I was reading "HOW TO surf anonymous", following which I typed

$ sudo apt-get install tor privoxy

But it seems like the package is not available

Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
Package tor is not available, but is referred to by another package.
This may mean that the package is missing, has been obsoleted, or
is only available from another source

E: Package 'tor' has no installation candidate

So I was wondering what are some good and convenient ways to hide ip?

Is it by using proxy? If yes, does it provide a list of proxies to save me from looking up by Google, and do I have a choice for where the new ip will be from?

My main browser is Firefox 3.6.17 and sometimes I am using Google Chrome. My OS is Ubuntu 10.10.


  • Question could be more clear... Do you simply want to browse anonymously (for that tor is enough) or do you need to hide your IP in other kinds of connections (FTP for example, in which case, I believe you do need privoxy and/or torsocks.)
    – Brian Z
    Oct 5, 2014 at 3:16

3 Answers 3


You have to modify your repository list. Here is the link for the Ubuntu TOR repository and the steps to modify your list.


  • Thanks! There is a new problem: it seems the link addons.mozilla.org/extensions/… suggested in that webpage I linked does not exist any more. Any suggestion?
    – Tim
    May 5, 2011 at 1:25
  • Was that the link for the privoxy addon? May 5, 2011 at 3:03
  • I was not sure.
    – Tim
    May 5, 2011 at 10:52
  • Ok, well without knowing what addon that link was originally for I can't help you too much. I do know that google has lots of Ubuntu/TOR related infomation. May 5, 2011 at 18:13

sudo apt-get install tor is more than enough, no need for privoxy

and under firefox edit->preferences->advanced->network->settings->manual proxy configuration do the following:

socks host = port = 9050

that's it !!.

and whenever you want to change the ip associated by tor for you just do

sudo /etc/init.d/tor restart

needs a bit more effort but I'm stuck with this method for a year now and no complaints


I think you want to use proxy and i think you have synaptic program installed on your ubuntu so easily run it and search "tor" then install it and search for vidalia and install it too run vidalia finished.

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