Is it safe to use Tor Browser?

Discussion in 'privacy technology' started by searaider, Jun 8, 2011.

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  1. searaider

    searaider Registered Member

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    One question for the experts in security, is it safe to use tor browser to make online shopping?
     
  2. J_L

    J_L Registered Member

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    It's from a relatively trustworthy company. If you still suspect them, scan the website with URLVoid (check re-scan if out-dated), and scan the file with VirusTotal (re-upload if out-of-date) and Comodo Instant Malware Analysis.
     
  3. lotuseclat79

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    Tor exit nodes are known to be vulnerable to snooping if the exit node is provided by an individual who runs network scans of the traffic trough the exit node.

    I would not use or advise anyone to use Tor for online shopping.

    Either use your normal browser and make sure that the checkout webpages are https://... or subscribe to a service like Xerobank which costs a bunch for its high speed network, but is secure.

    -- Tom
     
  4. cm1971

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    I have read that some governments snoop or run Tor exit nodes.
     
  5. Nebulus

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    It is true, Tor exit nodes are vulnerable to snooping, but that is because the final link between the node and the target server is unencrypted. Unfortunately, the same is true for any internet node along the path from your computer to the server.
    Tor has the additional problem of making it easier for the node operator to run man in the middle attacks, and that is why it's not recommended for secure operations like online shopping.

    Me neither :)
     
  6. hugsy

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    Tor is for anonymity, snoopers can see what is being visited, but they can't know WHO is visiting the site.
     
  7. poof

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    So you want to use tor to keep your ID private, but you're going to give them your info anyways at checkout....... Make sure its SSL encrypted, and dont accept any certs that popup and you'll be fine.
     
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