I am using TOR as an proxy for some scripts I'm running (nothing illegal just don't want to expose my IP address) but I'll randomly get network timeouts which don't happen when I run the scripts directly. I have 2 questions -
1) Is there a way to get a more reliable connection using tor? I know its a free anonymous proxying tool so beggers can't be choosers but from my experience it doesn't seem very reliable.
2) If there is no way to check if your connection is good then is there an alternative to tor? Hopefully free, but I'm willing to pay for reliability (hopefully not too much).
Thanks in advance!