How To Install The Tor Browser For Android?

How To Install The Tor Browser For Android?

What are the benefits of Tor Onion Browser on Android?

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What Is Internet Privacy?

Internet Privacy is the level of security of your data available on the Internet. Online Privacy includes all factors, techniques, and technologies used to secure private data, including credentials, settings, and communications of any sort.  Internet Privacy is being violated for two significant reasons:

  • Internet Privacy is violated by hackers who try to gain banking or social networking credentials to benefit themselves by someone else’s identities. Cybercriminals are always on the look for unsecured computers to try to access them and gather data. This can be prevented by installing preventative software such as Antivirus and Anti-malware along with enabling firewalls.
  • Another issue associated with the violation of Internet Privacy is that many browsers try to collect user data. Something like shopping preferences, visiting websites, and analyzing it before selling it to various organizations will then use it for marketing purposes.

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These issues only occur when we connect to the internet. And the most common tool we use to surf the internet is a web browser. But what if our web browsers are collecting the stored data in the form of cookies and cache on our computers? The solution to this then is to use a secured browser that does not store any data at all, and that is where we must download Tor Browser for Android.

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Tor onion Browser for Android is a web browser like Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge but with a huge difference. It was developed, keeping in mind one major factor that is the privacy of the user. Tor Browser for Android isolates every website you visit so that you don’t get unnecessary ads, and all cookies are cleared when you exit any session. Any third-party trackers that monitor a user’s browsing habits or connections are prevented. It also allows the users to browse websites that have been blocked by your ISP and blocks any additional addons and plugins such as Flash, QuickTime, Real Player, etc. which can reveal your IP address to certain agencies which collect data.

Also Read: Tips to Protect your Online Privacy.

How Does The Tor Browser For Android Work?

tor browser for android 3 layer security

Tor Browser for Android works in the same way as a relay race. You can install the Tor browser for Android from Google Play Store. The baton in a relay race is passed from one runner to another until the final runner reaches the finish line. Similarly, the baton or your website request leaves your computer, undergoes encryption, and passes through the Tor network three times, each time with different encryption, making it impossible to track the data flow. After the data passes through three gateways, it reaches the Tor client-server, which processes the request and sends it back through the same tri-encrypted channel back to the user’s computer and decrypts it, so the user gets to view the website he/she requested for.

tor browser for android security features

Security is the main priority of Tor onion Browser for Android developers, and there are 5 options to implement security while browsing the internet. Install the Tor browser for Android now and avail all these features.

New Private Tab. This tab does not save any data in the form of Cookies or Cache on your Android device or anywhere in the network.

Settings. Users can clear private data if accumulated on the local storage, manage logins, enable/disable cookies, show suggestions if required, and toggle between many options.

HTTPS everywhere. HTTPS stands for “Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure,” which ensures that you only access secure websites.

No Script. This allows the user to disable scripts from running on the website. Website developers may sometimes embed a website with scripts that make it easier to the browser and, at the same time, may collect user information like location, age group, gender, etc.

Security Settings. These settings allow the user to make browsing even more secure by disabling JavaScript on all websites, disable specific fonts, icons, and symbols. The website loads in a static version, and the audio and video content do not play automatically but require user intervention to start.

Ads-free browsing. Once you install the Tor browser for Android, you will be free from the annoying ads while browsing the internet. The Tor browser blocks the third-party trackers, and it makes the browser secure.

 Multiple encryption layers. To ensure security to the users, the Tor browser passes your traffic from three layers from various servers. This is to give you more protection and to avoid the trackers online.

How to Use Tor Browser for Android

You can download Tor Browser APK via Google Play Store by either searching for it in the Play Store app or clicking here. Install the Tor browser for Android and follow these steps:

Step 1. Tap on the Tor Browser for Android shortcut Icon.

Step 2. A purple screen with an “Onion” logo will appear with a Connect button beneath it. Tap on the Connect button.

tor browser for android home page

Step 3. Once you tap on the Connect button, the Tor onion browser for Android will try to connect to its network. It will take a few seconds, and if successful, it will load its home page displaying Take Back The Internet With Tor.

Step 4. On the very top, left side, you will find words written: “about: tor.” Tap on those words once and erase it. That is the address bar where you need to enter the URL of the website you wish to visit.

Note: Tor browser APK does not provide search suggestions by default. If you wish to enable them, then click on the three dots on the top right of the Tor onion Browser for Android screen and choose Settings. You can enable them from the ‘Search’ options.

tor browser for android search options

How to Use Tor Browser for Android in Private Mode

Tor Browser for Android was created to uphold our privacy and not show us results based on our past searches. It gives us true search results compared to other browsers, which manipulate the data and show us what we want to see by analyzing our past searches, and previously visited websites. It certainly does not collect this data and send it to high-end AI servers for processing as other browsers do. However, to gain surfing speed, Tor Browser APK does save the data locally on the phone. To prevent data collection on your device, it is recommended to use a private session which is blank when initiated and erases all data when terminated. The steps to use the Tor onion Browser for Android in Private Mode are mentioned below, but first, install the Tor Browser for Android:

Step 1. Launch the Tor Browser for Android app.

Step 2. Tap on the Connect button.

Step 3.  Once connected, tap on the three dots on the screen’s top-right, and a list of options will appear.

Step 4. Tap on New Private Tab.  You can start browsing in this tab.

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Note: The New Private tab will not store any history, cookies, cache, and any other data in your device or on any server across the world.

How to Clear Private Data in Tor Browser for Android?

Note: The New Private tab will not store any history, cookies, cache, and any other data in your device or on any server across the world.

 How to Clear Private Data in Tor Browser for Android?

 If you have used the normal mode in Tor onion Browser for Android, you must want to erase all the surfing data stored on your computer. There is a quick and simple way to do so.

Step 1. Open the Tor Browser APK for Android app and Connect it.

Step 2. Click on the three dots on the top-right of the screen and tap on Settings.

Step 3. From the list of options in the Settings Menu, locate Clear Private Data and tap on it. It will then display a list of options you want to clear from your phone’s local storage.

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Step 4. Check the boxes next to the options you want to clear and tap Clear Data at the bottom of the screen.

Step 5. You will get a confirmation message stating that the data has been cleared.

Your thoughts on Tor Browser for Android

Privacy is the most critical factor when it comes to browsing the Internet. But using Tor Browser for Android doesn’t give you the right to browse websites that you shouldn’t. Remember, the first law of Digitalization states that every step taken on the Internet is being recorded somewhere and can be obtained if required. Tor onion Browser for Android does not guarantee you 100% anonymity but can help you ward off trackers which track your browsing moves to observe a pattern and promote E-commerce.

tor browser for android the choice

Since I have downloaded Tor Browser APK, I have found the original website content unfamiliar as it is no longer being customized as per my search history and browsing results. For Example, earlier, when I used to open Amazon.com on my Chrome browser, I used to get products and offers relating to what I have stored in my cart or Wishlist. But that is no longer the case with Tor Browser for Android, and it displays a default Amazon.com that you would experience on an incognito browser or another device where you are not signed in. I still love my Google Chrome as it creates a world catered for my needs only, but then I decided to go for the Red Pill as it was all a Matrix that needed to be broken. Do let me know which pill you would like to take, or in simple words, would you like to carry out your browsing business as usual (Blue Pill) or explore the world of Tor (Red Pill) in the comments section below.

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What Do You Think?
Responses

4 COMMENTS

  • Shashank
    I think it is difficult to take the blue pill anymore. We are used to the system as-is, and we want to read or consume what we want! It is sometimes better to have AI do the job of deciding for us, suggesting things to us and telling us what to do.
    I am not saying TOR is not needed but TOR may not be the solution – the problem is our addiction to the machine and algos around us.

    12 months ago Reply
    • Dheeraj Manghnani
      Hi Shashank, I agree with the fact that it is difficult to break the bubble created by the invisible algorithms surrounding us. But after one comes to know the fact that the Internet he/she browses has been customized for the sole purpose of marketing something or other, it becomes even difficult to accept that we are being treated as puppets with the strings in the hands of E-Commerce giants. I think all of us can at least try to use Tor Browser for some time and see the difference.

      12 months ago Reply
  • Bar
    Ok then what are we waiting for

    3 months ago Reply
    • Dheeraj Manghnani
      Hi Barry,

      My point exactly!

      Thank you for your feedback, it matters a lot. I am glad to hear that you liked the article. To stay updated and get more articles like this do subscribe to our notifications and follow us on social media.

      3 months ago Reply

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