Tor / RC

Anonymizing software solution that can be used to prevent websites from tracking your activity or to connect to webpages that are usually blocked in your area
Privacy is a very important issue these days now that everyone is monitoring and analyzing internet traffic. Initially developed as a secure communication tool for the US Naval Research Laboratory, the Tor project has become a standard whenever you need to share information without compromising your identity.

Tor can be used to prevent websites from tracking your activity or to connect to webpages that are usually blocked in your area. Furthermore, you can publish websites without providing their location.

Tor can be installed and accessed via the command line, although the developers provide a Tor Browser Bundle that is more easy to use and set up. The drawback is that you remain protected only when you are using the Tor browser.

However, the Tor command line version is more efficient if you need to host certain services or if you want to be a volunteer and relay traffic to other users.

Start by installing Homebrew and then use the package manager to install Tor. Make sure that you also have Xcode with its development tools installed before proceeding.

Tor can be used with any application as long as you configure it properly and make sure the application’s internet connection goes through the Tor network. This means that you must set up the Tor client as the SOCKS proxy. If you are interested in application level anonymity, you can read the documentation provided by the Tor development team HERE.

Tor is a very efficient tool if you need to anonymize your internet traffic: by going through the Tor network, whoever is tracking your activity does not have access to the data header, which can disclose the package size, timing, the source and destination and so on.

All in all, Tor is essential whenever you want to communicate safely and maintain your privacy over the internet, no matter where you are, as long as it is configured properly.

Reviewed by on March 24th, 2014

last updated on:
October 21st, 2014, 14:49 GMT
file size:
3 MB
developed by:
The Tor Project
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Mac OS X
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Tor - This is Tor started from the command line using the Mac OS X Terminal.Tor - Here you can view Tor's help message.
What's New in version RC
  • Tor is the third release candidate for the Tor 0.2.5.x series. It disables SSL3 in response to the recent "POODLE" attack (even though POODLE does not affect Tor). It also works around a crash bug caused by some operating systems' response to the "POODLE" attack (which does affect Tor). It also contains a few miscellaneous fixes.
  • Major security fixes:
  • Disable support for SSLv3. All versions of OpenSSL in use with Tor today support TLS 1.0 or later, so we can safely turn off support for this old (and insecure) protocol. Fixes bug 13426.
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Tor is free software and an open network that helps you defend against traffic analysis, a form of network surveillanc...

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