Skip to main content

Tor on Linux Mint 8 for anonymous browsing

This is a simple step by step procedure. By following the procedure and you will have TOR running in your Linux Mint 8 system.
add the below line to your /etc/apt/sources.list file by typing "gksudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list" in the terminal window.

deb http://deb.torproject.org/torproject.org karmic main
Then add the gpg key used to sign the packages by running below lines in terminal window:
sudo gpg --keyserver keys.gnupg.net --recv 886DDD89
sudo gpg --export A3C4F0F979CAA22CDBA8F512EE8CBC9E886DDD89 | sudo apt-key add -

Refresh your sources and install TOR by running
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install tor tor-geoipdb

Now TOR is installed and will be running. We will install privoxy by typing:
sudo apt-get install privoxy
Next, we need to open privoxy’s config file:
gksudo gedit /etc/privoxy/config
and insert this line at the beginning of the file: (make sure to include the dot at the end of line)
forward-socks4a / 127.0.0.1:9050 .
Save and restart privoxy:
sudo /etc/init.d/privoxy restart
Using TOR with FireFox

To use TOR inside FireFox we need to change the browser’s proxy server configuration. Fortunately, there is Torbutton plugin that simplifies the task. Install the plugin, restart FireFox and check the bottom right of the browser window:
Click once on the “Tor Disabled” label to activate TOR inside FireFox:
That’s it. Now we need to test whether we’re already anonymous on the net. Open this address:
http://torcheck.xenobite.eu/
https://check.torproject.org/

And if you can see a green message message saying that you are successful

Congratulation! You’re anonymous now (well, it has flaws, but at least you’re better off). Click once on “Tor Enabled” label to deactivate TOR inside FireFox.


A new simple version can be found here which works for not only Linux Mint but all flavors of Linux (hope so)


Please add a comment if this is helpful so that I will encouraged to help you out more.

Comments

Anonymous said…
Thank you very much! It was extremely clear and useful. It would be even simpler if the instruction as to how to install Torbutton would be included.
Anonymous said…
I agree with former post. You had my laptop running Mint 8 up'n'running TOR within minutes. I expected more issues, to be honest :) At the time of this post, I am surfing from a rented building during a holiday, and now feel more secure regarding my traffic. Life-saver !
Anonymous said…
Thank you for posting this - no issues following your instructions!
Anonymous said…
I love this advice! My problem is that unfortunately, I cannot change my sources.lst file as mentioned in the very first step.

I am not 'allowed' on my computer to change it at all. I guess it has to do with permissions, but I am the only administrator on my computer.

Any advice? Please help!

Thanks!
Anil said…
You have to open the terminal/console window and type "sudo gedit " will you open the file in root mode so that you can edit and do the changes.
Anonymous said…
keyserver timed out repeatedly

any suggestions

thank you
Anil said…
I am not able to help you very much deep into this. You have to Google the result. If I come across anything I will post it.

Popular posts from this blog

How to Configure Samba to Share a Folder with Two Users on Ubuntu (with Read/Write and Read-Only Permissions)

Samba is a file sharing software that allows you to share files between Linux and Windows computers. It is a popular choice for home users and businesses alike. In this article, we will show you how to configure Samba to share a folder with two users, one with read/write permissions and one with only read permissions, on Ubuntu. Prerequisites Before you begin, you will need the following: A Linux computer running Ubuntu Two user accounts A shared folder Steps Install Samba. sudo apt install samba Create the shared folder. sudo mkdir /shared Configure Samba's global options. Open the Samba configuration file /etc/samba/smb.conf in a text editor. Add the following lines to the [global] section: security = user passdb backend = tdbsam This will set the security mode to user , which means that users will be authenticated using their local Linux accounts. The passdb backend option specifies the database that Samba will use to store user passwords. In this case, we are using the tdbsa

GM Diet for the second time

I have yesterday started following GM diet for the second time. First was last month almost in the mid. I lost 2kgs. If you want to follow the diet scheme please find the details below. This is an extract of 'weight loss diet' circulated by many companies and banks among its employees in USA & India. This has proved to be the very effective program for weight loss. Hope this will be of much use to all those who are conscious of their weight and health. WEIGHT LOSS DIET for 7 days (Tested by corporates) This program was developed in conjunction with the grant from the US Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration. It was field tested at the Johns Hopkins Research Centre and was approved for distribution by the Board of Directors of General Motors Corporation at a general meeting on August 15, 1995. This Program is designed for a target weight loss of 5 - 6 Kgs per week. But it all depened on your body structure and the way you follow it. It will also impr

Create Great looking diagrams - Gliffy.com

I was looking for an online diagram creating tool. Came across Gliffy.com where I could create actually great looking diagrams without much of learning curve. The tool is 1. Very easy to use 2. Has drag and drop of elements to your diagram 3. Collaboration (which I have not tested). 4. Works from anywhere on a browser with Internet connection (I used it in Google Chrome on Linux Mint 10) When you click on the "Try it now" a new screen will open as below. You can either create a blank page to create a diagram from scratch or select from a bunch of samples and work on them to create one for your requirement. There are options to export the diagrams you created to SVG, JPEG, PNG and XML format once you register for free on the website. Once you register you can save the diagrams that you created in the site itself and retrieve it at a later time by logging into the website. I made three diagrams and it was real easy and simple. The site has two kind of pa