How to Install the Tor Browser

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How to Install the Tor Browser

How to Install the Tor Browser

If you’re concerned about your privacy online and want to protect yourself with anonymous browsing, the Tor browser is one of the best ways to go. In this article, we’ll walk you through downloading, installing, and setting Tor up on your computer.

Download Tor

Download the Tor browser from the official download site. Do not choose any other download resource. Choose the option for your computer. In this case, I’ll choose to download for a Macintosh.

If you’re not sure whether you need a 32-bit or a 64-bit version, check your computer. =

Windows: Open Start > right-click Computer, > click Properties > Select System

Mac: Click the Apple logo in the top left corner > choose “About this Mac”. Macs with an Intel Core Duo or Intel Core Solo have a 32-bit processor, all other Macs have a 64-bit processor.

Run Your Installation – If you’re on a Windows computer, it may run automatically, otherwise open it and run it so that the installer can start.

On Windows:

  1. Double click your Tor download
  2. Choose ‘Run”
  3. Select your preferred language and click “OK”
  4. Choose a location or allow it to install in a default location. You need at least 80 mb of space.
  5. You can install the Tor Browser on a USB flash drive and run it from there.
  6. Click Install.
  7. Click Finish to Launch the Tor Browser

On Mac:

  1. Open the file
  2. Wait for it to unload
  3. Drag and drop the Tor icon into the Applications folder

Setting Up the Tor Browser

Unlike most other types of browsers, you will still have to do a fair amount of work to set the Tor Browser up. Use the following steps to complete your installation so you can get started using the browser.

1. Select your Add-ons

Add-ons give you additional security and features on your Tor browser. We highly recommend that you download all of them.

These include:

  • HTTPS Everywhere
  • NoScript
  • TorButton
  • TorLauncher

They will automatically be selected, and you can simply press “Done” to move on to the next step.

2. Network Settings 

Tor asks you to set up network settings each time you launch it on a new computer. This allows you to work around proxies and censored Internet. However, in most cases, you can simply click “I would like to make a direct connection to the Tor Network”.

If you are on a work computer or have a proxy or VPN set up, you will have to configure Tor.

3. Check Your Security Settings

Look at the top left side of the security bar to see a small green onion. Click it. Open “Security Settings”.

  • Low – Provides ease of Internet usage and allows you to make the most of the Internet
  • Medium – Disables most active web scripts to create a static version of the web. This makes your Internet experience less fun but provides more privacy.
  • High – Disables Javascript + HTML5 and some other content

In most cases, you should be able to get away with “Low” while still gaining privacy advantages.

4. Use Tor 

Once you connect to Tor, you can immediately begin using the web browser to search anonymously. The home page includes a list of recent Tor updates and bugs, which you don’t have to worry about until you become a more advanced user.

Getting the Most from Tor

The Tor browser will protect your data location but it won’t protect your entire computer. For this reason, you should Install the Tor client if you want to protect other applications on your computer, avoid using torrents (even legal ones), and avoid using browser plugins, which can communicate your real data past Tor.

In some cases, your ISP may be able to tell that you are using Tor. For this reason, you should be careful to use Tor legally. It is not illegal to hide your browsing data, which means that you are safe so long as you don’t do anything illegal online. In most cases, the more Tor users near you, the more difficult it is for ISP to tell that you have it at all.

Tor is a great resource that you can use to safely and legally protect your Internet browsing habits so that they are not used for advertisements. However, you do have to be careful, take steps to protect yourself, and only search through the Tor browser to remain anonymous.

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