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Stay anonymous while watching videos online


#1

Is there a way to be anonymous while watching videos ( for ex. youtube)
I use Tails, I never tried Whonix, I think it’s hard. In tails you can watch videos with low security settings, but is it safe ?
How I can stay anonymous while watching videos in Tails?
If that is not possible I will install Whonix.


#2

You can download videos using youtube-dl.

sudo apt-get install youtube-dl

youtube-dl youtube-link

Then watch the videos using VLC.

That provides more privacy but security wise I doubt anyone can comment on that. It’s like asking which code is more easily exploited, the firefox or vlc video parsing code.


#3

Why watching YouTube videos over Tor, in this case Whonix, would be non anonymous or raise privacy concerns? I don’t get what is the problem.


#4

Not a Whonix / Tails specific issue. It’s about browser fingerprinting. Documented here:


#5

Thanks Patrick, then I guess the issue is more about YouTube browsing habits that would build a unique profile over time based on interests, timestamps, etc.? As for fingerprinting my understanding is that Tor Browser reduces it to the maximum.