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Combine VPNs, Tor and Virtual Machines for Advanced Internet Anonymity
They will check logs from Google, Yahoo, Facebook, Twitter, Netflix and other big data collection companies to see who has been using that IP address to connect to their servers. Anyway, the community thanks you for the guide. You must also remember to never connect to the VPN without first going through Tor. This is actually a lot harder than you might think. Sean Murphy August 31, at 5:

Creating Nested Chains of VPNs and Tor

Advanced Privacy and Anonymity Using VMs, VPN’s, Tor – Part 8

This would have been a benefit to the student who sent in a bomb threat over Tor not that I condone ever doing that , as he was deanonymized by being the only person to be using Tor at the time in Harvard's network logs.

Moreover, adding extra non-Tor traffic through the VPN helps to obfuscate Tor usage, and therefore prevents traffic analysis to a certain extent. Where this setup fails is at hiding your traffic from a malicious Tor exit-node.

Because the traffic goes through the VPN, and then to the Tor network, exit nodes can still watch your traffic unencrypted. In fact, because it should be assumed that there is always a chance that your VPN is logging traffic even if they claim they don't , then you really are gambling that the VPN is providing you the protection you need. If logs are kept, then the traffic can easily be correlated back to your real IP.

Again going back to the Harvard bomb threat, if he had used a VPN that logged his traffic, the police could have gone to all the VPN providers that were connected to the network at the time and asked for any logs with a court order and a VPN company won't shut down for you. Because a chance of VPN operators logging activity always exists, my own opinion is that if your threat model requires that you hide your Tor traffic from your ISP, then it's best to not use that ISP at all.

Go find some public WiFi though this is a tip that we should heed whenever a high degree of anonymity is desired. If you do insist on routing Tor through your VPN, then the setup is fairly easy. This configuration, to me, brings a greater degree of advantage to running both Tor and a VPN than the previous configuration does.

Routing your traffic through Tor to your VPN has the major benefit of hiding traffic from malicious exit nodes. You need to weigh it against how badly someone will want to know who you are. A virtual machine is, to put it simply, a computer that is simulated by another computer. It has simulated hardware with all the expected inputs and outputs. It has to boot up, needs its own operating system and is pretty much the functional equivalent of a physical computer.

There are lots of different applications for virtual machine technology. For one thing, many internet servers are actually virtual machines running in a larger data center. Because they are virtual they can be moved, copied and otherwise manipulated on the fly. If something goes wrong with a virtual machine you can just roll it back or restore a working copy. Virtual machines are also very useful when it comes to testing operating systems or running legacy software. For example, if you have software that will only work in Windows XP, you can install a virtual machine on your modern system with the right operating system.

Most people think about the information they transmit over the internet on purpose when it comes to staying anonymous. There may be background processes or programs that leak information which could be traced back to you. Logs, update request and other dribs and drabs no one could know about.

In addition to this, there is unique hardware information, such as hard-drive serial numbers and other such IDs that could be traced back to your exact identity. There are plenty of great free virtual machine applications you can download.

Setting up a virtual machine is as easy as installing the VM software and running it. You need to load an operating system. Nothing stops you from using a free operating system such as Ubuntu Linux though.

All of your internet data passes through this tunnel, which means that no one who is watching your internet connection can know what you are doing.

All they see is a connection between you and the VPN server. There are many advantages to having a VPN, but in terms of privacy an anonymity it obscures your real location, hides your activity from your service provider with encryption and makes it very difficult to trace any of your internet activity back to you. Getting your own VPN is as simple as signing up for one online and making a payment.

Choosing the right one is much trickier. All VPNs have their pros and cons. Some are better for privacy than others. Performance is always an issue and the top dogs are always fighting it out with their bonus features.

If you have a VPN-capable router , you can set up your new VPN on it and all devices that connect to the internet through that router will enjoy protection. The difference is that Tor is not owned by any one company or entity.