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I have installed Tor via the CLI and rebooted. I call service tor start and get prompted to enter my root password. To confirm the service is running I call service tor status which confirms Tor is active.

However, when I run curl iconfig.me or hostname -I it returns my public IP which (through IP lookup) is my location.

Can I please get clarification on what is causing my issue and/or whether I need to take further steps to use Tor through CLI correctly?

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Tor client acts as a SOCKS proxy. For traffic to be routed via tor, you need to configure your other software to use the tor SOCKS proxy instead of direct connection.

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  • I assume then I will need to download torsocks and change my network proxy to 127.0.0.1 and port 9050 into the SOCKS section, followed by a reboot and then change my browsers and apps to use system proxy settings ?
    – Barb
    Sep 17 '19 at 17:57
  • In addition, you might consider adding iptables rules preventing other connections
    – sebasth
    Sep 17 '19 at 19:27

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