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Tor Tutorial

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Hi, today I’m going to be showing you how to install and use Tor. Tor is a program that helps you protect your privacy online by making it difficult to find out where you've been online, and making it difficult for the places you've been online to find out your physical information, so that they can't give it to anybody who wants to know it. Tor does this by taking the request that you send out to the Internet and bouncing it among different relays. These relays are servers run by Tor, but also by people who want to help other people access information. So, with that in mind, let's get started. The first thing we need to do is actually get the software. You're going to want to open up your preferred Internet browser, and I'm using Mozilla's Firefox. Once you opened your browser you're going to go to On the main website you can get an overview of what the Tor program does, you can view their documents, volunteer, and even donate. What we're going to do is go to download. You can download versions for Windows, Mac, and Linux. There's a Browser Bundle here, but I'll be going over that in a different tutorial. For right now, just click on "Installation Bundle for Windows". This is the Vidalia Bundle. Now, you're going to click "save file" and save it to your computer. I'm going to click "cancel" because I've already saved this for the tutorial. Now I'm going to go get the file. Double click the installation icon. Select "run". Allow. And then choose your language from the drop down menu. Click "OK". Click "Next". Now these are the different programs that Tor utilizes in order to protect your privacy. Vidalia is the user interface. Tor is the actual anonymity software. And Polipo helps to increase the speed and functionality of your web browser while Tor is active. The Tor Button is a Firefox Add-on that allows you to activate and deactivate Tor with a simple mouse click. Okay, click "next". And let it install to the default directory. Once its completed it will ask me to install the Tor Button for Firefox. I'm going to agree to install that now. And then I'm going to click "Restart Firefox". What this has done, as you can see down here in the lower right hand corner, is added the Tor Button. Right now it's disabled because we haven't setup the Tor program or connected to the service. So now we go back to the installation wizard and click next. Now it will ask you if you want to run the installed components now, you can do that, but I'm going to do it manually just so you can see how it works. I'm using Windows Vista, by the way, to access this. So you're going to go to all programs, Vidalia bundle, and open Vidalia. This is the User Interface. What Tor is doing right now is connecting to the service. I'll give you a quick overview of the different buttons. The "Stop Tor" button is pretty self-explanatory. Setup Relay allows you to add your computer to the relay network that people to access the Internet through. Use a new identity gives you a different route through the relay network. View the Network allows you to see all the open relays on a map. And in settings you can go through all the different options for Tor. Now we're just going to let this finish connecting. Alright, once you get the green onion, that means you're connected to the Tor network. You can click hide in order to minimize the user interface. And then in the task bar you'll find a green onion icon. You can right click this icon in order to do any of the things you just saw on the user interface. Now we're going to open up our web browser again. You can see that the Tor Button is still disabled. We're connected to the Tor network but we haven't turned on the service in Firefox yet. So, we are going to click the button, it's as easy as that, and it should say Tor Enabled. Now you can go anywhere you want without worrying about your security. And, as you can see, I've been redirected through the relays to view the Internet from a different country. This shows that the service is on, and it is working. Now, if you want to turn it off, just click the button again and it will be disabled. Now I'll go to Google again, and it will take me to my normal Google page. So, that's pretty much all there is to installing and running Tor for the first time. There are other settings you can set and other things you can do but you can go to and view all of the information they have on their program. I hope this tutorial has been of some help and good luck.

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Duration: 5 minutes and 17 seconds
Country: United States
Language: English
Producer: Calvin Rhodes
Director: Calvin Rhodes
Views: 476
Posted by: therhodesahead on Jun 1, 2010

Tutorial on using Tor.

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