction

Tor website: “Tor is free software and an open network that helps you defend against traffic analysis, a form of network surveillance that threatens personal freedom and privacy, confidential business activities and relationships, and state security.” It is based on the concept of onion routing in which information negotiates a “virtual circuit” through the network; each node knows its predecessor and successor, but no others.

Installation

Although there is a package in the repos called torbrowser-launcher, it will not install on MX 14. Therefore, the following method is recommended:

  • Download the Tor Browser from the Project Download page
  • Right-click the downloaded package > Extract Here
  • There is no actual installation. This is a self-contained system like Firefox and Thunderbird; like them, it properly belongs in opt/, so use a root Thunar or the command line to move it there.
  • Enter the extracted folder, and click to launch the Tor Browser Setup
  • A dialog box pops up with a question you need to answer about network access. Make your selection and click OK.
  • You should see the Tor Browser launch correctly.
  • Create a menu entry if you like, using MX Menu Editor
  • It will apparently update the system as new versions become available.

Use

The package can be put on a LiveUSB with MX Linux, or installed on your desktop.

Apart from using Tor for your browser traffic, you can also act as a relay, which means you offer some of your bandwidth to be used by others. If you have a broadband connection, this is of course a very nice thing to do and it helps the global Tor community to prevent the Tor network from getting saturated. More on the Tor website.

Tips and Tricks

  • The use of Tor may slow down your browsing significantly.
  • To check and see if Tor is working properly, type in http://whatismyipaddress.com with using first your standard browser and then again using the Tor Browser. You will see a different location if Tor is working.

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