I am a new user of Qubes.
I have just completed my installation.
After a reboot, the system offered me to connect to the Tor network through Whonix. I accepted, but the progress bar remained frozen for about ten minutes. This seems obvious to me, since I didn’t connect to any Internet access. I don’t dare to connect on my home WiFi, for fear of losing my anonymity…
One thing the startup instructions don’t say is “How do I connect to the Internet anonymously”. I looked in the documentation, but I couldn’t find it.
From what I understand, there are two possibilities:
Is Tor only used with Whonix? Or can it be used independently? I’d like to understand the Tor system a little better.
Use a VPN provider.
But can we trust a VPN provider? Because even if the purchase is anonymous, even if the VPN network is encrypted, the provider is still someone I have to “trust”: doesn’t he have the encryption key for my VPN? Can’t they see the content of the data I’m exchanging?