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Orbot: Tor on Android for Android

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  • Date Added:
    Oct. 07, 2013
  • Price:
    Free; Requires Android phone
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  • Product ranking:
    #39 in SMS Tools

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Orbot: Tor on Android protects your IP address and identity, but it only works with certain apps. Most of its marquee features require root access, which some people won't be willing to give. If you already have a rooted phone or don't mind using a few new apps for your security, this one really does work.

This app is a mobile version of the popular Tor network, which hides your IP address and other revealing information through a series of volunteer servers. Because of how Android uses your location information, you won't be able to get this sort of security with every app you use unless your phone is rooted. If your phone is rooted, you can route all of your app traffic through Tor, including browsing and gaming. Orbot recommends and lets you download several browsing apps that work with the app's proxy services for more security; but some of these apps (like DuckDuckGo) are available without the extra download. The app, itself, has a very cool layout with a one-touch activation mode that tells you exactly the amount of data you've sent and received while using it. There are a bevy of advanced settings like the ability to start the app every time you boot your phone, node selection, and bridges. The app offers even more goodies if you're rooted.

While Orbot gives you loads of features if you don't use a stock version of Android, it's severely limited if you do. Privacy advocates will love how much this app can hide, but it's best used by people who know what they're doing when it comes to technology.

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Full Specifications

What's new in version 12.0.5
+ FIXES: fixes for iptables/transproxy issues for many devices/OS versions.
+ NEW: fling Orbot for a new identity "NEWNYM".
+ FIXES: Tor runs in separate process again.
+ FIXES: small fix to the new graphics.
Publisher The Tor Project
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Release Date October 07, 2013
Date Added October 07, 2013
Version 12.0.5
Category Communications
Subcategory SMS Tools
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Android 2.1/2.2
Additional Requirements Android 2.0 and up
Download Information
File Size 3.18MB
File Name External File
Total Downloads 5,044
Downloads Last Week 56
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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