The Tor Project is awesome. It’s a network of volunteer proxy servers that make it possible for people to use the internet anonymously.
I decided to contribute to the Tor network by running my own exit node called gollum. I’m paying Gandi $16/month for a VPS in Paris, France. As of this writing the uptime on my Tor server is 69 days, 12 hours.
A couple days ago I was excited to receive this email from the Tor Weather service:
This is a Tor Weather Report.
Congratulations! The node gollum (id: C31E A6B0 3916 5613 464D 1B5B 6819 B36E 5529 B27C) you’ve been observing has been running as an exit node for 61 days with an average bandwidth of 1418 KB/s, which makes the operator eligible to receive an official Tor T-shirt! If you’re interested in claiming your shirt, please visit the following link for more information.
You might want to include this message in your email. Thank you for your contribution to the Tor network!
So for only $32 I get a Tor t-shirt. I’m sure if you find a good web host you can get one for even cheaper. Go ahead and do it! If you do, I recommend finding a web host that’s not in the United States, and that you try following these tips for running a Tor exit node with minimal harassment.
Also, there’s a really nice command line program called arm that’s useful for monitoring your Tor server. Here’s a screenshot from gollum’s arm: