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Forbes – Taking Stock Of Tor: Top 5 Tips For Using The Onion Router

Forbes

October 22, 2013

By Raj Sabhlok, ManageEngine

300px-Tor_project_logo_hq1The Silk Road and NSA spying may be old news, but The Onion Router (Tor) continues to generate interest among Internet users seeking online anonymity. Tor isn’t all upside, though. As I found out, you pay a price for privacy.

To put things in context, Tor hides your online activity, plain and simple. It covers your tracks, including your browsing history, identity and physical location. Tor also anonymizes the websites you visit and their operators.

While such activity might sound inherently nefarious, remember that Tor technology also grants anonymity to people fighting tyranny, oppression and other injustices. And for the record, the Tor Project was initially funded by the U.S. government.

Given the many legitimate, compelling use cases, it may be time to ask if Tor is right for you. Well, I’ve put Tor through its paces and come up with my top five tips to help you decide.

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