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anon_private
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Installing Tor

I have downloaded portable FF and have installed the Tor Button.

I now need to connect to the Tor network.

Can someone tell me what plugin I need, or any other method.

Is Tor, the best choice?

Thanks

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use tor browser

http://www.torproject.org/torbrowser/index.html.en

I dont know what you are up to, so can not tell if the tor is the best for you.

But the tor button is just doing configuration to the firefox to be ready to use the proxy for the tor. It is not the tor itself.

OK, you can install tor itself, then one of the proxies like polipo and you might want also to install the gui called vidalia. Then all will work sure, but it needs some additional configuration etc. From the tor website you can find out how to set up this all.

But you can simply download the tor browser packet. It contains the ff portable and all the other essential components and it is ready for use. By starting it, it will start the tor application, the proxy, the vidalia gui, and the firefox and if you want also the pidgin.

The tor button only configures the access via the proxy (privoxy or polipo), and it also will disable some functions of the firefox which would otherwise bypass the secure connection of the tor.

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can you please send me "tor

can you please send me "tor browser firefox portable" setup through my E-mail Israelalemayehu23@gmail.com, the network didn't allow me to go through even the download link. thank you!

Israel

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There is also Portable Tor

You could also try Portable Tor. It will work portably off of your flash drive.

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Devo. Portable Tor looks

Devo.

Portable Tor looks good.

Do you know if it contains a browser, or if I can use my existing portable FF?

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No.

No. Portable Tor package contains Tor, Vidalia and Privoxy. The official Tor bundle contains Firefox or Firefox + Pidgin.

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Portable Tor does not include

Portable Tor does not include the browser, just Tor, Privoxy, and Vidalia. To use it, startup PortableTor, it will take about a minute for everything to connect, then click TorButton in Firefox Portable and you should now be browsing anonymously. The help file on their site is pretty good. If you need more information google is pretty good for that stuff.

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Tor Conundrum

Well, I came across TOR and thought it would be an interesting thing to try out on my portable app drive. I tried to load it into a reasonably sized Thumb drive and intended on using it in the Computer Lab at school so that I can do the occasional "Admin" operations without the requisite issues from DP on the security.

So I've been trying to install the item, and read through all the docs & FAQ files, downloaded or should I say tried to download the tools required but kept running into an issue with my Windows 7 trying to capture the file download instead of routing it to the Portable Apps drive. I continued "Browsing" it over to the proper location, but in the end could not get the gzip to install or open, could not get the other operator[s] to do anything either, I did manage to get the TOR FireFox button installed and downloaded the "File" for TOR, but I am quite sure its the complete destro, which I'm more and more convinced will not function via portableapp on my thumb drive...

Which is why I located this thread, and hope someone out there can direct me to a somewhat successful means of getting TOR working, besides a "Button to nowhere"

I can't seem to download & successfully open/launch the packages which are supposed to provide the foundation for the App, nor can I seem to locate "Anything" about a Portable Version of TOR on their site, I did a search and found some similar tor like add-ons but they appear to be knock-offs of the real deal, and I am suspicious whether they would function correctly.

My biggest issue here is that I don't want to load it on my Home System, my intent was to have it on my "portable" drive that I take around and occasionally access the internet with, from places that privacy could be an issue. So I thought I'd give this a try but its rapidly turning into a conundrum.

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to make it simple

try first to download and install on your stick the torbrowser bundle.

http://www.torproject.org/projects/torbrowser.html.en

this contains the firefox, the tor and few other utils as idalia for that, all ready to use.

If you get some experiance and find out what tor does and what not, then you can install tor on your computer or stick and the torbutton into FF and it will work there too.

But start with the simple thing first.
If your tor works, you can discover by visiting:

https://check.torproject.org/

BTW: read first what is TOR, what it does and what not.
TOR is only anonymizing requests to webservers, so far nothing else, so I have no idea how you want do with it some 'admin' work or similar.
The only thing TOR does, is encrypting requests to websites, passing it via few more servers before dripping it in clear text to the called server. It is not encrypting other traffic, it is not VPN, no tunel or similar.

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Translation

Maybe "admin" is another word for pr0n, or warez? Wink

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the "admin" stuff was more

the "admin" stuff was more along the lines of downloads that continually are blocked by the scripting on the "College Owned" systems, among other general behaviors that are interfered with by a system if you don't have admin rights. I run into issues quite often where a program is not "updated" on their systems, and I've got "updated" software on my system at home, so the doc or what have you doesn't open or function properly... without admin rights your not able to correct that deficiency or "update" the system so that your doc. image. or what ever the case may be at the time... functions/opens/operates as it would on my system at home. The DP department in charge of the lab is notoriously behind on updates or intentionally inadequately keeping the system current. But it basically comes down to admin behaviors vs. limited guest/user rights issues... Using this portable-app set up bypasses that behavior in so far as I've needed to... Though frankly its more of an annoyance than anything... Not withstanding the overall privacy issues of utilizing the systems in the lab, not wholly from the actual Admin, but more importantly from other users.

I did completely read though TOR's documents & abilities, it would appear that I didn't make my desire clear, but sort of confuted the two together. I have no real need to use it on my system at home, I've got no DP department breathing down my neck or lurking about wondering what I'm up to for no good reason besides their own P/C motivations... I wanted to experiment with the idea after reading through the documentation, it seemed like a means to accomplish that task in some manor, though when you get right down to it the actual behavior is more directed to the other end of the system, than the terminal I'm working on... So after a bit more thought on the matter, just the mere fact of using this portable-drive set up really does in fact accomplish what I'm trying to do...

Although, perhaps there could be a reason for using TOR in the future... after further consideration, my original intention doesn't seem to be valid.

Regardless, I am still having difficulty installing it on my portable-app thumb drive, although I did get the 'button' to work fine; but I will give the suggestion above a try today and see how that works out... Thanks for the input,

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as I said

download the tor browser package, put it on your usb stick and use it. It works 'out of the box'. No need for other installations.

TOR will not help with updating software on schools computer at all. You have to have admin rights to install anything. That is what such rights management is for.
If you have no write access to certain parts of the hard disk, you have no access , that is all. This is file system and operating system design, if you manage to bypass it with some simple tool, be sure, this will be fixed by operating system supplier very soon. This their task to prevent such things happening.

Otto Sykora
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Job Done

Like Otto said, Admin Rights are Admin Rights, there's no getting around them, if there were then there would be little point in having them in the operating system at all. It sounds like you just needed a way to avoid using (outdated) software on the host system, and as you've stated using PortableApps is the way to do that.

If you want to talk about avoiding detection or monitoring by the system administrators then that's a different topic altogether and as Otto has explained to another user in a different thread, almost completely futile as admins can log system and application events, as well as things like key presses. So in other words if they really wanted to lock down the computers and know every single little thing you were doing, they could do that. Whether they have rights to is a moral/legal debate for another day.

99.99% of all apps here don't require admin rights so you should be able to get your work done without any dependency on the host system. As long as professors will be able to open/view any documents/files you might turn in electronically (which would be another important consideration).

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