Tor Browser review
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fairly easy
Censorship-free, open-source web browsing
Tor's open-source nature and prioritized privacy are modern ways to browse but there are other super-safe options that are easier to use.


If you're interested in internet privacy and which services gather information about you, Tor has likely come up in your research. Tor is free, open source software and its browser is maintained by volunteers and the Tor Project. It offers private browsing without censorship, surveillance, or tracking.

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The team behind Tor feels that "internet users should have private access to an uncensored web."


Tor's main features are its privacy offerings, but there are a lot of settings that you can play around with.

In the General section of the Preferences menu, you can opt to make Tor your default browser and always restore the previous session upon starting it up. There are also options for browsing, homepage, and tab behavior, plus settings for language, fonts and colors, zoom, and how you save downloads. You can check for and auto-install updates, too.

You can choose your default search engine in both the address bar and search bar (Image credit: Tor Project)

There is no dedicated Tor search engine. Instead, you'll choose your favorite one from a list. Then, you can decide if and how the search engine shows suggestions. You can also decide which, if any, search engines show up as alternative options as you search.

Bridges allow you to access the Tor Network in places where Tor is blocked (Image credit: Tor Project)

In the Tor section of Preferences, you can decide how you want Tor to connect to the internet, including when the network is blocked.

In the Extensions and Themes section of Preferences, You can search for add-ons from the Mozilla library. There are also three basic themes to choose from: Default, dark, and light.

Privacy is one of the main reason many people choose to use Tor (Image credit: Tor Project)


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