Facebook On Tor Browser

In a blog post announcing the Facebook hidden service, Facebook software engineer Alec Muffett, said that the service would allow Tor users to communicate directly with Facebook's datacentres. Tor Browser aims to make all users look the same, making it difficult for you to be fingerprinted based on your browser and device information. MULTI-LAYERED ENCRYPTION Your traffic is relayed and encrypted three times as it passes over the Tor network. When you make a Facebook account and whenever you log on you give them your identity. That's kinda the whole point of Facebook. The purpose of Tor is to. I've been trying to use facebook with tor browser. Today I get locked out of my account, and they want me to confirm my identity. The only option I get for doing this is confirming my login from 'Another computer' - but those are just old, dead tor browser sessions. We tested the new link out on a Tor browser and it does seem to work better than using Tor to visit Facebook's regular homepage. The move marks the first time a website with a Certificate Authority.

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URLfacebookcorewwwi.onion(Accessing link help)

facebookcorewwwi.onion is a site that allows access to Facebook through the Tor protocol, using its .onion top-level domain.[1][2] In April 2016, it had been used by over 1 million people monthly, up from 525,000 in 2015.[1] Neither Twitter nor Google operate sites through Tor, and Facebook has been applauded for allowing such access,[3] which makes it available in countries that actively try to block Facebook.[4]

In October 2014, Facebook announced[5] that users could connect to the website through a Tor onion service using the privacy-protecting Tor browser and encrypted using HTTPS.[6][7][8] Announcing the feature, Alec Muffett said 'Facebook's onion address provides a way to access Facebook through Tor without losing the cryptographic protections provided by the Tor cloud. ... it provides end-to-end communication, from your browser directly into a Facebook datacentre.'[6] Its network address – facebookcorewwwi.onion – is a backronym that stands for Facebook's Core WWW Infrastructure.[5]

Prior to the release of an official .onion domain, accessing Facebook through Tor would sometimes lead to error messages and inability to access the website.[1] There are numerous reasons to use the Tor-protocol for legitimate purposes, such as for increased anonymity when connecting to Facebook.[9]ProPublica explicitly referenced the existence of Facebook's .onion site when they started their own onion service.[10]

Connecting to Facebook through Tor offers a way to access the site with a higher level of protection against snooping and surveillance from both commercial and state actors.[11] The site also makes it easier for Facebook to differentiate between accounts that have been caught up in a botnet and those that legitimately access Facebook through Tor.[11] As of its 2014 release, the site was still in early stages, with much work remaining to polish the code for Tor-access. It has been speculated that other companies will follow suit and release their own Tor-accessible sites.[11]

The site went offline at noon GMT on 13 December 2019, as the certificate used to provide HTTPS support expired. Facebook claimed the site would be back online within 1 to 2 weeks as they sourced a new certificate.[12] It went back online on 18 December.[13]


  1. ^ abcHoffman, William (April 22, 2016). 'Facebook's Dark Web .Onion Site Reaches 1 Million Monthly Tor Users'. Inverse.
  2. ^'Facebook Releases Special Link for Tor'. PCMAG. Retrieved May 9, 2016.
  3. ^'The Torist: How to read a secret magazine on the darknet'. The Indian Express. April 10, 2016.
  4. ^'Facebook opens up to Tor users with new secure .onion address'. BetaNews. November 1, 2014. Retrieved May 9, 2016.
  5. ^ abMuffett, Alec (October 31, 2014). 'Making Connections to Facebook more Secure'. Protect the Graph. Facebook. Retrieved December 4, 2014.
  6. ^ abLemos, Robert (October 31, 2014). 'Facebook offers hidden service to Tor users'. Ars Technica. Retrieved October 31, 2014.
  7. ^arma (October 31, 2014). 'Facebook, hidden services, and https certs'. Tor Project.Cite journal requires journal= (help)
  8. ^Duckett, Chris (October 31, 2014). 'Facebook sets up hidden service for Tor users'. ZDNet.
  9. ^Murdoch, Steven J. (February 6, 2015). 'Is Tor still secure after Silk Road?'. Phys.org. Retrieved May 23, 2016.
  10. ^'A More Secure and Anonymous ProPublica Using Tor Hidden Services'. ProPublica.
  11. ^ abc'Why Facebook Is Making It Easier to Log On with Tor—and Other Companies Should, Too'. Fast Company. November 10, 2014. Retrieved May 22, 2016.
  12. ^'Our onion service, facebookcorewwwi.onion, is temporarily unavailable while we await renewal of our TLS certificate'. facebook.com. Facebook over Tor. December 13, 2019. Archived from the original on December 14, 2019.
  13. ^'Facebook over Tor'. www.facebook.com. Retrieved December 29, 2019.

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Updated: July 1st at 6:30PM to add information about traffic correlation attacks.

We posted last week about the Tor Challenge and why everyone should use Tor. Since we started our Tor Challenge two weeks ago we have signed up over 1000 new Tor relays. But it appears that there are still some popular misconceptions about Tor. We would like to take this opportunity to dispel some of these common myths and misconceptions.

1. Tor Still Works

One of the many things that we learned from the NSA leaks is that Tor still works. According to the NSA 'Tor Stinks' slides revealed by the Guardian last year, the NSA is still not able to completely circumvent the anonymity provided by Tor. They have been able to compromise certain Tor users in specific situations. Historically this has been done by finding an exploit for the Tor Browser Bundle or by exploiting a user that has misconfigured Tor. The FBI—possibly in conjunction with the NSA—was able to find one serious exploit for Firefox that lead to the takedown of Freedom Hosting and exploit of its users. Firefox was patched quickly, and no major exploits for Firefox affecting Tor users appear to have been found since.
As the Tor developers noted in 2004, if someone is actively monitoring both your network traffic and the network traffic of the Internet service you're communicating with, Tor can't prevent them from deducing that you're talking to that service. Its design does assume that at least one side of the connection isn't being monitored by whomever you're trying to stay private from.

We can conclude from this that Tor has probably not been broken at a cryptographic level. The best attacks on Tor are side-channel attacks on browser bugs or user misconfiguration and traffic correlation attacks.

2. Tor is Not Only Used by Criminals

One of the most common misconceptions we hear is that Tor is only used by criminals and pedophiles. This is simply not true! There are many types of people that use Tor. Activists use it to circumvent censorship and provide anonymity. The military uses it for secure communications and planning. Families use Tor to protect their children and preserve their privacy. Journalists use it to do research on stories and communicate securely with sources. The Tor Project website has an excellent explanation of why Tor doesn't help criminals very much. To paraphrase: Criminals can already do bad things since they will break laws they have much better tools at their disposal than what Tor offers, such as botnets made with malware, stolen devices, identity theft, etc. In fact using Tor may help you protect yourself against some of these tactics that criminals use such as identity theft or online stalking.

You are not helping criminals by using Tor any more than you are helping criminals by using the Internet.

3. Tor Does Not Have a Military Backdoor

Another common opinion that we hear is that Tor was created by the military and so it must have a military backdoor. There is no backdoor in the Tor software. It is true that initial development of Tor was funded by the US Navy. However, it has been audited by several very smart cryptographers and security professionals who have confirmed that there is no backdoor. Tor is open source, so any programmer can take a look at the code and verify that there is nothing fishy going on. It is worked on by a team of activists who are extremely dedicated to privacy and anonymity.

4. No One in the US Has Been Prosecuted For Running a Tor Relay


As far as EFF is aware, no one in the US has been sued or prosecuted for running a Tor relay. Furthermore we do not believe that running a Tor relay is illegal under US law. This is, of course, no guarantee that you won't be contacted by law enforcement, especially if you are running an exit relay. However EFF believes this fact so strongly that we are running our own Tor relay. You can find out more about the legalities of running a Tor relay at the Tor Challenge Legal FAQ. However, if you are going to use Tor for criminal activity (which the Tor project asks that you not do) you can create more problems for yourself if you get prosecuted. Criminal activity also brings more scrutiny on to Tor making it worse for the public as a whole.

5. Tor is Easy to Use

You might think that because it is privacy software Tor must be hard to use. This is simply not true. The easiest way to get started with Tor is to download the Tor Browser Bundle. This is a browser that comes pre-configured to use Tor in a secure manner. It is easy to use and is all you need to start browsing with Tor. Another easy way to use Tor is with Tails. Tails is a live operating system that runs on a DVD or thumb drive. Tails routes your entire Internet connection through Tor. And when you shut it down, Tails “forgets” everything that was done while it was running.

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6. Tor is Not as Slow as You Think

It is true that Tor is slower than a regular Internet connection. However, the Tor developers have been doing a lot of hard work to make the Tor network faster. And it is faster today than ever before. One of the best things that can be done to speed up the Tor network is to create more relays. If you would like to contribute to making the Tor network faster, you can check out our Tor Challenge

7. Tor is Not Foolproof

Tor is not perfect; you can destroy your own anonymity with Tor if you use it incorrectly. That's why it is important to always use Tor Browser Bundle or Tails and make sure that you keep your software up to date. It is also important to remember that if you log into services like Google and Facebook over Tor, those services will still be able to see your communications within their systems. Additionally Tor users should be mindful of the fact that an adversary who can see both sides of their connection may be able to perform a statistical analysis to confirm that the traffic belongs to you.

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Tor is some of the strongest anonymity software that exists. We think that it is important to dispel misconceptions about it so that the public can be more informed and confident in its usefulness. There are many great reasons to use Tor and very few reasons not to. So get started with Tor, and take back your privacy online.