Privacy browser Tor is now available on Android, but not coming to iOS

Privacy browser Tor is now available on Android, but not coming to iOS
With online privacy becoming an increasingly rare luxury these days, most all browsers offer some sort of "incognito" mode that's supposed to help bypass various "surveillance" methods employed on the web. The demand for online anonymity has spawned a whole new breed of privacy-focused browsers that promise to offer better security and cover your traces in a more efficient manner than incognito modes. Among those, the Tor browser is the most popular (and infamous) choice for people looking to really erase their online presence.

Connecting to the Tor network was possible in the past on Android, by using apps like Orbot and Orfox, but the release of the Tor browser on the Google Play Store eliminates the need of such workarounds. The browser has been in beta for close to a year now, but it's finally ready for prime time.

If you're not familiar with Tor, here's a simplified explanation. Instead of connecting directly to a website, like a regular browser would, Tor channels your request through a network of encrypted computers all around the globe, called "nodes," before reaching your desired destination. This way, your identity and IP address remain hidden. Not to mention that this can also help when trying to view content that is blocked on a per-region basis, like music videos on YouTube for example.

The Tor browser is based on Firefox, so its interface should be immediately recognizable to Firefox users. The browser is now available on Android, but an iOS may never see the light of day, according to the Tor Project. This is due to "restrictions by Apple," though the blog post doesn't go over any of them in detail.

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7 Comments

1. boriqua2000

Posts: 242; Member since: Mar 11, 2009

So does this mean i can surf the dark web on my android device?

2. JMartin22

Posts: 2334; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

Looking to order your illegal pharmaceuticals?

3. Gryffin

Posts: 44; Member since: Dec 19, 2018

dark mode for android arrived before time.

4. ahmadkun

Posts: 538; Member since: May 02, 2016

Gryfiin, Which kind do you smoke? seems to me it’s ridiculously strong

6. Gryffin

Posts: 44; Member since: Dec 19, 2018

i mean dark web = dark mode

5. tokuzumi

Posts: 1827; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

This would be a good thing, even for normal websites which try to send you targeted ads. It won't really know what to send you, since the site can't really track what else you look at on your phone.

7. shiv179

Posts: 136; Member since: Aug 08, 2012

"restrictions by Apple" - haha

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