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TorBrowser - anonymous web browser

#1 Post by webfork » Wed Jul 04, 2012 7:42 am

[Moderator note: this is the primary TorBrowser program thread. View database entry]

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Obviously there are many ways to do this, but if you need to quickly put together an anonymous browser, one way something distributed by the Tor project. I found this via a PortableApps.com post, although it's not endorsed by them:

http://www.torproject.org/projects/torbrowser.html.en

Direct link: https://www.torproject.org/dist/torbrow ... _en-US.exe

It does appear to be genuinely portable and near-stealth (at least it doesn't save any settings or cache information).

This has been mentioned before in a not-very-postive light but it's distributed by the EFF [edit: as mentioned later in the thread, this is not distributed by the EFF] so I have some faith that they at least have SOME kind of arrangement with Mozilla to distribute. They've got a lot of lawyers working for them and I find it difficult to believe they'd do something with poor legal standing.
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Re: TorBrowser 2.2.37-1

#2 Post by Midas » Wed Jul 04, 2012 1:20 pm

webfork wrote:This has been mentioned before in a not-very-postive light but it's distributed by the EFF so I have some faith that they at least have SOME kind of arrangement with Mozilla to distribute. They've got a lot of lawyers working for them and I find it difficult to believe they'd do something with poor legal standing.
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#3 Post by webfork » Wed Jul 04, 2012 4:29 pm

Midas wrote:John T vs the EFF? It's a no brainer, sorry...
That's not to say they're infallible, but point taken.
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Re: TorBrowser 2.2.37-1

#4 Post by webfork » Fri Jan 18, 2013 2:16 pm

v2.3.25-2 is now available. Couldn't find a changelog so here's the one on Softpedia, but the program is based upon Mozilla's ESR release, which is probably more secure, but likely won't work with some of the cutting-edge plugins.
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Re: TorBrowser 2.2.37-1

#5 Post by webfork » Fri Jan 18, 2013 3:56 pm

After a bunch of other tools sort of failed me today, Tor Browser came to my aid and so I felt compelled to add it finally:

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http://www.portablefreeware.com/index.php?id=2392

Yes, the screenshot is from a Mac ... long story. Please feel free to replace.
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Re: TorBrowser 2.2.37-1

#6 Post by JohnTHaller » Sun Jan 20, 2013 7:10 am

One listing change: The EFF is not involved with Tor. They have merely recommended using it for anonymous internet usage by dissidents and whistleblowers. Tor is made by an independent group of developers under the Tor group. https://www.torproject.org/about/corepeople.html.en

And it looks like Tor took some of Mozilla's complaints to heart as it is no longer a Firefox-branded browser within the package. It's now called TorBrowser.
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#7 Post by webfork » Sun Jan 20, 2013 4:11 pm

> One listing change: The EFF is not involved with Tor.

My mistake -- entry updated.
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#8 Post by Midas » Wed Jun 11, 2014 3:28 am

Present topic is currently Tor Browser official forum topic, so a note must be made that its current stable version is v3.6.2 (changelog at https://blog.torproject.org/blog/tor-br ... 2-released).

For detailed portabilizing instructions (old, may be obsolete), please http://www.portablefreeware.com/forums/ ... .php?t=995 and http://www.portablefreeware.com/forums/ ... php?t=1021. For a portable Tor proxying solution, check out the Advanced Onion Router (http://www.portablefreeware.com/?id=1958).

@webfork: version info should be removed from the subject of your first post, methinks. Thanks. :)

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#9 Post by webfork » Sun May 03, 2015 4:43 pm

Ghacks just highlighted some of the neat new features in the program:

http://www.ghacks.net/2015/04/28/tor-br ... rovements/
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#11 Post by webfork » Thu Nov 19, 2015 5:07 pm

Good link.

I can go into substantial detail on this topic but two things I'd like to note:
  1. I really liked the suggestion that computer research has ethical implications. There are SO many developers who tend to think in a very narrow scope of solving hard problems without much understanding of the concerns surrounding those problems.
  2. To be clear, the ethical concern is not that the Silk Road was taken down by the FBI, it's that there was no oversight for other traffic not considered criminal. The suggestion is that, while today it was someone bad, tomorrow it might be someone good (e.g. the next Martin Luther King).
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#12 Post by webfork » Wed Nov 22, 2017 3:53 pm

Even if you don't use TorBrowser, it's helping improve Firefox.

Enable the feature via add-on https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefo ... isolation/ or visit the link above to enable it via the about:config menu.

Slashdot article on this: https://news.slashdot.org/story/17/11/2 ... -isolation
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Re: TorBrowser - anonymous web browser

#13 Post by bitcoin » Wed Jul 04, 2018 12:21 pm

there's a something similar called Pirate Tor Browser:

https://lilfellauk.wordpress.com/pirate-tor-browser/

saw it over on major geeks

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