Pluggable transports bundles 2.4.18-rc-1-pt1 and 2.4.18-rc-2-pt1 with Firefox 17.0.11esr
It totally depends on the application that you launch.
In general you should 'save' it not 'launch' it, and then you should be very careful about what programs you run on the file -- for example, a Microsoft Word .doc file could include embedded image links that cause Word to go out to the Internet to fetch the image. And where do you set the proxy settings for Microsoft Word?
Best answer is to use something like Tails, or go offline to process the file after saving it.
what im talking about is the download process itself... not considering opening the file on that computer. would the ISP be able to see what you download through tor?
I just don't understand why that warning comes up when you right click on a file link and select "Save Link As". ... The warning says: "An external application is needed to handle xxx.exe."...External applications are NOT tor safe by default and can unmask you". Why is this warning coming up? I didn't choose to open the file just to Save Link As (meaning save it on my computer). Only two options tor browser gives me are: "Launch application" or "cancel". By clicking "launch application" all that seems to happen is the download begins... it doesn't actually launch any application or open the file... but is this unmasking my download?
Am I missing something like is there a another way to download files?
I think showing that message before saving a file is a bug. Warning people about opening downloaded files is good, but the "launch application button" preceding the file-saving dialog is wrong. That has bothered me too, but not enough to see if there is already a bug about it and open one. I'm not sure how long Tor Browser has done this but I think it has for a long time :(
arma can you confirm that this is really a bug and if so is it safe to press "launch application" to make downloads start up?
First, be sure to choose 'save' rather than 'open'.
But even then, think carefully about what application you're going to use to view the file afterwards, and whether the file can induce that application to interact with the network.
to arma: THERE IS NO WAY TO CHOOSE "SAVE". You have to press "launch application" just to make the download start!!! Is it a bug or no??
Right, see the above trac ticket.