Tor is a free implementation of anonymity network which protects your privacy over the internet. Tor enable this by providing virtual tunnel to internet application through SOCKS interface. This post will show you how to setup and use Tor to connect to internet anonymously.
First of all you need to install tor and privoxy package
apt-get install tor
apt-get install privoxy
- Then you need to edit privoxy config file for some quick setup,
gksudo gedit /etc/privoxy/config
- You need to comment “logfile logfile” line and add this line at the end of the file
- Save the file and restart privoxy service.
sudo /etc/init.d/privoxy restart
- You should be able to connect through Tor by using application which supports SOCK 4a/SOCK 5 interface with port 9050.
Here’s a screenshot of Mozilla Firefox and Gaim setup to use Tor
You can access those screen through Edit->Preference->Advanced->Network->Settings in Mozilla Firefox and Account->Advance Tab in Gaim/Pidgin. Other application which supports SOCK 5 can be configured similarly to connect through Tor (including Xchat irc client and other internet browser)
Other Operating System
Tor (and Privoxy) is also supported on other operating system including Windows, Mac OS and other Unix-like operating system. Please refer to Tor Download page for instructions to use tor on those system