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Anonymous web surfing using TOR - Ubuntu Linux

Tor protects you by bouncing your communications around a distributed network of relays run by volunteers all around the world: it prevents somebody watching your Internet connection from learning what sites you visit, and it prevents the sites you visit from learning your physical location. Tor works with many of your existing applications, including web browsers, instant messaging clients, remote login, and other applications based on the TCP protocol.

Installing Tor under Ubuntu:
Add the following repositories to your /etc/apt/sources.list file
deb http://deb.torproject.org/torproject.org natty main
open the terminal and type following commands:
gpg --keyserver keys.gnupg.net --recv 886DDD89
gpg --export A3C4F0F979CAA22CDBA8F512EE8CBC9E886DDD89 | sudo apt-key add -
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade
sudo apt-get install tor tor-geoipdb
Install Polipo (an HTTP proxy):
It is recommended to use polipo with tor.

Polipo is a fast and lightweight, forwarding and caching proxy server. By virtue of being a compliant HTTP 1.1 proxy, Polipo has all the uses of traditional Web proxies. It features HTTP 1.1, IPv4 & IPv6, traffic filtering and privacy-enhancement. Polipo supports HTTP 1.1 pipelining and simulating multiplexing by interleaving multiple segments to reduce communication.

Polipo is free software, "and comes with absolutely no strings attached". It runs on GNU/Linux, OpenWRT, Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, and FreeBSD. Almost any Web browser can use it.

Open the terminal and type following command to install Polipo:
sudo apt-get install polipo
Install Vidalia:
Vidalia lets you start and stop Tor, see how much bandwidth you are consuming, see how many circuits you currently have active, see where these circuits are connected on a global map, view messages from Tor about its progress and current state, and let you configure your Tor client, bridge, or relay with a simple interface. Included in Vidalia is an extensive help system which helps you understand all of the options available to you. All of these features are translated into a large number of languages. Vidalia does not work alone, it requires Tor to be useful.

Open the terminal and type following command to install vidalia:
sudo apt-get install vidalia
Open the terminal and type command : vidalia to start the Vidalia application, using this you can start the tor/polipo and other service ..




Install Firefox torbutton:
Torbutton is a 1-click way for Firefox users to enable or disable the browser's use of Tor. It adds a panel to the status bar that says "Tor Enabled" (in green) or "Tor Disabled" (in red). The user may click on the panel to toggle the status. If the user (or some other extension) changes the proxy settings, the change is automatically reflected in the statusbar.

Download and install Firefox torbutton - here

Finally, visit this website -  https://check.torproject.org/ to check is if your tor configuration is correct and your browser is using the tor network, you should see something like ...





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