Last night I answered a question from journalist Micah Lee via Twitter where he was looking for the easiest way to make Tor run as a service in Windows. The question is answered in the Tor Project’s FAQ, but I felt the instructions were a little lacking for someone that is non-technical, hence the reason I decided to write this.
Running Tor as a service separately from the Tor Browser has several benefits, most of which is that Tor continues running even when the browser is closed. This lets the user utilize Tor for other services, such as (but not limited to) instant messaging, email, or remotely accessing other computers through the Tor network. It also gives the user easy control over the service, as starting, stopping, restarting, and disabling a service is a trivial matter. Continue reading “Running Tor as a Windows Service with the Tor Browser Bundle”