What is TOR?

Tor network is one of the most well-known methods to share data securely. It allows users to communicate and share information through the internet, making it impossible for them to be monitored. Because of its anonymity, TOR can also be used to access protected computer networks and even to operate a web server without your connection being tracked. Because TOR is widely used, the intelligence community uses TOR in an attempt to track down those interested in leaking secrets or conducting illegal activities.

How to Use Tor?

This is a very important step in the process. Follow these steps to access TOR network from anywhere in the world.

How to download TOR?

When using TOR online, make sure you read the URL warning before making a connection. You can see our guide on downloading TOR on our website and the red warning is easy enough to ignore.

Downloading TOR with a computer

Here’s a guide to installing TOR on your computer. It’s different from Linux, as you’re just downloading the binaries for the software. Downloading the software itself is harder but you can still find a download mirror here.

Link to Download TOR: https://www.torproject.org/download/

Downloading TOR for Android

Link: https://www.torproject.org/download/#android

or

Link on Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.torproject.torbrowser

Downloading TOR for iOS

Link to App Store: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/onion-browser/id519296448

Dealing with Black Market Apps

The web is full of websites and digital programs that are providing services for a fee, but you can hide your identity from third parties by setting up a paid service with privacy protection like VPN.

Installation of TOR

You can get TOR just by running a few simple commands.

For Windows:

  1. Navigate to the Tor Browser download page.
  2. Download the Windows .exe file
  3. (Recommended) Verify the file’s signature.
  4. When the download is complete, double click the .exe file. Complete the installation wizard process.

For macOS:

  1. Navigate to the Tor Browser download page.
  2. Download the macOS .dmg file
  3. (Recommended) Verify the file’s signature.
  4. When the download is complete, double click the .dmg file. Complete the installation wizard process.

For GNU/Linux:

  1. Navigate to the Tor Browser download page.
  2. Download the GNU/Linux .tar.xz file
  3. (Recommended) Verify the file’s signature.
  4. When the download is complete, extract the archive with the command tar -xf [TB archive] or by using an archive manager.
  5. You’ll need to tell your GNU/Linux that you want the ability to execute shell scripts from the graphical interface. Navigate to the newly extracted Tor Browser directory. Right click on start-tor-browser.desktop, open Properties or Preferences and change the permission to allow executing file as program. Double-click the icon to start up Tor Browser for the first time.
  6. Alternatively, from inside the Tor Browser directory, you can also start from the command line by running:./start-tor-browser