The Tor Project’s browser is now available for Android smartphones, as the latest release is the first stable iteration.
The new version will make it easier to browse via the Tor network without going through a convoluted process to get connected.
Tor — A Shield for User Privacy
The Tor Browser funnels the user’s traffic through the Tor network, a web of encrypted computers across the globe. The servers send network requests over multiple intermediate links to maintain the privacy of its users on the internet.
With privacy being one of the top concerns users have across the world, Tor is a tool people use to protect themselves from surveillance attempts either from governments or companies. The Tor Browser is also often used to fight censorship by circumventing geographic restrictions on websites and content.
The development team behind Tor recognized the need for the mobile Tor Browser in certain parts of the world:
“Mobile browsing is increasing around the world, and in some parts, it is commonly the only way people access the internet […] In these same areas, there is often heavy surveillance and censorship online, so we made it a priority to reach these users.”
The software is based on Mozilla’s Firefox browser, an open-source project that anyone can contribute to. Mozilla and Tor developers have been working more closely together in recent years.
According to the announcement from Tor, the iOS alternative is being delayed due to restrictions from Apple. However, iPhone and iPad users can use the app Onion Browser for a similar experience.
Better Privacy with Cryptocurrencies
With so much of the online traffic going through mobile devices, the Tor Browser implementation on Android, the most widely used operating system on mobile, is a great step forward for user privacy.
Moreover, the new Samsung smartphones and HTC Exodus will be coming with cryptocurrency wallet capabilities. This makes privacy a critical aspect for anyone willing to store, send, and receive digital assets from their mobile device.
Besides browsing privately, users will now be able to use privacy-focused cryptocurrencies from their mobile devices without the risk of leaking their personal details in a transaction.
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