We’re taking a closer look at The Onion Router, known better as the Tor browser – the free and open-source software that enables browsing the internet anonymously.
Although it may have a reputation within the cybersecurity world as the dark web’s browser of choice, don’t discredit this powerful privacy tool just because a few bad apples use it from time to time.
Who exactly is Tor browser for❓ And how does it ensure your online anonymity is protected❓
➡️ Perhaps you’re a journalist handling extremely sensitive communication with a private source
➡️ Or a law enforcement professional who needs to understand and use alternative communication methods for undercover operations
➡️ Or an activist who lives in a country where internet usage is heavily monitored, censored, or blocked
➡️ Or maybe you’re simply a modern internet user conscious of everyday cybersecurity threats on traditional websites and online services.
Rather than sending you directly to a website, Tor browser encrypts the application layer of your activity and redirects your traffic through a worldwide network made up of thousands of relays, or “nodes”.
As your information passes from node to node, each one decrypts a layer, all while the original and intermediary node locations remain completely unknown.
At the end of its worldwide tour, your traffic will arrive at an “Exit Node,” which removes the final layer of encryption and sends the original data to its destination.