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Tor is good for some amount of anonymity (nothing is perfect of course), but is there a specific task that you find Tor indispensable for? Surely one could follow the various tips that this question outlines, but are there any very focused tasks that Tor is ideal for?

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I think the Overview covers it pretty well, specifically "Why we need Tor". My information is nobody else's business, unless of course it's illegal information.

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If it's illeegal information, you REALLY don't want anybody to see it! –  Daniel H Aug 18 '09 at 2:15
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One perfectly valid and useful business case for Tor is accessing a competitor's website to check prices.

While it is unlikely, it is possible a competitor might recognize your IP as coming from your business and possibly send you a page that is not the same page directed towards the rest of the public.

At the very least it would know you accessed its site and if you do so on a schedule, it might change its pricing strategy accordingly. For example if you are always checking prices on a Tuesday it might roll out price changes on Wednesday, rendering your information useless.

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