Tor makes launching a Bitcoin Lightning node easier

posted 5 months ago
The privacy-minded network Tor helps users to leapfrog one of the trickier aspects of setting up a Bitcoin and Lightning node, according to bitcoin startup Casa. Casa CTO Jameson Lopp said Casa’s plug-and-play bitcoin and lightning node aims to make it easier for users to run the software.

People often funnel their node network traffic through the Tor network to improve privacy, as the network shields the IP address of the node (which can show where it is located). Tor’s usefulness in this scenario is interesting because, in addition to this, such an approach helps users blast through some of the thorny networking hurdles that come with setting up a node. As Lopp stated “With Tor, we were able to punch through all these networking issues.” Lopp said Tor just routes around the problem altogether.
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