With the Orfox Browser for Android, you can keep your Internet traffic private. The free browser keeps your communications secure by connecting to a collection of network relays that bounces your traffic around a distributed network, preventing others from monitoring your traffic, discovering your location, and observing your browsing activities.
Anonymous networking: The Orfox browser guards your privacy by bouncing your encrypted communications around a distributed network called the Tor network. Using the network effectively keeps someone from monitoring which sites you visit and it prevents sites from discovering your location.
Balance security and usability: Orfox, by default, picks a security level for a usable browser experience. A security slider in settings lets you tighten security by disabling web features -- but in exchange for more security you lose functionality -- fonts and icons may not display correctly, for example, or audio and video may not autoplay.
Built on Firefox: Orfox is based on the Tor Browser, which itself is based on Firefox. It does include a few modifications that boost the privacy-protection features of the browser.
Works with Orbot: Setting up the Orfox browser is a two-step process: After downloading Orfox, you need to install the free Orbot proxy app.
Lacks a few browser perks: Because Orfox is a modified version of Firefox, you could run Firefox extensions. However, the Tor team strongly discourages users from running Firefox add-ons because they may be insecure. It does include, by default, NoScript and HTTPS Everywhere, two effective Firefox security extensions. And while Orfox promises the ability to sync your Firefox account, we couldn't successfully pull our synced data into Orfox.
Orfox, based on the Tor Browser, is an essential app if you are serious about guarding your privacy while online. The tradeoff is you give up a few browser perks in exchange for a secure connection.
From The Tor Project:
Orfox is built from the same source code as Tor Browser (which is built upon Firefox), but with a few minor modifications to the privacy enhancing features to make them compatible with Firefox for Android and the Android operating system. Orfox REQUIRES Orbot app for Android to connect to the Tor network. In as many ways as possible, we adhere to the design goals of Tor Browser (https://www.torproject. org/projects/torbrowser/design/), by supporting as much of their actual code as possible, and extending their work into the additional Android components of Firefox for Android. Also, includes NoScript and HTTPSEverywhere add-ons built in. The Tor software protects you by bouncing your communications around a distributed network of relays run by volunteers all around the world: it prevents somebody watching your Internet connection from learning what sites you visit, it prevents the sites you visit from learning your physical location, and it lets you access sites which are blocked. Learn more at: https://guardianproject. info/apps/orfox. How is Orfox different than Tor Browser for desktop? The Orfox code repository is at https://github.com/guardianproject/tor-browser and the Tor Browser repository is here: https://gitweb. torproject. org/tor-browser. git/. The Orfox repository is a fork of the Tor Browser repository with the necessary modification and Android-specific code as patches on top of the Tor Browser work. We will keep our repository in sync with updates and release of Tor Browser. Orfox is built from the Tor Browser repo based on ESR38 (https://dev. guardianproject. info/issues/5146https://dev. guardianproject. info/news/221) and has only two modified patches that were not relevant or necessary for Android. Orfox does not currently include the mobile versions of the Tor Browser. Button, but this we will be added shortly, now that we have discovered how to properly support automatic installation of extensions on Android (https://dev. guardianproject. info/issues/5360). Orfox currently allows for users to bookmark sites, and may have additional data written to disk beyond what the core gecko browser component does. We are still auditing all disk write code, and determining how to appropriately disable or harden it. (https://dev. guardianproject. info/issues/5437). How is Orfox different than Orweb? Orweb is our current default browser for Orbot/Tor mobile users (https://guardianproject. info/apps/orweb) that has been downloaded over 2 million times. It is VERY VERY SIMPLE, as it only has one tab, no bookmark capability, and an extremely minimal user experience. Orweb is built upon the bundled WebView (Webkit) browser component inside of the Android operating system. This has proven to be problematic because we cannot control the version of that component, and cannot upgrade it directly when bugs are found. In addition, Google has made it very difficult to effectively control the network proxy settings of all aspects of this component, making it difficult to guarantee that traffic will not leak on all devices and OS versions. Orweb also only provides a very limited amount of capability of Tor Browser, primarily related to reducing browser fingerprinting, minimizing disk writes, and cookie and history management. It trys to mimic some of the settings of Tor Browser, but doesn't actually use any of the actual code written for Tor Browser security hardening.
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.