Log in to Your Facebook Account Securely from Tor Network
Facebook is probably one of the most interested companies in mining users personal data and never had even a slightly decent reputation for letting users hide their identities online. However, just a few days ago world’s least anonymous website has joined the most anonymous network on the Web.
Silicon Valley giant, Facebook launched a Tor hidden service, a version of its website which can only be accessed by users that are connected to the Tor network. The new .onion address with which you can now reach Facebook is very similar to any other average web address, yet you can only connect to it from within the Tor network. This Tor feature provides both a degree of anonymity for certain services, and also increases security against attacks.
Onion addresses commonly are strings of random characters, rather than complete words, but it looks like Facebook was able to brute-force the word “facebook” into it and then just generated the second half of the address many times until it got something that would make sense. This way the company was able to come with this Onion address: https://facebookcorewwwi.onion/.
In their online post, Facebook said that the name stands for Facebook Core WWW Infrastructure, suggesting the fact that users will be able connect from the Tor network directly to its data center.
Here comes another great way to use one of our unique server solutions – Tor over VPN – which at first encrypts all your traffic on our VPN server and then sends it to the Tor network. Making it even more secure and anonymous then just simply using Tor enabled browser.
The new inviting way of connecting to Facebook over Tor may seem rather weird to most of you, knowing that Facebook still asks you to log in to your account, but from now on Tor users on Facebook are able to protect their identities from every other prying eye that would want to get their information. You do not become anonymous to Facebook when you log in from Tor network, but this new way provides a great deal of security and privacy. This way you are able to get around the censorship that might be blocking your access to the site and local adversarial surveillance too.
Ultimately, Tor does not just hide your identity from the website you visit, it is also designed to bypass censorship and surveillance that happens on a much closer lever to your own connection, for example in repressive regimes like China or Iran. Considering that Facebook uses SSL encryption, it is not possible to determine user identity that is coming from Tor network.
However, till now, Facebook has made it quite difficult for users to access its site when connected to Tor, often even blocking the connections. In the event users tried to log in from Tor network with an unusual IP addresses from all over the world, they frequently triggered the site’s safeguards against botnets, which led to lots of frustration over unsuccessful connections.
Facebook’s new Tor website is designed to be friendlier to those connecting from Tor network as it also provides an extra layer of security than running Tor on the user’s end alone would provide. Tor users will be frequently alerted about malicious Tor exit nodes, the final node on the network redirecting their traffic around the Internet. Harmful Tor exit nodes as such can sometimes be used to spy on users unencrypted traffic, however if you would be using the Tor over VPN solution that is offered by NordVPN your traffic would be already encrypted on our VPN server and only then would reach the Tor network and it would be impossible to spy on you on any Tor exit nodes.