People have entirely assumed that Tor is a fully secure and anonymous alternative to surf the world wide web. But, has anyone ever tried to find out if all this is actually true or how anonymous it really is?
Much to our surprise, TOR is not entirely concealed because it also has a collection of risks and limitations one should pay attention to before using it. In this post, we’ve outlined the most common ways to monitor Tor’s internet traffic and track their origin.
Exit Node Sniffing:
Due to Tor’s programming, it’s almost impossible to track the location of internet traffic. To further enhance the privacy, web activity is directed through randomly chosen relay nodes across the network, right before leaving the network to the web page. A majority of Tor’s traffic exits the Tor network.
Example: When you are entering Google via Tor, even if the traffic is directed through many Tor relay nodes it still has to exit the Tor network and connect to Google servers.
The place where the traffic exits the Tor network, also known as the exit Tor node. This can be monitored.
When it comes to using encrypted HTTPS sites like Gmail, they’re okay even though the exit node will be aware that you are accessing your Gmail account. Remember, whenever you are browsing an unencrypted site using Tor all your messages, pages visited and searches are monitored by the exit node.
It is your choice to turn your Tor node into an exit node although, this has its legal liabilities.
The Risk of Running an Exit Node:
As mentioned before, running an exit Tor node can lead to risks later on. If you happen to be using Tor for illegal activities and the traffic exits out through your exit node, it’ll be tracked back to your IP address and it won’t be long until the cops are banging on your door.
It is advised when using Tor’s browser, to stay away from unencrypted websites whenever sending or receiving sensitive information because your traffic can be monitored. It’s not just law enforcement officers you should be worried about but, malicious predators as well that are looking to get a hold of your personal data.