Single hop connections?

Damian Johnson atagar1 at
Fri Jun 26 16:35:45 UTC 2009

Tor caters to several different audiences. For individuals that want Tor for
counter-censorship rather than privacy (ex. Chinese users) single-hop
circuits make a lot of sense, IMHO. It would be faster for them and place
less load on the Tor network (assuming exit nodes aren't the bottleneck).
Chinese users use open proxies all the time simply to get around the great
firewall, and this would allow them to use the Tor network like a big proxy
grab-bag. If they don't need privacy then making them go through extra hops
seems a lose-lose for both them and us.

However, it's not all roses and sunshine. One gotcha dr|z3d brought up on
irc was: "The point about single hops is that it exposing the node operator
to inordinate risk of legal pressure." Another issue might be making the
network appear more desirable to p2p traffic (allowing for more speed
probably means more abuse in that regard). Cheers! -Damian

On Fri, Jun 26, 2009 at 8:53 AM, Alberto M. Scattolo <
thedarkfreesoul at> wrote:

> Hi Prithula,
> I'm very new to Tor but I think this is not possible, unless you
> change Tor source code and force it to do it. With one-hop-circuit you
> would lose all anonymity. As far as I know Tor needs at least 2 hops
> but 3 is much better.
> Why do you want a single-hop circuit?
> --
> Alberto Maria Scattolo
> Google profile:
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