Thursday, 27 September 2018

Official Tor Browser for Android is out

Long gone are the days where you had to settle for (not really) using the Orfox webbrowser with Orbot for privacy on Android devices.

With the release of the Official Tor Browser for Android, users can safely uninstall Orfox and look toward the promised day where Orbot will no longer be a necessity for web browsing.

The new Tor Browser in its Alpha stage still requires you to have Orbot running, but this won't be the case in the final version. Just like in the desktop version, the browser bundle alone will be sufficient to connect to the Tor network.

The Android browser supports most of the desktop features such as:

Tor Browser isolates each website you visit so third-party trackers and ads can’t follow you. Any cookies automatically clear when you’re done browsing. 

Tor Browser prevents someone watching your connection from knowing what websites you visit. All anyone monitoring your browsing habits can see is that you’re using Tor. 

Tor aims to make all users look the same, making it difficult for you to be fingerprinted based on your browser and device information.

When you use Tor Browser for Android, your traffic is relayed and encrypted three times as it passes over the Tor network. The network is comprised of thousands of volunteer-run servers known as Tor relays. Watch this animation to learn more about how it works: 

With Tor Browser for Android, you are free to access sites your local internet service provider may have blocked. 

With the release of the official browser, the fate of Orfox has been all but sealed, and is scheduled to be discontinued in 2019 once its successor is deemed stable.

Download Links:

Official Tor Browser for Android (Alpha) - Playstore
Orbot: Proxy with Tor - Playstore

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