[Freedombox-discuss] Freedombox threat model

Daniel Kahn Gillmor dkg at fifthhorseman.net
Wed Jun 29 17:46:00 UTC 2011

On 06/29/2011 01:35 PM, Ted Smith wrote:
> Any time two programs running on FreedomBoxes are talking to each other,
> there's very little reason not to use Tor. It only makes sense not to
> use Tor if there's no way to anonymize the protocol, in cases like
> BitTorrent, or if there's way too much bandwidth required for Tor to
> provide, like video streaming.

Other reasons to not use tor for certain workloads/environments:

 * you're not on an IPv4 network (tor only supports IPv4 at the moment,

 * your protocol uses UDP or something else other than TCP (tor only
does TCP at the moment, iiuc)

 * you have tight latency constraints (not just throughput).  For
example, the subjective experience of telephone calls is severely
degraded by even a 150ms lag, even if the throughput is minimal.  Tor's
extra hops add to the latency of any circuit.


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