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Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Online Privacy and Tor

Using Tor (The Onion Router) for Online Privacy

In my last post I shared some tips for increasing your browser security, and recommended FireFox for your browsing. Even though FireFox can be setup to send out requests that websites do not track you, other websites do not have to honor this request.

One of your other options to increase your online privacy is to use the Tor Browser. When you browse using Tor, the information you send is encrypted and your IP address is also hidden.

One important thing to note is that simply using the Tor browser is not completely secure, so you may want to do your research before using it.

There are also couple of disadvantages to this method. First, in order to keep your information private, you probably should not use browser add-ons, such as Flash. Steaming in general is not optimized in Tor, because of the way it connects, and you will probably notice slower speeds.

The video from Eli the Computer Guy goes into a little more detail about Tor, but if you would like more information please leave me a comment.

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