Developed by The Tor Project in 2002, and based on Firefox’s browser, the Tor Browser was built for users to access the internet anonymously via the Tor network. Your activity and identity are masked by Tor, which encrypts your traffic in at least three layers by “bouncing your communications around a distributed network of relays” selected from thousands of volunteer computers.
Tor (originally called The Onion Router because it layers your traffic like an onion) is a free network of servers, or ‘nodes’, that randomly route internet traffic between each other in order to obfuscate the origin of the data. The Tor Browser can significantly increase a user’s privacy and anonymity online. In internal documents, the NSA even refers to Tor as “the king of high-secure, low latency internet anonymity.”
Tor does not replace your VPN, as it only anonymizes your browsing and a few other select services (which need to be specifically configured).
Connecting to Tor through VPN connection is a great way to maintain your internet privacy and security. Not only will it hide your browsing data from your VPN company, it will also hide your home IP address from the Tor entry node.
Find out more about the Tor Browser here. As always, The GoTo Tech Guru is here to help with your security issues & concerns!
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