Web browsers are usually quite identical to their counterparts in terms of appearance and functionality. However, Tor Browser is one such browser that stands apart from your regular day-to-day web browser. While it is usually linked to the deep or dark web, there is more to it than what meets the eye.
So, how is Tor Browser different, and should you consider using it? If yes, then how can you start using it securely on Linux? Let's find out.
An Introduction to Tor Browser
In a nutshell, Tor Browser is a free and open-source web browser that helps you browse the web anonymously. Unlike regular browsers like the one you might be using at the moment, all traffic through the Tor Browser is securely relayed across several nodes, which provide a layer of encryption and hide your IP address.
This provides you with anonymity on the web and aids you in protecting your privacy. This is highly useful if you live in an area that has substantial internet censorship and surveillance. Tor is mainly known for accessing the dark web, but you shouldn't discredit this browser just because of some nefarious users.
But why is only Tor Browser able to open such websites while other browsers can't? To answer this question, you need to understand the routing mechanism used.