OK, maybe “The Black Market Internet” is a bit of a dramatic title. However, on one level it is very true. This episode we talk about TOR (The Onion Router). I stumbled across TOR when I was reading about some of the latest legislation regarding government intervention in our internet lives. People are scared about losing their privacy. This is where the TOR network comes in handy.
The TOR network is a complex beast, but luckily it is incredibly simple to install and use. On the most basic level, TOR is just another web browser that you can use. It’s like Internet Explorer or Firefox, except nobody can figure out what you do or where you go. It’s useful for a TON of things from law enforcement to secret communication to basic personal privacy. I used it earlier to send an email to the Good Guys and believe me, I couldn’t figure out who sent the email.
So whether you just want a bit more privacy so that Facebook or Google aren’t advertising based on your Amazon shopping history, or if you are buying items you could not get in person, TOR may be a cool thing to check out.
Their website is www.torproject.org where you can download all the necessary software and be up and running in no time.