Tor is the deep web’s favorite browser, so should you use it?
Video: Armand Valdes, Loris Ravera
Tor, or The Onion Router, is a browsing tool used to surf the web anonymously. It’s used by journalists, activists and privacy advocates as a means of evading prying eyes. It’s even been name-dropped on House of Cards.
So what makes the Tor browser any different than Chrome, Firefox or Safari? More importantly, should you be using Tor?
In a normal Internet connection, you’re directly connected to the website you’re trying to visit. This website can see who you are and that you’re trying to access its server using your IP address. Tor, however, passes your data through a network of relay points using layers of encryption (hence the onion metaphor). Each node that your data passes through peels off another layer of encryption. Read more…