Downloading files using Tor (and Polipo) - HTTP/S or FTP?

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  1. muckypup

    muckypup Registered Member

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    This is a very basic question but here goes.

    When you connect to a website and download an .exe file or .doc file or similar in what format does the download occur? Or for that matter when you are uploading something?

    I mean when Firefox asks you where you want to save the file on your hard drive.

    Is this done through HTTP/S or through FTP?

    I ask because if you are using Polipo and Tor for HTTP/S traffic then presumably anything downloaded happens under through HTTP/S?

    Or is it done through FTP which on my system uses Tor directly on 9050?

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  3. muckypup

    muckypup Registered Member

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    I am always connecting through HTTP/S.

    I assume that when for example I download a Word document from webmail and Firefox asks me where I want to save that document on my hard drive, that the download happens through HTTP/S even though the format is .doc.

    I just want to confirm this to indicate that it is not downloaded "outside" the Polipo / Tor stream.
     
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    adik1337 Registered Member

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    it depends on where are you are donwloading the file - http/s or ftp server, the file type does not have anything to do with it as well as wether firefox asks you where to save the file.
     
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    I remember reading at the TOR Project site that FTP is protected through the network but http is not for downloads.
    I will have to read again to know whether or not https is protected.
    Also, other programs outside of the browser are not protected by TOR in the default install.
    If you want ITunes to search for music, it isn't protected unless you add it to the configuration.
     
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