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Quick Specs

  • Version:
    Fennec-45.5.1esr/TorBrowser-6.5-1/Orfox-1.2.1
  • Total Downloads:
    32,168
  • Date Added:
    Feb. 17, 2017
  • Price:
    Free; Requires Android phone
  • File Size:
    29.14MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    186
  • Platform:
    Android
  • Product ranking:
    #28 in Chat

Editors' Review

Orfox is the official Tor Project Web browser for Android, a modified version of Firefox to use with the Tor Project's Orbot app to give you encryption and anonymity on the Internet. Orfox comes with NoScript and HTTPS Everywhere preinstalled, and a number of security settings are preselected to enhance your protection against malicious websites.

Pros

Works with Tor without modification: Orfox automatically recognizes when the Tor Project's Orbot app is running on your Android device and will send all its traffic through Orbot. Other apps on your device must be manually added to Orbot's list.

Safer out-of-the-box: Even if you're not using Orbot or the Tor network to connect to the Internet, having NoScript and HTTPS Everywhere preinstalled can help protect you from a lot of junky websites.

A mobile browser with add-ons: The mobile version of Firefox -- unlike mobile Chrome -- can use add-ons, though its library isn't as extensive as the one for the desktop version of Firefox. This means that you can install your ad blockers, video downloaders, and security-oriented tools like Location Guard, Redirect Bypasser, and Disable WebRTC.

Cons

Needs better feedback and fallbacks: The flipside of being able to block a lot of junk is that sometimes a website will not load at all, or its layout will look messed up. Orfox could do a better job explaining when that's happening, because this behavior looks the same as a network error or poor signal reception. You can usually fix bad loading by temporarily disabling NoScript, or you can tell NoScript to let specific things through, if you're willing to do some trial-and-error. Sometimes an element on a webpage won't load even after disabling NoScript and ad blockers.

Google Chrome has better casting: With Chrome on Android, you can cast YouTube videos to nearly any device on the local network that has a YouTube app installed on it -- a Fire TV, an Apple TV (via apps like AirSync), or even the YouTube app installed on a smart TV. Firefox is currently limited to Chromecasts and the Roku. Given that Chromecasts are inexpensive and widely available, it's not a big negative, but it's worth knowing, if you like to surf YouTube on your couch.

Orfox will lag several versions behind Firefox: At the time of this review, Orfox was at version 38, while Firefox on Android was at version 47. It takes time to convert and test Firefox for full integration into the Tor Project, and that means that Orfox won't have the latest updates and features.

Bottom Line

Like the companion Orbot app, Orfox has a few quirks and may not be usable at all with some websites. But it's a worthy addition to the toolbox of Android users who value privacy and security.

 
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Full Specifications

What's new in version Fennec-45.5.1esr/TorBrowser-6.5-1/Orfox-1.2.1
THIS RELEASE- Updated to Tor Browser 6. 5 / FIrefox 45. 5. 1 foundation- This release features an important security update to Firefox: https://blog. mozilla. org/security/2016/11/30/fixing-an-svg-animation-vulnerability/- Many more maintenance improvements and updatesPREVIOUS RELEASE- Updated to Tor Browser 6. 5 /Firefox 45. 4 foundation- DuckDuckGo now default search engine (please enable NoScript. ) - Some fixes for Orbot / Tor integration- New icon.
General
Publisher The Tor Project
Publisher web site https://www.torproject.org/
Release Date February 17, 2017
Date Added February 17, 2017
Version Fennec-45.5.1esr/TorBrowser-6.5-1/Orfox-1.2.1
Category
Category Communications
Subcategory Chat
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Android
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 29.14MB
File Name External File
Popularity
Total Downloads 32,168
Downloads Last Week 186
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License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free
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