The Tor Project, the organization behind the Tor network and the Tor Browser, launched today its first ever mobile browser with the release of the Tor Browser for Android.
If you’re concerned about privacy and protecting your data online, you may not like Google Chrome. There are tons of web browsers to choose from when it comes to the desktop, but mobile does not have quite as many. Tor is a popular browser for those who like to browse the web without being tracked and now it’s available on Android.
Even if you don’t use the Tor Browser to browse the web more securely or don’t want to screw with an alpha release, this is an app you should keep an eye on. Mobile devices are the primary way many people get online, yet the tools for doing so privately often work better on desktop machines.
As the Project points out, regions, where desktop machines are less common, are also often heavily targeted by both government surveillance and censorship tools, making this release especially crucial.
Top Features of Tor Browser:
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.
Defend against surveillance
Prevent 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, so Tor Browser for Android makes 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.