Presentation to the Lexington Computer and Technology group November 20, 2019. Good time, excellent and engaged audience. I had good fun. Other interesting talks and upcoming schedule at https://wiki.toku.us/doku.php?id=lexingtoncomputergroup .
https://media.libreplanet.org/u/libreplanet/m/the-tor-project-state-of-the-onion/ A nice summary of TOR and status of TOR in early 2019. Think about submitting a talk for 2020’s LibrePlanet conference. You don’t have to be a coder. Do it before Nov 20th 2019 here: https://my.fsf.org/lp-call-for-sessions .
it’s not just for drugs and criminals any more…
TOR is easily conflated with criminal activity and evil. But at least one library in NH has taken the position of supporting, or at least not actively blocking TOR: https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2015/09/16/440848324/n-h-public-library-resumes-its-support-of-tor-network in spite of concerns that the same access could allow illegal activities. The library is not a passive bystander, but operates a TOR relay that participates in […]
If you or someone had access to important information that provided hard evidence of criminal activity or important injustice (not just the server at the fast food was rude to you), and you wanted to make it available to law enforcement or a reputable investigative journalist. NSA contractors are not immune to errors and suboptimal […]
https://www.extremetech.com/internet/258310-firefox-borrows-feature-tor-protect-user-privacy TOR borrowed many functions from FF, and now FF is using some TOR capabilities to block -“canvas fingerprinting” (an HTML5 devious tracking method that doesn’t need cookies). One of the problems of setting high privacy configurations, is that many sites tell you “you may not see our content unless you allow us to track […]
https://open.nytimes.com/https-open-nytimes-com-the-new-york-times-as-a-tor-onion-service-e0d0b67b7482 You could always use TOR to read the NYT site, but this is one level improved. The New York Times is Now Available as a Tor Onion Service Illustration by Kevin Zweerink for The New York Times Today we are announcing an experiment in secure communication, and launching an alternative way for people to access our […]
http://thehill.com/policy/cybersecurity/346544-dreamhost-claims-doj-requesting-info-on-visitors-to-anti-trump-website Of course if you have nothing to hide, and are proud of it, everything is as it should be. But a more cynical person might wonder, why is it so important for the Justice Department to identify exactly who is “against” a particular person or idea? TOR can anonymize your IP address — the […]
Good information hygiene: keep your stuff updated – operating system, applications, etc, including browsers – if you’re not sure how to do it, google is your friend, look for information from the source: for windows, find the recommendation on microsoft-dot-com, NOT your-friendly-hacker.com or free-helpdesk-here.com (unless you have an idea they are legit). https://blog.torproject.org/blog/tor-03010-released Update 7.0.4 […]