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Anonymizing overlay network for TCP
Tor is a connection-oriented anonymizing communication service. Users choose a source-routed path through a set of nodes, and negotiate a “virtual circuit” through the network, in which each node knows its predecessor and successor, but no others. Traffic flowing down the circuit is unwrapped by a symmetric key at each node, which reveals the downstream node.
Basically, Tor provides a distributed network of servers or relays (“onion routers”). Users bounce their TCP streams – web traffic, ftp, ssh, etc. – around the network, and recipients, observers, and even the relays themselves have difficulty tracking the source of the stream.
The way most people use Tor is with Tor Browser, which is a feature-stripped version of Firefox.
This package provides a command-line interface for creating Tor clients and configuring relay services.