Downloading attachments with Tor - is this secure?

andrew at andrew at
Sat Jun 19 10:39:59 UTC 2010

On Sat, Jun 19, 2010 at 08:22:50AM +0100, pumpkin at wrote 2.9K bytes in 70 lines about:
> I assume the attachment downloads from Yahoo Mail (or whatever) through  
> the three Tor nodes before being unencrypted at the final node and then  
> is downloaded to my computer.   In other words: the attachment (or for  
> that matter any file downloaded in the same way) is never downloaded  
> "outside" the Tor system - that is directly from the website to me  
> bypassing the Tor nodes?

If your browser is properly configured to use Tor, then yes the
attachments should download via Tor.  Otherwise, that would be one
massive leak.

Andrew Lewman
The Tor Project
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