TOR is a software project with one idea in mind: make browsing as private as possible. When you download the TOR browser bundle, it comes packed with a browser based on Firefox. This browser is loaded with a lot of addons that can protect and safeguard the person using it.
However, some would say that these addons are not enough, and many people add more to their browsers to increase security. That’s why we’ve decided to create a list of four great TOR-based addons. Each one of these browser additions can increase TOR anonymity in their own ways. So, which ones are the best? Let’s find out!
1. HTTP Nowhere
HTTPS is a very important thing to think about when talking about privacy. SSL is one of the main ways that privacy can be safeguarded because when using it, all web traffic is encrypted and very hard to spy on. This is why HTTP Nowhere is such a good addition to the TOR browsing experience.
Simply put: it prevents users from accessing web sites and communicating with web traffic that is not encrypted with HTTPS/SSL. This will ensure that no HTTP traffic will get through. The technology behind the TOR network already does a pretty good job of hiding traffic, but this tool just adds to the privacy the browser already has.
2. Prevent writing passwords without SSL
As stated above, browsing on non-HTTPS traffic while trying to be anonymous, especially in TOR, can be bad news. This addon attempts to help with that. What it does is prevent the ability for users to enter their password on websites that do not have HTTPS. A simple tool, but very powerful.
Un-encrypted traffic is very easy to siphon if you have the right tools. This includes passwords. With this add-on in the browser, there will be no way to enter passwords when the website does not adhere to basic HTTPS standards. Instead,the password box will be highlighted with the color red and the ability to enter passwords disabled.
3. Disable WebRTC
WebRTC and TOR might as well be mortal enemies. This technology is woefully insecure and has been known to leak IP addresses from behind VPNs. When trying to stay private online, security is a must. This means that every part of the web browser must be secured. If there happens to be a leak (like an IP address), personal information could be revealed.
With the Disable WebRTC addon installed, WebRTC in the Firefox browser can be turned off. When it’s enabled, no IP addresses can be leaked out, and the browser will be safeguarded. It doesn’t do much else other than that but is still a worthy addition to Firefox regardless.
4. Cupcake Bridge
The TOR network is a great tool. With it people who are pinned down by either state-sponsored or corporate censorship can get passed blocks and view whatever content they like. And even if it’s not about escaping censorship, TOR is unparalleled in making sure web traffic is private.
However, TOR has one major problem. It’s slow. That’s why Cupcake Bridge was created. It’s an addon to turn any connected PC into a TOR node for the network so that other people can access TOR more easily and use it to safeguard their privacy. It should be pointed out that this doesn’t directly help the browser with any sort of extra security, but it’s still an important tool.
TOR really is an impressive technology. No single tool can top it when it comes to safeguarding a user’s privacy. Overall, the TOR browser bundle comes with some really great add-ons that definitely help with anonymous browsing. Still, there’s always room for improvement, and that’s what each one of these browser plugins do: make private browsing even better on TOR.
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