Tor Browser Bundle

Tor Browser Bundle


Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
3.3
out of 19 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
3.6.2
File Size:
25.91MB
Date Added:
June 11, 2014
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Windows XP/Vista/7/8
Total Downloads:
518,582
Downloads Last Week:
4,964
Product ranking:
#7 in Web Browsers
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

If you would have thought Onion Routing involved wooden crates and flatbed trucks or maybe a sandwich order, you might be surprised to hear it's actually an online security technology. Think of an onion's layers: in Onion Routing, layers of encryption make it impossible to trace messages back to their point of origin. Once a secret project of the U.S. Naval Research Lab, it's now the concern of the Tor Project, an open-source community devoted to developing Tor, the software implementation of second-generation Onion Routing technology, and to maintaining the Tor network.

The Firefox-based Tor Browser Bundle integrates the Tor network's enhanced privacy and security. It includes the Vidalia network connection utility, but it's much less fiddly than previous Tor implementations. Basically, the Tor Browser does it all for you. Both the Tor Browser and access to the Tor network are free.

We extracted and opened the Tor Browser, which includes the Vidalia Control Panel, a small dialog box for configuring and managing your connection to the Tor network. But the software did it all itself, connecting and opening the browser in a Tor start page. Though the browser uses a green globe icon, it's basically Firefox 10 with Tor-specific features added to the toolbar. The Tor Browser's extras include NoScript, which by default is set to Forbid Scripts Globally. The green onion icon is called the Torbutton; it's the key to Tor's features and settings. Its menu let us create a New Identity, open the Cookie Protections manager, and set the program's Preferences on three tabs: Proxy, Security, and Display settings. The Security Settings offers by far the most choices, with eight submenus of options.

In use, we found the Tor Browser to be just like other Firefox clones. We know what you're asking: did the Tor Browser slow down our surfing? Yes; there's no doubt that some familiar pages loaded more slowly than usual. Was it annoying? Hardly. Most users will see similar slowdowns on a daily basis. Bottom line: the Tor Browser Bundle makes it easy to take advantage of Tor's proven benefits.

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  • All Versions:

    3.3

    out of 19 votes

    • 5 star: 6
    • 4 star: 4
    • 3 star: 4
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 5
  • Current Version:

    4.0

    out of 1 votes

    • 5 star: 0
    • 4 star: 1
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 0
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    Results 1-10 of 19

  • 4 stars

    "It is different and has links to some unusual websites."

    June 19, 2014   |   By ok4mi2

    Version: Tor Browser Bundle 3.6.2

    Pros

    It is kind of a cool search tool with apps and much to read and discover. Some of the content is not accessed on the regular web and that is both a blessing for surfers and a curse for TOR's administration, I would think. TOR's administration must have their hands full putting out fires as some of the websites have been raided by the FBI apparently. I'll leave the discussion at that point and leave it to those who wish to research more on the specifics.

    Cons

    For the average Internet user or just to surf the web, using TOR is fraught with too many warnings about turning off plug ins and many other things people normally do and the reason is security so that you will not break privacy and reveal your IP address, etc. But trying it is a different experience and a lesson in Internet security to some extent.

    Summary

    The surfing experience lacks the ease and shine of the regular Internet. It is good for users who are concerned about their privacy to quite an extent such as Wikileaks contributors or whistle blowers or if you are in a witness protection program somewhere. Seriously.

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  • 5 stars

    "Make sure you only download from torproject.org!!!"

    April 15, 2014   |   By cenet2014p

    Version: Tor Browser Bundle 3.5.4

    Pros

    Lets you browse internet without government trying to get up your ass and without companies trying to track everything you do so they can get you to watch their ads to make half a penny off of you. I hate how so many companies wouldnt mind wasting a day of your life to get a few cents from advertising. Its disgusting

    Cons

    Are none if you download real tor. Its a simple browser and less invasive than any other I know. As in, its not in the battle between firefox, chrome and explorer to become your default browser. Tor is just there when you need it, and stays out of your face completely unless you need it.

    https://www.torproject.org/download/download.html.en

    Summary

    Bing is probably the worst search engine out there. I believe it accepts payments in return for higher placing on the search result so its no wonder that some bullshizz sites come up before the real site when using bing. i tried to download first search result and it was CLEARLY not the real tor but some cookie/virus.

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  • 3 stars

    "Yes, I like it but.."

    February 22, 2014   |   By ok4mi2

    Version: Tor Browser Bundle 3.5.2.1

    Pros

    Interesting and effective. Has unusual links and links not always available elsewhere.

    Cons

    Many links are now not working to to legal action. It seems sort of overkill without surfing sites that would be banned on regular Internet.

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  • 4 stars

    "Good Product"

    February 12, 2014   |   By nosrepsa

    Version: Tor Browser Bundle 3.5.2

    Pros

    Feel very safe using it.

    Cons

    Not all sites will allow you to log in with it

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  • 1 stars

    "It wouldn't work!"

    January 03, 2014   |   By ronkinard75

    Version: Tor Browser Bundle 2.3.25-15

    Pros

    SCARY! SPOOKY! Make ya pinch a hole in the seat!

    Cons

    Started scanning my computer, disconnected and shredded!

    Summary

    Be careful what you download, not everything is as it seems!

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  • 3 stars

    "Deleted after download. Too scary for me to use."

    December 13, 2013   |   By ilikecnettwo

    Version: Tor Browser Bundle 2.3.25-15

    Pros

    Deleted after download. Too scary for me to use.

    Cons

    Deleted after download. Too scary for me to use.

    Summary

    Deleted after download. Too scary for me to use.

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  • 4 stars

    "Works well and more"

    September 01, 2013   |   By ok4mi2

    Version: Tor Browser Bundle 2.3.25-15

    Pros

    It is anonymous and so under the guise of such hidden services, one can probably surf uninhibited by snoops although who that is depends on other factors I imagine. I am no expert there. Integrates into Firefox.

    Cons

    Java script is said to be better off disabled as it is used by the various bad guys to attack unsuspecting net surfers. Plug-ins I am unclear on as some seem to either not work or it is recommended not to use add ons and such.

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  • 5 stars

    "Best Browser Ever"

    July 10, 2013   |   By RichardLWhereat

    Version: Tor Browser Bundle 2.3.25-6

    Pros

    Loads .onion websites
    Lets me buy things I can't buy elsewhere
    Can't be tracked online

    Cons

    Slow sometimes

    Summary

    I heartily recommend.

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  • 1 stars

    "adware avoid!"

    June 22, 2013   |   By daveguy76

    Version: Tor Browser Bundle 2.3.25-6

    Pros

    none at all

    Cons

    installed adware onto IE and firefox

    Summary

    I've used the basic Tor browser before and it's pretty good but this bundle for some reason installed adware silently onto both browsers, I started getting pop ups for surveys sales etc. So one set of uninstalling odd programs, malware scan and resetting of browsers later I'm back to normal. Avoid this download Tor on its own

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  • 4 stars

    "INNOVATIVE BROWSER"

    June 05, 2013   |   By tortie86433

    Version: Tor Browser Bundle 2.3.25-6

    Pros

    Fun to try and learn from it.

    Cons

    Slow down loading but I accept that.

    Summary

    I had zero problems installing it.




    READ and DETICK BOXES ANYTHING THAT IS NOT NEEDED BEFORE INSTALLING.

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