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How to Surf Tor Network Using Firefox Browser
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How to Surf Tor Network Using Firefox Browser

Welcome on board, stranger! Today we're going to break down how to use firefox for surfing Tor network.

We're going to show you how to surf tor network even if the tor browser package isn't available for your distribution. Some operating systems like FreeBSD and older 32-bit GNU/Linux distributives have the tor package in their repositories but they don't have the tor browser bundle. So, let's install tor and torsocks proxy:

sudo apt install tor torsocks

In this way the tor package is installed together with a proxy that we will use to make firefox connect to the Tor network. Next we type systemctl to enable tor, systemctl start to run it and restart it to make it work better.

sudo systemctl enable tor
sudo systemctl start tor
sudo systemctl restart tor

Now you need to viset the website that allows you to check whether your firefox is connected to Tor network or not:

https://check.torproject.org

If you got this message, it means that your firefox browser isn't configured for that. To make it work, go into "Settings">"General">"Network Settings".

Now you need to configure proxy access to the internet, click on "Manual proxy configuration". We need "SOCKS Host" to work for us, use SOCKS v5 for that. Now enter 127.0.0.1 - it is the localhost address, port should be 9050 because it is the default port that the Tor package will use.

Now use the link https://check.torproject.org again. It should say now following:

Congratulations! Your browser now works with the Tor network!

Let's check again with the website that will tell you your ip address - type whatismyipaddress. This webpage will show you that connection is made from another nation. It will take longer to search something because the connection is routed through the 3 relays of the Tor network. Now that firefox has the tor service enabled we can go to .onion addresses.

Now you know how to use the tor network even if your operating system doesn't support the Tor browser application by just using the Tor package with a special firefox configuration.

Providing enhanced security and privacy for your Firefox browser

  1. Check your Firefox version. Firefox version 17 has a vulnerability that allows the collection of data transmitted over the Tor network. In this case, update your browser to fix this vulnerability.
  2. Certain browser plugins (e.g. Flash, RealPlayer and Quicktime) can be used to determine your true IP address.So use the experimental HTML5 YouTube video player (but most other sites don't have this option). For maximum security, disable these plugins in Firefox.
  3. Do not use torrent clients or open downloaded files while connected to the Internet. Torrent clients often change privacy settings. Do not open downloaded files while connected to the Internet, so that the file does not start transmitting data over the network. This is especially true for .doc and .pdf files.
  4. Use https instead of http (if possible). You can manually enter https at the beginning of any website URL to add an optional encrypted protocol, or install this Firefox add-on to automatically enter https.
  5. Use Tor Browser. The described steps will increase the security of your Firefox, but, nevertheless, your data can be intercepted. Firefox is updated much more frequently than Tor, so there is a chance that Firefox's interactions with Tor will not be quickly fixed (resulting in reduced security). Unlike Firefox, Tor Browser automatically adjusts itself to the maximum privacy level. Tor Browser is a modified version of Firefox, so the browsers have a similar interface and functionality.
  6. We highly recommend using Tor network teaming up with VPN. For example, if you do not want your ISP to know that you are using Tor in your nation, and also if you do not want the input and output nodes to know your IP address, then be sure to use Tor network with a VPN. Here you can check out our guide on which VPN you should use in 2021.


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