Networking Connectivity Tor Browser for Windows

Tor Browser for Windows Tor Browser for Windows 9.5.3 for Windows

by Tor Project

Avg. Rating 3.4 (834 votes)

File Details

File Size 60.9 MB
License Freeware
Operating System Windows 7/8/10/Vista/XP
Date Added
Total Downloads 98,559
Publisher Tor Project
Homepage Tor Browser
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Publisher's Description

Tor is free software and an open network that helps you defend against traffic analysis, a form of network surveillance that threatens personal freedom and privacy, confidential business activities and relationships, and state security.

The Tor network is a group of volunteer-operated servers that allows people to improve their privacy and security on the Internet. Tor's users employ this network by connecting through a series of virtual tunnels rather than making a direct connection, thus allowing both organizations and individuals to share information over public networks without compromising their privacy. Along the same line, Tor is an effective censorship circumvention tool, allowing its users to reach otherwise blocked destinations or content. Tor can also be used as a building block for software developers to create new communication tools with built-in privacy features.

Latest Reviews

williamharvey07

williamharvey07 reviewed v9.0 Alpha 1 on May 28, 2019

Good browser for surfing deep web contents.You can also read this blog for more details https://hackercombat.com...how-to-use-tor-dark-web/

UnlimitedPowar

UnlimitedPowar reviewed v8.0 Alpha 2 on Mar 21, 2018

Good, free, but could be better

ethansm

ethansm reviewed v6.5 on Jan 31, 2017

I've used tor browser for about a month and been pretty satisfied. But it does not protect the network from traffic analysis. That's exactly why I've decided to subscribe for a vpn service. But I've faced with a problem consisting in the necessiity to pay for a decent service. According to many reviews, there is no reliable free vpns (https://www.bestvpnratin...n-providers-make-profit). Have you ever use such services for free? Are they so worthless as declared?

VincyJ

VincyJ reviewed v5.5.5 on May 17, 2016

Tor is not safe and secure at all. It started as a Government project developed for the Navy. Government monitors everything on Tor. I would suggest you to use Hide My IP VPN instead, safe service and with a low cost also...

Assirius

Assirius reviewed v5.0.4 on Nov 22, 2015

One of the last standing tool to protect our privacy while browsing.

Ever wish that they keep up this job!

And Don't forget to
Donate to Tor Project !

Zootopia3001

Zootopia3001 reviewed v3.6.6 on Sep 26, 2014

Way too long waiting for a page to load. Ain't nobody got time for dat.

uberfly

uberfly reviewed v3.6.3 on Jul 28, 2014

Inforwars... Please. Read on for more exciting 9/11 was an inside job news.
Tor is still safe to use as long as those using it don't get lazy or use old, buggy software. Tho if you're doing illegal stuff anywhere online you're taking risks.

BANDIT-

BANDIT- reviewed v3.6 on May 1, 2014

PERSONALLY .. I'm not bothered about the Arguments "For or Against" TOR

For those who want to give it a Go. Tread "very" Carefully.
It is "NOT" Noob territory.
Google>>> "FBI Has Tor Mail's Entire Email Database".... (Posted Jan 2014).
-
5* .. Coz I'm for the People........ "WHO" needs a spyglass up their Jacksie.
This platform is Monitored 24/7/52 .. by "Take your Pick".

http://s20.postimg.org/dl25b5p71/DISCLAIMER.png

BANDIT-

BANDIT- reviewed v2.3.25-11 on Aug 13, 2013

Well said @Uriel

It's simple. If you want to dabble with this project. Don't get up
to any mischief. Hundreds, even thousands of the IP's used are listed
on Honeypot & Anti-Spam sites. If you don't understand what I've just
said, Leave well Alone. Still gets 5* tho..... lol

Avg. Rating 3.4 (834 votes)
Your Rating
williamharvey07

williamharvey07 reviewed v9.0 Alpha 1 on May 28, 2019

Pros: Good browser for surfing deep web contents.

Cons: Little Slow

Bottom Line: Good browser for surfing deep web contents.You can also read this blog for more details https://hackercombat.com...how-to-use-tor-dark-web/

UnlimitedPowar

UnlimitedPowar reviewed v8.0 Alpha 2 on Mar 21, 2018

Pros: Gives free secure connection while surfing deep web

Cons: Can't be used without VPN (Bestvpnrating.com)

Bottom Line: Good, free, but could be better

ethansm

ethansm reviewed v6.5 on Jan 31, 2017

I've used tor browser for about a month and been pretty satisfied. But it does not protect the network from traffic analysis. That's exactly why I've decided to subscribe for a vpn service. But I've faced with a problem consisting in the necessiity to pay for a decent service. According to many reviews, there is no reliable free vpns (https://www.bestvpnratin...n-providers-make-profit). Have you ever use such services for free? Are they so worthless as declared?

VincyJ

VincyJ reviewed v5.5.5 on May 17, 2016

Tor is not safe and secure at all. It started as a Government project developed for the Navy. Government monitors everything on Tor. I would suggest you to use Hide My IP VPN instead, safe service and with a low cost also...

Assirius

Assirius reviewed v5.0.4 on Nov 22, 2015

One of the last standing tool to protect our privacy while browsing.

Ever wish that they keep up this job!

And Don't forget to
Donate to Tor Project !

Zootopia3001

Zootopia3001 reviewed v3.6.6 on Sep 26, 2014

Way too long waiting for a page to load. Ain't nobody got time for dat.

uberfly

uberfly reviewed v3.6.3 on Jul 28, 2014

Inforwars... Please. Read on for more exciting 9/11 was an inside job news.
Tor is still safe to use as long as those using it don't get lazy or use old, buggy software. Tho if you're doing illegal stuff anywhere online you're taking risks.

BANDIT-

BANDIT- reviewed v3.6 on May 1, 2014

PERSONALLY .. I'm not bothered about the Arguments "For or Against" TOR

For those who want to give it a Go. Tread "very" Carefully.
It is "NOT" Noob territory.
Google>>> "FBI Has Tor Mail's Entire Email Database".... (Posted Jan 2014).
-
5* .. Coz I'm for the People........ "WHO" needs a spyglass up their Jacksie.
This platform is Monitored 24/7/52 .. by "Take your Pick".

http://s20.postimg.org/dl25b5p71/DISCLAIMER.png

BANDIT-

BANDIT- reviewed v2.3.25-11 on Aug 13, 2013

Well said @Uriel

It's simple. If you want to dabble with this project. Don't get up
to any mischief. Hundreds, even thousands of the IP's used are listed
on Honeypot & Anti-Spam sites. If you don't understand what I've just
said, Leave well Alone. Still gets 5* tho..... lol

Uriel

Uriel reviewed v2.3.25-11 on Aug 12, 2013

@JKooks: That article is only partially true and aimed at those who don't understand how the onion network works. For example, there is no exit node if one stayed within the onion network where the URL address ends with ".onion".. And those who want more security should download the Linux distro named "TAILS" anyway. It's completely open source and the fingerprint isn't going to match your usual unsecured operating system. Heck, you can even run it off of a live CD or a thumb drive making it easy to conceal from the police. And for those who may still be paranoid about their activities should search for the term "wardriving" and learn how to protect yourself at your end even further

As for this update, it probably has something to do with the FBI recently injecting spyware into the onion servers of a convicted paedophile. Those who visit these servers can become infected if their TOR Bundle hasn't been updated and still is running on Firefox 17. Those who have Firefox 17 can become infected through iframes and malicious java script so it's a good idea to update your TOR bundle.

JCookes

JCookes reviewed v2.3.25-8 on Jun 24, 2013

Read all about TOR here : https://www.networkworld...eeded-tor-created-us-go

roj

roj reviewed v2.3.25-8 on Jun 5, 2013

“Bless the Maker and His water.
Bless the coming and going of Him.
May His passage cleanse the world.
May He keep the world for His people. ”

FIVE Stars (and a Pox in the Myopic Naysayers).

roj

roj reviewed v2.3.25-6 on Apr 5, 2013

Music4Ever:

Columbian drug lords use phone lines and iPads to conduct business but no one wants to ban those technologies. Just putting it into perspective. We live in an age where privacy is a fleeting commodity and political correctness is the new racism.

TOR helps balance the scales.

But then again, I'm sure you already knew this given your response showing both sides.

Cheers.

FIVE stars.

Aegis69

Aegis69 reviewed v2.3.25-6 on Apr 5, 2013

Tor is a response to government intrusion into our privacy, plain and simple. And no matter what they do, we are always ahead of them in terms of technology, and we always will be. The people who work for government are completely retarded, go get your drivers licence renewed and you'll see what I mean.

They are pushing us to make an entirely anonymous web, all they have to do it stop pushing and we'd probably stop making it. But since they are too retarded to stop, we have no choice but to continue.

Music4Ever

Music4Ever reviewed v2.3.25-2 on Jan 7, 2013

A recent news report on BBC which I can't find showed TOR is being used by the depraved among us to access child abuse etc. Though these are in the minority those hosting TOR need to be aware of at least in the UK indecent material just passing though their servers can implicate them despite being innocent themselves & resulted in this case of PC gear being seized.

The flip side is recently I visited a large Caribbean island where internet restrictions are draconian & totally suppresses residents being able to access information that may be deemed to be against the state (basic freedom of information) & for these people who can actually own PC’s proxy servers are a lifeline to factual information although the restrictions I saw are so tight the likes of TOR are no longer that helpful.

DKDude

DKDude reviewed v2.2.39-3 on Oct 18, 2012

I've dedicated one of my servers for TOR (with a modified Tor server), now I can log the activity, and take a closer look.

I'm not the only one, who run a "Snoop-Server" on tor, so paranoid people, you better strap on your tinfoilbeanie.

Mirage_Etoile

Mirage_Etoile reviewed v2.2.39-1 on Oct 8, 2012

Great software , and a thanks to its authors .
I see that the comment spammers target purposely programs used to keep strong the privacy of users on the net .
It is not a coincidence obviously .

ErinKimmell

ErinKimmell reviewed v2.2.39-1 on Sep 13, 2012

DK Dude is a provoceteur! Have you ever heard of SOPA? Please do not listen to this idiot. Anonymity is more important than ever! ALL of our emails and text messages and phone calls are being recorded by the NSA NOW! I don't use TOR b/c I am searching for illegal topics but b/c the govt has no business tracking me.
If anyone wants to do some research on this topic check out the ENORMOUS installation that the NSA is building in Utah. Why do they need all those computers? To watch the rest of the world? No. To watch their own citizens!
That being said, TOR software is awesome and absolutely needed! Everyone should use it no matter what they are searching.

Music4Ever

Music4Ever reviewed v2.2.39-1 on Sep 12, 2012

DKDude - You never put one scrap of rational reasoning forward in any of your so called reviews, it's obvious you are closed minded & or not particularly bright, probably both. You keep eating the dog food they put in front of you, & you enjoy it!

And as you obviously don't use it how can you keep reviewing it?

DKDude

DKDude reviewed v2.2.39-1 on Sep 12, 2012

I hear it comes with a tinfoil-beanie, just in case.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bDdk70k4bjw

Here's some more "protection" for the paranoid people.
http://www.brane-power.com

roj

roj reviewed v2.2.38-2 on Aug 31, 2012

In a society where governments love to snoop illegally on their populaces (The U.S.A. comes immediately to mind) and Big Business loves to invade privacy for the the interests of profit, why wouldn't someone want the best degree of privacy they could get?

The apologists for the other side often use the hackneyed rubiish that "if you have nothing to hide, you won't worry about who's watching". That excuse has been used by totalitarian regimes so often throughout history that it's beyond laughable.

Who watches the watchers? Why Themselves of course.

Right.

Products like these make governments nervous. It makes law enforcement nervous. That's a good thing. it keeps them honest, a characteristic that's sadly missing from both offices. The clods with their heads in the sand who say otherwise are the sheep that get preyed upon by same.

The amusing thing is that those same governments and law enforcement agencies have their own projects to achieve absolute anonymity on the Internet - but none of the apologists ever seem to mention that. The U.S. government wants to outlaw products like TOR - but are more than happy to use them .

Level the playing field.

Support products like this.

FIVE stars for the concept and necessity, FOUR for the execution.

HeilNizar

HeilNizar reviewed v2.2.38-1 Beta on Aug 20, 2012

Pedophiles.

@Music4Ever,
If you are so concerned about trackers then a couple of Firefox addons will do..
Ghostery
Do Not Track Plus
NoScript

DKDude

DKDude reviewed v2.2.38-1 Beta on Aug 17, 2012

I wonder what people are doing, since they need all this protection and what's up with the paranoia.

BTW. If it wasn't for music4ever, I would have forgotten about this "tool", thank you for the heads-up, so I could vote once more :)

Here is what I wrote almost 5 years ago, and it still stands.

Reviewing 0.2.0.13 Alpha (Dec 25, 2007)

Why use this app, if everything you do on the net is legal? if you don't do anything illigal, then there is no need to hide.

@Uriel.
Thank you for a nice answer.

Uriel

Uriel reviewed v2.2.38-1 Beta on Aug 17, 2012

This is pretty good but the FBI and other parties can still exploit java or Adobe to monitor you if you are using Windows or Apple. If you want to be real private you should use a Linux program called Liberty Linux that boots to a USB flash drive and you can use TOR from there. This way all of your tracks will be left on the thumb drive which you can easily hide off site and not on your computer's hard disk should it be confiscated by the authorities and subjected to a series of forensic tests. http://dee.su/liberte

@DKDude
If you are a foe in the eyes of any government, you do nor want to use Facebook to communicate strategies with others. If you are a government official, you do not want to communicate top secrets via Facebook. If you are whistle blower, you do not want to use Facebook and remain anonymous. If you want to buy weed online, you do not want to use eBay. There are many reasons why people would need this privacy. The government's attempt to enforce parental control on the web is pretty much futile with TOR. But you should realize that the government and the FBI also have their own private encrypted onion network that nobody knows about except maybe a few high tech spy's who have infiltrated the company through various means and they are intelligent enough not to communicate with one another over the net otherwise.

Music4Ever

Music4Ever reviewed v2.2.38-1 Beta on Aug 17, 2012

'The lady doth protest too much methinks' - William Shakespeare ~

@HeilNizar - Why give it one star when it can be used for perfectly legitimate reasons? One UK PC site I frequent has no less than 9 separate trackers.

I use TOR occasionally & many, many things in life can go from totally harmless to highly illegal in use, don't paint everyone with the same brush it's offensive.

I also don't understand the need for expletives on a software review site, it does a persons credibility no good whatsoever & makes their reviews invalid.

@DKDude: If you have ‘nothing' to hide why use the monicker 'DKDude' instead of your full name? And lets see your home address including Post Code / ZIP - Add your email addresses too - And how about your land-line & mobile number too - If you use Facebook or Twitter etc. your ID & password or is everything set on Public level? - Don't forget your IP if yours is a none dynamic IP address - And finally how about your WI-Fi code & a 'Google Street Map' URL of your home & I could add more to this list.

(Of course the above is a massive exaggeration but your full name & home/work address, IP & email will do)

Now would that be wise or sensible for you to give that amount of information out on a public forum? Plain stupid even perhaps?

Now I want you to tell me why 'you personally' don't give that information out on a pretty safe forum 'but' at the same time take into consideration your own statement that you have >nothing to hide< ~

Nothing? Are you really sure about that?

(Your reply will be fascinating to read)

@HeilNizar - You miss my point & I already use Ghostery, as far as I am aware you DKDude & myself all reside in the EU - We have pretty much free lives & can go where we wish on the net for information, be in what political party we wish to be in or support & as long as we do nothing illegal we are left we are left alone to live our lives as we wish.

However, many people on earth do not have the same freedom that we enjoy, actually ‘most’ people don't on earth do not have those rights. We have the freedom of religion, the freedom of political affiliation & far more & for some TOR may be a way of accessing information that we can access without any issues but they cannot, if you don't understand this you haven't traveled the world much at all - I have -

One large country (land of the free) 5000 miles to the south-west of the UK 95%+ of the population have never left the country so have little or no concept or comprehension of lack of freedom of information in other places - I have -

The other aspect of a tool such as TOR is where a person may wish to visit a website without the owner knowing - Your IP, OS, browser, geographical location (often to within metres), ISP, internet connection type, cookies, (therefore history of other sites you have visited) all of which is sent out to each & every site you visit - 99.9999% of the time for me this is no problem. For me occasionally I visit a couple of competitors business sites to have a look round (fully legally) yet may not want the owner to know as they do mine also!

There are lots off totally legal uses for TOR & it's plain stupid to brand each user of TOR as a sexual deviant & to be blunt shows crass stupidity of the highest order. I don't have TOR installed either on Windows or Linux but I will defend the rights of those who use it legally & not brand all users of it as perverts, & if you don't understand that you ought too.

The bottom line is there is no anonymity on the internet what ever you do, but for some on earth the likes of TOR & proxy servers can mean to have & see what we consider basic human rights. As i made the point to DKDude we all have something to hide & quite rightly, it’s called privacy, not secrecy that’s why we have door’s curtains & none transparent walls on our homes & don’t bath on our front lawns (well I don’t anyway).

The quote at the beginning of this review:
'The lady doth protest too much methinks' - William Shakespeare ~

Look up the meaning of quote that as you obviously haven't - Here is a start for you: If some users only comment's of a software program (or anything else in life) concern only sexual deviancy & nothing else, any person is risking others thinking they may be doing or thinking of that yourself:- It's a well known human behavior trait & accepted by many psychologists as a bordering on factual as it does show a pattern of thinking.

http://answers.yahoo.com...d=20070410132804AAIRI9H

HeilNizar

HeilNizar reviewed v2.2.37-2 on Aug 2, 2012

Pedophiles.

Keverin

Keverin reviewed v2.2.37-1 on Jun 13, 2012

The sweet dreams of anyone with sick intentions in this life, too bad for them 40% of Tor servers are honeypots. Don't come with the cheap arguments that there are poor Chinese children or screaming Russian ladies using this tool to keep them secure, that's a myth. Tor is the house of pedophiles & the good news is that real security agents are slowly getting grip of it to keep the real endangered users (a small % btw) in their believing that they're anonymous, and more and more sick bas****s are getting caught pants down.

Music4Ever

Music4Ever reviewed v2.2.37-1 on Jun 13, 2012

Great stuff, I also use the Linux version & don't need suicide ~

@HeilNizar ~ Pity you can't type 5 words without an expletive, says a lot about your intelligence or lack off ~

@Keverin ~ People such as you & HeilNizar really make me wonder? It seems you have one track minds, there are many fully legal users for Tor, there is no such thing as anonymity on the net & people who have half a brain realise that.

But as you feel the need to use expletives & mention a set of people that fortunately compose a small percent of the population I can only wonder if you are part of that evil percentage? ~ What's with the major anger towards a program? Looking at your other 'reviews' it seems to me you have a limited intellect ~ Neither of you even give your country of origin ~ Why is that I wonder?

Assirius

Assirius reviewed v2.2.35-12 on May 18, 2012

It was created by MIL , DoD , not by pedophiles , who said that is an ignorant .
It's a powerful network to circumvent censorship and tyrant oppression ,
to its programmers :
thanks very much for all the job that you make .

Charlie Kilo

Charlie Kilo reviewed v2.2.35-12 on May 17, 2012

Tor and its derivatives, forks, and other ancillary programs (Opera Tor, XeroBank, etc.), along with anything that sincerely works in the name of protecting user privacy and security online and off, should be categorized as Essentialware. Those who decry its (legitimate!) use as good for nothing but good-for-nothings obviously don't see the necessity of protecting one's privacy and user choice online, especially if one is in a repressive environment such as China, the Middle East, or Russia (and more so everyday, the U.$. of A-holes). Know that no system or innovation is perfect, and just about anything can be used for ill-gotten gains; keep in mind this quote from the man whose likeness is (ironically) printed on so many bank notes held by the powers that be, at least in the land of the (formerly) free and the home of the slaves --

"Those who would sacrifice the good of liberty for the price of security deserve neither liberty nor security." --Benjamin Franklin

Everyone should RTFM before using this, though. To paraphrase good old Mick & Keith, it's just a click away -- torproject.org is where you'll find everything you ever wanted to know about Tor but were afraid/reluctant/etc. to ask.

One word of recommendation: I would advise folks to check out the new Tor fork known as Obfsproxy -- it's a modification of the original Tor Portable with Firefox, along with a secondary proxy application known as Obfs (for "obfuscation") Proxy. It's not yet available in the regular (installable) Tor distribution, and is still in beta stages, but it is worth a try:

torproject.org/projects/obfsproxy.html.en

Also have a look-see at (and please do your best to support!) the numerous other projects that are underway with the interest of protecting user privacy: Duck Duck Go, RiseUp.net, A/I Collective, TAILS (The Amnesiac Incognito Live System, a specialized Debian Live CD configured for use with Tor), and I2P, among others. Educate yourselves, and realize first and foremost that the software is only as effective as the person(s) using it.

Now boldly go where no onion (not even the eponymous fake news outlet) has ever gone before.

Blaxima

Blaxima reviewed v2.2.35-11 on May 7, 2012

@YStevaert,
You sound like the Canadian (and US for that matter) government, "let us take away all of you privacy and freedoms to protect a minuscule demographic from 0.001% of the population." Brilliant!!

These updates are to try and resolve an issue with new firefox releases and haven't effected anything else you might be using it for

Lsavagejt

Lsavagejt reviewed v2.2.35-11 on May 5, 2012

M4ever, look dude. Don't get cute. The other software in my security array 'just works'. So should this. First of all, it doesn't work, and has lousy documentation. That's what I'm saying. If you want to get all preachy and philosophical about it, tell it to the trees, douchebag.

YStevaert

YStevaert reviewed v2.2.35-11 on May 4, 2012

Created for & used by pedophiles.

Music4Ever

Music4Ever reviewed v2.2.35-11 on May 4, 2012

Lsavagejt - You best ask for a refund ~

Some things require a little time & effort to use, well most things in life actually ~

Works well in Linux & Windows ~

@ Lsavagejt ~ As I said why not ask for a refund? Or better still write your own program & provide adequate documentation. I therefore look forward to reviewing your software ~ I hope it's free also ~ BTW I am no 'dude' OK?

And yes it does 'just work' with just a cursory look at the documentation, maybe you best stick to MS software I think & associated 'Help Files' ~

douchebag?

@ YStevaert ~ Ever heard the phrase ~ 'It takes one to know one'?

Lsavagejt

Lsavagejt reviewed v2.2.35-9 on May 2, 2012

Authentication error. Tried to fix the problem, not smart enough, don't have the time, etc. Stuff should just work, or if not, then completely explain how to fix the problem, for those of us who are technically challenged.

Blaxima

Blaxima reviewed v2.2.35-9 on May 1, 2012

works great! I use the tor bundle that has the vidalia front end since it's portable and I simply remove the browser part(can be done by removing some lines from the vidalia config file).

@dudeboyz.
Yes, other programs need to be configured to use tor.
For example,
In utorrent there is an option for proxy type.
Select Type "Socks5" Proxy "127.0.0.1" Port "9050"
Now if tor is running utorrent will use it which anonymizes your ip.
All the firefox plugin does really is pre configure the above for you

I do the same with Opera and then choose a US proxy when I want to use pandora.com which is blocked for users outside of the US

DudeBoyz

DudeBoyz reviewed v2.2.35-8 on Apr 23, 2012

The main version, the one not bundled with portable Firefox, works fine with the Firefox I have installed - except for Flash videos on various sites, it seems.

But that aside, I don't understand the extent of the protection.

If I fire up Outlook for email, is that also protected? What about IE?

Do individual apps have to be programmed to be made aware of Tor? Or perhaps like Firefox, do you have to have a plug-in or add-on for a specific app like Outlook or Outlook Express?

Thanks for any help.

But bottom line is that it works as advertised while browsing. But I don't know if it masks downloads, either direct or bit torrent, though I have read you are not supposed to do bit torrent with Tor for a variety of reasons.

roj

roj reviewed v2.2.35-8 on Apr 22, 2012

Absolutely essential for anyone who values their privacy in an increasingly "owned" internet.

HeilNizar (what an appropriate name, considering the attitude) is using the same old hackneyed excuse by authoritatians who claim that"only the guilty hide". I think we see enough happening in the world today Every Day from both a political and corporate standpoint to know with abundant clarity that more than ever the concept of "who watches the watchers" is null and void.

And to answer Point Zero and others like that, I use Tor because I'm not a naive and misguided sheep like you.

Protect yourself.

Get and use Tor.

FIVE stars.

Music4Ever

Music4Ever reviewed v2.2.35-8 on Apr 21, 2012

Works rather well both in Linux & Windows ~ Using it now actually.

HeilNizar ~ Are you mad or what?

Uriel

Uriel reviewed v2.2.35-6 on Feb 14, 2012

You know how telephone marketers just don't take no for an answer so you have to disconnect the phone in their ear? Online marketers are just the same and will relentlessly data mine the eeby-jeebies out of you despite opting out repeatedly. So they cleverly got together and conspired a way to make the privacy and security conscious people look silly for wanting to protect their privacy. They cleverly came up with the "tinfoil hat" phenomenon to make people who wanted to protect their privacy seem paranoid and goofy looking to the end users. Well Tor is a very good tinfoil hat that keeps Facebook, Google, Skype, Java, and Adobe Flash from recording sessions that you want to keep private. The fact that it is reported by others that the nosy Government wants to packet sniff Tor traffic is a testimony to the fact that it works well too.

HeilNizar

HeilNizar reviewed v2.2.35-6 on Feb 14, 2012

Why are people so F**** paranoid?
If you are using softwares to conceal your identity then you are suspicious or paranoid and need to see a shrink, period.

Uriel

Uriel reviewed v2.2.35-5 on Feb 3, 2012

You want to get data mined by honeypot services like Google and FaceBook you use any browser but Tor.

jorgosch

jorgosch reviewed v1.3.12 on Nov 1, 2010

1.3.12 is NOT the latest Tor version, that version number refers to the browser bundle. Better check the software site for available options.

RitoSwan

RitoSwan reviewed v0.2.2.10 Alpha on Mar 14, 2010

You want your internet traffic sniffed by any possible investigation bureau, you use Tor......

gawd21

gawd21 reviewed v0.2.2.10 Alpha on Mar 10, 2010

Very helpful!

betasun

betasun reviewed v0.2.2.7 Alpha on Jan 22, 2010

Thank you for the link for Advtor .i prfer it to Tor itself .

itazev

itazev reviewed v0.2.1.21 on Dec 28, 2009

Very good!

anomoly

anomoly reviewed v0.2.1.17 RC on Jul 10, 2009

Works great as an update to the tor browser.

anomoly

anomoly reviewed v0.2.1.15 RC on May 27, 2009

As an interesting alternative to tor, try advtor.
http://sourceforge.net/projects/advtor/
I am using it with privoxy (only) via vidalia installer. With a tray ap like proxy switcher, it works quite well.

Mumoto

Mumoto reviewed v0.2.1.14 RC on Apr 19, 2009

The idea of this program is nice but what if any of the nodes confiscate the data raw on his computer and decodes it later you simply don't have any idea what people are doing with the data you're relaying with TOR.

Tor:
You -> Router(node1) -> Router(node2) -> Router(node3) -> Destination
even if Node 1 & 2 get only "encrypted" data, number 3 will have to decode it before sending it to the destination because else the connection will not be made.

Proxy
You -> Proxy -> Destination

Actually the same idea but without all the nodes in between.

http://it.toolbox.com/bl...nt-mean-encrypted-18965

anomoly

anomoly reviewed v0.2.1.11 Alpha on Feb 25, 2009

It is more about obfuscating your own ip address. It is not intended to create a "I can do anything & everything I want over the internet session and no one will know my ip" solution. Only idiots like poster below would assume that and then bash the prog.
For secure "communication" as in person to person, encryption (sha1-minimum) is required on both ends. OBVIOUSLY every single bit a pc sends or receives over the net CAN NOT be encrypted. DUHH
I see no problem with this software but only with those who do not understand computers and their relationship to the internet itself.
Personally? I leave it running just for IE's default settings for the simple fact that many processes will use those settings without you even knowing they are doing so to begin with. This works ONLY with http & https I believe.
In effect the soft is not about protecting your lack of intelligence in using a pc over the net, but more about obfuscating specific protocol ip address sources.

Bart Welson

Bart Welson reviewed v0.2.1.8 Alpha on Dec 10, 2008

This thing is just as anonymous as putting your computer on a city center and let everyone peek into it...

anomoly

anomoly reviewed v0.2.1.7 Alpha on Nov 13, 2008

Took me forever to find the config file specs but got it from http://www.opensourcehow...nonymous-searching.html
Updating removes it by default.
Just install, right click privoxy and edit main config by adding this as the very top line with no quotes "forward-socks4a / localhost:9050 ."
Then open IE's advanced lan settings
http://www.privoxy.org/user-manual/startup.html
and set localhost:8118 for http & secure ONLY in XP as your proxy. Good to go. Only http & https can be proxied!
Not sure when the lan settings got officially changed to just http (?) Interesting

anomoly

anomoly reviewed v0.2.1.5 Alpha on Sep 2, 2008

Haven't used it for awhile but seems to me it conflicts with any ap which uses IE's settings exclusively, thus you must at times completely disable it to use those aps properly as not all devices support proxy.

DudeBoyz

DudeBoyz reviewed v0.2.1.4 Alpha on Aug 5, 2008

This app is hard for me to understand at times. I was hoping that you could just install it and that would be it, but it seems you have to do some custom configuration in the browser of choice, and even remove some of your plug-ins / add-ons to reduce the chance of detection.

Great idea in principle, but some of those plug-ins and add-ons they tell you to remove, I just can't do without. Bummer.

I applaud the effort but wish it was more of a "no brainer" type of deal. Install it and bam, that's it, you're done.

anomoly

anomoly reviewed v0.2.1.1 Alpha on Jun 17, 2008

http://www.torproject.org/download.html.en

DJHasis

DJHasis reviewed v0.2.1.1 Alpha on Jun 17, 2008

Good software, improved alot in few years.
Sad that somehow compiling Tor doesn't work with msys properly.
Also weird that homepage-link hasn't changed even though admin's of Tor's sites changed them couple of months ago.

anomoly

anomoly reviewed v0.2.0.26 RC on May 24, 2008

It has been made portable.
http://archetwist.com/en/opera/operator
You have to config opera's proxy settings manually. Installing the latest opera beta locally & then simply overwriting the portable version works. I would suggest compressing tor with alpx & the latest upx exe.

rhensley

rhensley reviewed v0.2.0.26 RC on May 15, 2008

Excellent concept and implementation. I hope this project survives forever.

ghammer

ghammer reviewed v0.2.0.22 RC on Mar 19, 2008

Depends on what you mean 'security'.
If you mean, no malware, bzzz! Wrong.

If you mean those who watch won't know what you are doing on the web, won't be able to view what you do, bingo!

Be a right handy thing if it could be made portable. Lot of 'net cafe users in China. A few tourists found out last week that the police know who, what, and where as they tried to post pics from Tibet.

betasun

betasun reviewed v0.2.0.22 RC on Mar 19, 2008

im rolling on the floor laughing reading the sentence :''if you need security call your mother '' .the best sentence ive read here through the years .

anomoly

anomoly reviewed v0.2.0.21 RC on Mar 10, 2008

TOR never was, nor had anything to do with security. If you need security call your mother. This is for anonymity. plain & explative simple

ghammer

ghammer reviewed v0.2.0.21 RC on Mar 10, 2008

I guess you just don't read enough.
http://www.torproject.org/torusers.html.en

Doesn't mention porn, P2P, etc.
It's like I said originally. But you go 'head with your use, you'll contribute to TOR being less useful to those who truly need it.

DKDude

DKDude reviewed v0.2.0.21 RC on Mar 10, 2008

@ghammer

/Publisher's Description:
Tor is a toolset for organizations and people that want to improve their safety and security on the Internet. Using Tor can help you anonymize Web browsing

This don't match what you write, who to believe, I vote for the publisher.

But as others has said, it's far more secure to browse without Tor.

ghammer

ghammer reviewed v0.2.0.15 Alpha on Jan 9, 2008

TOR is NOT meant to protect you while you hit smut sites, not to keep you safe from "The Man" while you download warez.

Coupled with Privoxy, it will allow people in restrictive countries (Great Firewall anyone?) to get to sites they want to view.

Doing what it is meant to do, it does very well and provides a useful ability to millions who would otherwise have only limited access to information and news.

E.T

E.T reviewed v0.2.0.13 Alpha on Dec 28, 2007

TOR (=tunnel) is a tool for anonymity! but right now, it's sad to say that this "Tunnel" is

far away from perfection!!

The reason that this "Tunnel" isn't safe, mainly because this TOR (=tunnel) wasn't encrypted

between "source - to - TOR - to - destination" and unknown other leaking TOR and other

weakness.

@Point Zero
[..] So, once again, you're more secure browsing 'normally' than using this honeypot network

called TOR. [..]

"That is Totally Wrong!!!"

With normally browsing you will be hunted by "Dingo, Tiger, Lion, Crocodile and even T-Rex"

(it's Scary, isn't it?)

With Using TOR (=Tunnel) you may escape from among of above them! but you wiil be hunted by

"Dragon, Werewolf, Resident of Evil, Elien and even Online PREDATOR!!!" cause these

"creatures" are more likely stay live in dark Tunnels rather outside. :D

As for a silver bullet itself is good to kill werewolf! but what about other creatures that

live in that dark tunnels??? also the tunnels is so far, while we driving so slow, we could

be dead in the middle of tunnels before we reach the destination. LoL!

So my opinion is "both" are unsafe! and that is the truth!!!

Which one will you choose? it is up to you.

Point Zero

Point Zero reviewed v0.2.0.13 Alpha on Dec 25, 2007

1st) YES! My knowledge and opinion is based on experience and knowledge from others, I'm not that person to live in my own dreamworld, I'm more interested in the truth.

2nd) I don't use TOR, so I know whatever information goes to and from my system can be intercepted. What benefit would TOR give me ? First of all, everything between my system and the first TOR client is just as other traffic, unencrypted, ISP's are tapping 24/7 all traffic of suspected people, so that alone makes your anonimity equal to 0 (ZERO) Null punkt null.

3rd) Browsing the internet normally, all my traffic passes trough hops, which have no meaning in logging normal activity. Using TOR on the other hand, more than 70% of TOR-endnodes do log everything that goes unencrypted between them and your regular destination.

So, once again, you're more secure browsing 'normally' than using this honeypot network called TOR.

KuHGl

KuHGl reviewed v0.2.0.13 Alpha on Dec 25, 2007

Ok, I think I should at least write a short comment..., @PointZero: No question, in the existing form there are (very...) weak parts of TOR which need to be changed/modified. But I wrote: The i d e a of TOR is fantastic, which does not mean the actual program. And also once again (BTW: why did you not write a single word to the fact that privacy is worth to be protected?): Usually I use programs to protect privacy, although not all existing programs, of course. But there have to be more projects which stop the nowadays sell-off of privacy. Too many people have become suggestible, were corrupted by 'institutions' preaching of either "everything is ok, no need to fear - so why such closed private lives?" or "Terrorists are everywhere, so stop protecting privacy and allow us to prove you are none of them!" (BTW, do you know persons/institutions telling such JUNK??? I DO, sad to say! And even more sad: This trend makes its way around our planet!). So I prefer to motivate people working on such project instead of discouraging them.

Regards,

Kurt

DKDude

DKDude reviewed v0.2.0.13 Alpha on Dec 25, 2007

I have to agree with Point Zero.

Why use this app, if everything you do on the net is legal? if you don't do anything illigal, then there is no need to hide.

anomoly

anomoly reviewed v0.2.0.12 Alpha on Nov 21, 2007

https://torbutton.torpro...button-1.1.11-alpha.xpi
I generall ONLY use tor when FF can't or won't load a page. It is running by default just for IE which I NEVER use.

netean

netean reviewed v0.2.0.12 Alpha on Nov 20, 2007

LOL

"most of the tor traffic is child porn"
YOU IDIOT of course it's not!

prove it!

oh wait you cant'

TOR is about protecting your privacy and has bugger all to do with porn, child porn or anything else

oompoop

oompoop reviewed v0.2.0.9 Alpha on Nov 16, 2007

nullum crime sine lege

Point Zero

Point Zero reviewed v0.2.0.9 Alpha on Oct 30, 2007

First of all, yes I do use security apps like anti-virus or firewall, I do close my door at night.
What is the point of using this TOR network ?
Why do we all pay for a fast connection, what is so special about the TOR network for you to have a very fast internet connection and your choice to go surfing at the speed of the 80's, remember your good old 14.4Kbps modem ? Why, for example waiting 4 minutes for the amazon.com page to be loaded when you have the hardware and bandwidth to do this in 2 seconds ? Security ? What security ? "My connection is secure" you say .... Yeah, at the "speed" of the TOR network, investigation agencies decrypt that so called secure protocol even faster than you actually got it into your browser .....
Intelligence services set up rogue exit nodes to sniff data from the Tor network.
So, what is left ? I'm really interested.

1st thing is, 99.97% of all Tor-traffic is porn, most of this even illegal childporn, and other illegal porn activities.

2nd thing is, more than 70% of so called Tor-nodes, are installed on hackers- and other miscreants- computers to lure unknowning users into a false sense of security, all traffic is being logged AND decrypted.

One example of how stupid you can be to surf using TOR : http://www.theage.com.au...1/12/1194766589522.html

MCHAL

MCHAL reviewed v0.2.0.9 Alpha on Oct 29, 2007

PointZorro:

I live in Brazil, a supposedly "democratic" country. I am a father of two and sure an honest person. However, my condo apartment has all of its rooms "tapped" and all my browsing habits are tracked down, both by my country government and yours, as if I was a terrorist or a criminal. I don't use this kind of program. But don't you think I should? I guess I should and... you too. You should know more about the Puppet Master and the Big Brother, say, here... http://www.zetatalk.com or here... http://educate-yourself.org/ .

Cheers... ;)

thomas.tmc

thomas.tmc reviewed v0.2.0.9 Alpha on Oct 29, 2007

Point Zero, do you shut the door to your home? Do you have curtains or blinds on your windows that are sometimes drawn shut?

What are you afraid of Point Zero, why not use your real name, and post your address and phone number for everyone to see? Are you hiding something or do you just value your privacy?

anomoly

anomoly reviewed v0.2.0.9 Alpha on Oct 29, 2007

why do YOU use it ????
why do I need antivirus, spyware, or firewall software?
The list goes on and on and on....
Basically none of your fing business.
Easy to setup and even easier to use. PERIOD
Here is the link for torbutton:
https://torbutton.torproject.org/dev/releases/
Which would not install for me as I use FF portable.
For whatever reason I cannot connect to myspace (don't want to and never do-just for the occassional 'other' user). I suppose it may be spybot or adblock???. who cares. Vidalia will fix this problem.
Fixed it
Funny but myspace.com is german and us.myspace.com is english-neither of which can I connect to without this. My hosts file has myspace entries but they all have other prefixes than nothing and us-still don't care

Blue Joker

Blue Joker reviewed v0.2.0.9 Alpha on Oct 29, 2007

Dear Point Zero ,
I'm a honest person and I use Tor ,
Who is unfair are the Governments whom apply censorship , pretend to trace users and manipulate contents .
Now , Pedophils can't hide only thanks to Tor and even if they cannot hide longer ,
and remember , using the Internet it's the doom of the Pedophils , they come to surface and are burned down by FAIR Gov Agencies and other Authorities .
Btw the Good and the Bad there's a thin line of difference , our ethic does the rest.

Point Zero

Point Zero reviewed v0.2.0.8 Alpha on Oct 18, 2007

Seriously, lets pretend that this system is indeed as good as some here claim. Who wins from this situation then ? Child abusers, terrorists, rascist groups, and plenty of other miscreants. But tell me, if you're a honest person with nothing to hide, why do YOU use it ?

Ryusennin

Ryusennin reviewed v0.2.0.7 Alpha on Sep 25, 2007

Efficient, but slow as hell. The average user will never need this anyway.

anomoly

anomoly reviewed v0.2.0.6 Alpha on Aug 27, 2007

Take a computer system/s and program it for anonymity and then let's pretend we're really secretly corresponding with the fbi. retard stfu.
My only issue is with applications that specifically require IE's network settings, ie googleearth for one. You have to reset IE's settings otherwise gearth is just tooo slow. Whereas FF has a button IE has none from FF's gui

robmanic44

robmanic44 reviewed v0.2.0.5 Alpha on Aug 22, 2007

This thing is very difficult to uninstall. I can't see risking my net connection to a freaking alpha version of any software.

The MAZZTer

The MAZZTer reviewed v0.2.0.5 Alpha on Aug 21, 2007

Point Zero: If that were true, then the FBI would only be able to see encrypted traffic, and would not be able to tell where it was coming from or where it was going. That is the beauty of onion routing.

Also it may or may not be slow; it depends on who you happen to be routing through.

Overall I find that Tor does what it does exceptionally well... it's the best anonymity service out there that I've seen.

Comit

Comit reviewed v0.2.0.5 Alpha on Aug 21, 2007

Even the 'onion routers' don't know where their end destination is, so so what. It's a pretty good, albiet slow, system.

Point Zero

Point Zero reviewed v0.2.0.4 Alpha on Aug 13, 2007

Sure, the code is open-source, what happens with your internet-traffic is another thing ;) Instead of actually making your browsing habits secure (or whatever you think you're doing), using TOR, you just direct all you traffic over some FBI-surveilled servers. So yes, so invisible are you. LOL ;-)

iceing

iceing reviewed v0.2.0.4 Alpha on Aug 13, 2007

I'm just an Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini Confused here. You see, I just started using Tor for the first time because of this very Review here on betanews so I don't know much about this product. Even after going to Tor's website and reading it I'm not 100% sure about how secure this really is nor how it exactly works. From my perspective, if I ran a Tor server to help out, my computer basically becomes the mask for the origional computer's Internet activity. sure I understand that each TCP request one Tor user makes goes to different Tor Server computers each time, but what if someone using a Tor client makes a TCP connection to download Child Porn off KaZaa and that child Porn was hosted on an FBI computer? So then it looks like I am the one downloading the g** d*** drop the soap, a** raping, prison bait.. am I wrong? I'm going install it anyways just so I can use P2P without fear of RIAA anyways.

-**** government civilian espionage

Tene

Tene reviewed v0.2.0.4 Alpha on Aug 11, 2007

It's a great tool. Providing some nice network noise for those honourable dissidents and activists, that's a satisfying feeling.

ghammer

ghammer reviewed v0.2.0.4 Alpha on Aug 10, 2007

Ha! TOR as DoD backdoor. Ha ha ha! If the source of ideas bother you, then you should check out the original idea for the 'Net too...

TOR is a great tool for those WHO NEED to have access to blocked sites. Like people in China.
Running P2P through it is not acceptable. In fact, most servers don't allow exit for all but a few ports.

It works well and is the only way those who need to get and give information can get to many sites and get there without being identified.

Those in luckier circumstances should run TOR in server mode and help the project.

Banquo

Banquo reviewed v0.2.0.4 Alpha on Aug 10, 2007

"Do you trust these guys"

You do know what open source means, right?

havas

havas reviewed v0.2.0.4 Alpha on Aug 10, 2007

Do you ever realise that Tor was invented and designed by DARPA
-------------------------------------------------
Maybe it is,Maybe not.I don't know.
it's really useful for me.
And whatever,tor is opensource software,we can check its code,so it's should be safe.

Point Zero

Point Zero reviewed v0.2.0.2 Alpha on Jul 16, 2007

Do you ever realise that Tor was invented and designed by DARPA, a research part of the American Ministry of Defense. Do you trust these guys ? Besides it is, as every proxy, slow as a snail.

Blue Joker

Blue Joker reviewed v0.2.0.2 Alpha on Jun 5, 2007

We're now discovering that
the true source of wealth is information,
and it increases as it's shared.
Computers are revolutionizing society.
Information is more important than money.
Knowledge is power and wanna be controlled by few.
So you that there's no other battle to fight than this one,
the Battle for the Right to Privacy,
and with TOR We have a Weapon ,
a sure piece of cyberland still virgin
to protect...

ghammer

ghammer reviewed v0.1.2.14 on May 26, 2007

First, thanks from China to server operators!

Second, the TOR bundle does not install uninstallable apps. They have to be shutdown to remove, but you can certainly uninstall if needed.

robmanic44

robmanic44 reviewed v0.1.2.14 on May 25, 2007

This can't be completely removed from the system. I had to disable some components of the software. When I tried to delete it I got an error message.

Diam0nd

Diam0nd reviewed v0.1.2.14 on May 25, 2007

I always leave my pc a node, coz you can regulate what your traffic is used for. Like I aint got much bw, so i allow im/irc/pop mail. basically even dialup users can help. so PLEASE do!

anomoly

anomoly reviewed v0.1.2.13 on Apr 26, 2007

When at home I sometimes leave my PC on as a node, thinking that maybe I am helping someone get information their government is censoring...

You shall come in for interrogation...

iphigenie

iphigenie reviewed v0.1.2.8 Beta on Mar 2, 2007

Tor is a brilliant concept, and it works well. It is significantly slower to browse, obviously, but I am rarely in a hurry.

tor+vidalia is much easier to install and get working than the instructions seem to indicate. On firefox you no longer need privoxy but it's simpler if you do (and you can then use a proxy swapping add on to turn it on/off). I use opera nowadays but that was easy too.

I might have nothing to hide but that doesn't mean I don't have things of value to third parties - everyone from google up is gathering information I don't want them to from my online activities or my personal information, and selling them on. Besides it's too late if you start the day I need to hide something from, say, a government turned nasty. When at home I sometimes leave my PC on as a node, thinking that maybe I am helping someone get information their government is censoring...

homerj

homerj reviewed v0.1.2.8 Beta on Mar 1, 2007

0.1.2.8 Beta beta
Just installed on XP.
How does one test whether or not it is working, I cannot see any difference is DSL speed.

The Seeker 11

The Seeker 11 reviewed v0.1.2.8 Beta on Mar 1, 2007

Works wonderfully in conjunction with Privoxy and Torbutton, an extension for Firefox.

Details on setup for different platforms can be found here.

Diam0nd

Diam0nd reviewed v0.1.2.8 Beta on Mar 1, 2007

Nice1

morganp

morganp reviewed v0.1.2.7 Alpha on Feb 12, 2007

Superb tool. It will be slower for obvious reasons however to ensure your privacy and anonymity it is worth the trade off.

DudeBoyz

DudeBoyz reviewed v0.1.2.7 Alpha on Feb 9, 2007

I can't figure out how to use it yet, but the concept is awesome and the fact that it's free is a very good thing.

The problem is me being dense I think, so I may try it on OS X instead, cause things just seem easier for me there.

However, I want to give these guys credit for the effort. This is something I would like to see more people learn about and I'd like to see it be a bit more user friendly for dweebs like me.

anomoly

anomoly reviewed v0.1.2.6 Alpha on Jan 16, 2007

since when was taking the long way home faster?

mjm01010101

mjm01010101 reviewed v0.1.2.5 Alpha on Jan 9, 2007

It's slow, but if all you need is a little bit of code/text to publish... it's all good.

veeoh

veeoh reviewed v0.1.2.4 Alpha on Dec 6, 2006

ideal for all you paedo's trying to cover your tracks! ;)

smarterthanyou

smarterthanyou reviewed v0.1.2.3 on Nov 7, 2006

The Tor bundle for Windows is great! It blocks all of the ads on Betanews.com perfectly.

The MAZZTer

The MAZZTer reviewed v0.1.2.3 on Nov 6, 2006

Tor is a very excellent and useful tool. I used to use Your Freedom for my anonymous browsing. Even though the connections tend to be more stable and quicker because your connections tunneled directly through their servers, the 8kb cap on free accounts was enough for me to drop it in favor of Tor once I found it.

Sadly it can be hard to achieve good speeds over Tor sometimes, but with a little patience Tor can usually manage fairly well.

Only flaw in Tor lies in the bundled Vidalia tool, which tends to lock up (at least on Windows) also locking up Tor, and thus your connections, until you kill Vidalia. However the protocol it uses is open and fairly easy to figure out, once you get past the mess that is the protocol docs. However I will not factor this into my rating since it is a separate app.

anomoly

anomoly reviewed v0.1.2.2 on Oct 12, 2006

Vidalia-bundle. must needs

deadmonkey

deadmonkey reviewed v0.1.2.2 on Oct 12, 2006

Superb application. For a simple, out of the box (and portable!) Tor system check out http://www.torrify.com/ it is Tor and Firefox bundled in a single archive that doesn't require installation and is portable (ie can run from a usb pen drive).

Tenoq

Tenoq reviewed v0.1.1.24 on Oct 10, 2006

dzjepp - how many websites still use plain-text passwords? It's not like your banking information is at risk, or anything like that.

Rating a 4, because it's not exactly simple to setup, particularly for use with web browsers (where a local proxy is required). It's also quite slow, undoubtedly because all the onion routers are international for me.

demetrisk

demetrisk reviewed v0.1.1.24 on Oct 8, 2006

Tor is open-source, not freeware: http://tor.eff.org/svn/trunk/LICENSE

anomoly

anomoly reviewed v0.1.1.18-rc on Apr 21, 2006

alright? kidding themselves? Bottom line is your ip is not shown PERIOD. Use vidalia.exe (instead of torcp) instead so you can tray it.

CyberDog

CyberDog reviewed v0.1.1.18-rc on Apr 20, 2006

dzjepp - That's why you should never log into any website without using SSL. You hardly need to be using Tor to have a problem sending clear text passwords across the internet!

dzjepp

dzjepp reviewed v0.1.1.12 Alpha on Jan 17, 2006

Take this as you will, but...

(quoted from a slashdot poster)

"Just by running a tor node, you get the opportunity to collect login+password information for any non-ssl site tor users log into. You also get to see cookie information to boot. Hey, at some point, the traffic has to exit the tor obfuscation network, and if you run a node, you're going to get a bunch of that traffic. It's only a matter of time."

UnknownHost

UnknownHost reviewed v0.1.1.12 Alpha on Jan 13, 2006

This program rocks for surfing anonymously, probably the best option we have (imho), and it's free.

Add xyzproxy for Firefox and Privoxy and your set.

Beware of running a Tor server on a non server version of Windows. It crashes after about an hour. The Tor team, as far as I understand, doesn't know why.

I got dozens of suggestions and network registry tweaks to try and keep the server up, but to no avail... and believe me, I tried for 3 days.

Added -> Jan 2006

I agree with dzjepp, there are problems. Perhaps in the future, exit nodes will be have some degree of privacy, hosted by EFF or the like.

Comit

Comit reviewed v0.1.1.12 Alpha on Jan 12, 2006

Its alright, but still has a ways to go. Looking forward to final release.

It also more often than not make surfing very slow. Given how Tor works, this happening is kind of a toss up I guess.

robmanic44

robmanic44 reviewed v0.1.1.10 Alpha on Dec 19, 2005

It's alright, but anyone looking to surf the net in total privacy is only kidding themselves.

jordenpro

jordenpro reviewed v0.1.1.10 Alpha on Dec 14, 2005

Great program.

Doesn't slow you down to a crawl like most proxies.

Simple to use.

some guy

some guy reviewed v0.1.1.10 Alpha on Dec 14, 2005

I have not tryed it but doesn't using proxy servers slow you down to a crawl ?
I belive their are a few other programs out their that do the same as this anonamuos webserfer and I forget the name of the other one. But i heard that you never can really tell who owns the proxy server and if you should really trust it.
my 2 cents

esh3

esh3 reviewed v0.1.1.9 Alpha on Nov 19, 2005

To: ravemanson

If all else fails read the directions! You can use TorCP for a GUI. Very slick proggie!! 5 Stars!

ravemanson

ravemanson reviewed v0.1.1.9 Alpha on Nov 17, 2005

It's so hard to configure (even by reading the manual) that i've actually never bothered. Tor has no interface, all has to be done within a DOS window, so it's not exactly user friendly. Since i know for sure it's the best software of it's kind anyhow, it's worth a 4.

UTAKER

UTAKER reviewed v0.1.1.9 Alpha on Nov 17, 2005

Nov 17 22:36:35.640 [notice] Opening Socks listener on 127.0.0.1:9050
Nov 17 22:36:36.812 [notice] I learned some more directory information, but not
enough to build a circuit.
Nov 17 22:36:42.171 [warn] connection_dir_client_reached_eof(): Received directo
ry with skewed time (server '86.59.21.38:80'): we are 31 minutes ahead, or the d
irectory is 31 minutes behind.
Nov 17 22:36:42.171 [warn] connection_dir_client_reached_eof(): Received http st
atus code 400 ("Bad Request") from server 'xx.xx.xx.xx' while fetching "/tor/

and says later my time is a little ahead, a few hundred minutes:)

xyzcb1

xyzcb1 reviewed v0.1.1.9 Alpha on Nov 17, 2005

This is very easy to set up. just follow the instruction, it takes only 5 mins. You have to remembers it requires privoxy to works.

Blackhole8746

Blackhole8746 reviewed v0.1.1.8 Alpha on Nov 15, 2005

I agree it is great but can someone PLEASE tell me how to get this to work right? I seem to have followed every step in the manual and IP sites still show the same IP, please send your comments by Email to [email protected]

stisev

stisev reviewed v0.1.1.8 Alpha on Nov 9, 2005

The best 'net anonymous browsing program ever.

cybergen

cybergen reviewed v0.1.1.8 Alpha on Oct 10, 2005

Excellent. You may have a reservation that the software is complicated to setup, but the truth is that it's very, very easy!

Took me five minutes to set it up and it is running perfectly - the website eve proves it to you!

Excellent product and documentation has been written with effort and clarity (yep, I barely read docs too). If you want to see a bad example of documentation see Shareaza!

ModderXManiac

ModderXManiac reviewed v0.1.1.8 Alpha on Oct 10, 2005

This is INCREDIBLE!

Love it!!!

Very good for system administrators..Unfortunately most of them use commercial apps that arent anywhere as helpful and lightweight as this.

This works INCREDIBLY well for an alpha, as I have found no huge problems whatsoever, other than a proxy issue, which I have reported.

5 stars.

Xilon

Xilon reviewed v0.1.1.7 Alpha on Sep 15, 2005

Clumsy, you can always restrict the proxy so that it isn't used for specified sites (at least in IE and Firefox). For other programs it might be a harder thing to do, but as far as web browsing local sites, there shouldn't be any problem :) well... apart from losing anonnymity :p Maybe Tor could implement "local host searching" for this to work

clumsy

clumsy reviewed v0.1.1.7 Alpha on Sep 15, 2005

Ive used TOR for about 6 months and find it great, ive had local servers kick me as they think ive signed in from the other side of the world(which i guess is a bad thing) but atleast it does its job well! To run as service in a few words, copy torrc (search its in application data) to the working directory (C:\program~\tor) by default, then run tor -install to start tor -remove to stop. Turn off tor before doing this.

Xilon

Xilon reviewed v0.1.1.6 Alpha on Sep 10, 2005

aerthling that would be correct. You haven't read the docs properly :) I'm running Tor as a service atm, and it works great. In the instructions for installing it they direct you to the url http://wiki.noreply.org/...#Win32SystemTrayService if you want to install it as a service.

Tor is great, but there is one downside... IP banning trolls is impossible :( lol, it's as if they had a dynamic IP. Small cost for this type of annonymity though :)

If only Shareaza supported this...

horsecharles

horsecharles reviewed v0.1.1.6 Alpha on Sep 10, 2005

It works. It does take work initially to configure all your apps, install other needed stuff, but you get detailed instructions & screenshots on configuring everything with everything, and better still, how to prove everything's working right.
You should contribute bandwidth though, if you can-- this adds speed & better anonymization to the network.

ogman

ogman reviewed v0.1.1.6 Alpha on Sep 10, 2005

Oh yeah! Works very well. Greeting from Finland....or not.

anomoly

anomoly reviewed v0.1.1.5 Alpha on Sep 2, 2005

been out for some time. get on the mailing list

aerthling

aerthling reviewed v0.1.1.5 Alpha on Sep 2, 2005

Nice idea. My only gripe is there's no apparent ability to run it as a service yet, or at least without the command-line window visible all the time. Perhaps I haven't read the docs properly.

I look forward to future releases.

spamspanker123

spamspanker123 reviewed v0.1.1.5 Alpha on Sep 2, 2005

Tor really works. Most other programs that tell you that you are anonymous online really don't work. I have tried every free one in the world, but with 90% of them www.whatismyip.com told me the right IP. SO yea, download this or else.

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