Facebook now allows its users to browse the world’s largest social networking platform with anonymity in its app for Android. The company will use the anonymity service, Tor to enable this feature. The announcement was made on Tuesday in a post in “Facebook over Tor”, the official profile of the company’s Tor ventures in Facebook.
What is Tor?
“Tor is free software and an open network that helps you defend against traffic analysis, a form of network surveillance that threatens personal freedom and privacy, confidential business activities and relationships, and state security.”
Facebook started its Tor ventures in 2014 by creating a Tor onion address for Facebook. This allowed the people to connect to Facebook securely from Tor enabled browsers. The post in the Facebook quoted that this change had increased the security of Tor connections to Facebook by eliminating steps that required traffic to travel beyond the cryptographic assurances provided by the Tor network.
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Since its inception in 2014, Facebook began getting tremendous response from the users that encouraged the company to introduce this feature in its app for Android as well. This feature might not be available yet for everyone and will be rolling out for all users over the next few days. As the post in Facebook also mentions about seeking feedback on the new service, we can assume that this new feature is in its initial stages. You will have to download “Orbot: Proxy with Tor” from Google PlayStore in order to use this feature.
Although the Tor allows you to browse securely by providing anonymity, it might slow down your browsing experience. There were also reports that agencies like FBI and NSA busted the Tor network through browser exploits that questioned its security. However, you probably need not worry as long as you’re using the Tor network for simple activities like browsing Facebook.
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