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What is Tor and its history?

Who does not like privacy in this information age where all of your information is publicly available? Hackers, governments, and your boss who is keeping an eye on your digital movement so you do not cheat him. If you have the right intentions there is the right way to cover your tracks. This is another informative article about TOR and the dark web. I have another detailed article where you will find the difference between the dark and deep web.

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What is Tor?

In simple words, Tor is a web browser like Chrome and safari. You can use Tor to access information available on the internet. But the competitive advantage of the tor is anonymity. It provides a chance to improve your privacy. Tor is legal in many countries and if you are just using it for privacy and not doing illegal activities then it is a safe haven for you. But you have to be careful while using Tor and what types of website you will access.

History of Tor

Tor points out that something fishy is going on or someone part taking in illegal activities but ironically US Navy supervised the whole project and the original purpose of Tor is encrypted services for US Army. But with time Tor got evolved and now it is a multipurpose browser that is catering to many people from different fields. Tor project is now a non-profit organization that is responsible for the development and maintenance of the Tor browser.

You can download Tor from its website. With some different names, Tor is available on android and iOS operating systems. There are alternatives of tor and they also have a large market. But the popularity of tor remains unparalleled.

How does Tor work?

So let’s get in and see how Tor actually works. Thanks to volunteers all around the world who are keeping intact the Tor network and without whom we would not have this much-secured network. Kudos! When you send some request through the Tor browser that information gets encrypted. Unlike normal internet, the information packet does not only get one encryption but also Tor network gives extra encryption and in the form of layers. Hence the name onion derived from here.

After encrypting in several layers then this information is routed through different servers around the world which are volunteered. This information is encrypted packets that will go through different nodes around the world and every node only gets the information where to send this information. Just this if anyone tries to hack the from one node the only information that will be compromised is where that information is going to the next node.

How can you use Tor?

Apart from that illegal part of Tor you can use this anonymity a lot better for your personal privacy. If you are afraid of bullies and have to convey some message with some security then Tor is your friend. It really depends on you how do you use some technology.

This is a little information piece. You can let me know in the comment section how did you find this article. If you want me to cover some special tech-related topic you can let me know.

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