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This post will be different for everyone.

Suppose you didn’t want me to see that your IP address is

54.224.155.169

Suppose your life and freedom depended on hiding it.

I am reading up on the Tor Project and the service it offers those in countries where government surveillance and censorship of the internet can result in the imprisoning (or worse) of those whose posts offend the state.

Since the Tor anonymizer works best when millions of ordinary people use it to do ordinary surfing, it looks like a good thing to try. After all, if only a handful of desperate political dissidents use it, they will be easier to find and harm.

After I have activated Tor, my results above should look completely different. [ Tried it. Tor gives me a different IP address.]

If you have the time and patience, this YouTube talk will explain in detail.

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2 comments

1 Bill { 01.03.12 at 10:36 am }

I found that it can take several seconds To establish a Tor connection. The “Tor Bundle” for Mac comes in 2 parts…an app called Vidalia makes the Tor connection, then another browser app called Aurora is what you use to browse the web using your Tor connection. Works well, haven’t noticed any slowdown, particularly.

The Aurora browser is really a variant of Firefox.. so much the same that I got a dialogue box telling me that I can’t run 2 copies of Firefox at the same time. I had to quit my running copy of Firefox is order to use Aurora.

2 Bill { 01.03.12 at 10:42 am }

I found a curious “feature” [bug] in Safari for iOS5. HTML tags are automagically (and wrongly) wrapped around the IP address generated above IP address, turning it into a link. I noticed because it strips away the white colouring of the IP text when you view the page on an iPod, iPhone or iPad. I will see if I can find a workaround. Bad Apple. Don’t mess with my HTML.

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