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    http://tor.freehaven.net/overview.html.en

    Personally haven't tried it yet, but surely wouldn't keep it away from here.
    Some people who ran a big BT site in the Netherlands started to use this.
    They say it's great, speeds are a little behind the max speeds they get not using the network. But they seem to be fine.

    It seems all p2p progs work within this network.

    For the dutchies here's the site wheree i got this from: http://www.kickme.to/zocors-web/
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    Tor: Overview

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    Tor is a network of virtual tunnels that allows people and groups to improve their privacy and security on the Internet. It also enables software developers to create new communication tools with built-in privacy features. Tor provides the foundation for a range of applications that allow organizations and individuals to share information over public networks without compromising their privacy.

    Individuals use Tor to keep websites from tracking them and their family members, or to connect to news sites, instant messaging services, or the like when these are blocked by their local Internet providers. Tor's hidden services let users publish web sites and other services without needing to reveal the location of the site. Individuals also use Tor for socially sensitive communication: chat rooms and web forums for rape and abuse survivors, or people with illnesses.

    Journalists use Tor to communicate more safely with whistleblowers and dissidents. Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) use Tor to allow their workers to connect to their home website while they're in a foreign country, without notifying everybody nearby that they're working with that organization.

    Groups such as Indymedia recommend Tor for safeguarding their members' online privacy and security. Activist groups like the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) are supporting Tor's development as a mechanism for maintaining civil liberties online. Corporations use Tor as a safe way to conduct competitive analysis, and to protect sensitive procurement patterns from eavesdroppers. They also use it to replace traditional VPNs, which reveal the exact amount and timing of communication. Which locations have employees working late? Which locations have employees consulting job-hunting websites? Which research divisions are communicating with the company's patent lawyers?

    A branch of the U.S. Navy uses Tor for open source intelligence gathering, and one of its teams used Tor while deployed in the Middle East recently. Law enforcement uses Tor for visiting or surveilling web sites without leaving government IP addresses in their web logs, and for security during sting operations.

    The variety of people who use Tor is actually part of what makes it so secure. Tor hides you among the other users on the network, so the more populous and diverse the user base for Tor is, the more your anonymity will be protected.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jetje View Post
    http://tor.freehaven.net/overview.html.en

    Personally haven't tried it yet, but surely wouldn't keep it away from here.
    Some people who ran a big BT site in the Netherlands started to use this.
    They say it's great, speeds are a little behind the max speeds they get not using the network. But they seem to be fine.

    It seems all p2p progs work within this network.

    For the dutchies here's the site wheree i got this from: http://www.kickme.to/zocors-web/
    -----------------------------------------------------
    Tor: Overview

    -------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Tor is a network of virtual tunnels that allows people and groups to improve their privacy and security on the Internet. It also enables software developers to create new communication tools with built-in privacy features. Tor provides the foundation for a range of applications that allow organizations and individuals to share information over public networks without compromising their privacy.

    Individuals use Tor to keep websites from tracking them and their family members, or to connect to news sites, instant messaging services, or the like when these are blocked by their local Internet providers. Tor's hidden services let users publish web sites and other services without needing to reveal the location of the site. Individuals also use Tor for socially sensitive communication: chat rooms and web forums for rape and abuse survivors, or people with illnesses.

    Journalists use Tor to communicate more safely with whistleblowers and dissidents. Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) use Tor to allow their workers to connect to their home website while they're in a foreign country, without notifying everybody nearby that they're working with that organization.

    Groups such as Indymedia recommend Tor for safeguarding their members' online privacy and security. Activist groups like the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) are supporting Tor's development as a mechanism for maintaining civil liberties online. Corporations use Tor as a safe way to conduct competitive analysis, and to protect sensitive procurement patterns from eavesdroppers. They also use it to replace traditional VPNs, which reveal the exact amount and timing of communication. Which locations have employees working late? Which locations have employees consulting job-hunting websites? Which research divisions are communicating with the company's patent lawyers?

    A branch of the U.S. Navy uses Tor for open source intelligence gathering, and one of its teams used Tor while deployed in the Middle East recently. Law enforcement uses Tor for visiting or surveilling web sites without leaving government IP addresses in their web logs, and for security during sting operations.

    The variety of people who use Tor is actually part of what makes it so secure. Tor hides you among the other users on the network, so the more populous and diverse the user base for Tor is, the more your anonymity will be protected.
    Looks like a great tool, but I think if you are currently only leeching from private trackers, than it's also safe atm. But for those who want to feel safer, it seems to be a great tool

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    This is not merelly for filesharing, simple surfing etc also
    here is the
    Tor homepage - http://tor.freehaven.net/overview.html.en

    Tor firefox extension (tor on off) - https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/2275/

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    There also slow down connection a lot in my case.

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    Isn't this Tor thing the same as Onion Routing?

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    How about the security?
    Everyone can be a Tor server.

    If the holder of the Tor server is evil and tries to reconnect any incoming traffic of different online banking websites to their phishing websites, you will be doomed. They may be able to perform other kinds of attacks.
    And what if the government agents or anti-P2P companies make themselves one of the Tor servers?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kosecki View Post
    There also slow down connection a lot in my case.
    That's why I stopped using Tor. Safe.....but slow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by famous45 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by kosecki View Post
    There also slow down connection a lot in my case.
    That's why I stopped using Tor. Safe.....but slow.
    Safe?
    You didn't ever address to the security risks I raise?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bootsum View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by famous45 View Post
    That's why I stopped using Tor. Safe.....but slow.
    Safe?
    You didn't ever address to the security risks I raise?
    Sorry totally misunderstood. Also heard that 10 Tor servers were seized in a German raid having to do with child porn. Makes you wonder what was on those servers.....Good points bootsum.

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