02 Mar The Web Browser that will hide you from EVERYONE
Tor is a free web browser created by the US Naval Research laboratory with goal of creating anonymous web communication. Tor directs Internet traffic through a free, worldwide, volunteer network consisting of more than seven thousand relays. These relays bounce your traffic through random sources and conceal a user’s location and web usage from anyone conducting network surveillance or traffic analysis (i.e., Google, NSA, the Ruskies). Using Tor makes it very difficult for Internet activity to be traced back to a user and is therefore a tremendous tool for keeping your Internet activities from being monitored and tracked.
Without getting too technical, Tor encrypts your browsing requests and sends it through randomly selected relays. Imagine sending a piece of mail (with no return address) through several randomly selected (and untraceable) mailboxes before having it hit its intended destination. Your mail (aka, internet browsing request) will hit its destination but because of the all hidden hops between you and your destination, the source cannot be traced.
The original reason for Tor hitting the public sector was because the government wanted a place to hide their communication. Basically they wanted their communication chains to be hidden (our drowned out) by millions of public sector internet requests.
Tor is a simple browser without all the plugins and extensions you may need for more advanced websites, but by and large it will allow you to browse the vast majority of the web in total anonymity. It is a derivative of Mozilla Firefox so it should look familiar to a lot of people
Do not confuse Tor’s web browsing protection as total Internet protection however, because while it will mask traffic performed within Tor, it does not mask general internet usage (I.E., if you have Spotify accessing the internet to stream music, that connection to the internet is not going through Tor and is therefore not protected)
So, gumshoes, if you like the idea of not having the government or Google knowing every single thing you’re doing on the internet, Tor is the web browser for you.