Tor- A very popular name among online security concerned people. For those who don’t know about Tor, here is a simple introduction.
What is Tor?
Tor is a short name for The Onion Router, it is developed by the US Navy for people to browse the Internet anonymously. It is a non-profit organization and the team regularly research and develops privacy tools.
Tor browser hides your online identity by disguising your location and search preferences.
How Tor Browser Works?
Tor browser hides your identity by masking your actual physical location to some other fake location. Anyone who tries to trace your location, they would see traffic coming from random locations across the world.
How to Install the Tor Browser?
Installing Tor browser is similar to other browsers. Tor is available on many sites online, but it is always advisable to download the package from official torproject.org site.
Windows: If you are downloading Tor for Windows PC follow the process below.
Open your browser and header to Tor official website. Now download the Tor Bundle package on your PC. Now locate the file and launch it to create a folder named Tor browser. The folder contains all the necessary package files which are needed to run the Tor browser.
Mac: For Mac users, double-click on the downloaded .dmg file. After opening the .dmg file, it asks to drag the Tor browser file into the application folder.
Linux: Download Tor browser .tar file and open terminal. Now, execute the command given below.
Now, type the downloaded .tar Tor browser file name and execute in terminal Window.
How to Start Tor Browser?
Once you installed on your machine, now it is the time to launch the Tor Browser. Now go to the location where you have placed Tor Bundle and click on the icon to launch it.
Once you launch the Tor Browser, a connection will establish to the Tor Network and it takes some time depending on your Internet speed.
Now you have a safer private browsing session with the help of Tor. All your browsing traffic is generated through this browser and you will notice your actual IP is masked by the Tor IP.