Most people just want to use Tor to browse the web anonymously, without fear of being monitored or tracked. For this reason, the Tor project has created a self-contained package called the Tor Browser for Mac, which includes everything you need to browse the internet safely on your Mac. (There are also browsers for computers running Windows and Linux.)
This is the best option for home users who want to get started with Tor fast. And because the browser can be copied to a USB drive, you can use it at school or work to protect online activities there, too.
The Tor Browser works just like a regular web browser . Web browsers are programs you use to view web sites. Examples include Chrome, Firefox, and Safari. Unlike other web browsers, though, the Tor Browser sends your communications through Tor, making it harder for people who are monitoring you to know exactly what you're doing online, and harder for people monitoring the sites you use to know where you're connecting from.
If you are using Safari, the Tor Browser will start to download. In Firefox you will be asked whether you wish to open or save the file. For any browser, it is best to save the file first before proceeding. Select Save File and click the OK button.
Some features of a normal web browser can make you vulnerable to man-in-the-middle attacks. Other features have previously had bugs in them that revealed users' identities. Turning the security slider to a high setting disables these features. This will make you safer from well-funded attackers who can interfere with your Internet connection or use new unknown bugs in these features. Unfortunately, turning off these features can make some websites unusable. The default low setting is fine for everyday privacy protection, but you can set it to high if you are worried about sophisticated attackers, or if you don't mind if some websites do not display correctly.
The Tor Browser is the flagship product from the Tor Project. The web browser is based on a modified version of Mozilla Firefox ESR that includes extras like the Tor proxy, TorButton, TorLauncher, NoScript, and HTTPS Everywhere extensions.
Tor is not a VPN. Tor is a free browser similar to Chrome or Firefox, but it includes features that encrypt your IP address, making your browsing sessions private. A VPN (Virtual Private Network) is software that can change your IP address when you use any browser installed on your PC. To learn more about VPNs, you can read this article.
As part of our work with the UX team, we will also be coordinating user testing of this new UI to continue iterating and make sure we are always improving our users' experience. We are also planning a series of improvements not only for the Tor Launcher flow but for the whole browser experience (once you are connected to Tor) including a new user onboarding flow. And last but not least we are streamlining both our mobile and desktop experience: Tor Browser 7.5 adapted the security slider design we did for mobile bringing the improved user experience to the desktop as well.
This page appears when GOOGLE automatically detects requests coming from your computer network which appear to be in violation of the TERMS OF SERVICE, The block will expire shortly after those requests stop. This traffic may have been sent by malicious software, a browser plug-in or a script that sends automated requests. If you share your networkconnection, ask your Administrator for help - a different computer using the same IP address may be responsible. LEARN MORE , Sometimes you may see this page if you are using advanced terms that robots are known to use or sending requests very quickly.
This happens for the default obfs4 bridge and for bridges I get from moat after doing a captcha. Whonix doesn't connect through obfs4 or meek at all.. I think something related might be going on because Whonix and TBB's progress bars just stop, but the Whonix one stops while bootstrapping and the TBB one stops while retreiving network status. I've tried so many times and am afraid of losing connectivity for the browser altogether :(
Colors still mostly don't work. This text field I'm typing in has a green background, which is probably what I told it to do but white text, which I told it not to do. This has been broken awhile, as the last of the 7.x builds worked as expected but early 8.x builds needed to be fidgeted with repeated before honoring the browser.display.document_color_use setting. Soon after, it stopped honoring any setting but its own, so much of my TOR-browsing is done in the 7.x installer I could find.
Since I doing an update from version 9.5.4 for Android arm devices to 10.0.6 arm, the browser app crashes instantly if I try to start it, also my phone pop up a error message everytime I try to start tor and I can see the start interface of tor as long the pop up is open but I can't do anything because when I close the error message it closes tor to, hope you can fix it soon.
If you also want to anonymize your browsing on the classic web (web surface), you can also leave the VPN enabled. You can also use the same method with NordVPN and an onion browser with your iPhone (complete tutorial here).
Other web browsers may offer private browsing and Incognito modes, but these modes do not hide your browsing history. Your internet provider will still know your browsing habits. Tor, however, can protect you from that.
Although similar to the deep web in theory, the dark web can be a bit trickier. It is intentionally a lot more obfuscated and requires special effort to access. This can involve needing to enter a password before accessing a page which seems pretty normal. Something a little more out there is requiring you to use a certain browser to open these pages. That browser is Tor.
As weird as it sounds to us, you could be turned away from a website because of your browser. The dark web is hard to access because it includes a lot of crime, but it also has dark web versions of mainstream news sites. This allows people in oppressive states to access undoctored news securely.
There are plenty of other browsers that you can use but they are not purpose-built like TOR to route traffic through multiple servers. The closest you can get is VPNs which we have covered in detail before at TechWiser, but TOR still remains the king of privacy-centric browsers.
ISPs collect data and monitor traffic that moves in and out of your system for various reasons. TOR browser disallows that leading to the possibility that your ISP might have blocked TOR browser altogether. Note that you can still use TOR but would need to connect to a VPN first but that would further impact the browsing speed which is already slow in TOR. A simple phone call to your ISP should answer this.
Every time you use TOR, it issues you a new IP address that is separate from the one that was issued to you by your ISP. It is possible that there is some error with the IP address which is why TOR browser is not working. Fortunately, it is easy to check IP address assigned by TOR and change it on the fly.
If nothing else seemed to have worked then you have no other option but to reinstall TOR browser. We recommend using Revo Uninstaller for a clean uninstallation process. It will also remove any leftover files and registry entries that may cause the same issue to bounce back when you reinstall an app.
I hope TOR is working fine on your computer now. While there is nothing that can beat TOR at the moment, we feel the team behind Brave browser made a smart move by integrating TOR services. That not only instills confidence in users but also speaks volumes about the direction they are moving in. By no means it is comparable to the standalone TOR browser app, but still, a solid choice and a good alternative until you have figured things out.
Tor Browser gives you access to .onion web sites that are only available within the Tor network. For instance, try to access The New York Times at and Facebook at using a regular web browser. Go on. We'll still be here when you get back. Didn't work, did it? You can only reach these sites over Tor. This makes it possible to read the news anonymously, a desirable feature in a country where you don't want the government knowing which news sites you're reading, when you're reading them, and for how long.
Tor Browser offers the best anonymous web browsing available today, but that anonymity is not perfect. We are currently witnessing an arms race between researchers seeking to strengthen Tor, or even develop a next generation anonymity tool, and governments around the world studying how to break Tor's anonymity properties.
Does that mean you shouldn't use Tor? Certainly not, if you care about your privacy online. Tor Browser is an essential tool that will only improve with time. If you don't care about your privacy? Well, Edward Snowden said it best:
One of the reasons Macs are so popular is the operating system (macOS) itself is relatively secure, with a better track record of blocking malware and viruses. This gives any browser on Mac a security edge. But no browser is invulnerable.
The Brave browser blocks ads and trackers by default. It also blocks fingerprinting and phishing attempts, cross-site cookies, bounce tracking, and a variety of other methods that ad tech will use to track your movements online. And, by blocking all this bloat, the browser is much more performant: pages load up to 3x faster, and you save both device battery and mobile data. Brave is the best browser on the market for combining privacy, security, and speed.
Firefox is a popular browser on both Mac and Windows. It has a big variety of add-ons, allowing you to really personalize your browsing experience. Firefox also makes regular updates, an important part of keeping a browser secure from new and emerging threats.
Sean McGrath is Editor of ProPrivacy.com. An experienced investigative journalist, writer and editor, he has worked for some of the world's best-known IT publications including the ComputerWeekly, PCPro, TechWeekEurope & InformationWeek. He regularly comments on industry matters for the likes of Forbes, Silicon, iTWire, Cyber Defense Magazine & Android Headlines. 2b1af7f3a8