Table of Contents
- Proposed ISPs
- Good experiences
- Bad experience
This page aims to list community experiences with Tor and various Internet Service Providers (ISPs) around the world. Some ISPs are Tor-friendly, some are not. Some are competent and clueful about Tor or about security in general. Let us know!
Be sure to provide useful information like how much bandwidth you pushed, whether you thought the deal was cheap or expensive, how hard you had to work to make them understand what's going on, how long your server has been running, and whether you'd recommend them to others. Also include dates.
Note: This page is currently being revamped. If you would like to help out please see Ticket #13421
The table below contains some community-suggested ISPs which have yet to be contacted and/or evaluated on their policies towards Tor hosting of any kind. If you have seen a host and would like to suggest it to us, but do not have the time or confidence to reach out, please do leave their website information below.
|QuickPacket||quickpacket.com||English||ToS prohibit "any activity" related to TOR as of 2015-03-31. See prohibited use 22 http://quickpacket.com/tos.html|
|Deepnet Solutions||deepnetsolutions.com||English||They specifically allow TOR relays (not exits) on their dedicated IPV4 VPSs NOT on any NAT or OHM packages.|
|Company/ISP||ASN||Bridges||Relay||Exit||Comments||Tasked||Correspondence|| Last Updated|
|2HOST||Yes||Yes||Yes(?)||Vague AUP/Abuse handling||Here||10/15/14|
|Amazon Web Services (AWS)||Yes||Yes||No||Here|
|Arvixe||Yes||Yes||Yes||Fine on VPS, not on shared hosting||Here||06/19/13|
|Axigy||Yes||Yes||Yes||Good abuse handling.||Here|
|Blacklotus||Yes||Yes||Yes||Liberal abuse handling policies||Here|
|Catalyst Host||?||No||No||"If you are interested in hosting either, you can ask us about a dedicated server."||Here||10/01/14|
|ChunkHost||Yes||Yes||?||Questionable DMCA handling||Here||01/01/12|
|Oplink.net||Yes||Yes||Yes||Approved for dedicated equipment (didn't ask re: VPS/shared).||05/18/15|
|PulseServers||AS16276||Yes||Yes||Yes||Exit-friendly $10/month VPS, uses OVH AS||06/09/15|
|Slicehost/Rackspace||Yes||Yes||No||Host, not an ISP||Here|
|Inerail||Yes||Yes||Yes||Tor only allowed on dedicated/colo||Here|
|PhoenixNap / Secured Servers||Yes||Yes||No||Here||08/01/14|
|ChicagoVPS||Yes||Yes||No||Tor bridge/relay is allowed on the whole VPS range. Any VPS running Exit nodes will be suspended without prior notice.||15/01/15|
|Company/ISP||ASN||Bridges||Relay||Exit||Comments||Tasked||Correspondence|| Last Updated|
|EDIS GmbH||No||No||No||TOS: http://www.edis.at/files/7514/2537/1691/tos.pdf||03/03/15|
- relay [+] exit [+] InterneX GmbH (Hosting) seems not to care about Tor nodes, likely mainly because their upstream/IP provider does not (see next ISP, UPC). Rather cheap VPS but openVZ based with low limits on connections. (william, 12/2011)
- relay [+] exit [+] UPC Austria GmbH (ISP) does not care what their customers do at all (unless you have a business connection), Cheap 100Mbit (down) 10Mbit (Up) connections (59EUR with VAT). (william, 12/2011)
- relay [+] exit [+] Silver Server GmbH Forwards abuse. Hosts already some big exit/entry nodes which seem to have no problems. Very expensive traffic. (william, 12/2011)
- relay [+] exit [+] Tele2 Austria GmbH Forwards abuse at business connections, good quality traffic, does not like "proxys" on private lines. Cheap synchronous (SDSL) connections. (william, 12/2011)
- relay [+] exit [-] A1 (former Telekom Austria) Does not like Abuse (in any form) at all. Seems to give out customer data at alleged abuse. Not recommended but cheap. (william, 12/2011)
- relay [+] exit [?] xpirio GmbH in general rather relaxed at all services, but better get in touch with their (very understanding) support when you expect abuse. (william, 12/2011)
- relay [+] exit [+] Weesly is very liberal and allows hosting Tor in any kind. Statement in German: "Bei mir kann man alles machen was nicht gegen das deutsche Recht verstößt", in English: "With me you can do anything that does not violates German laws" (q23p, 10.06.11)
Note that you should let them know about your intention when ordering a server or in advance. (ch, 06/2013)
- relay [+] exit [+] Although its located in the Netherlands, Germans could try Leaseweb. They're hosting more than one *big* Tor-server and are quite tolerant. (anonym, 4/2010)
- relay [+] exit [+] EUServ seems to be a good ISP for Tor (see what they think here). They have a bad support, but if you know how to maintain your server, this ISP is a good choice. --JensKubieziel? (http://identi.ca/notice/15888906) Update(11.09.22014: The AGB forbid Tor exit nodes.
- relay [+] exit [+] Ebony Tales Inc. allows Tor relays if IRC/SMTP is blocked. However, very hard to obtain a server since it requires a vouch from an existing customer.
- relay [+] exit [+] IPX-Server.de (DE) has generous traffic limits (there are contracts including 1TB/Mo) and behaves as I'd expect it from good partners. Some BSA-notice regarding Torrents arrived, they informed me and told me to stop this "illegal activities" and said, after reading and (at least it seems so) understanding my reply explaining Tor with "ok, we won't interfere, your problem".
- relay [+] exit [?] http://www.keyweb.de/ offers cheap and reliable Virtuals Servers with 2GB HDD-space and liberal policies. The cheapest VPS is around 8 Euros. Not useful for high traffic nodes, they limit heavily after 5TB Update 2014-10-15 ISP has re-confirmed by e-mail that exit nodes are acceptable.
- relay [+] exit [-] Afterburst (formerly Fanatical VPS) provides unmetered VPS on 1000mbps line. Fair usage applies. Quoting Nick from the team: "Yes hosting tor relays is allowed, however depending on the VPS you choose you'll probably want to enforce a speed limit". The Micro package fair usage is 1-2mbit a second which I gladly honor. Been hosting an exit relay since November 2011. As of March 2014 exit nodes are not allowed according to their acceptable use policy.
- I've asked their support and I got a negative answer (4/2012): "We used to allow Tor on our nodes, but unfortunately we have had some issues with our datacenter (Hetzner) in terms of AUP and such. Sorry but we cannot allow anything tor-related anymore."
- That's sad but understandable. This policy likely means "no new Tor relays". I had some problems with abuse this month (5/2012), and they said it's fine for now but if they see too much abuse they would ask me to switch to a non-exit node. Still counts as a good experience as Nick seems to be very understanding of Tor.
- No longer allows exits at all. Middle relays are fine.
- Tried to sign up for VPS for non tor related purpose, was informed that when doing a "fraud check", they found my email associated with Tor. I asked for a refund.
- I've had a good experience running a relay at Afterburst for several months now. Exits are no longer allowed and fair usage applies to your speed. I set off their proactive network monitoring for too many outgoing connections to destination port 22. They were easy to work with. After showing this was Tor relay traffic I haven't had any issues since. (07/2014)
- relay [+] exit [-] Server4You (Germany, part of Intergenia AG) hasn't complained about a Tor server (running on a non-virtual server) pushing 300GB/month for more than two years. They only block incoming port 6667. They are hosting more than a dozen Tor servers. -- SvenNeuhaus (2008/01)
Server4You limits on virtual servers are ridiculous, actually. numtcpsock 288, tcpsndbuf/tcprcvbuf 3598712, lots of failcnt. Can't use them with Tor. [2010/02]
I've asked Server4You support and they state servers with complaints about Tor will be canceled immediately (see the quote in the "Bad Experience" section)
- relay [+] exit [-] http://hetzner.de/ offers good dedicated root servers for a good price. You can even install your own Windows Server license via KVM console. Since I've got such a root server hosted by hetzner, I asked them how the situation with TOR nodes is at the moment. Here is the answer (in german): "Das ist bei uns nicht direkt verboten, aber ich empfehle dies zu unterlassen. Es sei denn Sie wünschen explizit Besuch von der Kripo, Gericht usw. Das könnte Sie auch ins Gefängnis bringen. Denn Sie sind persönlich für alles verantwortlich, was über das Tor-Relay übertragen wird." This means they are allowing it but every hoster of a node should be aware that you might get some mail or visits from the police b/c you are responsible for every bit and byte that is transmitted via your relay server. But if you are looking for a hoster that is providing performance, good bandwith and much traffic. Some people in the past reported, that the technical support is really bad but my problems where solved immediately and quick.
- relay [+] exit [+] https://contabo.de has no restriction for relays or exit nodes. However, possible abuse complaints will be forwarded to the owner and need to be addressed. "Wie in unserer letzten Mail erwähnt haben wir keinerlei Einschränkungen, dies bezieht sich auch auf die 'Exit-nodes'. Sollten wir Beschwerden erhalten, werden wir Sie kontaktieren um eine Lösung des Problems zu finden." -- jkeyser (2014/12)
- relay [+] exit [-] https://strato.de Twitter support says non-Exit Relays are okay (as long as you don't harm their infrastructure), but Exit-Nodes are prohibited by their general terms and conditions "Solange Sie mit der Tor-Nutzung nicht unsere Infrastruktur beeinträchtigen und auch nicht gegen die AGB verstoßen, ist das kein Problem", "Non-Exit Nodes sind gestattet". See german conversation: https://twitter.com/strato_hilft/status/552447913839050753
- relay [+] exit [+] https://www.prahost.com/ Stated in November 2014 that they allow exit nodes if abuse complaints are handled.
|Company/ISP||ASN||Bridges||Relay||Exit||Comments||Tasked||Correspondence|| Last Updated|
- relay [+] exit [+] Clustered.net has nothing against Tor nodes in principle, but warned that they'd asked me to stop if a large number of abuse reports were received. My fast/stable exit node's been running there for three months now with no hassle.
- relay [+] exit [+] Gigatux has graciously allowed me to run a Tor relay for over a year and a half with no problems. They actually run their own relay named 'gigatux'. Customer support has been very good as well, and they have helped me handle two abuse complaints admirably. They also offer servers in the US, Germany, and Israel. -Blackpaw
- relay [+] exit [+] Bitfolk allows Tor exits and relays. They are very knowledgable and understand Tor and its uses. They are hot on spam and abuse so advise changing the default exit (good idea in the UK anyhow). Any DMCA notices received were simply forwarded on without agro.
- relay [+] exit [?] RapidSwitch has nothing against relays. I'm running 2 servers with them without problems. (fusl, 07/2014)
- relay [+] exit [?] Gandi VPS now accepting Tor relay but charge the bandwidth over 500GB per month.
- relay [+] exit [!] Coffres forts classe 2 pour sécuriser les sauvegardes Serveurs .
- relay [+] exit [-] FirstHeberg now accepting relay. The technical director of FirstHeberg has announced "What happens on your server does not concern me." However they recently terminated my exit node due to abuse complaints over supposed WordPress hacking attempts (HTTP traffic).
- relay [+] exit [-] Online.net just changed their conditions of sales (2013-07-30) and Tor is no longer unauthorized by the contract. Some Tor relay are now running on Online.net since several weeks. Forum administrator mikmak states though that the company thinks Tor is morally a "bad thing" and your (exit) relay will be shut down in a week Link (bbln, 07/21/2014)
- relay [+] exit [-] OVH Kimsufi changed their TOS in July 2013 and allow Tor as long as they don't notice illegal activities. Exit nodes would eventually be shut down, but relays are allowed. Octave Klaba, CEO of OVH said himself that the TOS have been changed to make them clearer about the use of Tor. Many relays are currently running on Kimsufi servers and my own relay has been running for a year without problem.
- relay [+] exit [+] It seems that Digicube are accepting several Tor relays (including exit nodes) on their network since several month.
|Company/ISP||ASN||Bridges||Relay||Exit||Comments||Tasked||Correspondence|| Last Updated|
- relay [+] exit [?] TeliaSonera Finland: Largest ISP in Finland. I've been running Tor node on 8/1 ADSL with semipermanent IP address (changes rarely). ISP has not interfered in anyway. They block only port 25. In the future TSF may activate "black lists" based on DSN (sorry effort to "fight kiddied porn). 60+ kBps continuosly. -- JussiSavola
- relay [+] exit [+] 1984Hosting Has no problems with Tor, asked directly and was told they are fine with them. Fairly cheap as well. --Maquis196
- relay [+] exit [+] FlokiNET Privacy Hoster - Tor Nodes are welcome
- relay [+] exit [+] Fastweb (ISP, 2M customers) No issues experienced from 10/10 Mbps fiber connection. TOS say nothing, a certified email (PEC) notice that an exit node was being operated got no answer.
- relay [+] exit [-] Prometeus Middle relays are fine, exits are forbidden by TOS. "A relay only Tor node or similar software which only allows traffic to other nodes is OK. For example, Freenet is allowed."
- relay [+] exit [+] AlexHost Both exit and regular relays are allowed on their VPS/VDS packages (which are cheap and 100 Mb/s) as confirmed by e-mail. Currently testing speed so will add results later. (bbln, 07/21/2014)
|Company/ISP||ASN||Bridges||Relay||Exit||Comments||Tasked||Correspondence|| Last Updated|
|XS4ALL||AS3265||Yes||Yes||Yes||Abuse can still result in temporary blocks, therefore they recommend to use an dedicated IP address for exit nodes||Here||06/16/15|
- relay [+] exit [+] John Brooks runs a 2TB node at LeaseWeb. He would recommend them for running a relay. -- JensKubieziel. In a mail to Tor-talk, a LeaseWeb employee (Alex de Joode) offered his help to sort out complaints regarding Tor.
- relay [+] exit [+] Ecatel explicitly allows Tor exit nodes and forwards abuse/DCMA, but their network isn't the most stable. You need to email them for a custom offer. They also accept UKash/CashU.
- relay [+] exit [-] Netrouting has no problems with Tor Update 2014-10-15 ISP has confirmed by e-mail that exit nodes are NOT acceptable.
- relay [+] exit [?] DirectVPS has no problems with Tor
- relay [+] exit [-] Versio was said to have no problems with Tor, but they disabled my Cloudbox VPS anyway. Might have been because it was an exit node... I think they disabled it after an abuse report, but I don't know for sure. They just stated it was against their policy to run "a tor network" (sic), though I can't find anything on proxies or relays in their terms of service. I also went over the bandwidth limit, but that was not given as a reason for disabling the VPS. They even included a screenshot of the top command where tor was running, so it really doesn't seem to be about exceeding the bandwidth. I think as long as you go without abuse complaints (e.g. run an internal relay) and don't exceed the bandwidth limit, they won't notice.
AuroraNet ran an exit with default exit policy on a Versio CloudBox for over 6 months without issue (2013)
- relay [+] exit [?] NForce has no problems with Tor
- relay [+] exit [+] anonymous CyberBunker has no problems with almost anything you could think of (which would include tor) and customers can remain anonymous.
- relay [+] exit [+] SnelServer does not mention anything about Tor or similar software being run on their servers but after sending an email, they have said customers are welcome to run any software they wish on their servers which is legal in the Netherlands and abuse complaints must be responded to within 24 hours or the system automatically suspends your account until you do. Very reasonable pricing for dedicated servers and I personally run 5 exit nodes with them (350mbps +/- 100mbps) and have had no problems. I would recommend using Tor's boilerplate response for abuse notices. Very reliable network, great support staff, reasonable prices (79 Euro for 20TB out, unlimited traffic in on a dual core dedicated) and they also accept Bitcoin although you do need to submit ID documentation if you plan on purchasing more than 5 servers. (2014)
- relay [+] exit [+] anonymous ChmuraNet allows anoymous users to run tor exits. We've been in close contact and they've started to allow tor exits. Abuse issues will be forwarded. We payed in BTC and remained completely anonymous. Their capacity is limited and we're causing 99% of abuse reports, so they can't handle too many tor exits. It's worth it to ask, though. Make sure to tell them that you're running an exit (obx, 09/14)
- relay [+] exit [+] https://www.snelserver.com/Being with SnelServer I'm able to host any applications or software. All works fine with them.
- Voxility doesn't allow the hosting of "Anything than can result in Spamhaus listing". They wouldn't say if they allowed Tor exit node hosting explicitly. I didn't want to risk it. Placed in the "Romania" category as I was looking at hosting in Romania. -- December 2013
- Several torservers.net partner orgs happily host exits with Voxility, who recently passed over (some of its?) hosting to Alistaro. Also see 2015 tor-talk thread. -- April 2015
- relay [+] exit [?] TeliaSonera is also big in Sweden and deliver where other ISPs can't (They were previously the state monopoly, which they still are, but they now pretend it's free competition while they still own all the fiber). Blocks port 25 for all customers. Does not bother Tor-server operators.
- relay [+] exit [+] PRQ has no problems with Tor exits and abuse forwarding, but at a heavy price...
- relay [+] exit [?] Yourserver support team will allow relay/exit but TOR Traffic is throttled to 5Mbps speed once you are able to access the Knowledgebase and read the limitation (2014-10) Update 2014-10-15 ISP has re-confirmed by e-mail that exit nodes are acceptable, but with "strict" exit node policies. Update: 2015-03-06 If your Tor exit relay receive too much complaints, they will ask to you to stop, or otherwise they will suspend.
- relay [+] exit [?] Yourserver support team will allow relay/exit but TOR Traffic is throttled to 5Mbps speed once you are able to access the Knowledgebase and read the limitation (2014-10) Update: 2015-03-06 If your Tor exit relay receive too much complaints, they will ask to you to stop, or otherwise they will suspend.
- relay [+] exit [?] TekSavvy has a server-friendly Internet Use Policy (e.g., running a Tor relay) and has taken a stand in favor of net neutrality. (2008-12)
- relay [+] exit [?] CloudatCost.ca, operated by Fibernetics, has liberal abuse handling policies AUP and does not monitor it's network, however Tor is not explicitly allowed. Seems to not enforce exit nodes, over 8+ exit nodes and 10+ non-exit relays currently in directory as of Feb 2015.
- relay [+] exit [+] With Tuš Hosting we had really good experience running a 5 MB/s full-exit Tor on a dedicated server on colocation. They said that they care just that we pay our bills and they just simply forward DMCA notices to us to handle (or ignore) them and forward police to our home doors to question us. I really recommend them and if anybody wants to put another Tor node/server there I am willing to help. Mitar (mitar@…)
- relay [+] exit [+] Colocall allows Tor exits
- relay [+] exit [+] Baltic Servers been running a Tor exit node for several months. All abuse mails they got yielded support tickets, and in each one I stated running a Tor exit node and having taken action when possible. Also not having taken action seems not to have been a problem yet (in cases where forumspam or port 80 SQL injection probers were involved). If I do get shut down I'll ask if they have a policy regarding Tor or a maximum of abuse reports.
New Zealand and Australia
- relay [+] exit [+] http://rimuhosting.com/index.jsp Quite open to the proposition when approached. Have servers in N.Z.; Sydney; London; and Dallas. Locations may vary, but quite happy with the specific Oz/NZ query. No co-lo, but root access. "You can run anything you like, as long as it's legal." The moving goal-posts of legality are the only concern here.
- relay [+] exit [+] ServerAstra allows Tor exits. They only say you should answer abuse requests in 24h, so it seems Tor exit is ok for them as long as they don't get in trouble themselves. Same goes for Mixmaster nodes. ServerAstra has unmetered 100Mbit traffic for about EUR 20 per month. You can use the 100Mbit 24/7 and they won't complain or reduce the bandwidth. They have some security issues including plaintext-only admin panel and web console, and sometimes shut down servers that generate abuse complaints, even when they know that the host is a Tor exit. Update 2014-10-15 ISP has re-confirmed by e-mail that exit nodes are acceptable, with "strict" exit node policies.
- relay [+] exit [+] Wedos.CZ has no problems with tor exits. Several high bandwidth are hosted there. Update 2014-10-15 ISP has re-confirmed by e-mail that exit nodes are acceptable.
- relay [+] exit [?] T-Systems has no problem with tor relays (don't know about exits).
- relay [+] exit [+] Hitme.net.pl has no problems with tor exits. (PayPal)(27/08/2013)
- relay [+] exit [?] Hostowisko.pl has no problems with Tor. (27/08/2013)
- relay [+] exit [?] Exone Allows Tor-servers. Very cheap "mini" accounts, perfect for tor-bridges.(28/08/2013)
- relay [+] exit [?] e24cloud Allows Tor-relays (fast!)(don't know about exits). (PayPal)(01/10/2013)
- relay [+] exit [+] hostinger.pl has no problems with tor exits. (PayPal)(02/10/2013)
- relay [+] exit [?] statnet.pl Allows Tor-relays, servers in Poland and in Germany. (DotPay)(02/10/2013)
- AzzaVPS Ran an exit node July-Nov. 2013. No DMCA Takedown notices or abuse tickets received. Changed the TOS to exclude Tor [sic] without notification and then suspended my account (also without notification). Their gimmick was unlimited bandwidth on a 512MB RAM OpenVZ slice, but my 10-15Mbit up/down was apparently too much. Of the half dozen or so companies I've used for exit nodes over the years, AzzaVPS was the least professional and had the worst support. The deal was cheap @ $7.00/mo. but at that rate they cannot be bothered to communicate effectively.
- www.vpscheap.net/ Ran a bridge for 6+ months they sent multiple tickets on their website but never contacted me via email so I could not respond. They changed the terms of service agreement without notifying me. Very poor experience. They do not understand how Tor works and just blanket ban it.
- Ezzi.net. Running Tor was fine until Undernet mailed Ezzi.net a complaint which falsely claimed Tor was somehow a "botnet". This made a very rude person at Ezzi send a mail which falsely claimed the Tor servers were hacked and "It appears whoever caused this hacked the servers by brute forcing SSH logins and uploading a fake httpd binary and launching it.". This person kept on insisting the servers were hacked after being politely informed that Undernet had confused Tor traffic with a "botnet" and that the servers where not compromised in any way, so it's kind of hard to tell if the person was troublesome because the person did not understand what Tor is or if this person at Ezzi generally just imagines things and think they are part of reality. But it is clear that most ezzi customers become ex-customers after meeting this known-to-be-rude tech.
- LayeredTech are a server hosting company located in Texas. I ran a server for six months without any issues, but then someone used the Tor server to exploit a PHP vulnerability. Explaining the goals of Tor to LayeredTech resulted in it being made clear that I was responsible for any and all abuse through my IP address. Shortly after this they ordered me to shutdown Tor. -- Steve_Crook
- SONIC.NET of Santa Rosa, CA have terms of service that would apparently be Tor-friendly; but this thread http://www.dslreports.com/forum/remark,15272743 includes comments by SONIC.NET's CEO that don't sound particularly friendly or open to the idea of running an exit node.
- Linode will require you to shut down an exit node if it receives repeated abuse complaints. Non-exit relays are allowed. Refused to allocate a second IP address for Tor traffic to shield other services on server from being blocked in China.
- Tektonic will suspend your VPS with no prior notice if you run "any proxy". They used to tolerate Tor if you didn't run an exit node but they are now apparently auditing the VPSs for processes named Tor. They did however restore the VPS very promptly after I promised to uninstall Tor and Privoxy.
- Comcast's Acceptable Use Policy for residential customers says no servers or proxies under "Technical Restrictions" (2009-08-10 tip from Scott Bennett).
- 100tb.com (Softlayer) allows Tor exits, abuse needs to be addressed within 24 hours. Despite this "policy", my experience was bad. They were very understanding at first when the exit was just made and got about 5 DMCA notices, and replied explaining Tor. A few days later, I got forwarded about 30 DMCAs, and few from Spamcop (even though common mail ports were blocked); as usual, I replied that it's entirely because of Tor, and that I have no pirated content or viruses on my box. Apparently they got fed up with the constant DMCAs, and replied with "More will need to be done to block this. We will not tolerate open abuse of our network (DMCAs and SPAM via a "Tor Exit Node"). This type of service is prone to abuse and tarnishes not only our reputation but your reputation with us. If action is not taken to help prevent this going forward we will be forced to block access to the server". At this point, I set it as a "middleman" instead of an exit, in hopes that it would stop the flow of DMCA notices. Nope, they disabled the interface. I have at this point stopped Tor on the 100tb box, and do not know what to do now. There is no way at all to block all P2P, and 100tb refuses to acknowledge this. They make claims "Tor is ALL RIGHT on 100tb boxes!", but then go and screw you over when you get DMCA notices (it's a when, not an if. Running a Tor exit WILL produce DMCA notices). I highly suggest avoiding these people at 100tb/Hosting Services, Inc./midphase if you are seriously considering running a stable Tor exit. We had a server there for 6 months, but then they told us Softlayer as DC doesn't allow it any longer. (torservers.net)
- M5 Hosting does not explicitly forbid Tor in their AUP but after operating an exit node for 3 weeks and receiving three DMCA complaints, their abuse department communicated, "Whereas Tor exit nodes facilitate unaccountable actions by anonymous users and those actions regularly expose [M5] to undue risk as well as oversight costs and unknowable legal expenses, Tor exit nodes will not be permitted on M5's network" because "just responding to the abuse complaints costs [them] money and it costs money to [their] upstream providers and increase[s] [their] risks of incurring legal defense expenses" and ordered the Tor exit node to be shut down.
- FDCservers allows Tor, and customers to react to abuse within 24 hours before taking further steps. Be cautious if operating an exit node, for the boilerplate abuse responses are "not acceptable" per their Network Security Administrator. He sited the AUP/TOS and stated I have "the full responsibility for the content hosted and passing through the server. So if you cannot track or take actions against reported abuse issues you should terminate or restrict specific service" (which was a single exploitable php script probe).
- Santrex (1) Santrex gave me a poor experience, no abuse was forwarded, and my server was suspended without prior notice. (2) Santrex suspended the vps running an exit Tor node after 1 day telling me that torrenting was not allowed and I was abusing the service. No warning was given. They kept billing my credit card even after having the vps service suspended. (July 2011) (3) Santrex threatened to disconnect my dedicated machine after the second abuse complaint from an exit node. (In their Denver colo, at least, they appear to be subletting from FDCServers.net, mentioned above.) (Nov 2011)
- dreamhost.com Abuse department says Tor violates AUP and should not be run. Also said they had had Tor nodes run before on VPSes and it had caused performance degradation for other VPSes. 6/27/2011
- Mediacom Within one week of running an exit node on their residential service, my account was suspended due to DMCA requests. No requests were forwarded to me. No amount of reasoning/explaination/screaming at them would get them to restore service.
- rethinkvps.com Altough they weren't against Tor exit nodes themselves at first, they run a three strikes policy about abuse complaints from "their datacenter", meaning they themselves could get their machines kicked off. Running a non-exit relay should be fine.
- Chicago VPS First claimed I could host a node as long as I dealt with abuse reports. Then I got an automated abuse mail and I handled it with a proper reply. Then I got a rude threat they would terminate my VPS if this happened again. Not recommended unless you want a host that runs its hands up screaming on every abuse report they get. This abuse mail did not even state the web address this supposed spam/abuse happened but they fully bought it.
- VPSCheap.net Tor not allowed.
- 5ITE Hosting Solutions Tor not allowed. Supposedly forbidden by TOS/AUP even though not directly mentioned
- VPSWebServer.com I've ordered their service, but they sent me my password only after 4 days, after I ordered another service already. I asked them to cancel my order and refund - but they just deleted my account, gave me no refund and they do not reply to my mails.
- owned by http://www.cirtexhosting.com/ Tor not allowed. Even middle nodes violate their TOS/AUP.
- ServerAxis Low-cost VPS provider. (2013-07-13) Began talking to this provider when my current provider wouldn't allocate me a second IP address to separate tor traffic from other server traffic. Their response: "Sorry we consider tor to be an unauthenticated proxy which we do not allow in our acceptable usage policies."
- www.sitevalley.com/ (aka TwinServers) used to allow Tor nodes (early 2012), including Exits, but in July 2013 shut down a non-Exit node and stated that Tor in any form was against their TOS.
- Psychz.net PhotonVPS.com and Yardvps.com are also their affiliated brands. They're just not smart guys and don't speak English properly at all. Although they don't treat Tor differently but they're just mean about all kinds of abuses. And once your VPS get suspended, it requires a lot of work to get it back to normal.
- atlantic.net doesn't allow exit nor non-exit nodes
- https://bytesized-hosting.com/ doesn't allow tor exit nodes
- https://cloudvps.com/ does not explicitly deny tor nodes in the Terms of Service, but abuse@ agressively demands removing. Terms include "If i find the service enabled once again we will stop the vps to prevent further problems for other customers" (from abuse@…) and "I hereby conclude that running Tor on our VPS services is not allowed, especially if this impacts our other customers as well." (from servicedesk@…). Precedent in June 2015.
|ISP Name||Allowed IRC?||Allowed Proxies?||Allowed Tor?|
- Unixshell/Tektonic are the same company. They nullroute you on the first abuse complaint. Middleman nodes are ok, but the abuse dept requests "SafeLogging 0" set in your torrc and wants full access to your logs on demand.
- Verizon FiOS officially does not allow any incoming traffic, they reserve the right to disconnect you at any time for violation of this policy. Users have run middleman nodes without any incidents from VZ. Exit nodes with abuse problems have resulted in legal threats and disconnection threats, but no disconnection as of yet.
- Exigent initially gave permission to run an exit node, but later cancelled.
I learned today that anonymising services are not allowed anymore. I switched my Exit there to bridge mode. Hallo Zönobiarch! "... Die entsprechende Stelle, welche den Betrieb eines Tor Exit Nodes auf unseren Serverprodukten verbietet, finden Sie in unseren AGB unter §16 "Besondere Bedingungen für dedizierte und virtuelle Server, sowie WebPacks und Cloud Hosting" im Abschnitt 1. Dort finden Sie den nachfolgenden Text: "... §16 Besondere Bedingungen für dedizierte und virtuelle Server, sowie WebPacks und Cloud Hosting (1) Die Bereitstellung folgender Dienste ist dem Kunden untersagt: Internet Relay Chat (IRC)-Dienste Anonymisierungsdienste P2P-Tauschbörsen ..."
- netcup GmbH allowed hosting and does not restrict any Tor services at all but everybody should be aware that there can be huge legal consequences if laws are broken. I received this statement from the CEO Mr. Dipl.Ing. Felix Preuss today via mail (goose, 07.11.11)
netcup changed their AGB (sometime around mid 2012) and disallow any tor service. They actively sweep their network for tor traffic and send you abuse notifications, if they find even a tor relay (nichrome, 07.08.2013)
Me and a friend hosted Tor both on our own netcup server a year ago, and the consequences were fatal! They wanted more than 350 EUR for a special effort (disable my and my friends server). We responded with the official EFF statement about Tor. No response from netcup. 1. dun, 2. dun. We went to a lawyer. He wrote them. No response from netcup. 1. collection agency, 2. collection agency. Lawyer responded to them and to netcup. No response from netcup. Finally they gave up. But they NEVER responded to any action me or my friend took. I wouldn't recommend netcup as a Tor friendly provider. NEVER!
I also had a _terrible_ experience with netcup:
The service in it self was not very good. Being artificially limited to 400KB/s is extremely bad, especially when bandwidth was supposedly 'free'.
Inability to cancel something via the internet that I was able to order via the internet. How can I legally enter an agreement over the internet but not exit an agreement? That is ludicrous.
- The german ISP dogado ended up killing the Tor server process and blocking the OR-port on my vServer. -- d00b
- comsitec.de 2/2014 Unlimited data paid a year in advance but frequently off and slow. Ticket responses very poor. AVOID THEM
- The german ISP EuServ / ISPro -- they just broke the contract, switching our Server off. -- padeluun
- EUServ VPS: They have a numtcpsock setting of max 600, not able to run Tor properly. They also exclude it from their TOS. -- August 2013, Torpids
- Manitu forbids any anonymisation techniques in their AGBs --qbi (gamambel: I have asked and they made me an offer for 100mbit dedi at 1500 euro)
- OVH (German ISP) offers root server with a high bandwidth (up to 5.000 kB/s). They changed their AGB and cancel "problematic" contracts very fast. -- qbi
- plusserver.de shut down h07onion due to gross incompetence. Look at http://archives.seul.org/or/talk/Mar-2005/msg00120.html for more details.
- "I have recently checked manitu because they advertise with internet without censorship and data retention. Unfortunately they explicitly forbid providing anonymization services in their general terms and conditions. On inquiry they have justified this restriction with the enormous bandwidth consumption and the impossibility to achieve fair combined costing in this case. For the same reason they forbid running mirrors of public data such as open source software. So I believe their argument is no pretense." -- Alex, Dec 01 2009 via email.
- netcup.de suspended one vserver running a Tor exit node, analyzed stuff, and charged 192€ for processing _one_ dmca-notice. - ari
- netdirekt.de "Leider unterstützen wir keine Tor Exits. Sofern diese in unserem Netzwerk sind gab es vermutlich noch keine Vorfälle."
- Strato writes in their AGB "Abschnitt III: Sonderregeln für dedizierte und virtuelle Server ... 1.1 Eine Nutzung der Server zur Bereitstellung folgender Dienste ist ausgeschlossen: ... Anonymisierungsdienste, z.B. Tor, JAP, Proxyserver"
- netcup.de Running a tor relay node with 256 kB/s bandwidth and 600gb traffic limit configured in tor I was moved to a high traffic node after about 8 days or 400 GB traffic usage, at which point the average bandwidth dropped to less than 50 kB/s. I was not notified of this changed but its clearly noticable via vnstat -d and a different cpu usage pattern on the new server (as in 100% _all_ the time).
- Server4You I asked support about Tor and they stated "Tor Dienste sind bei uns ebenfalls aufgrund der rechtlichen Graulage nicht gerne gesehen und werden bei Abuse Aufkommen direkt gekündigt." (March 2011). In April 2012 they turned off my server because "Tor ist illegal in Deutschland" ("Tor is illegal in Germany", according to their support).
- Hetzner has some Tor Exits, but they send an abuse request for each BayTSP request, and you have to respond each. Now (today, 05.09.2011) they disconnected my Tor IP, because someone did a netscan on a /23 via Tor. They requested a statement via mail / fax now, which I sent, but didn't get a response yet. --morphium
- Same thing (disconnect b/c of netscan) happened to me sometime around March 2011 . Connection restored after a few hours (Fax & Phone call "plz look at it right away"). Stopped me from having an exit there. :/ -- Fusselwurm
- Same thing as Fusselwurm, disconnected because of a netscan done through Tor. It seems exit nodes aren't permitted with Hetzner. -- Naypam
- Alvotech doesn't allow Tor exit nodes: "unfortunately we had several problems in the past with tor exit nodes (police stuff, ddos, lawyers etc.), so we don't wish it in our network". -- Nyr
- Netsys-online appears to offer unlimited 100MBit/s but disables the VPS even if you use only 20MBit/s (middle node) because of too much resource usage.
- Unmetered.com does not allow Tor exits nodes. -- enn.lu
- Colo-Bunker.de / Bonntel does not allow Tor nodes at all (not even non-exit and/or -relay nodes). One would need to buy a dedicated server from them to be allowed to host tor nodes there. (I can provide E-Mail history if you drop me a mail: root AT sigqu.it) (fusl, 2014-01-14)
- Webtropia.com Doesn't tolerate any Tor nodes (entry/middle/exit). We got kicked even before we could setup Tor. The first month was charged and the money wasn't paid back. -- juris/torservers.net
- The french hosting company http://www.online.net/fr (member of iliad) suspended without warning a bunch a machines that were running Tor after the police came down about creditcard fraud. (Also, any kind of relay is explicitely forbidden in their term of service.)
- online.net sends automated daily "abuse" mails and disables your server even if you are only running a middle node. -- August 2013, Torpids
- Tenue now seems to disallow Tor exits on their network. See http://archives.seul.org/or/talk/Apr-2010/msg00158.html
- Rogers has a no-servers clause in the TOS for their home internet service. If you are running an exit node and receive DMCA notices, you will have no legal recourse except to cancel service. (2008-03)
- Perspektiv bredband supposedly allows for running Tor nodes, but will disable your account due to spam.
- I have asked and Swiftway doesn't want Tor exits on their network.
- Memset do not allow Tor servers under their (rather vague) AUP.
- UK Dedicated aka Colo.net informed me that I couldn't continue to run my Tor relay or in anyway effect, conduct or facilitate any activity involving: IRC or anonymous proxy services.
- I asked OVH/Kimsufi about their policies regarding Tor exit nodes and was told that an exit node is classed as an open proxy which is against the TOS. I replied that I'll be running it in bridge mode then. No feedback on that so far. --Maquis196
- 123-reg found out I was running an Exit Node (received a notice regarding filesharing, someone downloading torrents using my Exit). I was asked to shut it down. I complied and asked if i could run a Relay node. They said no as that would violate their AUP. -- September 2012, vandal2
- I asked Heart Internet and explained what Tor was. They replied they will not allow this on their networks. I cannot find anything in their terms that would exclude Tor, certainly not a relay, but there you are.
- SEFLOW Avoid it. they say it's against Italian law to have a Tor relay, asked which law, they said to contact a lawyer. (atrent: do you need a more articulate explanation? I'm the one who had the bad experience, I have all the emails exchanged and I can translate them); "i'm sorry but tor is not allowed in our service." (fusl, 02/2015)
- Garr ISP (connectivity provider) of italian universities, part of GÉANT: they do NOT allow exit nodes on their net (I had one, they obliged me to tear it down); AUP prohibits «transito di dati e/o informazioni sulla Rete GARR tra due soggetti entrambi non autorizzati all'accesso sulla Rete GARR (third party routing)»
- Domenca has crazy prices (10 EUR/Mbit/s + 300 EUR/U for dedicated server per month) and they require not just to respond to all complaints in one working day, but also to prevent them in the future. Just replying with explanation that it is an anonymous service and there is no way to prevent this, is not enough for them. So it seems impossible to really host Tor exit node there. Mitar (mitar@…)
- PCextreme does not allow hosting of a Tor relay node on their VPS. (Tue, 31 Jan 2012)
- Tilaa Instant shutdown when hosting an Exit node/Relay node. Does not allow you to host anonymous services for others in general. "hosting TOR exit and relay nodes, open proxy servers and anonymous VPN services is not allowed" -Tilaa (9-16-2014)
- Seedmonster does not list Tor as being against their TOS, but they suspended a major tor node because of 4 web forum spam reports on a 1gbps exit. They will try to work with you, but their upstream provider is zero tolerance, so when it comes down to it, they will not back Tor exits. (Update:) They agreed to let it keep running after the exit policy was modified, but then came back a week later and said Tor had to be disabled completely. Three complaints were received out of approx. 10TB of traffic.
- Shinjiru is not allowing Tor since their new policy (feb 2012), Even if all the exit ports are blocked, and even as relay : they are u-turning completely . (In the past they even donated a server to the Tor project); traffic is expensive though
- Smile blocks any traffic, by redirecting to statis web page with message about that user is possibly providing access to third party. It does not like many simultaneous outbound HTTP-connections.
- Private Layer, Inc. does not allow hosting of a Tor relay node on their VPS (Thu, 02 Feb 2012)
"Tor is not allowed to be ran on our containers. This is the reason why the process gets killer every minute. The reason why we do not allow Tor, is because over time we have seen that it consumes way too much CPU time, so we have decided not to allow it on our VPS. "
- SolNet does not list Tor as being against their TOS, but they will ask you to shut it down if they receive complains via abuse (Fri, 15 Feb 2013).
- HostEurope Switzerland: Cant install Tor on Ubunut 10.04 LTS, but they wont give me an other OS-Template.
- Serverbase Tor is not allowed by their TOS because they don't want services which cause too much traffic. After trying it out anyway they start to limit traffic after two weeks.
- Nethost They don't allow running TOR exit node (July 2015).
- flexiVPS They don't allow running TOR exit node (July 2015).
- NQhost They don't allow running relays of any kind:
"We don't allow to use our servers for tor exit nodes and/or relays"
- 0x2A Refuses Tor traffic.