[tor-talk] Tips for configuring and using Tor for anonymous Bitcoin usage?

author at anonymousbitcoinbook.com author at anonymousbitcoinbook.com
Mon Oct 21 00:42:14 UTC 2013

Thanks, everyone, for the feedback. I decided to go with Tails, which 
is a far better choice than Ubuntu.


On 2013-10-03 15:17, Luther Blissett wrote:
> On Thu, 2013-10-03 at 11:45 -0600, author at anonymousbitcoinbook.com
> wrote:
>> Hey all,
>> I'm writing a book about the use of Bitcoin and anonymity. A fair
>> portion of the book will be dedicated to teaching people how to most
>> safely use Tor to facilitate anonymity with Bitcoin. Are there any
>> special tips that people have for configuring Tor or using Tor when 
>> it
>> comes to Bitcoin?
>> Right now, I'm recommending the use of a LiveCD Linux distro (Ubuntu)
>> with TorBundle for Linux and the vanilla Bitcoin client for Linux. A
>> couple tips I'm already aware of are to disable JavaScript before 
>> using
>> (since NoScript currently defaults to being on :() and to avoid
>> downloading files through the web browser such as PDF documents.
>> In particular, I'm curious 1) if there needs to be special
>> configuration to ensure that all DNS request go through Tor, and 2)
>> whether I can configure the system not to send any internet message
>> except through the Tor proxy.
>> Regards,
>> Kristov
> You can use iptables to drop all traffic except for tor ports. Use
> appropriate rules for inside -> outside and outside -> inside.
> nmap would then come in handy as to port scan your system.
> But if your are serious about it, drop Ubuntu... the spaceboy is
> misbehaving for a long time now. Tails is something to be hacked on.
> --
> Do not forget that we are cattle on an animal farm which is managed 
> and
> handled mostly by machines. Machines do what they are/were told to. 
> What
> lies in between stdin and stdout and is not shown in stderr?
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