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Tor

Tor

Uses and Limitations of Online Anonymity

Chapter:
(p.109) Tor
Source:
Advances in Cyber Security
Author(s):
Andrew Lewman
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823244560.003.0005

Tor is a network of virtual tunnels that allows people and groups to improve their anonymity and security on the Internet. It also enables software developers to create new communication tools with built-in privacy features. Tor provides the foundation for a range of applications that allow organizations and individuals to share information over public networks without compromising their privacy. This chapter first explains how using Tor protects users against a common form of Internet surveillance known as traffic analysis. It then describes typical Tor usage by regular people, the military, journalists, law enforcement officers, activists and whistle-blowers, and business executives.

Keywords:   Tor, cyber security, virtual tunnels, Internet surveillance, traffic analysis

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