What’s it good for¶
Tor routes all your traffic over three different servers in order to minimize the information that can be gathered about your connection. we.riseup.net is already only available over https which adds nicely to tor. Even better… riseup even provides a .onion address for we.riseup.net – an address that can only be reached through the tor network and only exhibits to an observer that you are connecting to tor: 7lvd7fa5yfbdqaii.onion.
Using tor will prevent your local government, your ISP and anyone on you local network from learning the fact that you are connecting to we.riseup.net. It will also prevent riseup, riseups ISP and the government where riseups server runs from learning that it’s YOU who is connecting to we.riseup.net. They can only tell that there is a connection from the tor network if you are not using the .onion domain.
How to use tor¶
There are two ways to savely connect to Tor:
- the tor-browser
- the TAILS operation system.
If you are running linux you might want to install the tor-browser launcher and use it. It will check if your tor browser is up to date on a daily basis and take care of upgrades etc.
Precautions when using Tor¶
Tor only serves as a private connection from your computer to the last Tor server – the so called exit node. IF you transfer any unencrypted data over that channel it will be unencrypted when leaving the exit node. So please make sure to use https (or a .onion address)! This is easy with we.riseup.net as we.riseup.net only works with https.
create new Tor sessions¶
if you do everything you do over the same Tor connection the exit node (and anyone monitoring its traffic) can still learn a lot about you. In particular if you use Tor to login anywhere without https or on a very specific server such as your own homepage. This information can be related to everything else you do with the same tor connection. So in order to prevent that you should change the Tor connection after you are done with one thing. The Torbrowser has a button for this and it will restart the entire browser to make sure your browser history does not leak.