Is It Safe To Use Tor Browser And UTorrent At The Same Time?


7 months ago
Hi

I was just wondering if it's safe to browse the anonymously net using Tor Browser while using UTorrent at the same time to download/seed a torrent? I know for a fact that it's not a good idea to run UTorrent while using Tor and that UTorrent will make your actual IP Address visible to anybody who happens to be snooping on your network, but I'm not sure if it will be same with the Tor Browser. Can anybody clarify this for me?

6 months ago
Hi!

Tor Browser runs Tor and then opens browser (Firefox), so all security risks associated with Tor are also applicable to Tor Browser.

But as far as you don't reveal your IP while browsing anon network (for example, by catching a remote exploit), the only thing that could potentially be discovered is the fact, that some IP, who seeds a torrent, is also running a copy of Tor - not sure what exactly. :roll:

So in general, the answer for your question is yes, it is safe. Running UTorrent on the same computer with Tor adds no more security risks to Tor & Tor Browser except they already have.

But for really safe security setup I would recommend you to separate all Tor's related stuff inside a virtual machine, and have all it's traffic routed transparently through middlebox Tor Gateway. Read this for more details..

Here is some theory about this solution: Isolating Proxy Concept and why it is considered much stronger than usual one. In a few words: the operating system doesn't know your real IP at all, it never appears there in any way.

6 months ago
Thanks, TOR Hacker for all the links you posted are very informative. I'm only asking this, because I read online that it's not a good idea to run UTorrent while running Tor. That use the torrent system will automatically broadcast your system's actual IP Address despite the fact that you are using Tor.

6 months ago
Yes, this is true. All tracker announcements come with your real IP address inside. And if somebody wants to download a file, he should connect to this IP and initiate transfer. This is how torrents work.

(Btw, this is one of the reasons why you should never route your torrent traffic via Tor.)

But from your question I understood that you want to use UTorrent "normally", via "plain" Internet, and browse anonymously at the same time. (Correct me if I'm wrong.)

So while UTorrent shows your real IP to everybody (and also does Skype, Dropbox, TeamVeawer, etc..), inside Tor Browser you'll have "another" IP, a hidden one.

6 months ago
But from your question I understood that you want to use UTorrent "normally", via "plain" Internet, and browse anonymously at the same time. (Correct me if I'm wrong.)
"TOR Hacker"

Yes, that is exactly what I want to know. So it is possible to browse the Net anonymously using the Tor Browser while running UTorrent at the same time and I wouldn't need to worry about anybody tracking my browsing activity?

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