Tor Browser Bundle for Mac enables you to securely browse the Web while hiding your identity, proving to be an accessible, feature-rich option. Because of its dependency on the Tor network, however, it may feel sluggish at times.
Quick and easy install: Using Tor Browser Bundle for Mac turns out to be easier than running the separate client version. You just have to download an archive, extract the file, launch it, and that's it.
Tried and tested Tor network: This browser uses the Tor network, which, although not the fastest anonymity solution available, does work well. This app is still being developed further, but even in its current form feels reliable.
Control panel: Every essential feature can be quickly accessed through the Vidalia Control Panel, which enables you to stop Tor, configure relaying, view the network, use a new identity, and exit the application. You can also generate a bandwidth graph and see message logs.
Performance depends on the Tor network: This anonymity solution suffers from the slowness of the Tor network.
Configurations lost during updates: Don't expect to have your settings preserved after updating to a newer version. This can be frustrating, especially if you've spent a lot of time tweaking your settings.
Free and dependable, Tor Browser Bundle for Mac can be a good option if you are searching for an application that can increase your Web browsing privacy. It's already the browser bundle, so you should no longer encounter problems with the installation process, as was the case with previous releases.
Tor is free software and an open network that helps you defend against a form of network surveillance that threatens personal freedom and privacy, confidential business activities and relationships, and state security known as traffic analysis. Tor 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, and it prevents the sites you visit from learning your physical location. Tor works with many of your existing applications, including web browsers, instant messaging clients, remote login, and other applications based on the TCP protocol. Hundreds of thousands of people around the world use Tor for a wide variety of reasons: journalists and bloggers, human rights workers, law enforcement officers, soldiers, corporations, citizens of repressive regimes, and just ordinary citizens. See the Who Uses Tor? page for examples of typical Tor users. See the overview page for a more detailed explanation of what Tor does, and why this diversity of users is important. Tor doesn't magically encrypt all of your Internet activities, though. You should understand what Tor does and does not do for you. Tor's security improves as its user base grows and as more people volunteer to run relays. (It isn't nearly as hard to set up as you might think, and can significantly enhance your own security.) If running a relay isn't for you, we need help with many other aspects of the project, and we need funds to continue making the Tor network faster and easier to use while maintaining good security.
EXACTLY RIGHT. It's a giant pain in the ass which keeps from updating it. Unless they give me a compelling reason, such as there are security holes with the current version, I will hold off on updating. You'd think they'd address this basic problem.
Follow the link to the Tor site via the 'See full specifications' link above. At the Tor site you will find that it is written for Windows XP, Vista and 7ista as well as Mac OS X Intel and GNU/Linux i686. It's amazing what doing your homework can accomplish. ;-)
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.
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.
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.