Tor, thunderbird and gmail

Kravin Munik karvin.munik at
Thu Jan 10 23:44:27 UTC 2008


I have tried to understand, read and apply an the information I have
found about Tor with thunderbird and gmail. Still I have some question
to be sure.

I have a gmail account.
I have create a account in thunderbird for this account.

Account settings are:
Inbound: IMAP
port 993

port 587

Installed the torButton addon for Thunderbird and have proxy settings:
HTTP proxy - localhost 8118
SSL proxy localhost 8118
SOCKS lockshost 9050
No proxy - localhost,

Tor installed with default settings.

After been running Wireshark and some other monitoring programs it
seems to send all communication thru Tor, in and out. Is this the
correct setup for this?
I cant see any DNS leaks.

In the beginning of this setup I was confused as I told Thunderbird to
use Tor but in the monitor I could see that is was connecting to gmail
directly. This was coming and going and I didn't understand why. After
some more tries i figure out that Thunderbird creates a connection to
gmail and keeps it. What happen was that I open Thunderbird without
Tor, checked my mail, then I hit the torButton to activate Tor and
rechecked my mail. So the torButton will not close the previous
connection and this make the last call still go direct to gmail. If I
restart Thunderbird and start it with tor active from start it will
work fine. Is this the way it is or am I missing something here?


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