How to speed up TOR by tweaking

Tweaking the TOR server can be beneficial, because in its default setting the server requests are very slow. By simply editing a tor – related file, we can improve the speed a bit.

Open a TOR configuration file torrc in the terminal:

sudo gedit ~/.vidalia/torrc

Paste this at the beginning of the settings:

# Set the Tor Circuit Build time to find faster tor servers, increments of seconds
CircuitBuildTimeout 30
# Connections while Tor is not in use
KeepalivePeriod 60
# Force Tor to consider whether to build a new circuit every X seconds
NewCircuitPeriod 15
# Set How many entry guards we should we keep at a time
NumEntryGuards 8

Save and restart the Vidalia server for changes to take effect.

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