If you want to use the TOR browser on your iOS and Android smartphone, here is everything you need to know.
What is the TOR browser, and what does it do?
The Tor (The Onion Router) browser conceals its users’ identities and their online activity from surveillance and traffic analysis by separating the identification (IP address etc.) of its users and the routes (the websites they visit) they take. It is called onion routing (like an onion, it has many layers), which encrypts the traffic and then bounces internet users’ and websites’ through “relays” run by a network of thousands of volunteers around the world. You can use TOR to browse the internet anonymously, and you can also use it to access sites on the dark web.
Who uses the TOR browser?
The Tor project team says its users fall into the following main groups:
- Normal people who want to keep their internet activities private from websites and advertisers;
- Those concerned about cyberspying, such as Journalists, activists, whistleblowers, etc.
- Users evade censorship in certain parts of the world.
How can you access it?
Happy anonymous(ish)* surfing!
All the best,
Incognito Privacy Care Team
- You should not fully trust TOR, as there have been examples in the past where users of TOR have been tracked down. Also, it is interesting that The TOR project receives massive funding from the US government. Tor is fine for most things where you need to be anonymous, but you need to make sure you know what you are doing and that you fully understand the system you are using to protect yourself and its limitations and weaknesses.