Tor Browser Bundle is a browser based on Mozilla Firefox that uses the Tor network to surf the web. It is based on many virtual tunnels between different volunteers around the world. This makes the browser much slower than standard ones. However, its purpose is not to speed, but to security, maintain anonymity and protect confidential data. Thanks to these features, the Tor network allows the opening of pages that are blocked by local providers and prevents the user from following the activities performed by the providers in question.
Tor Browser Bundle will help you protect yourself from data flow analysis – a type of network surveillance that threatens your personal freedom and the confidentiality of your business or personal contacts.
Tor provides protection by routing network traffic on a network of servers launched by volunteers around the world. This does not allow an outside observer to monitor your internet connection to know which sites you are visiting or your physical location.
Tor works with many applications, including web browsers using the TCP protocol.
Don’t torrent over Tor Browser
Torrent file-sharing applications ignore proxy settings and make direct connections even when they should use Tor. Even if your torrent application connects only through Tor, you will often send out your real IP address in the tracker GET request, because that’s how torrents work. Not only do you deanonymize your torrent traffic and your other simultaneous Tor web traffic this way, you also slow down the entire Tor network for everyone else.
Don’t enable or install browser plugins
The Browser will block browser plugins such as Flash, RealPlayer, Quicktime, and others. They can manipulate into revealing your IP address. Similarly, do not install additional addons or plugins into the Tor Browser, as these may bypass Tor or otherwise harm your anonymity and privacy.
Use HTTPS versions of websites
Tor will encrypt your traffic to and within the Tor network, but the encryption of your traffic to the final destination website depends upon on that website. To help ensure private encryption to websites, the browser includes HTTPS Everywhere to force the use of HTTPS encryption with major websites that support it. However, you should still watch the browser URL bar to ensure that websites you provide sensitive information to display a blue or green URL bar button.
Don’t open documents downloaded through Tor while online
The Tor Browser will warn you before automatically opening documents that are handled by external applications. DO NOT IGNORE THIS WARNING. You should be very careful when downloading documents via Tor (especially DOC and PDF files).
Use bridges and/or find a company
Tor Browser tries to prevent attackers from learning what destination websites you connect to. However, by default, it does not prevent somebody watching your Internet traffic from learning that you’re using Tor Browser. If this matters to you, you can reduce this risk by configuring Tor to use a Tor bridge relay rather than connecting directly to the public Tor network.
What New in Tor Browser Bundle 10.5.6
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