In This Earlier Posting, I wrote that I was setting up an old, garbage-grade laptop, to connect entirely through Tor. And one of my motivations has to do with the TAILS USB-stick, in that I am trying to establish that this USB-stick cannot really be of such immense benefit to whoever is using it, as is claimed, and that therefore, Edward Snowden cannot also have gotten much use out of TAILS.
Further, I think we can see that in recent years, the way in which PCs react to inserted, ‘Live USB-sticks’ has also changed, so that our chances of finding a host machine which will boot from such a pen-drive, but without the consent or knowledge of its owner, are also quite slim. An actual laptop bypasses that problem.
What I think I found, was that most of the services which we could connect to – including IRC Servers – detect that we are connecting to them from a remote IP address that belongs to a Tor gateway – a so-called “Exit-Node” – and if we are authenticated, bans the user, or otherwise just blocks the user.
What I had written though, was that in addition to being able to use the Web-browser, I wanted my own laptop to be able to perform one additional task. And so I had found that a mailbox service exists called mailbox.org , and that it runs its own Tor Exit-Node internally, for which reason we could send and receive email with them, once we have set up and paid for an account.
What I discovered, is that this not only works in theory, but actually does in practice. We need to install an ‘Icedove / Thunderbird’ extension named “Torbirdy” to get that to work, but it does finally work.