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Friday, September 9, 2016

uProxy Adds Tor Support

We are excited to announce support for sharing friends’ traffic through the Tor network! With this option, rather than proxying friends’ traffic directly to destination sites, uProxy sharers can now send friends’ traffic through Tor instead. This hybrid approach can be appealing for sharers who want to proxy traffic for people they know while reducing the association between their own IP address and their friends’ traffic.



Without the Tor sharing option, requests from a user who is getting access are sent through the sharer, and from there directly to the getter’s desired website. Since the sharer forwards the request directly, the sharer’s IP address is revealed to the website, and might be linked to the browsing activity of the user who is getting access.


With the Tor sharing option, sharers will forward proxied requests through the Tor network to their final destinations, instead of sending them directly. This reduces the association between the sharer's IP address and the traffic of their uProxy friends. We’re excited that uProxy users now have more options to get and share Internet access and can use whatever fits their situation best.


Do note that although the Tor sharing option protects the sharer's IP address from the sites that their friend visits, the identity of the friend may still be discovered by these sites because the browser uProxy is operating within may not have all the additional anonymity protections of the Tor Browser. Users who require anonymity and are able to access Tor directly should use the Tor Browser.


Let’s look at how to set it up:

Setup

  1. Download and install Tor on your machine. You can get Tor in either of these two forms:
    1. Tor Browser: Tor can be installed as part of a bundle that includes both the Tor client and a separate Tor-branded browser that’s already set up to use Tor, and has additional anonymity protections. The Tor Browser will not be used by uProxy.

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    2. Tor standalone client: For Unix, Linux, and BSD machines, the Tor client can be installed through your system’s package manager. On Mac OS X, it can be installed via homebrew using “brew install tor”. Downloads are also available here.

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  2. Run Tor:
    1. Tor Browser: Open the Tor Browser and follow the instructions here.

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    2. Tor standalone client: Run Tor on your terminal with the “tor” command.

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  3. Open uProxy and navigate to the Advanced Settings page by clicking the menu button in the top left and the Advanced Settings tab indicated by the gear icon.

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  4. Flip the “Share through Tor?” toggle on and enter the port number that the Tor client is running on.
    1. Tor Browser bundle: default port is 9150.
    2. Tor standalone client: default port is 9050.

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  5. Click the refresh button next to “Check if server is listening on given port”. The label should change to say “Found server listening at port 9050” (or whatever port Tor is running on). If no server is found, double check that you have Tor running and that the port number you entered is correct.



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  6. If a server is found, click SET at the bottom of the screen to save your settings. All future proxying sessions will be forwarded through Tor. To force any active proxying sessions to go through Tor, you will need to revoke access to your friend and then re-grant it.

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  7. To turn off sharing through Tor, navigate back to Advanced Settings, flip the toggle back to the off position, and click SET.

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We on the uProxy team are big fans of Tor. We know that different tools have different properties, goals, and strengths, and we support giving users more power to make choices that best fit their needs. To that end, we’re very excited to facilitate the complementary use of uProxy and Tor together. If you are interested in seeing more features like this in uProxy or have any other feedback or questions, please don’t hesitate to let us know.

Special thanks to Nirvan Tyagi, who did all the heavy lifting on this feature.

4 comments:

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    1. Thanks Lally, great to see you here! Miss you and hope all's well!

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  2. SIMPLICITY, you dont have it...2 buttons ON/OFF

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    1. Thanks for your feedback. We definitely hear you, and have been working on several projects that address exactly that issue. Please keep an eye out for improvements and more big news in the next several releases.

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