Reviewed October 5th, 2020
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Tor Browser

The Tor Project
9/10

Summary

The Tor Browser is a browser which ensures total online anonymity and routes your internet through the Tor Network in order to ensure it cannot be traced back to you. The browser can be downloaded for free on most major platforms, and it is highly recommended that users use a VPN while using the Tor Browser.

Breach History


Has there ever been a breach or data leak?

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Date of last breach

September 2018


A vulnerability briefly existed in a software extension called NoScript which allowed a website to run any JavaScript code in version 7.x of the Tor Browser. This bug was patched in version 8.0, but it is believed that government agents may have exploited the hack to locate unsuspecting targets.

Privacy Checklist

Does it meet our minimum privacy standards?

Is any kind of biometric data collected (health, heart, voice, etc.)?

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Are you able to delete your data / the data collected about you?

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Does it use cookies, telemetry, or third-party tracking scripts?

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Is the privacy policy user-friendly (easy to understand)?

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Does it have parental controls?

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Does it use encryption to protect your data both in-transit and at-rest?

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Does it get regular software and / or firmware updates?

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Does it require you to create a strong password?

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Is there a system in place for managing security vulnerabilities?

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Does it have a privacy policy?

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How Can It Snoop?

What sensitive hardware access requirements does it have?

Does it have a camera or request / require access to a camera?

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Does it have a microphone or request / require access to a microphone?

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Does it track your location or request / require access to location data?

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Account Requirements

What information is required to create an account or use it?

Does it require an email address to use?

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Does it require a phone number to use?

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Does it require an address (home or office) to use?

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Payment Options

What payment methods are available?

Are you able to use a credit card as a payment option?

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Are you able to use a cryptocurrency as a payment option?

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Are you able to use PayPal as a payment option?

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Are you able to use cash or gift cards as a payment option?

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What Could Go Wrong?

What's the worst case scenario for your data?

There is no risk that any data could be leaked by The Tor Project as there is no way to collect data on users from the Tor Browser. However, if you are not using a VPN while using Tor, you may be susceptible to hacking by other users. It is important that you use a VPN in order to protect your anonymity and personal data while using the Tor Browser.

How Does It Share Your Data?

Where is your data going? Who has access to it?

The Tor Browser is totally anonymous, and does not collect any data about users.

Good Things

Why should you use it?

  • Total browsing anonymity.

Bad Things

What are the downsides?

  • Slower load times due to routing through Tor Network.
  • More potential to be hacked if not using a VPN.

Final Thoughts


The Tor Browser is the browser of choice for those who want total online anonymity. It is so anonymous and secure that it is what criminals used to access the dark web. Aside from a small security flaw in 2018, this browser is extremely secure, as it routes your internet traffic around the world through the Tor network, at the cost of some loading speed. If that is not a problem for you and you are looking for total online anonymity, the Tor Browser may be a good choice.

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