This is a crash course for those who wishes to climb over the GFW of China.
Of course you wouldn’t be able to read this blog since it’s been blocked…… but anyway, here is a quick cheat sheet in case you have subscribed to my blog using google reader :p
After installation of add-on, you will be prompted to select the default connection method, set it to ‘Tor‘. You will also notice that you have subscribe to a list of website on autoproxy settings; these are the websites blocked by GFW. Now if you want to visit my site freely, either set Autoproxy to Global Mode or add a new rule for cenci.tk. You can also update your subscription manually from time to time when you find it difficult to get pass a certain website.
Next close firefox and install download from this website: https://www.torproject.org/dist/vidalia-bundles/vidalia-bundle-0.2.1.28-0.2.10.exe
Note that if you are typing the address in browser yourself make sure you use ‘https‘ such that your visit is encrypted. The non-encrypted http connection is blocked by GFW.
Exclude ‘Torbutton’ from the list of components. (you can also install it, but I have not tried using it, it’s another firefox add-on of similar function). I personally find autoproxy more ‘intellegent’.
Next we need to configure Tor with nice graphic interface provided by Vidalia. Open this webpage https://bridges.torproject.org/ or send an email to [email protected] using a trusted email provider (such as Gmail). Refrain from using QQmail and other mail service providers from mainland China especially because your mails can be monitored.
You will receive a list of bridges which look like below:
If the progress bar on Vidalia freezes for a long time without completion, we need more detailed configuration of the software.
Open up Vidalia and go into Settings, go to Network option and select ‘My ISP blocks connection to Tor network‘. Add the bridges you obtained to the list shown below, do not include the text ‘bridge’; your added bridge would look like:
Put all three down in the list, the order is not important. Now restart Vidalia but selecting ‘Exit‘ then start the program again.
You will see that Tor has successfully connected to a Tor network after a few seconds. You are good to go!
Please also remember to deselect option’My ISP blocks connection to Tor network‘ if you have problem connecting to Tor network a second time.
Note that Autoproxy is just a software which selects which site you visit that Tor is required. If you want full anonymity of browsing, set Autoproxy to Global Mode.
Enjoy browsing the internet outside the wall!