Want to use your current browser settings and configuration but use them anonymously and free?
Why enable anonymous browsing? See: http://tor.eff.org/overview.html.en
Time: Following the basic instructions for PortableTor, Firefox, and TorButton should only take 5 minutes. Configuring for multiple proxies may take about 15 minutes.
- Anonymous browsing will usually be slower than normal browsing (sometimes very slow).
- You will need to run both the anonymous program Tor and Firefox side-by-side.
- This howto was written for Firefox v2.0 but savvy users shouldn't have any trouble adapting previous versions.
Why use this over other pre-packaged programs? I've had some problems with portable, anonymous browsing via Torpark and the new "XB Browser" (slow/broken) so I did some digging and found a better solution.
1. Download PortableTor: http://portabletor.sourceforge.net/
2. Run the install file and put the program anywhere you would like. You can move it later (for instance on to a USB drive).
3. Run the program. A big white window named "Privoxy" will appear, which you should minimize and don't need to interact with.
4. Look to the tray icon (in the lower right of your screen) for a small red "X" with a stem. Right click and select "Settings." In the window that appears, check "Start Tor when Vidalia starts" and click save. Right click on the icon again and select "Exit," then close the Privoxy window. Run the program again as in step 2. The program's icon should now have changed to a green onion.
1. Download Portable Firefox if you haven't already: http://portableapps.com/apps/internet/firefox_portable
2. To make Firefox connect ONLY to the Tor network or if you have multiple proxy services, scroll down to "Other Connection Options". Otherwise, install the TorButton plugin (https://addons.mozilla.org/de/firefox/addon/2275).
That's it! You may now surf anonymously.
1. You can install some great Firefox plugins to make it more like the XB and Torpark browsers:
- Adblock Plus - helps cut down on bandwidth by removing most advertisements (I recommend the single language install down the page a bit): http://adblockplus.org/en/installation
- NoScript - helps increase security and kill annoyances by turning off most Internet scripts and tools until you turn them on: http://noscript.net/
2. You may wish to set your browser to Google's International English page: http://www.google.com/ncr
Other Connection Options
- Configure Firefox to work ONLY with Tor (without an on/off switch)
1. Choose network settings manually. In the menu bar click "Tools" and select "Options". Then select the "Advanced" tab and then Network tab. Click Settings and select "Manual proxy configuration." Enter "127.0.0.1" for the HTTP Proxy and "8118" for the port. Click the box marked "Use this proxy server for all protocols" and click ok.
2. In the window that appears, click "Manual Proxy Configuration" and enter "127.0.0.1" for HTTP, SSL, FTP, Gopher, and SOCKS. Use port "8118" in all of the "port" boxes.
3. Finally, click "OK" and, if the onion icon in the taskbar is green, you're browsing anonymously and securely.
Configure Firefox to work with multiple proxies.
1. Go to the SwitchProxy Website: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/125
2. Click "Install Now" and then click the next "Install Now" button.
3. Restart the browser.
4. On the menu bar that appears, click "Add." In the dialog window that appears, you'll be using the Standard, rather than Anonymous option here but this does not mean your connection will not be anonymous. Just click "Next".
In the window that appears, type in "Tor" in the Proxy Label window. In the next series of windows, enter "127.0.0.1" (no quotes) for HTTP, SSL, FTP, Gopher, and SOCKS. Use port "8118" (no quotes) in all of the "port" boxes. Click OK.
5. In menu bar, Click "Apply". If the Status box on the same bar says "Using Tor", you're all set.
6. In the menu bar click "Tools" and select "Options". Then select the "Advanced" tab and then Network tab. Click Settings and select "Direct connection to the Internet." Click OK.
7. Now, from the Proxy Bar drop down menu there will be two options. Choose "None" and then "Apply" to turn off anonymous browsing. To re-enable it, select "Tor" and then click "Apply".
To add more Proxies than just Tor, click "Add" and enter the information.
AUTHOR NOTE: This is version 3 of this document. I welcome suggestions/additions/feedback.