How to Configure Anonymous Web Surfing on Linux with Tor

Tor is a Open Source distributed network of virtual tunnels for the purpose of anonmity online.  Here is a excerpt from their site describing the mission of Tor:

Ongoing trends in law, policy, and technology threaten anonymity as never before, undermining our ability to speak and read freely online. These trends also undermine national security and critical infrastructure by making communication among individuals, organizations, corporations, and governments more vulnerable to analysis. Each new user and relay provides additional diversity, enhancing Tor’s ability to put control over your security and privacy back into your hands.

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


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