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    Hi All!

    Despite growing up with computers basically all my life, I realised that I know literally bugger all about how they actually work.

    I have a gap year so instead of indulging in the steam summer sale I thought I'd try to learn a programming language (at least the basics) and just how computers work

    as I have been digging around I learned about Tor, and it sounds like a great idea, apart form all the *stuff*, basically limiting how far down the rabbit hole you go has been the no 1 rule i've got from dark net stories etc

    so I guess my question is is Tor Illegal to use in the UK? moreover, seeing as I don't own my own internet access (hooray for living with parents) would it get them into a spot of bother with the law?

    also what's the best (most relevant or easiest to learn) language for me to take a whack at? I've narrowed it down to Java or Python, but heck you lot know far more about this stuff than me

    Cheers!
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    Tor and the technology behind it is perfectly legal to use. At it's most basic it's simply a web browser designed to make traffic untraceable. Whether it succeeds is another matter.

    However it's worth considering why people use Tor. Tor isn't illegal but it's a good gateway to get into doing something illegal. The Tor site suggests it's used by all sorts of people that value privacy and so on but at the same time it's undeniably a huge outlet for things like child pornography, drug trafficking and so on. There's a general association that if you're using Tor you might have something you're trying to hide. That might be something legitimate (hiding data from ISP so they can't sell it for example) but it may be something illegal. Tor isn't illegal but it gives the impression that you could be guilty of something.

    It won't inherently get your parents into any trouble but at the same time it doesn't really do them any good. Unless you have a legitimate reason to use Tor I'd stay away until you're legally in charge of the network and can take full responsibility for it. Odds are nothing would happen and you're perfectly free to try though.

    If you don't actually have any need or use for Tor then I don't really see any reason to use it. Unless you get something out of it you won't actually do yourself any favours, despite the fact it is on the whole perfectly safe.

    Python is much easier to learn compared to Java if you have no previous experience. If you wanted to start from scratch I'd start with Python and learn Java at a later date. Between the two you'd have a solid foundation for programming if you ever wanted to take it further. It also looks good on a CV for any tech related job you want (providing you don't need an official qualification). It's largely pointless to know for any unrelated career though so don't invest too much if you don't intend to pursue it.
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    Acsel gives good advice ^^^

    inevitably if you start poking around with TOR you will come across illegal stuff... it is like a lucky dip where you can end in jail by opening the wrong parcel.*
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    Tor itself is legal to use, but you might end up on illegal stuff
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    the FBI have set up various honeypot TOR sites to entice the curious young browser...*
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    (Original post by Dr_Sir)
    Hi All!

    Despite growing up with computers basically all my life, I realised that I know literally bugger all about how they actually work.

    I have a gap year so instead of indulging in the steam summer sale I thought I'd try to learn a programming language (at least the basics) and just how computers work

    as I have been digging around I learned about Tor, and it sounds like a great idea, apart form all the *stuff*, basically limiting how far down the rabbit hole you go has been the no 1 rule i've got from dark net stories etc

    so I guess my question is is Tor Illegal to use in the UK? moreover, seeing as I don't own my own internet access (hooray for living with parents) would it get them into a spot of bother with the law?

    also what's the best (most relevant or easiest to learn) language for me to take a whack at? I've narrowed it down to Java or Python, but heck you lot know far more about this stuff than me

    Cheers!
    Hiya

    I use Tor quite a bit of the time and it's not illegal to use. It basically depends on how you use the Tor Browser.

    If you use the Tor browser for legitimate things, then you're going to be fine. It's only illegal to use when you actually start doing illegal things.

    I've not used Java or Python before, so wouldn't know on that matter.
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    >Use Tails.
    >Delete JavaScript on your PC to avoid tracking.
    >Use the hidden wiki to access (obviously avoid cp, hc and drug links). Don't click on any unlabelled links.
    >etc.


    >Watch mutahar so you can see somebody else navigating safely.
 
 
 
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