TOR… a use for testing my WordPress plugins!

Well I played around with using TOR a while back, but I found that the cost of some privacy came at a cost on speed! anyway its been a while since then and I thought it would be a good test to see how some of the plugins that I use on my Blog react when being accessed via a TOR Network.

Well as I expected, Bad Behaviour was effective on refusing access by throwing the following back at the user…

So curiosity got me, I attempted to login to FaceBook… I was surprised with the result!…

So in this instance all I needed to do was enter my birth date and I was in… the previous attempt failed as the same prompt greeted me, but I had no idea what language it was in so FAIL on my behalf!

So as you can see TOR has an advantage in anonymity, at a cost to functionality, I did a whois test on the multiple IP’s that I was being piped out by, to discover that most were of Eastern European origin and due to some types of activity conducted in these parts (spam, porn, phishing, fraud etc…) I found that most sites I visited didn’t work or had partial functionality! I assume this was due to the IP mask being used had to be blacklisted in some way to prevent any unsolicited activities!

The other thing is to, if you are to set up as a TOR relay, you have no control over the traffic that is passed through it, so even though you may think you are doing people a favour by acting as a TOR relay, you in fact be aiding in someone being a victim of phishing or worst, illegal activity such as access to child pornography.

Here in Australia, there are tough penalties for involvement in such activities, so acting as a TOR relay could land you in some rather hot water (seek legal advice to clarify this matter!) So to sum up TOR… It certainly has a valid use, but it also has a nasty history for the type of traffic it relays. So even though I have set up my Desktop PC to be able to use a TOR network, I don’t think I’ll be using it for much… Testing WordPress plugins I suppose! 😀