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TODO research and document - How to use Tor Browser for security not anonymity? How to use TBB using clearnet?


#41

These three prefs are all that is needed.

user_pref("network.proxy.socks_remote_dns", false);
user_pref("extensions.torlauncher.start_tor", false);
user_pref("network.proxy.type", 0);

The only issue is system-tor is running in the background. Well maybe not an issue but some (most?) users would expect Tor to be completely disabled. This should be mentioned in the documentation


#42

Awesome!

If we use tb-updater, system Tor (debian tor package) should not be installed by either tb-updater (tor is not a dependency) nor any of our instructions. I don’t understand the issue yet.

System Tor not being required can be documented for sure.


#43

Should have clarified was referring to wiki instructions. Looks like i had previously installed Tor (debian) for something else. So not related to this topic. My bad.


#44

For some reason the user.prefs I was intending to use in the tb-updater file no longer stay persistent. Its possible this has to do with the update to Tor Browser 8.0.6?

  • The newly configured VMs with TB 8.0.6 do not toggle the about:config prefs to reflect the user.pref file.

    about:config

    network.proxy.socks_remote_dns true
    network.proxy.type 1

  • All the VM configured which originaly used TB 8.0.5 and then were updated to 8.0.6 still work.

    about:config

    network.proxy.socks_remote_dns false
    network.proxy.type 0

I check the new TB release, changelog etc. and nothing jumped out at me that would would do this. I’ll keep going on this. There has to be a reason why these no longer work. Or find a different way.


#45

If it’s just about network settings we could have /usr/bin/torbrowser conditionally when some clearnet config settings is set configure environment variable TOR_TRANSPROXY=1.

(Similar to https://www.whonix.org/wiki/Tor_Browser/Advanced_Users#Remove_Proxy_Settings.)

To manually test:

TOR_TRANSPROXY=1 torbrowser