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  • 5.0 stars

    "The Ultimate Proxy for Personal Privacy"

    January 18, 2011  |   By zunipus

    Pros

    Tor is an Open Source project, independent of any political or oligarchic meddling. It works beautifully and restores faith in the human right of privacy. Once you understand what it's for, what it does and how to use it, it just works.

    Cons

    There is a steep learning curve if you want to understand Tor/Vidalia. It essentially is geekware, requiring patience with the accompanying difficult or missing documentation.

    Summary

    I learned about the Onion/Tor project via studying computer security and an interest in circumventing the deceitful "1984"-like political atmosphere developing in the USA over the last decade. I also wanted to circumvent ridiculous and abusive marketing blackouts around the world that prevent the sharing of information and media around the world. Tor/Vidalia is brilliant in solving these problems. Once you comprehend everything about it, I also found it remarkably easy to use.

    However, getting to the point of comprehension is a very steep climb. If you can find someone who understands Tor to help you set it up for you to fulfill your purposes it makes things much easier. I did not and found it tough going, requiring all my supergeek powers of patience, research, curiosity and persistence. It has paid off grandly and I greatly admire the work of the people who have set up this software and the entire Tor network. Bravo.

    If you value and demand your human right to personal privacy on the Internet, this is one of the primary and best tools in your arsenal. Put together with additional tools you can return to and maintain a state of anonymity, freely sharing among other Internet users any data you choose.

    Stick with the learning curve and you'll find this terrific software indispensable and profoundly important.

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