How to Connect Opera to Tor

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How to Connect Opera to Tor
Tor helps you browse the Web anonymously -- and gain access to a hidden anonymous network. (Hemera Technologies/AbleStock.com/Getty Images)

Tor was originally created by the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory to protect government communications and is now used by activists, journalists, diplomats, and ordinary people to protect their privacy on the Internet. Installation and set-up of Tor is quick and easy, and configuring Opera to work with a working Tor connection can be done in a couple of minutes.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Tor
  • Polipo (or another web proxy configured to work with Tor)

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Start Tor and Polipo if they are not already running. If you haven't installed and configured these, refer to the Tor Project installation instructions.

  2. 2

    Open Opera.

  3. 3

    From the Opera menu, open Settings > Preferences. (This may be under Tools > Preferences or Opera > Preferences, depending on your OS and version of Opera.)

  4. 4

    Click the "Advanced" tab.

  5. 5

    Click "Network" in the sidebar.

  6. 6

    Click the "Proxy Servers..." button.

  7. 7

    Check the HTTP, HTTPS, FTP, Gopher and WAIS boxes. For each of these set the proxy to "localhost" and the port to 8118 (unless you changed this from the Tor Project's recommendation).

  8. 8

    Check "Enable HTTP 1.1 for proxy" if it is not already checked.

  9. 9

    Uncheck "Use proxy for local servers."

  10. 10

    Click "OK."

  11. 11

    Test your connection by pointing Opera to the Tor Detector website. If you are unable to connect, make sure you have installed Tor and Polipo properly and that both are running.

Tips and warnings

  • Always be aware of ways you might compromise your anonymity while browsing. Having an anonymous connection means little if you use it to check your personal e-mail account or something else that would give you away. Remember that your web traffic may be monitored on the other end of your Tor connection, so any information you send or view may be intercepted -- including usernames and passwords. Always assume someone is watching, and be very careful about allowing Java, JavaScript or other apps to run. See "Want Tor to Really Work?" at the Tor Project website for more tips and precautions.

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