Q&A Is Tor good for anonymity?

jackwilli

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I installed TOR latest version today and checked my anonymity with 'whoer.net'. It was showing 40% anonymity!!! How is this possible?
 

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Janl1992l

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i got 100% anonymity but i can see my real ip, my isp, my browser and my system lmao. this is a joke, right? i didnt used any vpn, extensions or whatsoever.
 
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Azure

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i got 100% anonymity but i can see my real ip, my isp, my browser and my system lmao. this is a joke, right? i didnt used any vpn, extensions or whatsoever.
Try reloading the page. Did get that once without any VPN which was weird. The score then changed later.

Without VPN: 100 -> 40 (after reloading the site)

With VPN: 90 (consistent throughout 3 browsers)

Though this was on mobile. Haven't tried on my laptop yet.
 

TairikuOkami

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TOR browser gives an average anonymity (to quickly access some webpages and etc), but if you want a real one, you need VPN.

I have got a better result with my default browser (52%) than with TOR (20-40%). :LOL:
 

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Atlas147

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From what I understand it does fingerprinting on your browser and checks with your country of origin to see if there are any discrepancies. A low percentage doesn't mean that your anonymity is low, but rather it is easy to tell that you are using a proxy or a VPN. But you are still protected by the VPN, and the site would not be able to show your real IP.
 

askalan

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TOR browser gives an average anonymity (to quickly access some webpages and etc), but if you want a real one, you need VPN.

I have got a better result with my default browser (52%) than with TOR (20-40%). :LOL:

More false information in two sentences is not possible.
1. learn how Tor works and evaluate then why it is not safe. First of all, I have to trust a VPN to not store my payment details and logs. With Tor, it's theoretically not possible for these two disadvantages to arise.
2. it is clear that i will never get a full score in this test. whoer.net wants to sell and create panic. Why should it rate my VPN better than whoer.net's?
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Arequire

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Keep in mind is that Whoer assumes you're browsing the site while connected to a VPN server regardless of whether you are or not. From there it looks for inconsistencies relating to your IP address's country of origin.
For example, if you live in the United Kingdom and connect to a VPN server located in Switzerland without changing your browser's language or your system's time zone, any host you connect to can include javascript that allows it to see your system's time zone and use your HTTP header to see the language your browser's set to display pages in. With those two pieces of information they can determine that you probably aren't a Swiss citizen browsing the internet from Switzerland but are in fact browsing the internet from the United Kingdom but are connected to a VPN server in Switzerland.
Both these things are easily remedied: All major browsers have an option to display pages in English without a country designation behind it.
The time zone is also easily remedied if somewhat annoying: Change your system's time zone to match your VPN's server location before connecting to the VPN and change it back after you've disconnected.
 
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