THE ONION ROUTER

tor projectThwarting a dictator or anyone else’s surveillance is a whole lot easier these days. Dissidents all over the world can go under the radar with something called “the onion router.”  The onion router is a free download at TorProject.org.

The onion router prevents people from learning your location or browsing habits, and protects you whether you’re browsing the web or instant messaging. It works with Windows, Mac, Linux and Android. You may have to change browsing habits somewhat to use it, since it blocks common plug-ins such as Adobe Flash, RealPlayer, and Quicktime. Those programs can be manipulated into revealing your computer’s “IP address,” which identifies your location. Fortunately, most of us don’t need this level of security.

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