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Facebook introduces app support for Tor anonymity browser

Facebook introduces app support for Tor anonymity browserFacebook’s android app can now be accessed through the highly encrypted anonymous internet service Tor.

Since November 2014 Tor users could access Facebook through the Tor browser, but this is a bit tricky since you have to download a new browser and look up and copy the complicated URL for the site. All of this will be changed now since you will be able to connect the app with a few easy modifications.

Amid all the recent news about governments monitoring its citizens, this is a welcome function since it will negate the use of “back doors” in encryption that for example RSA uses to gather data.

To browse Facebook through Tor on an android device, users will need to download the Orbot app, which facilitates the original connection to Tor, and enable the feature in the Facebook app.

The app will then include a flip switch that allows anonymous browsing.

One downside to using the Tor browser for anonymity in the Facebook app is that notifications will be switched off since they can’t be sent over Tor.

Tor is a free software for enabling anonymous communication. The name is an acronym that’s derived from the original software project name, The Onion Router.

Tor directs internet traffic through a free, worldwide, volunteer network consisting of more than seven thousand relays to conceal a user’s location and usage from anyone conducting network surveillance or traffic analysis.

Without getting too technical, Tor encrypts your data, including the destination IP address, multiple times and sends it through a virtual circuit comprising successive, randomly selected Tor relays. Each relay decrypts a layer of encryption to reveal only the next relay in the circuit in order to pass the remaining encrypted data on to it.