The Tor project is free software that helps protect your privacy by making it difficult for a 3rd party to analyze your network requests or link your traffic back to your network access point. See the Tor overview page for reasons why this may be important to world citizens, corporations, or specific professions.
Simplified, this is done by using a large pool of distributed hosts and using varied and encrypted paths through these hosts to deliver your original request.
Be aware that no one is saying Tor provides fullproof anonymity on the internet, there are documented weaknesses [1,2,3]. But by now, it should be clear the security exists on a spectrum and not in absolute terms.
I will detail how to install both the Tor service and Tor browser which is designed to address the most common threats to remaining anonymous while browsing.
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Once you have a Squid proxy setup as described in my article here, the next challenge is configuring your Ubuntu servers so that they use this proxy by default instead of attempting direct internet connections.
There are several entities we want using Squid by default: apt package manager, interactive consoles and wget/curl, and Java applications.
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Having your production servers go through a proxy like Squid for internet access can be an architectural best practice that provides network security as well as caching efficiencies.
For further security, denying access to all requests but an explicit whitelist of domains provides auditable control.
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HAProxy is a high performance TCP/HTTP (Level 4 and Level 7) load balancer and reverse proxy. A common pattern is allowing HAProxy to be the fronting SSL-termination point, and then HAProxy determines which pooled backend server serves the request.
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Nginx is a popular reverse proxy and load balancer that focuses on level 7 (application) traffic. A common pattern is allowing Nginx to be the fronting SSL-termination point, and then Nginx determines which pooled backend server is best available to serve the request.
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Some web applications leave authentication as an orthogonal concern to the application – not including any kind of login functionality and instead leaving authentication as an operational concern.
When this happens, a reverse proxy that has an LDAP integration can act as an architectural sentry in front of the web application and also fulfills the requirements for Single Sign-On. Apache2 serves this purpose very well with minimal overhead.
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