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What are my options for using TOR on an iPod Touch, either using something similar to the VPN settings, or through dedicated apps for browsing/email/RSS ?

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I suspect you would be able to use TorVPN's PPTP Server, just make sure you switch the "Send All Traffic" switch on the VPN configuration settings to "on". Otherwise it will be astoundingly ineffective :).

Note that I have not used this service, but knowing what iOS supports (L2TP/IPSec, PPTP, Cisco L2TP), I have a hunch that it will work.

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I'll give that a try. This also seems to answer my other question over at superuser: I'll upvote you there as well if you copy your answer :-) – Thilo Dec 8 '10 at 2:27
After reading their docs, I am not sure how this works, actually. TorVPN is first a regular VPN, but they say you can "optionally enable a transparent TOR tunnel". Is that possible on the iPod as well or do you need to run TOR client software on your end? – Thilo Dec 8 '10 at 2:41
I think what that's saying is that TorVPN is actually just a VPN service, which, again, your iOS device can leverage PPTP access for. And additionally, TorVPN allows you to add on Tor entry service on top of that. – Jason Salaz Dec 8 '10 at 9:10

TOR runs on the TorVPN server, actually - so you don't have to run the client software on your end at all.

To enable it, just log in to your control panel at and in your VPN settings click the checkbox that says 'Transparent TOR routing' or something. It's a server side configuration you can do through the TorVPN website. Hope that clears it up.

By the way, PPTP is very unstable in the sense that it works for some people, and doesn't work for others. This is probably because of the GRE protocol and natting issues. I have a feeling PPTP is the only TorVPN supported way that works with iPods, but generally I recommend OpenVPN above all.

ps: i can hardly imagine what you want to do in an iPod that you want TOR for... could you help my curiosity?

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OpenVPN does seem more stable than PPTP, but that is unfortunately not an option on the iPod. – Thilo Dec 8 '10 at 7:27
Do any of the reasons for using TOR not apply when using an iPod? – Thilo Dec 8 '10 at 7:28

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