I've heard some people talk about wanting to hide from their ISP the fact that they are using TOR. Why is this? Do some ISPs not tolerate their customers using TOR?
I am sorry that I didn't respond to this yesterday. Somehow I missed it. Where I live many are worried about this:
Guilty by association = TOR
In general there is a perception that TOR is used by "hidden services" doing terrible things to young people and women, and of course drugs, etc...... Sure VPN's can be misused but there is NOTHING as dangerous as the dark/deep hidden onion services. Its true too, there are some things I don't even want to see and I am not that much of a prude. In defense of TOR the pure privacy and simplicity of the system makes anonymity for relative newbie's a doable task.
Because of the STRONG anonymity and security of TOR --- unfortunately --- those needing protection from discovery flock to it. I am a privacy advocate and that lures me because of its strength.
VPN's don't have a true "under-world" of hidden mechanisms and so the REALLY dark actors head to TOR. You can try and deny it but its true. I could start naming the big hidden sites brought down but what is the point?
I love TOR because of its strong circuit rotation and anonymity. I just don't want to be associated because of the comments I just posted. So for me, its TOR over VPN leaving my association obfuscated by the bridge. I feel quite strongly about it, but I do know others feel differently.