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valis

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I have, just to know it. Problem is is that waaaaaay too many people are using this for nefarious purposes. One of the reasons we don't assist with it.
 

md2lgyk

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Yeah, the article (in Popular Science magazine) did say Tor was popular with those with less-than-honest intentions. I don't plan to use it, but wanted to ask since the article also said it was an excellent way to protect one's privacy on the web. Can't argue with the importance of that.
 

flavallee

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I previously serviced a laptop where its owner was using the Tor browser and doing a lot of video/music downloading with it.

It was infected and full of malware/spyware and running like a turtle.

After I cleaned it out and got it running normal, I gave him some advice about his downloading and computing habits.

He ignored my advice and trashed it within 2 weeks.

I refused to service it again.

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DaveBurnett

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And amongst all the fuss about it, the fact that it is part funded and set up by the CIA has quietly been forgotten.

I use it to get round the stupid restrictions on viewing BBC Worldwide material, amongst other stuff, that won't let UK residents access it.

That same reason applies to many other sites as well that have country specific content. It can be difficult sorting out people's problems when you see different pages to them.
 

md2lgyk

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I previously serviced a laptop where its owner was using the Tor browser and doing a lot of video/music downloading with it.

It was infected and full of malware/spyware and running like a turtle.

After I cleaned it out and got it running normal, I gave him some advice about his downloading and computing habits.

He ignored my advice and trashed it within 2 weeks.

I refused to service it again.

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Can't blame you for that - you can't fix stupid. It isn't Tor's fault though. Were I to try it (unlikely) I wouldn't go to any sites I don't already.
 

Phantom010

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I know nothing about the Tor browser, but I did try Tor (the program) many years ago. Browsing with that thing enabled was slow as a snail. There are much better ways to get around country restrictions, but this is not the forum to discuss it.

It was originally developed with the U.S. Navy in mind, for the primary purpose of protecting government communications. I dunno, but this just rings a bell (NSA..... and who else.....), you know? ;)
 
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