- How-To Booklet
- 1. How to protect your computer from malware and hackers
- 2. How to protect your information from physical threats
- 3. How to create and maintain secure passwords
- 4. How to protect the sensitive files on your computer
- 5. How to recover from information loss
- 6. How to destroy sensitive information
- 7. How to keep your Internet communication private
- 8. How to remain anonymous and bypass censorship on the Internet
- 9. How to protect yourself and your data when using social networking
- 10. How to use mobile phones as securely as possible
- 11. How to use smartphones as securely as possible
- Hands-On Guides
- avast! - anti-virus
- Spybot - anti-spyware
- Comodo Firewall
- KeePass - secure password storage
- TrueCrypt - secure file storage
- Cobian Backup
- Recuva - file recovery
- Eraser - secure file removal
- CCleaner - secure file deletion and work session wiping
- Riseup - secure email service
- Pidgin with OTR - secure instant messaging
- Jitsi - Secure Audio, Video and Text Communication
- Thunderbird + Enigmail + GPG - secure email client
- gpg4usb - email text and files encryption
- Firefox + add-ons - secure Web browser
- Tor - anonymity and circumvention
- Social networking tools
- Mobile Security
How to Use the Vidalia Control Panel
- 4.0 About the Vidalia Control Panel
- 4.1 How to View the Tor Connection
- 4.2 How to View and Configure Vidalia Control Panel Settings
- 4.3 How To Stop and Start the Tor Program
4.0 About the Vidalia Control Panel
The Vidalia Control Panel - which you are now familiar with - is the main console for the Tor program. Vidalia Contol Panel lets you configure Tor important settings, view connection parameters. To open Vidalia Control Panel follow below instructions:
If you are already running the Tor Browser double click to launch the Vidalia Control Panel.
Tip: If you right-click the green onion-shaped icon, the Vidalia Control Panel will appear in the format of a pop-up menu as follows:
Figure 1: The Vidalia Control Panel pop-up menu
If you do not run Tor Browser navigate to the Tor Browser folder, and then double-click to activate the Vidalia Control Panel and automatically connect to the Tor network as follows:
Figure 2: The Vidalia Control Panel displaying a successful connection to the Tor Network
4.1 How to View the Tor Connection
Step 1. Click to activate the following screen:
Figure 3: The Tor Network Map
The Tor Network Map lists all the available Tor relay servers which comprise the Tor anonymity network currently in operation. The left sidebar lists these servers by their available bandwith and geographical location.
- Click to list these servers in ascending or descending order of available bandwith, or the alphabetical order of the country of origin.
Beneath the map of the world are two panes, the Connections pane and the relay details pane. The Connections pane displays the names of randomly selected Tor servers through which your anonymous connection will be routed.
- Choose a server from the Connections list to view your actual route through the Tor network, connected by the green lines on the map.
The adjacent pane displays the connection details for a server listed in under the Relay list in the left sidebar; in Figure 3, the connection details of a Canadian relay server settingOrange are displayed.
Note: The Tor Network Map helps to demonstrate how Tor functions by presenting fairly abstract ideas and complex information in a visual manner.
4.2 How to View and Configure Vidalia Control Panel Settings
Step 1. Click to activate the following screen:
Figure 4: The Settings screen in the Vidalia Control Panel
The General tab lets you specify whether Vidalia should be automatically launched whenever Windows starts up, and whether it should then launch the Tor program.
If you prefer to manually launch the Vidalia program, simply click to disable the Start Vidalia when my system starts option.
Note: Users of Beginner or Average skill are advised to accept the default settings as shown in Figure 4.
Step 2. Click to confirm your settings.
Although the default language for the Tor program is English, the Appearance tab lets you specify another language for the Vidalia Control Panel. It also lets you modify its appearance.
Figure 5: The Appearance screen in the Vidalia Panel
4.3 How To Stop and Start the Tor Program
Step 1. Click in the Vidalia Shortcuts panel to stop running the Tor program; the Status section of the Vidalia Control Panel will appear as follows:
Figure 6: The Tor Status section - Tor is not running message
Step 2. Click to conversely start the Tor program; the Status section of the Vidalia Control Panel will, after a few seconds, appear as follows:
Figure 7: The Tor Status section - Connected to the Network! message