Advanced Onion Router

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Advanced Onion Router

Built with the advanced Tor user in mind with the ability to force a program to use your Tor connection.

4

Our rating: 

4
License: Free (Open source)
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Pros & Cons:

Feature rich, highly customisable, can force programs to use Tor.
It is for geekish inclined users, may not be as easy to make secure as other solutions, speeds fluctuate but are generally tolerable.

Our Review:

Advanced Onion Router ("AdvTor") is a powerful alternative to the Vidalia bundle and as the name suggests, it is built with the advanced Tor user in mind. You can customise pretty much any aspect of your Tor connection, from bandwidth throttling to manual entry or exit node selection. One of its nicest features is the ability to force a program to use your Tor connection! Although that particular feature is in a Beta stage, I've managed to get various programs to work with it. This feature is very promising. Try it yourself, force a program such as an instant messaging client to use Tor without changing its internal proxy settings. This is great for applications that simply refuse to use your Tor connection.

It's important to note that Tor does not support the UDP protocol, so programs that use this protocol will send and receive UDP packets unencrypted over your network connection and untouched by Tor. As far as I know, there is no way to route UDP packets over the Tor network and there are no plans to implement such a feature.

The GUI isn't particularly elegant or user-friendly, but for all it lacks in looks, it makes up for in features. A must have for advanced Tor users.

Here are some of my personal ratings and a few technical points regarding the program:

  • Speed Rating: Slow (high with custom configuration)
  • Anonymity Rating: Medium-High
  • Usage Allowance: Unlimited
  • Logging Level: Unknown. It varies from peer to peer. Some may log you and some may not. Review this page for more info about entry and exit nodes. (Minimal with custom configuration)
  • Server Location(s): Worldwide
  • WOT Rating: Excellent.
  • 8MB of RAM usage when running.
  • There is no installer file. The program is provided in a Zip archive.
  • Since there is no installer, the program is fully portable.


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