Can Someone Explain A Proxy {Tor}

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by rmbrown09, May 11, 2011.

  1. rmbrown09 macrumors 6502a


    Jan 25, 2010
    I don't understand. Say you torrent or do whatever your ISP won't like so you use a proxy service like Tor.

    Isn't the connection still (with Proxy)
    You --> ISP --> Proxy Server
    Then backwards??

    Instead of normally
    You --> ISP....

    Can't the ISP still see what you are doing since it has to go through it on both ends to get to and from you? What am I missing here. How does a proxy make you anonymous. Thanks.

    Related I guess because I started using Tor.. but I don't get how I am safer.
  2. 8CoreWhore macrumors 68020


    Jan 17, 2008
    Big D
    Not all ISP's care... but, it's the bandwidth they care about, not what you're doing with that bandwidth - unless the receive a complaint for copyright infringement.

    So, with Tor, the bandwidth is the same, even if they don't know where the traffic is coming and going.

    But Tor basically hides where you visit on the web. If you don't want copyrighters to know it's you, Tor helps.

    If you don't want the Govt. to know what political sites you visit, etc... Tor helps.
  3. mrapplegate macrumors 68030

    Feb 26, 2011
    Cincinnati, OH
    Did you read the well written Overview?
    Connect to the tor network then check your IP, you will see it is no longer your ISP's , but an anonymous IP.
  4. baryon macrumors 68040


    Oct 3, 2009
    Connecting to a proxy is like connecting to any computer. However, the proxy is connecting to another computer that has the illegal files. So you're not directly connecting to the illegal files.

    Another use of a proxy is when a site gets blocked. Say you have a porn site that is blocked on a school's network, so you can't visit it. However, students could bypass that by connecting to a proxy (which isn't blocked, as it's just a server like any other), and then asking the proxy to connect to the porn site, and relay the information. You're receiving the same information, but you're not connecting directly to the blacklisted server, bypassing the blacklist system.
  5. mrapplegate macrumors 68030

    Feb 26, 2011
    Cincinnati, OH
    A proxy server will reveal your org IP address in the headers, Tor hides your org IP. A proxy server offers no online anonymity.

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