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Introducing Tor

No, not the super hero. Its a browser. A free software and an open network that protects you from traffic analysis, a form of network surveillance, that is against the very essence of the Internet.

When you live in a country like Pakistan, you have to face restrictions on your freedom of speech – some really annoying ones – especially if you are looking for the truth. For an average citizen like you and me, this means that we suffer as a collateral damage while the actual restrictions are aimed someone else, a political opponent maybe. Filtering the Internet access has been a major problem for the last a couple of years. I have personally suffered the effects of this policy when, as a curator of TEDxLACAS, I struggles to share our event’s videos on the official TEDx channel on YouTube.

The usual workaround that many people have been using is HotSpot Shield. It works, but it also kind of destroys the experience of using the Internet with its highly intrusive, and sometimes dangerous, promotions. I have been using an alternative for quite some time and I must say that I have been impressed with its performance. Here is how the website describes Tor:

"The Tor software protects you by bouncing your communications around a distributed network of relays run by volunteers all around the world: it prevents somebody watching your Internet connection from learning what sites you visit, it prevents the sites you visit from learning your physical location, and it lets you access sites which are blocked."

In addition to this, Tor also lets your enjoy highest level of security by disabling all settings that might compromise your system. There are easily accessible options to changes these settings, of course.

Visit www.torproject.org for more information on Tor and to download the browser.