In simple words Tor helps disguise your true IP address, making it more difficult on third partyies to snoop on your web browsing. For my installation I’m using Fedora 13 i686 and Firefox version 3.1.13.
Goals of this post:
– Install Tor client
– Install Polipo proxy
– Install Torbutton Firefox extensions
Install Tor and Polipo from yum.
Start Tor and Polipo.
Check Polipo to what port it is listening on. Many online tutorials including the default Firefox plugin configure Polipo to listen on port 8118. In Fedora by default Polipo listens on 8123. This is important information; when we configure Firefox to use Polipo as a proxy to forward to the Tor client. Navigate to ‘/var/log/’ and check the port we need to set in Firefox.
Polipo must be set to forward to the Tor client.
Install the Torbutton Firefox extension(addons.mozilla.org). Torbutton has a built-in status indicator and automatically adjust your proxy settings. Except after installation the network proxy setting will have to be adjusted to the correct Polipo port.
The last step is to click on Torbutton in the bottom right hand corner of the Firefox browser. It should light up green. Go to http://www.whatismyip.com/ verify that the IP ADDRESS they see is different from your actual one.