Sunday, September 6, 2009

Change Your IP Address & HIDE Your Identity! - TOR

Tired of waiting for Rapidshare downloads? Want to skip the 'Orkut/Facebook' ban? Want to be anonymous? Or just don't want anyone to have a clue about your whereabouts? Changing your IP can solve all these problems for you. Need I say more?

Okay, this tutorial is going to teach you how to change your IP address using simple third part software. There are many programs out there which change your external IP address but today I'm going to review the one I find most useful, i.e TOR.

TOR

Tor is free software and an open network that helps you defend against a form of network surveillance that threatens personal freedom and privacy, confidential business activities and relationships.

Here's what you have to do:

1>>Go to http://www.torproject.org/easy-download.html.en

2>>Now there are two options that you have here. Either you can download the complete TOR bundle for Windows which saves you from manually configuring everything for each browser or IM client that you use OR download a simple installer which you will have to configure yourself after you install it.

3>>I recommend that if you have good bandwidth available, just download the bundle and make your life easy.

4>>Okay, so you haven't downloaded the bundle and want to stick to the simple installer.

5>>Start installing it and you'll be asked whether you want to install the TOR plugin for Firefox which you should if you use Firefox otherwise, don't.

6>>Once you're done with it just Run the 'Vidalia' client by going to Start Menu>>All Programs>>Vidalia Bundle>>Vidalia.



7>>Now you have to first configure Vidalia to make TOR run for your internet connection.



8>>If you're connecting to internet by using a proxy provided by an organization or an ISP, just click on settings. A dialogue box will appear. Now click on Network on the top and select the option 'I use a proxy to access the Internet'. No you can enter the proxy settings here. If you have a port restriction or a firewall installed you can also enter the allowed ports by clicking on the option right below this one.

9>> Now after you're done with this click on the Advanced Tab on the top and look at the port TOR is using to connect you to the Internet. Note down these settings as these are the ones you're going to enter everywhere to connect to the Internet via TOR.

10>>Once you've noted down the settings click OK and come back to the Vidalia Control Panel.

11>>Now open the browser you want to use and enter the proxy settings for it.

12>>For Firefox, go to Tools>>Options>>Advanced and click on the Network tab and then click on the settings button against 'Configure how Firfox connects to Internet'. Here select Manual Proxy Setting and enter the settings you noted down.


13>>For IE go to Tools>>Internet Options>>Connections>>LAN Settings and select 'Use a proxy server' option and then enter the settings.

 Now go back to the Vidalia Control Panel and click on the button 'Start TOR'. You're done once TOR is connected to the internet. Now to check your IP address and location go to www.dnsstuff.com and you'll see that your IP is being wrongly traced.

Each time you want a new IP address just go to the Vidalia control panel and click on 'Use a New Identity'. Make your life a lot easier by skipping rapidshare and other bandwidth and time based bans! :D

Have fun! With complete privacy! ;)

Note: TOR doesn't change your IP address, it actually hides it behind a proxy.

2 comments:

Saurav said...

Good Guide.

Saurav said...

Thanks for sharing.
When i had ip banned problem,I followed your blog.After that i checked my ip whether it's changed or not by Ip-Details.com
Now i free from ip banned.

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