08 May 2013

408. Briefly: Tor on Debian -- the quick option

Tor can -- under the right conditions -- be used to anonymize your connection. Encryption, anonymity etc. is a minefield is you want to do it right, and I won't pretend to be an expert, so do your own reading.


In the process of looking at manually setting up Tor on Debian I came across the Tor browser bundle. Using it is pretty straightforward, but given that linux users are at varying skill-levels, a step by step guide with pictures can't hurt (and another post for me...).

sudo mkdir /opt/torbundle
sudo chown $USER:$USER /opt/torbundle
cd /opt/torbundle
wget https://www.torproject.org/dist/torbrowser/linux/tor-browser-gnu-linux-x86_64-2.3.25-6-dev-en-US.tar.gz
tar xvf tor-browser-gnu-linux-x86_64-2.3.25-6-dev-en-US.tar.gz
echo "alias torbrowser='/opt/torbundle/tor-browser_en-US/./start-tor-browser'" >> ~/.bashrc
source ~/.bashrc

Start by typing

Vidalia will open, and once you're connected to the tor network a browser session will automatically open.


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