In today’s always-connected world, where collecting personal data is essential for the working of just about every modern gadget, expecting privacy is kind of an exercise in futility. However, there are measures we can take to ensure that (at least some of) our digital data stays safe from prying eyes.
If you use an Android smartphone, chances are that you use Google Chrome for all your browsing needs. As feature-laden as it is, Chrome isn’t exactly good for privacy, since almost everything in it (from extensions to bookmarks) is sent/synchronized to Google. If you find that irksome, you’ll be happy to know that the privacy-centric Tor browser has officially launched on Android.
In case you don’t know, Tor browser is the flagship product of the popular Tor project, aimed at ensuring confidentiality of user data. What sets it apart from conventional browsers is that it allows users to browse the internet anonymously. The browser redirects traffic through multiple proxies to ensure that it can’t be tracked.
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It’s worth mentioning that Tor for Android is currently in alpha stage, so bugs are to be expected. In addition, you’ll need to download the ‘Orbot’ proxy app, as that’s required for the browser to connected to the secure Tor network. That said, the browser’s stable Android app is expected to launch sometime next year.
As for this release, it still has the regular Tor features. The browser blocks all third-party trackers so that your browsing habits can’t be tracked to serve you personalized ads. All cookies are also automatically cleared once you’re done browsing.