[tor-talk] More Questions

Crypto crypto at jpunix.net
Wed Oct 9 19:16:50 UTC 2013

On 10/9/2013 1:31 PM, mirimir wrote:
> On 10/08/2013 09:50 PM, Crypto wrote:
>> On 10/8/2013 4:45 PM, sam wrote:
>>> On Tue, 08 Oct 2013 16:34:19 -0500
>>> Crypto <crypto at jpunix.net> wrote:
>>>> Here ya go!
>>>> Oct 08 16:02:01.769 [Notice] Bootstrapped 100%: Done.
>>>> Oct 08 16:02:01.769 [Notice] Now checking whether ORPort
>>>> and DirPort are reachable...
>>>> (this may take up to 20 minutes -- look for log messages indicating
>>>> success) Oct 08 16:02:04.644 [Notice] Self-testing indicates your
>>>> ORPort is reachable from the outside. Excellent. Publishing server
>>>> descriptor. Oct 08 16:02:13.379 [Notice] Performing bandwidth
>>>> self-test...done.
>>> Woo-hoo! Check out https://atlas.torproject.org/. Search for your
>>> relay's Nickname (if you set one) or the fingerprint/IP and you will be
>>> given its statistics, flags, etc. It's great. Beware, it may take some
>>> hours to update.
>>>> So if I can live without Dirport then I guess I have an exit node!
>>> Awesome. Thank you. :)
>> And another nicety is that I can change the exit node on a whim. All I
>> need to do is select a different forwarding VPN and point there. Right
>> now I have it set for Toronto Canada because they have the best
>> published bandwidth. But I can make my node report that it is in Romania
>> if needed. :)
> Congratulations! That is very cool. I've long wondered how this might work.
> However, there is the concern that traffic will be linked to you through
> the VPN provider, unless you've paid anonymously and masked your IP
> address somehow. That's also an issue when running hosted exit relays.
> But with the VPN approach, the exit traffic traverses your computer
> through the VPN, instead of merely traversing a remote server that
> you're renting.
> Also, why did you go with the VPN approach, instead of just running an
> exit hosted at, for example, Voxility in Romania? VPN services are less
> expensive than hosted servers, even VPS. But are there other reasons?

Well when I signed up for the service I used Tor to get to their
website. I paid for the service for a year using Bitcoin. I used shared
sending on the Bitcoin so the path would be harder to detect. Finally,
the email address I used to register the account is a Bitmessage address
that I only access via Tor. I used a VPN solution because I multiple
devices that can benefit from using a VPN.

It's not perfect but it ain't too bad either.


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