Ongoing trends in law, policy and technology threaten anonymity as never before, undermining our ability to speak and read freely online. These trends also undermine national security and critical infrastructure by making communication among individuals organizations, corporation, and governments more vulnerable to analysis and threat.
What is Tor ?
Tor is free software and an open network that helps you defend against traffic analysis, a form of network surveillance the threatens personal freedom and privacy, confidential bussiness activities and relationships and state security. It provides a network of virtual tunnels that allows people and groups to improve their privacy and security on the internet. It also enable software developers to crrate new communication tools with built in privacy features. Tor provides the foundation for a range of applications that allow organization and individuals to share information over public network without compromising their privacy. Individual also use Tor for socially sensetive communications. Chat rooms and web forums for rap and abuse survivors, or people with illeness. Journalists use Tor to communicate more safely with whistle blowers and dissidents. Non governmental organisation use Tor to allow their workers to connect to their home website while they are in a foreign country, without notifying everybody nearby that they are working with that organization
Who made Tor?
Tor was originally desined, implemented, and deployed as a third generation onion routing project of the U.S. Naval research laboratory, with the U.S. Navy in mind, for the primary purpose of protecting gpvernment communication. Today it is used for a wide variety of purposes by normal people, the military, journalists, law enforcement officers, activities, and many others. Each new user and relay provides additional diversity, enhancing Tor’s ability to put control over your security and privacy back into the hands of people.
Can Tor protect you
Yes. Using the protects you against a common form of internet surveillance known as “traffic analysis”. Traffic analysis can be used to infer who is talking to whom over a public network. Knowing the source and destination of your internet traffic allows others to track your behaviour and interests. This can impact your check book if, for example, an e-commerce site uses price discrimination based on your country or institution of origin. It can even threaten your job and physical safety by revealing who and where you are.