Tor is an open network and a free software which allows people to enjoy maximum level of security and privacy on the internet. Nothing comes close to Tor when it comes to hiding your identity while surfing the internet.
Tor hides your personal identity by routing your system’s internet traffic over several places on the internet. However, there are still some loopholes that you may want to eradicate in order to steer clear from any monitoring agencies.
In this article, we have discussed 5 Do’s and 5 Don’ts to enhance your online safety.
Related: Beginner’s Guide to Tor
Do’s To Increase Your Online Safety:
Anyone who is skeptical of the online privacy should never put his trust into people at the back of the internet such as ISPs, web service providers, government agencies, etc. Tor is the best browser for online anonymity and that’s the biggest reason why we recommend using it.
Update Your System:
Tor is just another software which runs on top of your OS. Meaning that it is only as safe and secure as the system it runs on. We advise you to daily update your OS, Tor client, browser, email clients, instant messaging clients, etc.
If somehow, a hacker is able to get hold of your OS, then even Tor can’t protect your online privacy.
Encrypt Your Data Storage:
Although Tor anonymizes your location, it does nothing to secure the digital data on your computer. Data protection on your system can only be achieved if you keep the data in encrypted form. So, make sure you use a strong encryption algorithm such as LUKS to keep your system from various threats.
Using Tor with Java, Flash, and JavaSript leaves your data vulnerable to attackers. This is because these applications run with user account’s privileges which allow them to access/share your data.
Delete Cookies And Local Data Of Site:
Tor browser hides your real identity using network packets and routes your traffic through numerous relays to protect you from traffic analysis. However, some websites may still be able to track your activities using cookies and data storage. In order to go complete anonymous, make sure your cookies and site’s local data is disabled.
5 Don’ts To Increase Your Online Safety:
Do not use windows:
Windows is simply not best of the choices to improve your online privacy. The OS comes with several bugs and the loopholes that are present in the system and may leave you vulnerable to security issues. Rather use a Linux system for better Tor experience.
Avoid Using HTTP Websites:
The onion router is only a traffic router and does not encrypt the network traffic through the internet. This means that the origin of your network traffic is only anonymized inside the tor network and not outside of it; which results in exit nodes of Tor reading your internet traffic in the form of unencrypted data. The best way to avoid this is using end-to-end encryption such as TLS or SSL while on Tor.
Do Not Use Tor Browser Bundle:
Do not use Tor browser bundle for online privacy under any circumstances. A recent FBI breakdown of freedom hosting (a hidden web hosting service running on Tor network) was only possible due to vulnerabilities of Tor browser bundle. So, make sure you are not using this bundle.
Do Not Use P2P:
Tor network is not built for P2P file sharing as the exit nodes of the network are specifically meant to block file sharing. Plus, downloading torrents is considered abuse to the Tor network as it slows down the speed for other users browsing on the network and increases the threat to your online privacy. So it’s better to not use P2P on Tor.
Do Not Use Google:
If you care about your privacy, do not use Google at all. Google is infamous for collecting user information and browsing data to aid the growth of its ads revenue. The best alternatives to Google for Tor are DuckDuckGo and StartPage.
It’s not easy to steer clear when everyone is after your privacy. Despite all its vulnerabilities and weakness, Tor is still the best privacy tool we have for our online security. However, in order to bypass all these security threats, just follow the Do’s and Don’ts discussed above and you will be good to go.