The Onion Router (Tor)

  • Get Tor - The Onion Router
    • The Tor Browser Bundle is easy to use
    • Stay up-to-date with Tor Browser Bundle releases
  • Need a more secure system? Get Tails - The Amnesic Incognito Live System
    • Tails provides an isolated environment setup to help preserve your privacy and anonymity
    • Stay up-to-date with Tails releases
    • To save or submit documents, you'll need to copy them into the one of the Tor Browser folders
      • /home/amnesia/Tor Browser
      • /home/amnesia/Persistent/Tor Browser
  • Plan what documents you're going to submit, and whom you're sending them to
    • Consider utilizing a pro-whistleblower organization that has setup SecureDrop
    • For a list of organizations and their Tor Hidden Service address, check the SecureDrop Directory
    • Verify that the .onion address listed on an organization's SecureDrop landing page matches what is listed in the SecureDrop Directory
  • Don't talk about what you're going to submit
  • Don't do it from home
  • Don't visit any unnecessary sites
  • Don't login to any site or account that you own - such as email or facebook
  • Don't retrace your steps - such as going to the same cafe or location
  • Don't use your main system - buy a cheap laptop with cash
  • Leave your cellphone at home
  • Use a public / open network
  • Pay in cash if you need to pay
  • Change the MAC address of the system
    • Tails does this automatically unless you override options
  • Change the default Tor settings to use more hops - this may decrease your speed
    • This requires recompiling Tor and hasn't been proven to increase security
  • Perform your task quickly