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
- Polipo (or another web proxy configured to work with Tor)
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.
From the Opera menu, open Settings > Preferences. (This may be under Tools > Preferences or Opera > Preferences, depending on your OS and version of Opera.)
Click the "Advanced" tab.
Click "Network" in the sidebar.
Click the "Proxy Servers..." button.
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).
Check "Enable HTTP 1.1 for proxy" if it is not already checked.
Uncheck "Use proxy for local servers."
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.
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