“Privacy is not an option, and it should not be the price we accept
for just getting on the internet”
Guns, drugs, & illegal transactions, these are the words that have unfortunately been associated with Tor Browser in recent years. It can’t be denied that there are a bunch of people who are misusing Tor, but then again, is there any browser that isn’t being misused (many of them are bad guys themselves)
How it started
Tor browser was developed for the US Military with the intent of providing them anonymity & privacy. They wanted to have a more secure system of protecting their IP addresses & online activities & thus Tor browser came into being. However, after a while, they switched to some other in-house security software & Tor was publicly available for us.
So, we have settled the question of what Tor is & how it came into being. Now the question is: Who is it really for?
For the Journalists
Do you read the news? Of course, you do right? But have you ever imagined how hard it is to gather all that news worldwide? People who are always on the look for disguised facts, hidden theories, uncovering conspiracies, are known as Journalists. They try to find anything that proves to be in the public’s favor. But their job isn’t always roses.
Many times, they need to gather news from sources that aren’t reliable. They have to contact people who don’t want to show their identity. And often they have to become whistleblowers themselves. But all of this requires ultimate anonymity & privacy.
Tor browser’s core objective to bring anonymity & privacy to you. Its job is to ensure that your identity is safe online. In the online world, leaving traces (fingerprints) is the most common way of being tracked, monitored and getting into trouble. A tor browser removes your online traces (when you’re using or leaving tor network) & ensures that there’s nothing that can help others lead back to you. So, if you’re a journalist, Tor is a great tool for you.
For those who want more internet freedom
There are some regions where the internet isn’t how we normally think of it. There isn’t much internet freedom & lots of western websites are blocked. For example, in China or Russia, you aren’t allowed to browse hundreds of websites including Google services & Facebook. The firewall restricts accessing any such content that might sound contrary to what the Government wants them to believe.
If you’re one of the suppressed ones, using the Tor browser can feel like a breeze of fresh air. Tor browser encrypts your data and obfuscates your online identity so that you not only get access to forbidden websites but will also be better at expressing your opinions freely.
For those looking for golden nuggets of knowledge
Nowadays, knowledge has both become common & rare. You can search for articles about “fashion” and you will get thousands of free articles. But if you want to read something sensitive such as related to Government affairs, religion ” these kinds of articles are often blocked by either the Government or the website owners in your region.
Maybe you are a student and want to find something meaningful for your next project? You found an excerpt, loved it & when tried to access the website to find the full article, found that it is not available in your region…
This is where a Tor Browser can help you. You can connect to the Tor network and browse the website through it. This way, the website will be unblocked and you’ll be able to find the content you were looking for.
For the extra careful
Whether it’s mobile banking or paying to an e-commerce website online, you always have doubts about using your credit card number to pay online right? Well, you are not alone. Almost everyone feels the same way. Paying online is still not 100% secure (we doubt if it’s even half as secure as that)
Now, it isn’t to say a Tor browser can give you 100% security. Not at all. Tor can also encrypt your data as long as it’s transferring through the multiple nodes. As soon as the data enters the desired website, it becomes vulnerable again.
But well, Tor does encrypts the data stream & thus, even if the stream is hacked, your data won’t be vulnerable. Therefore, it is much better to use Tor or a VPN when doing transactions online.
All in all, when we compare the pros vs the cons, like anonymity & cybersafety vs lower speed, we believe it’s a fair deal. Yes, you may not be able to stream HD videos, but your identity will be much safer. In short, the Tor browser is ideal for those who are concerned about their privacy, right to freedom and online safety.