This is one of the most promising internet anonymity projects I have seen and EFF.org is really struggling to support the development of it. So if you find this onion router utility valuable, then please consider dropping Roger and Nick a donation at the website here, cos it's a rare priviledge to have access to apps of this caliber for free.
I have included in this pack the utility Tor Tray 0.9.6 and the shortcut to run Tor will point to that. Some peeps prefer to use TorCP to manage Tor, but personally I have found TorCP to be problematic and I have never once had a problem with Tor Tray.
When I feel satisified with future versions of TorCP I will rebuild this addon pack using that instead, because it does have some valuable utilities that are not present in Tor Tray.
Tor Proxy v0.1.0.17
SIZE: 740 KB
Description: Tor anonymous Internet communication system.
Title: Tor Proxy
License: Open Source
Installs to: "%programfiles%\Security\TorProxy"
Op System: Windows 2000, XP & 2003
Diagrams on How Tor Works:Tor: An anonymous Internet communication system
Tor is a toolset for a wide range of organizations and people that want to improve their safety and security on the Internet. Using Tor can help you anonymize web browsing and publishing, instant messaging, IRC, SSH, and other applications that use the TCP protocol. Tor also provides a platform on which software developers can build new applications with built-in anonymity, safety, and privacy features.
Your traffic is safer when you use Tor, because communications are bounced around a distributed network of servers, called onion routers. Tor's technology aims to provide Internet users with protection against "traffic analysis," a form of network surveillance that threatens personal anonymity and privacy, confidential business activities and relationships, and state security.
Instead of looking at the content of your communications, traffic analysis tracks where your data goes and when, as well as how much is sent. Tor aims to make traffic analysis more difficult by preventing websites, eavesdroppers, and even the onion routers themselves from tracing your communications online. This means Tor lets you decide whether to identify yourself when you communicate.
Tor's security is improved as its user base grows and as more people volunteer to run servers. Please consider volunteering your time or volunteering your bandwidth. And remember that this is development code — it's not a good idea to rely on the current Tor network if you really need strong anonymity.
You can run this right out of the box if you wish - it's call set up to go - but if you want to tweak things a little or set up your own Tor Server (we need as many of them as we can get for the best anonymity) then there is plenty of excellent documentation on their website here.
If you are using Firefox Web Browser, as they recommend, there is a very good guide for switching proxies with it here.
Happy Anonymous Web Surfing!
[Edit 2006/03/08] Recoded ALL Mrs Peel Addon Packs for platform and licencing compliance.
[Edit 2006/03/08] Updated version to 0.1.0.17
[Edit 2007/07/16] No time to maintain this anymore. Removed old outdated version.