Tor and Thunderbird /

Jay Goodman Tamboli jay at
Sun Apr 13 17:33:40 UTC 2008

On Apr 13, 2008, at 12:47:23, Holmes Wilson wrote:

> Is IMAP through SOCKS?  I'm just using Privoxy, and not using a  
> SOCKS proxy.  I guess that's the problem?
> Is SOCKS a solution?  I saw there was some issue about it having  
> identifying header information.

Privoxy is an HTTP proxy that hands off HTTP requests to Tor via  
SOCKS. Privoxy also does some header-scrubbing and other stuff to help  
protect privacy.

You can use Tor directly as a SOCKS proxy, but then the application  
(like Mail or Safari) is responsible for not leaking stuff in headers.  
There's nothing comparable to Privoxy for IMAP, as far as I know, so  
if you want to run IMAP over Tor, you have to set your computer to use  
Tor as a SOCKS proxy.


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