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I hear it every day

Thursday, 17 January 2008

It bothers me that my Tor usage is less than I'd like because it is just so fiddly.

When it comes to privacy I want to keep things simple, I want to use tor, but I dont want to use it for things that aren't sane.

In practise that means I want to use tor for a small amount of browsing:

  • When the host is a.com, b.com, & c.com
  • When the traffic is not over SSL.

To do that I have to install privoxy, and use that with a configuration file like this:

# don't forward by default.
forward-socks4   /    .
# don't forward by default, even more so for HTTPS
forward-socks4   :443 .

# but we do want tor on these three sites:
forward-socks4   a.com/       127.0.0.1:9050 .
forward-socks4   b.com/       127.0.0.1:9050 .
forward-socks4   c.com/       127.0.0.1:9050 .

I'm using absolutely nothing else in my Privoxy configuration, so it seems like overkill.

I'd love to hear about a simple rule-based proxy-chaining tool - if there is one out there then I'd love to know about it lazyweb.

If not it shouldn't be too hard to write one with the Net::Proxy & Net::Socks module(s).

<global>
  listen 1234
  no-proxy
</global>

<sites>  
  hostname one.com
  port != 443
  proxy socks localhost 8050
</sites>

<sites>  
  hostname two.com
  port != 443
  proxy socks localhost 8050
</sites>

<sites>
  hostname foo.com
  port = 80
  proxy localhost 8000
</sites>

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