We bring you a list of tips and tricks for using Tor to protect you better when online:
1. Do Use Tor
Tor is widely known for providing online anonymity, having gained quite a lot of reputation at what it does. It can be used for:
-reporting abuse or corruption
-serious business activities
-inter-state or inter-country communications
-publishing anonymous posts
-sharing personal secrets with family and friends
2. Don’t Use Windows
Refrain from browsing websites through Tor on Windows systems if you’re looking to improve your Internet privacy. On Windows systems, security bugs and vulnerabilities present in the system may
compromise your privacy rendering Tor quite literally worthless. It’s best to run Tor-configured Linux systems such as Tails and Whonix, Further, you can also set up Tor on any of your favorite Linux distro.
3. Do Update Your System
Remember, Tor is only as safe and secure as the system running the Tor client. Therefore, it is highly advisable to regularly update the Tor client, Tor-secured applications (browsers, instant messaging clients, email clients, etc.), and the operating system of your computer.
4. Don’t Use HTTP Websites
Tor is a traffic router and not a tool to encrypt the network traffic throughout the Internet, therefore, its exit nodes can read your Internet traffic when in the form of plain unencrypted data.
It’s only obvious you use end-to-end encryption such as SSL or TLS when doing sensitive online communications that requires HTTPS websites. Further, add-ons like ‘HTTPS Everywhere’ automatically switch to HTTPS-mode browsing for supported websites. It’s preferred you use these.
5. Do Encrypt Your Data Storage
Tor cannot secure the digital data on your computer. Complete security can only be achieved through encryption of data using strong cryptographic algorithms. LUKS or TrueCrypt can be used for the same.
6. Don’t Use Tor Browser Bundle
Tor Browser Bundle contains critical vulnerabilities and therefore should not be used for browsing websites anonymously through Tor.
8. Don’t Use P2P
Tor network is not built for peer-to-peer file sharing. If you’re into downloading torrents, remember you’re simply busing Tor. Another downside is, it slows down other user’s browsing on the network.
9. Do Delete Cookies And Site’s Local Data
Tor uses network packets to hide your real identity from the websites. However, it can’t stop websites from using workarounds such as cookies and local data storage to detect your real identity.
10. Don’t Use Your Real Email
Tor protects online privacy and hides real identity. However if you’re giving out your real email on the websites, how is Tor to secure you? Ideally, you must consider a virtual identity while using Tor.
11. Don’t Use Google
Warning: Google periodically collects information on users’ browsing and search data to facilitate the growth of its revenue. Rather, go for alternatives such as Startpage and DuckDuckGo. These anonymity-compliant services offer search results without logging your IP address and storing cookies on your computer.