Tuesday, May 17, 2016

App Review: TOR Browser


By Nicholas Dundorf
      In recent years, there has been a lot of discussion about the value of encryption in everyday life, but many average people don't know how to get started. The Onion Router (TOR) is an app/browser for computers and smartphones that allows someone to encrypt and secure their Internet surfing in a safe and anonymous manner. This app works by encrypting and anonymizing your Internet activity in the TOR system, which prevents anyone from identifying you, or attacking you digitally.
       This app proves very useful for those who are in countries where censorship/surveillance is used by their government or for those who wish to communicate or browse free from other 3rd party surveillance. The app itself is very accessible and user friendly on the computer, and acts simply like any other Internet browser. On smartphones, TOR is a little less user friendly, as it requires a TOR app to be running in addition to a separate browser. Overall, however it is still quite usable with a little bit of direction.
       One of the uses for this app is protection from data collection by groups like custom advertising agencies. These groups can track your browsing and use your habits to develop a profile on you and your interests to send you ads that are more relevant. One's IP address can often be used to find personal and physical locational information without their knowledge. For those who don't want their activity tracked without their permission, TOR is usable as a handy protection.
       The main hangup with this app is likely the Internet speed. This is due to the layers of encryption and decryption your request must go through before it is put through. This, however, is not too prominent, and is a small price to pay for the otherwise free and useful software. Encryption is an extremely useful process for anyone, and is now much more accessible through the TOR app or browser!
More information or the browser download can found here:
https://www.torproject.org/about/torusers.html.en
On May 16, 2016 8:24 PM, "nicholas dundorf" <ndundorf@gmail.com> wrote:
By Nicholas Dundorf
      In recent years, there has been a lot of discussion about the value of encryption in everyday life, but many average people don't know how to get started. The Onion Router (TOR) is an app/browser for computers and smartphones that allows someone to encrypt and secure their Internet surfing in a safe and anonymous manner. This app works by encrypting and anonymizing your Internet activity in the TOR system, which prevents anyone from identifying you, or attacking you digitally.
 
       This app proves very useful for those who are in countries where censorship/surveillance is used by their government or for those who wish to communicate or browse free from other 3rd party surveillance. The app itself is very accessible and user friendly on the computer, and acts simply like any other Internet browser. On smartphones, TOR is a little less user friendly, as it requires a TOR app to be running in addition to a separate browser. Overall, however it is still quite usable with a little bit of direction.
       One of the uses for this app is protection from data collection by groups like custom advertising agencies. These groups can track your browsing and use your habits to develop a profile on you and your interests to send you ads that are more relevant. One's IP address can often be used to find personal and physical locational information without their knowledge. For those who don't want their activity tracked without their permission, TOR is usable as a handy protection.
       The main hangup with this app is likely the Internet speed. This is due to the layers of encryption and decryption your request must go through before it is put through. This, however, is not too prominent, and is a small price to pay for the otherwise free and useful software. Encryption is an extremely useful process for anyone, and is now much more accessible through the TOR app or browser!
More information or the browser download can found here:
https://www.torproject.org/about/torusers.html.en

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