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AT&T Blocking Deep Web Links From Opera VPN

  • Out of curiosity, I tried the Opera browser -- with its free VPN enabled -- on some deep web links.
    When trying to reach these deep web links via Opera VPN, I will get the AT&T branded Yahoo search engine offering alternatives to the deep web site I was trying to test.
    I never use the AT&T branded Yahoo search engine.
    It appears that even though using a VPN – via the Opera browser – AT&T is still seeing the URL I am trying to test.
    Is this correct?
    Any insights?

  • afaik no access to *.onion without using tor, even via vpn (opera is only offering web proxy services without true vpn functionality)

    you may want to try this instead

  • Opera's VPN is not Tor and will not support "deep web" links - as such, Opera would run a search using your default search engine. And no, you can't use another VPN to connect to Tor (or generally run two proxy services at the same time on one computer).

    It's not that AT&T is blocking anything; it is that you're asking Opera to do something it can't do. If you want to use .onion links then install a Tor client and possibly a Tor-related extension and don't use the built-in VPN.

  • Thanks for the insights / info.
    I did not realize that the special .onion url was implicit in this TOR proxy network.
    Just assumed that any browser could utilize any URL (as the name implies).
    Any good resources for learning about the difference between proxy services and true vpn functionality?
    Assuming one would have to have a proprietary app installed dedicated to encrypting / decryptingn all traffic.

  • A proxy is the generic term for a service which handles web traffic for you - what it does beyond that is up to the provider. Every VPN is a proxy, compression services like the Turbo service Opera supports are also proxies, and of course anonymizers like Tor are proxies. The website you linked to in the first post says that the Tor browser (which is a browser specifically designed to work with the Tor service) can be used to access .onion links, but the fact is any browser can if you have the Tor client installed and have the browser set to use it as a proxy. But you can't combine proxies - Opera can't be using either Turbo or its own VPN while connected to Tor. (I'm pretty sure you can use Turbo with the built-in VPN, but that's a special case as both are provided by Opera.)

    I have no specific familiarity with using Tor - I have seen descriptions of how it works but never tried it myself.