The Onion Router (Tor)

Another possibility exists for secure surfing using a Windows-based computer (go here to access Tor). This software is particularly attractive because it promises bomber security for telephone and Internet communication and it’s free.

In addition, you can get the free Tor operating system, Tails, at the same site.

The Onion Router sends your voice and Internet traffic through thousands of encrypted routers – leaving virtually no chance that anyone can intercept your messages.

Of course, there are several caveats. If a hacker installs “key logger” software on your computer (or a unit you’re connected with), any privacy is lost.

The other caveat: Tor is a product of the US Navy research branch, so some believe only a fool would fall for the idea that the US government has no backdoor into this software.

But Tor is recommended by famous whistle blower Edward Snowden. Also, at least one prominent newspaper editor swears by it. Used by many who live under repressive regimes, Tor helps them avoid government tracking and censorship.

You can use the Tor browser for extra protection from Big Bro and other hackers, but you may find you’ll have a more user-friendly experience with Firefox Portable and have essentially the same protection ( click here for more on the portable version of Firefox).

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