If you’ve heard of the dark web or the deep web, then you’ve probably heard of Tor, which is short for The Onion Router.
But what exactly is Tor, how does it work, should you be using it, and what are its benefits?
In this article, we take a little look into this mysterious piece of software...
What Is Tor?
Tor proclaims to ‘advance human rights, and defend the browsers privacy online through free software, and open networks’. Essentially Tor is a piece of free software that enables anonymous communication and internet surfing. Tor is an open-source software, which basically means that it is made with a source-code that anyone in the public can audit and modify for improvement.
When you use Tor, your traffic is relayed and encrypted through a large volunteer network which basically prevents anyone from being able to identify your IP address and location. It also prevents anyone from doing network surveillance and traffic analysis.