If privacy is your main concern while using TOR then it is advisable that you do not bundle it with Windows. Always use Linux based systems like Tails, or Whonix in order to remain completely anonymous. The problem with Windows is that it contains several vulnerabilities and bugs which could have a devastating effect on your online privacy.
3. Never use P2P
The TOR network was never intended to be used for P2P sharing. Downloading torrents over TOR network slows down the browsing of other networks. Apart from this, if you’re adamant on downloading files over P2P then beware! This might compromise with your online anonymity. If you’re using BitTorrent clients with TOR then you’re allowing such clients to send your IP address to other peers as well as the trackers, directly. And once such a communication is made, your online identity is exposed to anyone in charge of such traffic.
4. Delete your Cookies and Local Data
5. Do not ‘Google’
Popular search engines like Google are notorious for storing your browsing information and search data while you’re looking up for something on the internet. This enables them to show personalized ads onto the user’s device. Thus, it is advisable that you should not ‘Google’ something while using TOR. Instead of Google, you could use DuckDuckGo or Startpage to the same effect. These search engines do not keep a log of your IP or stores cookies onto your computer. Thus, while using TOR, use such alternatives to keep your anonymity intact.
6. Never send unencrypted data over TOR
TOR only encrypts your connection and not the data that you send over it. This makes anyone who is in control of the exit nodes, access such sensitive information. Thus, it is highly advisable that you must always send encrypted data over the TOR network to keep your privacy concerns at bay.
Yes, TOR has helped us to browse the internet in the most secure way possible. However, there have been instances where people have been busted mainly because they have been careless on the network. We have enumerated such situations, where your anonymity might be compromised with. Just keep the points mentioned above in mind to avoid a situation where your online identity could be exposed even while you’re using TOR.