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[tor-talk] Am I successfully using Torsocks, SSH, and a VPS? Please advise, thanks!
I, like many other uses of Tor, have become increasingly frustrated with
sites like Craigslist which discriminate against Tor. It makes these
sites hard to use. I therefore decided to discover if it is possible to
use Tor but end up with a non-Tor IP.
I use Torsocks to login to a VPS server via SSH and bind SSH to a
specific port with SSH’s -D option.
My configuration is: torsocks ssh -D 33333 email@example.com (33333 is just a
random unused port).
My normal Firefox browser (not the Tor Browser Bundle) has in
Preferences / Advanced / Connection the SOCKS host set to 127.0.0.1, the
port set to 33333, SOCKS v5 is ticked, and remote DNS is ticked. The “No
proxy for” box is blank.
I also use a VPN for added privacy to ensure that my ISP cannot tell
that I am connecting to Tor. The result is (in my opinion):
VPN ---> Torsocks (on 127.0.0.1) ---> SSH (bound to port 33333) ---> VPS
First, I connect to my VPN provider. Second, I connect to port 33333 on
127.0.0.1 where Tor (via Torsocks) and SSH is running. Third, I connect
to a VPS (over SSH) and SSH is bound to port 33333. Torsocks transmits
the HTTP(S) traffic through three Tor nodes. Finally, the Tor routing
ends at the VPS and the traffic goes out onto the internet from the
infrastructure of the VPS.
In my browser, I checked https://www.whatismyip.com/ which shows the IP
address of the VPS. When I SSH into the VPS, I see that the last IP that
logged in is that of a Tor exit node. In Wireshark, I see that my VPN
interface connects to the IP address of a Tor entry node.
I have two questions. Does this setup appear sensible and secure? I am
sure there are other ways to achieve the same goal but I would like to
know my system is valid. I think my system is secure but I would
appreciate opinions from more experienced users.
The result of this model is that my IP is that of the VPS which is
static. I did add a HTTP proxy to Preferences / Advanced / Connection in
Firefox but the result was that the SOCKS proxy (and thus Torsocks and
SSH) were ignored so the result was VPN –-> HTTP proxy –-> Internet
(which bypasses Tor). Is it possible to use a HTTP(S) (or another type)
of proxy to alter the IP. The ideal model would be: VPN –-> Torsocks (on
127.0.0.1) –-> SSH (bound to port 33333) –-> VPS –-> Proxy (e.g.
HTTP(S)) –-> Internet.
Thank you for your help. I appreciate any advice and suggestions.
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