How to Use Tor-Proxy

Tor helps you remain anonymous on the Web — and also access websites blocked in your country — by directing your traffic through more than 6,000 relays all over the globe. Using the Tor browser, you can hide your online activity from network surveillance and traffic analysis. You can configure your Web browser — Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome and Internet Explorer — to use the Tor proxy, and your communications are anonymized as long as the Tor browser is running in the background.

Installing the Tor Browser

To use the Tor proxy, you must install the Tor browser and run it while you navigate on the Internet.

Step

Open the Tor browser download page in your Web browser and click the Download button to download the installer. Save the installer on your hard drive.

You can select a different language from the language box.
You can select a different language from the language box.
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Step

Double-click the installer to launch the setup wizard, select your language, click the Browse button and select the destination folder. Click Install to install the browser.

Click Cancel to abort.
Click Cancel to abort.
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Step

Launch Tor by double-clicking the Start Tor Browser file in the folder where you installed the software. Click the Connect button to connect directly to the Tor network without making any customizations.

Click Exit to close the Tor browser.
Click Exit to close the Tor browser.
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Using Tor Proxy in Mozilla Firefox

To use the Tor proxy in Mozilla Firefox, the Tor browser must be working while you browse the Internet.

Step

Launch the Web browser, click the Firefox menu button and select Options from the menu to open the Options page.

Firefox
Firefox
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Select the Advanced tab from the left pane — its icon looks like a wizard's hat — and then select the Network sub-tab. Click the Settings button in the Connection section to open the Connection Settings dialog.

Firefox
Firefox
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Click the Manual proxy configuration radio button and then type 127.0.0.1 into the SOCKS Host field. Type 9150 into the Port field next to SOCKS Host. Click the SOCKS v5 radio button and then click OK.

Click Cancel to discard the changes.
Click Cancel to discard the changes.
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Internet Explorer and Google Chrome

Internet Explorer and Google Chrome use the system settings to connect to the Internet, so you must change the Internet options to use the Tor proxy.

Step

In Windows 8.1, press Windows-X to display the Power User menu and select Control Panel to launch the utility. In Windows 7, click the Start button and select Control Panel.

Step

Click the Network and Internet group and then click Internet Options to open the Internet Properties dialog.

Control Panel
Control Panel
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Step

Select the Connections tab and then click the LAN Settings button in the Local Area Network Settings section to display the Local Area Network (LAN) Settings dialog.

To set up a new connection, click the Setup button.
To set up a new connection, click the Setup button.
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Step

Check the Use a proxy server... box and then click the Advanced button to display the Proxy Settings dialog. The button is grayed out until you check the box.

You can leave the Automatically Detect Settings box checked.
You can leave the Automatically Detect Settings box checked.
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Step

Uncheck the Use the same proxy for all protocols box and then type 127.0.0.1 into the Socks field and 9150 into the field next to it. Ensure the HTTP, Secure and FTP fields and the other port fields are empty and then click OK.

Proxy Settings
Proxy Settings
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Step

Click OK to close the LAN Settings dialog and then click OK again to close the Internet Properties dialog. Test the proxy in Internet Explorer or Google Chrome by opening a restricted Web page or using an online service that displays your IP address and location.