A lot of people, websites and communities encourage you to run your Tor node – middle node or bridge, not exit node, but none of them tell you about real consequences of keeping a Tor node active for a long time. So, here I’m going to share with you my experience of running middle node on VPS/dedicated server and home router. This post is divided into parts, one shortly describes problems when running Tor on your home IP, and the second section is about running it on your server. It describes my experience, so not all of it applies to you.

This post is meant as a warning for you, because a lot of portals and people will tell you to help Tor by hosting a node, as it doesn’t cost anything… but they don’t tell you what are the costs not in terms of money.
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In this post gathered some information about several attacks that can be used to track, identity web-browser users in many ways. I will show you here how to protect yourself from those attacks. Information given here should be useful for many communities, for people who hate ads online, who don’t want to be tracked online and also, for Tor users. I should warn you now that the points listed below are used by me and the list was compiled to improve privacy and anonymity without braking most of web2.0 features.

 

1. Let’s start with the most basic privacy settings in Firefox. First, go to Privacy settings (you can do it on many ways, on Linux, go Edit -> Preferences, or universal way just type “about:preferences” in address bar and select “Privacy”). There was much talk about the new Firefox option to disable third party cookies and a lot of people don’t like that feature because they can’t now earn money tracking you. So, tell sites, that you don’t want to be tracked and never accept third-party cookies. Other options are optional for now.

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