Use A Raspberry Pi As A Tor Relay And Help Others Browse Anonymously

Use A Raspberry Pi As A Tor Relay And Help Others Browse Anonymously

The Tor Project is one of the simplest and easiest ways to browse the internet anonymously, but the network relies on volunteers to donate bandwidth. Instructables user fNX wanted to do their part, so they dedicated a Raspberry Pi as a Tor relay.

The Instructable takes a standard Raspberry Pi with Raspbian installed, and then walks you through the process of getting the network configured, and Tor installed. It’s relatively simple provided you’re familiar with Linux. The end result is a cheap relay and the fuzzy feeling that you’re helping others browse the web anonymously. You can, of course, do this on any operating system, but the Raspberry Pi is a handy way to help out without bogging down your primary computer.

Raspberry Pi Tor relay [Instructables]


  • Forgive my ignorance but does Tor actually have any legitimate legal uses that outweigh the fact that I am helping (in a round about way) keep child porn users and drug traffickers anonymous?

  • Its good to have US-based Tor sites – for buying software etc. from the USA and bypassing the Australia Tax. But – Australian based Tor? What does Australia have to offer?

    Oh yeah – the movie “Hackers” showed it. Reroute your data through multiple locations, to make yourself harder to track. Which leads to three possibilities: drug/firearm traffick, kiddie porn, or the Great Firewall of China.

    • Ah yes … where would this discussion be without someone raising the Four Horseman of the Infopocalypse (pedophiles, terrorists, drug dealers, organised crime)?

      We have to protect the freedom of speech for everyone, or there is no freedom of speech.

      We can treat child abuse as a crime and still have private communication. We just have to stop sweeping the issues under the carpet and pretending that child abuse will go away when we can’t see the evidence.

      We do not need to intercept every person’s private communications.

      For some important discussions about these issues, read ‘Cypherpunks’ (Assange, Appelbaum, et al).

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