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Subject:Blocking users with good intentions?
Summary:Most TOR users are not bad actors.
Messages:4
Author:Chris
Date:2017-07-03 16:09:57
 

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Picture of Chris Chris - 2017-07-03 16:09:57
Ok I'm making an assumption here but most TOR users are not bad actors.

With the recent rules allowing US internet service providers to sell their subscribers browsing history, more and more folks are switching to TOR browsers. I have set many up with TOR browsers on pc's and mobile app porting (see Orbot and SockStat).

I didn't see anything in the UnTor code that didn't block TOR users with good intentions. So it should be noted, UnTor will block ALL users using the TOR network.

It is definitely a decision for the website/app owners.

When asking an owner about blocking the TOR network, please do not pose the question as if only the bad actors use TOR.

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Picture of Romeu Gamelas Romeu Gamelas - 2017-07-03 18:56:31 - In reply to message 1 from Chris
If it's a legit store for legit business, why would some legit customer use Tor?!
Because he likes slow proxied internet instead of the way faster direct access?!

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Picture of Chris Chris - 2017-07-03 19:59:37 - In reply to message 2 from Romeu Gamelas
It is clear that you do not understand why anyone would prefer to remain anonymous other than for malevolent purposes. Here are a few examples. It is possible that after reading these (#2) you will now begin using TOR yourself.

1. Whistle-blower. So you work at a large corporation and you see something that is moral/ethically wrong or even illegal. Knowing that you may lose your job, pension, etc. you cannot take the chance of being connected to outing the corp. You use a TOR browser to make notice on the company's website and social media. You also use TOR to tip law enforcement and/or media.

2. You just bought a huge amount of furry fetish items on the internet. Next your internet service provider sells your browsing history to a marketing firm. Catalogs, special ointment samples and provocative paraphernalia have now began to be sent to you at home, at your workplace and non-stop emails begin pouring into your accounts. You even start to get phone calls from all sorts of 'friends of furries' businesses.

3. You live in a country ruled by a regime that has locked down the internet and free communications. Or, they are monitoring every communication for anti-leader/government rhetoric or anything that may disturb their reign. Being caught up in such communication could very well land you in jail or even worse you simply disappear.

These are just 3 examples of why someone might want to be anonymous on the internet. You may not be able to imagine them but there are countless other reasons that have nothing to do with being shady.

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Picture of Romeu Gamelas Romeu Gamelas - 2017-07-03 20:28:02 - In reply to message 3 from Chris
Please stop with the fallacies!

What's that for someone selling shoes or downloadable goods over the internet? They've nothing to do with "hide from the tyrant" stuff.
For people working with information, let them set their hidden services, for those who don't they've no reason to be having to sort out troubles caused by script kiddies, phishers and whatnot.

 
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