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Editors' Review

by   / April 23, 2018

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.

Bottom Line

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.

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Full Specifications

What's new in version Fennec-52.9.0esr/TorBrowser-7.5-1/Orfox-1.5.4-RC-1

* Updated to Firefox/Fennec 52.9

* Includes latest fixes from Tor Browser 7.5.1

* Updated user agent to v52


Publisher The Tor Project
Publisher web site
Release Date November 09, 2018
Date Added November 09, 2018
Version Fennec-52.9.0esr/TorBrowser-7.5-1/Orfox-1.5.4-RC-1


Category Communications
Subcategory Chat

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Android
Additional Requirements None

Download Information

File Size 29.14MB
File Name External File


Total Downloads 40,317
Downloads Last Week 1


License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free
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