Easy to use software for online privacy, anonymity and security.
Tor Browser is perhaps the single most accessible piece of software you can use to keep your online activities private and anonymous, while at the same time enhancing your security. It’s also incredibly easy to use, using as it does, a modified version of Mozilla’s Firefox browser. To put it simply, if you can use Google, you can use the Tor Browser.
Why should I use Tor?
Firstly, Tor itself is an acronym and an analogy. It stands for the The Onion Router, the idea being that like an onion, Tor has many layers of encryption and protection built into it, that make it easy for you to become anonymous online, and make it next to impossible to track you, and your activities.
In real terms, Tor has been designed to stop anyone, including government agencies, Internet Service Providers, and corporations from learning your location, and from consequently tracking your browsing habits and selling that data on.
Proof of just how effective the Tor Browser, and the Tor network it runs on can be proved by the fact that lots of journalists, activists, law enforcement professionals, whistle-blowers and businesses all use it. Normal people like you and me who want to keep their activities safe and private from websites and advertisers use it as well.
How does Tor work?
The protocol behind how Tor works was originally designed for the US Navy as a way of being able to use existing communications networks around the world securely. The US Navy still uses it today.
Tor Browser works by first of all encrypting the web traffic you send out into the Internet. It then routes all your web traffic through the Tor network, a series of ‘relays’ or ‘nodes’ run by thousands of volunteer computers around the world taking different routes each time. This makes it extremely hard for anyone to identify the source of the information and next to impossible to track the user. While that’s a ridiculously simple analogy of how Tor works, it pretty much covers all the bases.
How easy is it to use Tor?
Very. You don’t really need to know anything about encryption or how it all works. Tor is also based on the not-for-profit Mozilla Firefox browser, looks good, and crucially, is simple and easy to use.
Tor Browser is also 100% free, open source, and you can download the latest version completely free right here on Filehippo.com. Isn’t that great?