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Tor Bundle for Mac OS X


© May 2019 Anthony Lawrence

Currently there is no 64-bit Tor Browser Bundle for OS X. However, the 32-bit version should work fine on 64-bit Intel CPUs and performance should be equivalent to a 64-bit version. A 64-bit bit version is planned, but there isn't yet a timescale. Arturo and I have been discussing the creation of a normal looking Mac OS X.dmg for OS X users - this would include the big pretty background that users expect. We believe that this will normalize the OS X install process to be more like all other OS X software. Helix expressed some concern about size and said that we have a 25MB limit with gmail. Nov 02, 2019 Tor Browser Bundle For Mac Os X The free Firefox-based Tor Browser Bundle integrates the Tor network's enhanced privacy and security. If you would have thought Onion Routing involved wooden crates and flatbed trucks or maybe a sandwich order, you might be surprised to hear it's actually an online security technology. Tor Browser aims to make all users look the same, making it difficult for you to be fingerprinted based on your browser and device information. MULTI-LAYERED ENCRYPTION Your traffic is relayed and encrypted three times as it passes over the Tor network.

I'm sure some people have reasons to want to hide their true identity when browsing the internet. Some of the reasons that immediately come to mind involve illegal or immoral activity, but really there are legitimate reasons also. Tor users aren't necessarily shady characters or people prone to wearing tin-foil hats.

I downloaded the Vidalia Bundle for OS X. This includes Tor, Vidalia (a Tor GUI ), Torbutton (a Firefox tool to control your use of Tor), and Privoxy (a filtering web proxy) into one package, with everything ready to work together. You'll find full instructions for that bundle at https://www.torproject.org/docs/tor-doc-osx.html.en. Scott joplin wife and kids.

You need to have Firefox shutdown while doing the install because it starts up another copy to add Torbutton. You are also asked to reboot. That always raises my eyebrows: just WHAT did you do to my system that requires a restart? A proxy server shouldn't have to hook very deeply into the OS - it just needs to sit on a port. Why the restart? I don't like that.

I could not get Torbutton to work. I couldn't even get it to show its buttons and while I did have it installed it prevented Firefox from closing down. This may be because I use NoScript; Torbutton flat out states that they don't like Noscript:

Torbutton currently mitigates all known anonymity issues with Javascript. While it may be tempting to get better security by disabling Javascript for certain sites, you are far better off with an all-or-nothing approach. NoScript is exceedingly complicated, and has many subtleties that can surprise even advanced users. For example, addons.mozilla.org verifies extension integrity via Javascript over https, but downloads them in the clear. Not adding it to your whitelist effectively means you are pulling down unverified extensions. Worse still, using NoScript can actually disable protections that Torbutton itself provides via Javascript, yet still allow malicious exit nodes to compromise your anonymity via the default whitelist (which they can spoof to inject any script they want).

I really can't agree that I'm better off with all or nothing, but there it is. As Torbutton is largely convenience anyway, and as I really have no plans to use Tor extensively anyway, I decided not to pursue the reasons for this failure and just configured Firefox preferences to use localhost:8118 as its proxy. That was simple for Firefox and Opera, but Safari doesn't specify proxies directly. It calls up the OS X network preference pane instead. I could not make that work except for Safari. That is, if I configured my Ethernet connection to use the proxy, Safari would use it but Opera and Firefox would not. That seems wrong. I would have expected the Ethernet configuration to affect everything, but it didn't.

I think I'd rather have per-browser configuration anyway. If I did have reason to use Tor, I'd probably use it with one specific browser rather than wanting to use it for everything.

Tor Bundle For Mac Os X

But as I said, I have no pressing reason to use Tor anyway. It might be handy now and then if I were testing web scripts that key on IP, but that doesn't come up very often. I just can't think of any other reason I need this.

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How about the rest of you? Do you use Tor for anything specific? Or is this conspiracy theorist realm for you?

Be sure to read Why you need balls of steel to operate a Tor exit node if you are thinking about Tor.

There are real risks involved. Your risks from NOT using this would have to be very high before you should consider this. This isn't for some paranoid tin foil hat type who thinks the government cares about their private browsing.

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