How To Do Anonymous Browsing On Your Android Using Tor Browser?

Anonymous Browsing On Your Android
How to do anonymous browsing with your Android mobile using Tor App?

Use the Tor’s New App

Many Android mobile users are always concerned about their privacy, especially those who want to hide their details and wish to be private. So if you are one of such fellows who want to do anonymous browsing on your Android mobile then there is good news.

Anonymous Browsing On Your Android

Tor has launched a Tor browser for Android as an app which is available at the Google Play store that keeps you all private and safe.  For those who don’t have much experience with the open-source browser, Tor is built around privacy and autonomy. Also works on PC and desktops this browser keeps you nearly anonymous. Let’s find out how to do anonymous browsing with your Android mobile using Tor Browser?

What is Tor App?

What is Tor App?How to do anonymous browsing with your Android Mobile using Tor Browser?
What is Tor App?

Tor is often cited as an important tool for those with a public online presence, such as journalists or activists, but any privacy-minded user can benefit from Tor. The browser has become popular enough that even Mozilla is interested in making use of Tor’s technology in Firefox (which, ironically, is the browsing software Tor is originally based on).

The Tor Project team says it made special considerations for the Android version, since mobile browsing tends to incur even more surveillance than desktop browsing and because users have less control over the mobile browsing experience overall.

Tor Android has a slightly different feature set to match the unique privacy priorities of mobile web browsing.

App Features

Tor Android App Features
Tor Android App Features

There are various interesting features within this app to explore. Some of the main ones are:

  • Tracker blocking: All webpages are “isolated”—meaning they’re kept separate so that your activity can’t be tracked — and your cookies are deleted automatically when you close the app.
  • Unblocked sites: Tor will let you access websites that may have been blocked by ISPs or regional governments, and it prevents proxy connections from being forcibly bypassed. This means Tor Browser prevents people from knowing the websites you visit. Some entities, such as your Internet Service Provider (ISP); may be able to see that you’re using Tor, but they won’t know where you’re going when you do.
  • Multi-layered Encryption: 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.
  • Keeps users private and anonymous: Tor prevents “fingerprinting,” meaning all Tor users look identical to outside sources—be they trackers, hackers, ISPs, or other surveillance groups.
Tor Android App Features
Tor Android App Features

Points to remember when using Tor Android

  • It’s strongly discouraged to install new add-ons in Tor Browser because they can compromise your privacy and security. Tor Browser already comes installed with two add-ons — HTTPS Everywhere and NoScript — and adding anything else could deanonymize you.
  • You should now use a VPN with Tor; unless you’re an advanced user who knows how to configure both in a way that doesn’t compromise your privacy.
  • Flash is disabled in Tor Browser; and the site recommends you do not enable it as it’s a very insecure piece of software; that can easily compromise your privacy or serve you malware.
  • Only Tor Browser’s traffic will be routed over the Tor network. Any other application on your system (including other browsers) will not have their connections routed over the Tor network; and will not be protected. They need to be configured separately to use Tor.
  • If you run Tor Browser and another browser at the same time, it won’t affect Tor’s performance or private properties. However, be aware that your other browser is not keeping your activity private, and you may forget, and accidentally use that non-private browser to do something that you intended to do in Tor Browser.
  • DuckDuckGo is the default search engine in Tor Browser. DuckDuckGo does not track its users nor does it store any data about user searches.

About Tor Browser

Tor Browser is free and open-source software developed by the Tor Project, a nonprofit organization. While the ethos behind the mobile and desktop versions of Tor is the same; and they will all use the same build number from here on out; some features and settings from the desktop browsers may not be present on Android.

As the Android version is still new, bugs may be an issue as more users begin to try it out. If you encounter any bugs or glitches, you can report them.

How to use it

Earlier there were third-party browsers like Orfox or Orbot for privacy fixes on Android. But now as Tor Android has been released Orfoc will end its service soon. If you are an iOS user then you will need to keep using third-party Tor browsers; such as Onion Browser, for a similar browsing experience.

Finally remember that no matter what Tor version you go with; however, it strongly recommends pairing it with other encryption and open-source services as well.

Also, it is not 100% perfect so you need to remember that though it creates a private environment around you; you still need to be careful. This is how How to do anonymous browsing with your Android Mobile using Tor Browser?

Click here to download Tor Android now on your Android mobile. It requires an Android 4.1 and up for the device to work smooth.

In case of any issue contact playstore@torproject.org

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Kamal Kaur