Backtrack, the most popular linux distro for penetration testing, does not have tor by default. Hmmm, so we have to install it in it.
Start a terminal and type the following commands to install tor quickly on backtrack.
First check your backtrack release version. Its based on ubuntu.
[email protected]:~# lsb_release -a No LSB modules are available. Distributor ID: Ubuntu Description: Ubuntu 10.04.3 LTS Release: 10.04 Codename: lucid
Check the codename, in this case its lucid. So this version of backtrack is based on ubuntu lucid. Next we have to get the tor debian repository for this distribution.
Install this quick utility called apt-add-repository, which allows to add repositories to apt sources without opening and editing any file.
[email protected]:~# apt-get install python-software-properties
Add tor debian repositories
Now add the tor debian lucid repository to your apt sources list.
[email protected]:~# apt-add-repository 'deb http://deb.torproject.org/torproject.org lucid main'
Also add the gpg keys
[email protected]:~# gpg --keyserver keys.gnupg.net --recv 886DDD89 [email protected]:~# gpg --export A3C4F0F979CAA22CDBA8F512EE8CBC9E886DDD89 | sudo apt-key add -
Now update the package list.
[email protected]:~# apt-get update
Install tor and vidalia
Now finally install tor along with vidalia
[email protected]:~# apt-get install deb.torproject.org-keyring tor vidalia
After installation the tor daemon/service should start in the background, opening port 9050 for socks5.
Check status of tor
Confirm that tor service is running by issuing the following command.
[email protected]:~# service tor status * tor is running
If tor is running, the installation of tor completed successfully.
Now configure your browser to use tor as a proxy. Socks5 port is 9050. Once configured go to ipmango.com to check your ip address. If its different from your real ip address, then you have configured tor correctly and connecting via it. Now you are browsing the internet anonymously.
To further enhance your privacy, use private browsing so that no traces of your browsing are left in your system. Firefox calls it Private Browsing and chrome calls it Incognito.