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Facebook is adding Tor support on Android devices

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We have some great news for those of you who are privacy-conscious when it comes to browsing the web. Today, Facebook announced that it will begin supporting Facebook over Tor via the Orbot Proxy Android App.

In 2014, Facebook made it easier to access its website securely and privately via Tor-enabled web browsers by releasing its very own Tor onion address. Many in the community were thrilled with this move, but still, others wanted to see Facebook further the initiative onto other platforms. Facebook seems to have listened to its community here, and is enabling such support on Android devices.

If you are wondering what Tor is, it is basically a way to browse the web anonymously. According to Tor’s own website,

The Tor network is a group of volunteer-operated servers that allows people to improve their privacy and security on the Internet. Tor’s users employ this network by connecting through a series of virtual tunnels rather than making a direct connection, thus allowing both organizations and individuals to share information over public networks without compromising their privacy.

If using this method to browse Facebook on your phone seems appealing, good news, you only have to follow a few short steps. First, you can head over to the Google Play store to download the Orbot: Proxy with Tor app. Then within the next few days, when Facebook actually releases this option to the masses, head over to your Facebook app’s settings page to enable the option via this new switch. Then you are all set to browse Facebook securely and privately!Facebook_privacy_switch

 

Source: Facebook


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Born and raised right outside of Philadelphia, Ryan recently defected to the west, now residing in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where he is a senior at the University of Pittsburgh studying political science. Ryan loves all things political, with aspirations to attend law school in the Fall, followed by a career in the world of politics. When not debating politics or hunkered down studying in the Cathedral of Learning, you can find Ryan having an epic catch or wandering God’s country, Pittsburgh’s South Side. In addition to politics, Ryan has loved Android ever since getting his first Android phone, the HTC EVO 4G, almost 6 years ago. Currently though, Ryan sports a Samsung Galaxy Note 4, but he can hear that Nexus 6P calling his name.