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The TOR Project (“The Onion Router”) is a network of virtual tunnels that allows people and groups to improve their privacy and security on the Internet. It provides the foundation for a range of applications which allow organizations and individuals to share information over public networks without compromising their privacy.
- Individuals use Tor to keep websites from tracking them and their family members, or to connect to news sites, email, instant messaging services, IRC, or the like when these are blocked by their local Internet providers. Tor’s ‘hidden services’ let users publish web sites and other services without needing to reveal the location of the site. Individuals also use Tor for socially sensitive communication: chat rooms and web forums for rape and abuse survivors, or people with illnesses.
- Journalists use Tor to communicate more safely with whistleblowers and dissidents.