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Vidalia ??“ It is an Anonymize Web browsing and Aggregator of Open Source & Free Software for Macintosh. Vidalia (formerly known as Tor) is a toolset for a wide range of organizations and people who want to improve their safety and security on the Internet. Using Vidalia can help you anonymize web browsing and publishing, instant messaging, IRC, SSH, and more. Vidalia also provides a platform on which software developers can build new applications with built-in anonymity, safety, and privacy.

Vidalia??™s security is improved as its user base grows and as more people volunteer to run servers. Please consider volunteering your time or volunteering your bandwidth. Privoxy is installed as part of the Tor bundle package installer. Privoxy is a filtering web proxy that integrates well with Tor. Once it??™s installed, it will start automatically when your computer is restarted. You do not need to configure Privoxy to use Tor.

The OS X -alpha bundles are updated to fix a bug in the default "bootstrap" vidalia.conf file that pointed to a non-existent Polipo configuration file, causing Polipo to fail on startup. A custom Privoxy configuration for Tor has been installed as part of the installer package. Once the installer is finished and your computer restarts, Tor will start automatically. Tor comes configured as a client by default. It uses a built-in default configuration file in /Library/Tor/torrc, but most people won??™t need to change any of the settings.
Version reviewed: Date: 02:18:38 AM, Monday, Jan 24, 2011

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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· Drop remote GeoIP lookups. Instead, the default behavior now is to use the country-level GeoIP database that ships with Tor to map an IP address to a country code, and then map the country code to latitude and longitude with a separate database built into Vidalia.
В· Add a -DUSE_GEOIP build option to enable building with MaxMind?'s GeoIP C library for using a local city-level or country-level database instead of Tor's database. See README.geoip for details on use.
В· Only update a stream's displayed target address in the network map if no hostname was given in the stream's NEW status event. Fix suggested by Robert Hogan. (Ticket #608)
В· Update the menubar icon at the same time as the dock icon on OS X. Previously, we had a blank icon in the menubar. (Ticket #610)
В· Updated several translations.

System Requirements:

Intel, Mac OS X 10.6.4 or later.
Program Release Status: New Release
Program Install Support: Install and Uninstall

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