A case for using Tor

The Tor Browser is a software project that improves privacy and security when browsing the internet.  It works by sending your internet traffic through many other computers on its way to your destination site in a way that makes it more difficult to track where the traffic originated.  Tor also let’s users connect to the darknet, which is the collection of web sites hosted on special software that makes it difficult to track the location of the server hosting the content.

While some people use these anonymizing services for criminal purposes like buying drugs, others use it to read materials or discuss topics banned in their country.  There are some people who require anonymity for their personal safety, including civil rights activists under oppressive regimes, journalists, whistleblowers, and law enforcement.

If you care about privacy on the internet, I advocate downloading Tor.  By using Tor for boring, everyday internet browsing, you are actively contributing to the security of the network by allowing the traffic of who really need anonymity to be obscured amongst a larger pool of traffic.  This makes it harder and more expensive to identity any individual user.  Tor is an important tool to protect privacy and promote the free flow of information.

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