Browsing the web these days can feel like navigating through a minefield. All sorts of websites and extensions have access to way too much of your personal information. Your IP address alone is enough to reveal your current address. It’s time to get back the privacy you need, because in this article we’ll introduce you to Tor.
The Tor Browser Bundle is one of the best ways to stay anonymous on the web. Originally developed by the US navy, it was publicly released in 2002 in order to protect users from websites trying to get hold of their personal information. Nowadays the technology behind Tor still remains relevant and can keep you safe from any sort of surveillance that might be on you, including the NSA.
If you head to the Tor Project website and download the browser bundle now, you’ll get a Mozilla Firefox browser, configured to work with the Tor Network. Setup should be fairly simple and easy for computers using a non-filtered connection, whereas proxy users will have to go through a few additional steps to get Tor up and running.
How Does Tor Work?
The Deep Web
Yes, we know it’s somewhat naughty, but writing a Tor article without mentioning the Deep Web is kind of like eating french fries without ketchup – few people do it.
The Deep Web (also known as the Dark Net, Deep Net, Underweb, Hidden Web and more) consists of websites that are not indexed by search engines, therefore can not be “Googled” or found in easily accessible ways. Due to the fact that the Deep Web can only be accessed via Tor, it is home to mostly illegal activities, such as hacking resources, drug sales, fraud, theft, leaked government documentation and more. Here’s a really good video by AllTime10s that will give you some interesting facts about the Deep Web:
Tor is the perfect way to rid yourself of worries about big companies stealing and selling your private data. More recently, however, with .onion domains becoming more and more accessible to the mainstream public it’s easy to dive into the deep waters of the Dark Net. From there, you can find extremely shocking content that can have you never wanting to see a computer screen again. If there were two metaphors that I could use here, they’d probably be “With great power (or anonymity in this case) comes great responsibility” and “Curiosity killed the cat”.