[tor-talk] Tor Browser usability - frequent broken connections

Delton Barnes delton.barnes at mail.ru
Tue Jul 22 12:38:34 UTC 2014


I use Tor Browser for all web browsing as many of you probably do.  A
frequent problem is you will be logged in to various sites and then the
connection will break.  For instance, attempting to make any request
gives "Firefox could not establish a connection to the server at ...".
Changing identities will always rectify the problem, but doing so via
the onion button causes all open windows and tabs to be closed, which
means you have to log back in and then get back to whatever page you
were on.  This is especially troublesome if you were filling out a form
or completing a multi-step process in a web application.

Is there a way to change identities or just circuits without closing
everything and without using an external application?  I understand the
browser is closed and re-opened when you request a new identity to
prevent your identity from being associated with your prior identity,
but sometimes you do not need a new identity and just want to fix the

I do not think this a problem specific to me because it occurs on
multiple devices on multiple networks.


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