Discussion: Tor

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Note: even though it originally came from an acronym, Tor is not spelled “TOR”. Only the first letter is capitalized. In fact, we can usually spot people who haven’t read any of our website (and have instead learned everything they know about Tor from news articles) by the fact that they spell it wrong.


I just threw this somewhere and felt like also commenting it here, while this thread hasn’t had much discussion.

IMO, it’s a poorly written FAQ, because it leaves too much unanswered. What are the translations, why do they want it capitalized a particular way, what is their motivation, trademark? And why is it important?

It will stay TOR browser, not Tor Browser, similar to Firefox browser, until auto correct says different, for me. Unless laziness defaults to all lower case. Or I learn to type a little onion or earth.

tl;dr PTIO, ptio or Ptio, that’s the question. Grammar and spelling are pitas. :smiley:

And how do you host a Tor site. I know that might seem insignificant. But some of us want to blog anonymously.

Even on Beaker Browser, there is a good run down on how to host a website.

I am not sure if there is clear documentation anywhere, but in general you setup a normal HTTPd (I have heard Lighttpd recommended due to support for Unix sockets) and add a few lines to your torrc file and reload Tor and you will end up having the keys and hostname in directory of your choice and then you just browse there with Tor Browser and it should load.

I don’t have the lines at hand currently, but I will get back onto this later (hoping the forum sends an email that I will notice).

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Sorry that I took this long time,

The torrc lines are:

HiddenServiceDir /var/lib/tor/ssh/
HiddenServicePort 22
HiddenServiceVersion 3

This results to a file /var/lib/tor/ssh/hostname which contains the .onion address which has port 22 open and would lead to, I tend to have them on all hosts as a backup.

Searching a bit I found the official documentation too, which is where I have picked lighttpd up:


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Does this mainly cover local host? What would be great is if Glitch hosted TOR hidden services at some point.

Alright lets see if I can get this set up.

If we installed the folder rather than using sudo, do we create our own directory?

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I am not sure if I understand your question, but Onion addresses don’t necessarily have to be on localhost, but it’s important to note that if they aren’t, the traffic is unencrypted, so you would need an SSL certificate and only expensive EV certificates can be given to onion addresses (unless you selfisign and teach people bad habit of accepting the certificate warning).

I am not sure if I understand this question either, but I think the only requirement is that Tor is able to read and write (and possibly other users cannot?) the directory you point it to.

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