TOR (The Onion Router) is a valuable tool for protecting your privacy and your identity on the Internet when don’t want to share your private information. It also protects your identity and personal information from government and corporate snoops as well as from identity thieves, credit card thieves, and others.
Tor was invented in the mid-1990s by United States Naval Research Laboratory employees for use by government agents for U.S. intelligence communications online when they had to use public networks. It has since been adopted by other government agencies, law enforcement personnel, journalists, tourists, activist groups, and private citizens alike. Tor is available to everyone free of charge.
You can read more about Tor in my earlier article, What is TOR and How Does It Work?, at https://privacyblog.com/2015/12/14/what-is-tor-and-how-does-it-work/.
Tor has been used for years by government agents, privacy advocates, journalists, citizens living in countries with repressive governments, and by many others as well. It reportedly is used by drug smugglers, arms dealers, and others who want to keep their activities secret. For some time, Tor was available only for Linux, Windows, and Macintosh. However, a newer product called Orbot adds Tor networking to Android cell phones and tablets. Your mobile devices can now enjoy private communications in the same manner as the “big systems.”
Orbot is the safest way to use the Internet on Android. Period. Orbot bounces your encrypted traffic several times through computers around the world, instead of connecting you directly in the manner used by Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) and proxies. This process takes longer, but the strongest privacy and identity protection available is worth the wait.
Hackers not only cannot decrypt your communications on Tor and Orbot, they usually can’t even FIND those communications.
Orbot, the Tor implementation for Android devices, may be found in the Google Play Store at https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.torproject.android&hl=en.
A beta version of the very latest version of Orbot is available at https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=info.guardianproject.orfox. However, this beta version is meant for public testing only. As with all beta products, it may have significant bugs. For everyday production use, you should use the official version of the Tor Onion Routing service for Android (called Orbot) at https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.torproject.android&hl=en.
Orbot for Android is available free of charge, the same as Tor for Linux, Windows, and Macintosh.
NOTE: Tor is also available for iOS (iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch). Details about the iOS version may be found at https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/onion-browser/id519296448?mt=8.