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  • License: Freeware
  • Last update: 4 years ago
  • Total downloads: 865
  • Price: Free |
  • Operating system: Mac OS X 10.4, Mac OS X 10.5, Mac OS X 10.6
  • Publisher: Electronic Frontier Foundation
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Tor is a network of virtual tunnels that allows people and groups to improve their privacy and security on the Internet.

Tor is a network of virtual tunnels that allows people and groups to improve their privacy and security on the Internet. It also enables software developers to create new communication tools with built-in privacy features. Tor provides the foundation for a range of applications that allow organizations and individuals to share information over public networks without compromising their privacy.

Individuals use Tor to keep websites from tracking them and their family members, or to connect to news sites, instant messaging services, or the like when these are blocked by their local Internet providers. Tor's hidden services let users publish web sites and other services without needing to reveal the location of the site. Individuals also use Tor for socially sensitive communication: chat rooms and web forums for rape and abuse survivors, or people with illnesses.

Journalists use Tor to communicate more safely with whistleblowers and dissidents. Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) use Tor to allow their workers to connect to their home website while they're in a foreign country, without notifying everybody nearby that they're working with that organization.

Groups such as Indymedia recommend Tor for safeguarding their members' online privacy and security. Activist groups like the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) recommend Tor as a mechanism for maintaining civil liberties online. Corporations use Tor as a safe way to conduct competitive analysis, and to protect sensitive procurement patterns from eavesdroppers. They also use it to replace traditional VPNs, which reveal the exact amount and timing of communication. Which locations have employees working late? Which locations have employees consulting job-hunting websites? Which research divisions are communicating with the company's patent lawyers?

A branch of the U.S. Navy uses Tor for open source intelligence gathering, and one of its teams used Tor while deployed in the Middle East recently. Law enforcement uses Tor for visiting or surveilling web sites without leaving government IP addresses in their web logs, and for security during sting operations.

The variety of people who use Tor is actually part of what makes it so secure. Tor hides you among the other users on the network, so the more populous and diverse the user base for Tor is, the more your anonymity will be protected.

What's New in This Release:

В· Tor fixes some crash and assert bugs, including a socketpair-related bug that has been bothering Windows users. It adds support to serve microdescriptors to controllers, so Vidalia's network map can resume listing relays (once Vidalia implements its side), and adds better support for hardware AES acceleration. Finally, it starts the process of adjusting the bandwidth cutoff for getting the "Fast" flag from 20KB to (currently) 32KB -- preliminary results show that tiny relays harm performance more than they help network capacity.

Major bugfixes:
В· Initialize Libevent with the EVENT_BASE_FLAG_NOLOCK flag enabled, so that it doesn't attempt to allocate a socketpair. This could cause some problems on Windows systems with overzealous firewalls. Fix for bug 4457; workaround for Libevent versions 2.0.1-alpha through 2.0.15-stable.
В· Correctly sanity-check that we don't underflow on a memory allocation (and then assert) for hidden service introduction point decryption. Bug discove...

System Requirements:

Mac OS X 10.4 Intel, Mac OS X 10.5 Intel, Mac OS X 10.6 Intel
Program Release Status: Minor Update
Program Install Support: Install and Uninstall

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