Tor Networks for private browsing.

Tor network privacy for the hyper-paranoid internet user.

Tor networks for those seeking privacy from the ever creeping internet that seems to want to know about your privacy. And no, we’re not talking about the government/NSA. They have a hard enough time sending my taxes to the right mailbox. We’re mostly talking about corporate data farming. And how we fully support anything that keeps the browsing habits away from governments and corporations only interested in getting the most pay-click out of your site. Whenever you type something into a search engine and suddenly it responds with items that are local only to the area that is a company using your IP address location against you in the hopes that you’ll respond better to one of their ads. That in itself is manipulating the internet towards the will of a marketing hack instead of opening the internet for the user Read on if you want to learn more.

What the hell is Tor?

It is a network of encryption and proxies serving that encrypted data back and forth between a series of node PCs scattered throughout the world to allow people to mask your privacy. A lot of professionals use the Tor network such as journalists when they are doing research on a subject which they know they might get monitored in reverse on or if the subject they are researching is just about illegal in nature. For more information, you can click here to find out more about it. You can get into Tor by clicking here to be taken to the Tor Project.

Why do you care about TOR suddenly?

Last night, I received some complaints from Tor users about my site. So I loaded up the Tor Browser which is nothing more than Firefox with a Tor network overlay on it to confirm this issue. Tor network error on my site. I started to lookup HTML5 canvas image data and quickly got run into circles about what it is or what even its all about. I initially thought one of my plugins is firing report data back to one of its devs so I even disabled all of the plugins within my WordPress. However, it continued to do this. I found out eventually that there is such a thing as ‘good’ HTML5 canvas image data. That my site actually uses it to find out what resolution your browser is in order to reformat all of the text that you see on it. That if you blocked it, or “Never for this site” then the responsive code will not resize the text properly as well as other functions of my website such as sketches.

 

Update 11/3/2019: we changed our theme a long time ago and thus this error is no more. We may still get other errors due to domain redirection. But none of them involve privacy-related issues. 

 

I don’t trust you S, what are you going to do about it?

Nothing, we understand WHY the Tor network is paranoid of HTML5 canvas data. It’s just that we will not cripple my website in order to remove this notification/error from Tor-based browsers. If you don’t trust my site then you are free to block it. As we have legacy links on my site, as well as my more fancy pants java-scripting going on you, will still be able to navigate our site with the maximum protection enabled. Just know that we are not harvesting any information about who you are or where you live (privacy notice posted here). It is with these reasons is why we dropped using Google Analytics and even Statcounter. We even dropped the Jet-Pack plugin for WordPress as we felt it was too intrusive on your privacy. Most of the cookies you may receive from this site are internalized for some of the javascript graphics. Nothing leaves this site to a third-party vendor.

Tor network vs. Cloudflare:

Captas for everything on TorWhat? Did you honestly believe that anonymous browsing would be easy?

Some sites that use the Cloudflare web firewall service will present a screen similar to the one above to you. Often times the Captcha recognition software is not going to work right and will take a few tries before being finally let through. Since you are within a Tor network. You are now seeing the net similar to how bots and scripts see the net. Sites that are using services similar to Cloudflare will place this roadblock up to prevent malicious users from executing DDOS attacks against whatever web service that they provide.

Tor Network vs Google.Google is really no different about it. And their reasons are hidden behind the notion of DDOS. But in reality, they just want to make your browsing experience as difficult as possible hoping you would go back to a normal browser where they track you happily. However, this does not stop us from using Google as typing in results from different Geo-Locations thanks to Tor allows us to see differences in the results that you are being proxy’ ed from.

S-Config’s Tor Address:

Not only can you surf the web anonymously but you can allow anonymous access to your website with a Tor/Onion address. The reason why we dived into this is almost the same reason as Facebook. In case there are people who do not trust my site or people who live in countries where we may have pissed off your government. Then you are in luck because we have a way to get to this site in the event you are blocked.

http://xjfbpuj56rdazx4iolylxplbvyft2onuerjeimlcqwaihp3s6r4xebqd.onion/

copy this link and put it into your Bookmarks of your Tor Browser. Why don’t I hyperlink? Because I have a plugin that checks links and crosses out anything it cannot reach. Also, I did not get some vanity addresses like facebook got with their Onion because we want you to get into the habit is legit reading the links you are about to get since it’s hella-easy to impersonate someone within a Tor/Onion network.

Tor+HTTPS?!?

I will not be getting an EV-SSL certificate for my site as Tor by its design does end-to-end point encryption. This other blogger actually made a very good argument about the status of SSL’s and Tor addressing. The bottom line for those who don’t want to read is it’s not worth the money when we trust our data-centers as they are my friends and the intention of this site is freedom of speech. Not really anything more intense than that really! To place a cherry on top of it all we’re not feeling up to blowing an additional $200 USD per year when that money can be put into a faster/bigger/stronger server if need be.

But aren’t DarkWeb / TOR / Onion servers are dangerous?

Hah, Hahahha. HAHAHAHAHAH! Boy. Understatement of the year right there!

The cost of absolute freedom is that everyone is free to do whatever they wish. That includes doing some terrible illegal shit. Listening to some of the chat rooms linked out there talk about people saying that you have to send them CP (child pornography) to prove your not the cops which in itself is a terrific way of getting the cops after you for simply getting it onto your computer! Couple this with slave trafficking, drug dealing, assassination services and it tends to earn its name of being the “Dark-Web.”

Precautions are usually made by people that decide to play with Tor/Onion services. They would usually have a laptop independent of their main computer. It will NOT be loaded with Microsoft Windows and usually a flavor of Linux like Kali. To top everything off they would also have some sort of VPN service going just as another layer of protection to obfuscate the entry point of our Tor request. With all of this in mind, it’s important to reset your Tor Browser every 30 minutes or so. That way you’re coming from different relays all of the time.

NoScript in TOR Browser

At the very least the Tor web client since it’s based on the Firefox builds comes with NoScript by default. Which when configured correctly can stop people from getting evil with scripting on their websites.

TOR - NoScript - Corrected default settings.

We went into our default settings and set the default for every website to be exactly like the untrusted status. This should keep the fuckery down to a minimum. Also, for those wondering about my website. Don’t worry! My site has fallback measures for those that restrict scripting. You should still be able to download videos and content find without any of the Javascripting that naturally comes within a CMS like ours.

All and all, if you are aware of the dangers of it all there are actually a few sites that are really great at getting you started finding sites that aren’t totally shit-bag evil! 

Tor-AddressSite Name.Description
http://searcherc3uwk535.onionTOR Search Engine.Has a Google-Esque theme and most of the search results are rather tame but limited.
http://hss3uro2hsxfogfq.onion/Not EvilSearch engine with a anonymous chat room. Way better search engine but the sites can be a lot more dangerous depending on what you search.
http://underdj5ziov3ic7.onion/underDirA directory of sites people have submitted and have been verified and cataloged. It's Erie Similar to DMOZ.
http://visitorfi5kl7q7i.onion/search/VisiTORAnother search engine. Ad-space is a little on the obnoxious side but it still works.

When you start diving into the loosely generated structure of Tor it’s like as if Google/Bing/Yahoo didn’t really exist. Because it can’t arbitrarily send a bunch of bots across the entire network to brute-force every server in existence. Especially with the new V3 addressing convention which is what we’re using.

The final thoughts.

‘If evolution is outlawed only outlaws will evolve. – Jello Biafra

We choose to open a Tor address because even though it’s a little tin-foil-hat of us to say but we’re honestly afraid that the majority of the internet within our country is controlled by a single corporation. Which that company is Google. Frankly, no one deserves that level of control over what we say or do. Plenty of activists within this country have gone protesting for far less then what Google has done here.

We’ve gone on rants about how much of a complete shit-show YouTube has become and Twitch as well! Because both are following the guise of corporate censorship at the request of advertisers. They make more money if the internet is homogenized like a fucking Disney after-school special. All it takes to really flip the (Regular/Hah I can’t believe we’re even saying that) internet on its side is simply deploy the same practices that they use for YouTube and enforce it onto Google Search. How would Google Search look then? Let’s go down that rabbit hole of a scenario:

  • Too many naughty words on your website? Hope you like your site buried!
  • Want to speak up about politically sensitive issues? Enjoy your blacklist like a regular porn server!
  • If one of our many AI bots can’t easily traverse your site we’ll send one of our exploited mentally unstable activitists er, agents to go and check your site to ensure that it’s advertiser-friendly. On second thought, to hell with that, we’ll just have the AI blindly marking your site as evil banishing you off of the internet from anyone looking up anything and claim ignorance if you try to contest it. 
  • Want to talk about world news on your site and you aren’t one of our Media-Bro friends? Enjoy your blacklist!
  • Talk show hosts, CNN, MSNBC are excused from this level of harsh treatment and are elevated on a non-competitive platform because.. Reasons. We’re not naming talk show hosts here because frankly, they’re not even worth the free advertisement here.

If we put up a Tor address and none of this happens. Well, we shall at least take comfort in the fact that we’re wrong and then we could all have a good laugh at our fashionable tin-foil-hats we DIY’ed ourselves! Seriously! They are super nice! We hope to make them into Top-Hats.

Frankly, the Tor network technology is something that should’ve come out a long time ago. If it came out early enough it might have even slowed down the greed of ad-revenue based sites from practically ruining the net like a plague of locusts. But we’re glad it’s here now. This cannot be stressed enough that as a user of the net that you are responsible for your own data. And the moment you give someone else that data and information then you are bitched. This is why we’re not going to hold your hand. If you continue to be their “consumer” then you are nothing but a slave to the people who hold that data and will continue to be told how to think/live/act. Evolve or don’t. The choice is yours.

Take care out there keyboard cowboys and until next time,

Server protect you.

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