How to use Tor Browser - browse the internet completely anonymously

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How to use Tor Browser

Keep your online activity private and safeguard personal data

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If you want to keep the private web browsing, you can use Incognito mode in Chrome, Private Browsing in Firefox, and so on. While this will prevent other users using your computer from seeing your browsing history, it does not prevent your ISP from monitoring the sites you are visiting. You may also want - for a variety of reasons - to browse the internet completely anonymously, and that's exactly what the Tor browser offers.

Start by downloading and installing Tor Browser. Click Finish when the installation is complete. You will be greeted by a settings window which is used to control how you connect to the Tor network.

In most cases you should be able to click the Connect button, but if you are connecting to the internet through a proxy you need to click the Configure button to enter the settings.


There will be a slight delay while Tor establishes a connection to the network via relay - the program warns that the initial connection could take up to several minutes - but once this connection is established, the Tor browser will be ready to use.

Tor is based on the same code as Firefox, so if you've used Mozilla's web browser everything should look pretty familiar.

Choose the security level

Before we begin, it's worth noting that using Tor Browser is a balancing act between privacy / security and web usability. By default, security is set to Low - although this is much more secure than any other web browser.

If you want to increase this, click on the green onion icon to the left of the address bar and select Privacy and Security Settings. Use the security level slider to choose your preferred security level, keeping in mind the warnings that appear about features that may stop working on the sites you visit.

Rethinking navigation

In order to get the most out of Tor, you need to change some of your browsing habits - the first of which is the search engine you use.

Instead of opting for Google and Bing, the recommendation is that you use This is a site that prevents search engines from tracking online, and can be used in conjunction with, or.

While we're on the subject of changing habits, you should also avoid installing browser extensions, as these can leak private information.


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