I've just started using TOR and I like it
however there're things I still have to better understand.
In the Tor Network map
, relays are listed. Let's say I'm interested only in those with the English flag, so from Great Britain. I sort them by nationality (and bandwith) and I obtain a (quite long) list of relays from England:
and so on.
First, easy, question: is it normal that I can't "use" directly one of these relays just (double) clicking on it, but rather doing a more complex operation of copy/paste through the advanced preferences?
So, I do know, thanks to many guides/tutorial, I may copy/fingerprint a bunch of them and past them in the TORCC text editor, in order to make TOR use (only) these relays. HOWEVER I figured out either a bug or a great limitation: just a small part of the relays (that appears in the Tor Network Map) can be used as nodes, or more correctly, as "exit nodes", i.e. how "I'll be seen" from outside, in other words my public IP
. So, if I - say- just paste "JointNetBridge" as ExitNode, I won't be able to use it, in other words I'll never appear with that public IP. Even worse, if I (also) added the line "StrictExitNodes", than TOR won't really work!
As a matter of fact, the site "Tor Network Status" specifies whether a relay (router) is and Exit Node (exit server). Again, just 10% or less are exit nodes.
So, if I Understand correctly, many tutorials are gross and wrong when they state that is sufficient to choose "some" relays/servers, copy them (their server name, or fingerprint) and paste them in the TORCC edit file; because if you happen to have not choose a server that's actually an exit server, nothing will work!