Surf anonymously on your iPhone or Android phone using Tor
You can now browse the Web anonymously on your smartphone.
Windows, Linux and Mac users have been able to browse anonymously for a decade by using the onion router (Tor) network. By using the "Tor Browser Bundle" it's really easy to set up. And this capability is now available on some smartphones.
if you’ve never heard of Tor
Tor is an anonymous network that lets you surf the Web while remaining anonymous. You can learn more about it by visiting the official Tor website.
Like any complex IT system, the Tor network has its flaws. I recommend Eric Filiol’s articles discussing some of its weaknesses: “Tor attack technical details” and “Let us stop with the buzz on Tor”. These pieces sparked a hot debate when published in late 2011. The Tor project even published its own article saying the whole controversy was overblown.
I’m not going to get into who’s right and who’s wrong. In any case, the Tor network is an interesting way for to protect one's anonymity.
bringing anonymity to iPhones and iPads
If you have an iPhone or iPad, you can go to the App Store and install Covert Browser. Once you’ve got the program, it’s a cinch. As soon as you run the application, it initializes the Tor network connection and an integrated browser with a sleek display pops up.
The node which you exit the Tor network changes automatically. If you want, you can even switch to manual mode to choose your own exit node.
Bookmarks and sharing (Twitter, Facebook) aren’t available, which is probably for the best. But there is a button to delete your history – nice.
With the application, you can surf on Tor using a Wi-Fi or even a 3G connection. However, some initial testing has revealed that you have to restart the app when you switch from Wi-Fi to 3G or vice versa.
Whether you’re on Wi-Fi or 3G, don’t expect lightning speed. The Tor network is still “slow” compared to any direct connection. Anonymity has its price.
if you have a “jailbroken” system
For you techies who have jailbroken your iPhones/iPads, you can install Tor client by Sid77. The installation process is obviously a bit more complicated than Covert Browser: this kind of tinkering isn’t for your average tech geek.
Once you have installed it using the instructions provided, all you have to do is reconfigure your proxy settings. The upside of this method is that all your applications will use the same Tor network (not just the browser). So it’s a little more general than Covert Browser. The downside is that all your applications will be slowed down by the Tor connection, which is definitely not ideal for everyday use.
also available on Android
Android users can connect to the Tor network using the Orbot application offered by The Guardian Project. You can find it in the Android Market. Once you set it up, you can pick which applications you want to use the Tor network, which gives you quite a bit of flexibility.
I don’t have an Android phone, so I haven’t had a chance to test Orbot. If you’ve tried it out, send a message and let us know what you think!
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June 3, 2014Hire Android Apps DeveloperPleased you like it! This is additional or less amount proof of concept. I only came across this blog when I was searching for information about mobile apps development. But can you provide the steps of jail broken app with its screen shots?
April 29, 2014DishaThis article is really helpful...
Great app.my main reason for switching to android was Orbot, still great on my galaxy 3 tab but on my s4 phone its not working. Might be kitkat problem. Doesn't start, says an app is stopping it.
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March 29, 2014Best Android institute in chennaiYour information about android is really interesting. Also I want to know the latest new techniques which are implemented in android. Can you update it in your website?
January 7, 2014Cheap android phonesI enjoy using the Tor network.
For some reason i never thought about using it on my Android.
Tor is great for individuals who are living in countries where the people are oppressed, also good if you just don't want to be tracked. Others tend to use it for more sinister purposes.Shame on them.
Thanks for the info
January 3, 2014IPhone App DevelopmentI think this is pretty awesome app and I think people throng to download this app on their devices because most of the sites are been blocked by Govt or not available on a region so it can be open by this browser.
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