What is Tor? Tor is a special part of the internet that requires software, known as the Tor Browser bundle, to access it. The name is an acronym for The Onion Router – just as there are many layers to the vegetable, there are many layers of encryption on the network. It was originally designed by the US Naval Research Laboratory, and continues to receive funding from the US State Department.
Facebook recently set up a special Tor-friendly access portal – allowing ‘anonimized’ users to surf Facebook – however, Facebook still requires users to use their real names, and pop-ups are common which urge users to reveal personal information such as which schools they attend and which Hometown they grew up in… Critics have said that Facebook are attempting to trick users who use Tor to being identified…
The critics point to the fact that Facebook have been found out manipulating the emotions of users in a sick ‘experiment’. Just today, the BBC have revealed that governments worldwide have upped the number of requests for personal information held on the Facebook database. Critics say that Facebook is handing over data to governments, and then trying to whitewash it’s tarnished image by posing legal actions asking for the data to be returned… Of course, once a government has been given the passwords to a Facebook account, the target person is no longer able to enjoy any kind of privacy…
Copyright is Your Gateway to Privacy:
The law is clear on copyright – everything you write and all your photos are your own copyright and no matter what kind of TERMS OF SERVICE are either indirectly or directly agreed to when signing-up for a Social Media Network account, use or transmitting your copyrighted work has to be notified to the original owner, unless a signed ‘release’ of that information has been provided by the originator/owner of the copyrighted work.
Essentially, every snippet of information given by Facebook to governments is a breach of copyright laws. Estimates on tech blogs say that so far around 250,000 passwords have been handed over by Facebook to government agencies. Arrests based on Facebook data are hard to quantify – it seems that it is the LOCATION of a target person which is the data which is most keenly sought by investigation and police agencies worldwide.
The anti SOPA demonstrations and anti ACTA protests in recent years play directly into the hands of the Household branded websites who hand over your passwords and use your videos, photos and text to gain audiences which are then ‘monetized’ through selling advertising. Blogs have published instances where Advertisers on Google and Facebook have not experienced any ‘Boost’ in income nor website hits – and yet their Credit Cards have been billed based on ‘Click Thru’ traffic. These advertising systems used by the big website operators are all open to CLICK FRAUD in which Advertisers are billed for ‘hits’ or ‘clicks’ which are actually either non-existent, or have been electronically generated using automated ‘Clicker’ apps which are sold on sites such as eBay. All in all, the public loses out – because the CONTENT which baits and attracts audiences is actually owned by the public themselves, and the Advertising revenues would not exist unless people worldwide uploaded their photos, blogs and video clips. The top ten websites nearly all use the exact same business model – baiting and urging users to sign up, publish photos and/or videos, and then exploit the popularity of that Content via a largely anonymous self-service Advertising sales system.
Frankly, nearly every aspect of the business models used by Social Networks violates COPYRIGHT LAW. And the handing over of Facebook account passwords to largely anonymous government agencies is, in itself, a violation of privacy laws – especially considering that Facebook never notify a user that he or she has been targeted for ‘investigation’.
Tor attempts to hide a person’s location and identity by sending data across the internet via a very circuitous route involving several “nodes” – which, in this context, means using volunteers’ PCs and computer servers as connection points. Encryption applied at each hop along this route makes it very hard to connect a person to any particular activity.
Tor is a network that is meant to anonymises users – however, a simple PACKET SNIFFER placed at the Facebook log-in point to the Tor node will result in an effective gathering of data from Facebook users who definitely consider their copyrighted material and privacy to be paramount.
Tor works by routing internet traffic through several locations – making it hard to track down where the user is browsing from – but a PACKET SNIFFER at the Tor/Facebook log-in node would immediately be able to pinpoint the exact location of the user. Is this a ‘Tor Trap’?
Additionally, Ed Snowden has exposed that the PRISM app used by the NSA gains ‘backdoor’ access to all users of iTunes, Facebook and other household branded web portals. THE ENIGMA CHANNEL have produced a TV Special documentary showing how the Social Media networks are in danger of crashing their own share prices by illegally exploiting copyrighted materials, handing over passwords and essentially betraying the confidence of their own audiences.