The TOR project has officially released a new, stable version of its TOR browser for Android devices. The app will officially replace the beta version of the browser, which was released nearing the end of last year.
As explained on its official site, TOR Browser 8.5 comes with several improvements, all of which are focused on providing users with a secure browsing experience. Off the bat, the TOR project says that the app will have no proxy bypasses, and that the new browser will protect users from cross-site tracking via first-party isolation.
Other features include fingerprint resistance, which makes it more difficult for others to identify users by browser and device information, plus the ability to browse sites that are blocked or restricted by ISPs.
For the uninitiated, TOR, which is an abbreviation for “The Onion Router”, is an open-source software that is known for allowing users to visit site online anonymously. Ironically, the privacy and security layers of the browser also makes the browser of choice for users surfing the Dark Web. A portion of the World Wide Web that notorious for hosting illicit content and being a haven for black market dealers.
As mentioned, the app is already available for download, however, it should be noted that some users have pointed out that the app isn’t working properly with the Android Q beta. Also, the app isn’t available for iOS users due to restrictions put in by Apple. As a workaround, TOR Project developers have recommended using the Onion Browser for the iOS, developed by a Mike Tigas from the Guardian Project.