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Tor: An anonymous Internet communication system
Tor is a toolset for a wide range of organizations and people that want
to improve their safety and security on the Internet. Using Tor can help
you anonymize web browsing and publishing, instant messaging, IRC, SSH,
and other applications that use the TCP protocol. Tor also provides a
platform on which software developers can build new applications with
built-in anonymity, safety, and privacy features.
Your traffic is safer when you use Tor, because communications are
bounced around a distributed network of servers, called onion routers.
Instead of taking a direct route from source to destination, data
packets on the Tor network take a random pathway through several servers
that cover your tracks so no observer at any single point can tell where
the data came from or where it's going. This makes it hard for
recipients, observers, and even the onion routers themselves to figure
out who and where you are. Tor's technology aims to provide Internet
users with protection against "traffic analysis," a form of network
surveillance that threatens personal anonymity and privacy, confidential
business activities and relationships, and state security.
- License: Freeware
- Author/Publisher: Roger Dingledine & Nick Mathewson
- Modification Date: February 21, 2010
- Requirements: Mac OS X 10.4 or higher