[NetBehaviour] Tor: An anonymous Internet communication system

marc marc.garrett at furtherfield.org
Thu May 19 13:01:21 CEST 2005

*Tor: An anonymous Internet communication system*

Tor is a toolset for a wide range of organizations and people that want 
to improve their safety and security on the Internet. Using Tor can help 
you anonymize web browsing and publishing, instant messaging, IRC, SSH, 
and more. Tor also provides a platform on which software developers can 
build new applications with built-in anonymity, safety, and privacy 

Your traffic is safer when you use Tor, because communications are 
bounced around a distributed network of servers, called onion routers. 
Instead of taking a direct route from source to destination, data 
packets on the Tor network take a random pathway through several servers 
that cover your tracks so no observer at any single point can tell where 
the data came from or where it's going. This makes it hard for 
recipients, observers, and even the onion routers themselves to figure 
out who and where you are. Tor's technology aims to provide Internet 
users with protection against "traffic analysis," a form of network 
surveillance that threatens personal anonymity and privacy, confidential 
business activities and relationships, and state security.

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