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posted by cmn32480 on Sunday February 14 2016, @09:43AM   Printer-friendly
from the NSA-is-watching dept.

"Tor Browser 5.5.2 is now available from the Tor Browser Project page[1] and also from our distribution directory[2].

This release features important security updates[3] to Firefox.

Users on the security level "High" or "Medium-High" were not affected by the bugs in the Graphite font rendering library."

[1] https://www.torproject.org/download/download-easy.html
[2] https://www.torproject.org/dist/torbrowser/5.5.2/
[3] https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/security/known-vulnerabilities/firefox-esr/#firefoxesr38.6.1

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The full changelog since 5.5.1 is:

Tor Browser 5.5.2 -- February 12 2016

        All Platforms
                Update Firefox to 38.6.1esr
                Update NoScript to 2.9.0.3

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What is Tor Browser?

"The Tor software protects you by bouncing your communications around a distributed network of relays run by volunteers all around the world: it prevents somebody watching your Internet connection from learning what sites you visit, it prevents the sites you visit from learning your physical location, and it lets you access sites which are blocked.

The Tor Browser lets you use Tor on Windows, Mac OS X, or Linux without needing to install any software. It can run off a USB flash drive, comes with a pre-configured web browser to protect your anonymity, and is self-contained (portable)."

- https://www.torproject.org/projects/torbrowser.html.en


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  • (Score: 0, Troll) by Rosco P. Coltrane on Sunday February 14 2016, @10:58AM

    by Rosco P. Coltrane (4757) on Sunday February 14 2016, @10:58AM (#304098)

    It's a neutered Firefox. For users who don't know (or don't want to know) anything about safety, it's great. But if you want a flexible browser and you don't mind spending an hour setting it up, you're much, MUCH better off with a regular version of Firefox (or better, Palemoon) and the usual add-ons: a proxy switcher, adblock, Ghostery, CsFire, RefererControl, Cookie Monster... That way, if you want strict safety, you can have it. But if you don't - anf there are many valid reasons why you don't, from time to time - then you can disable things selectively. The TOR browser won't let you do it, or will make it extremely annoying to do it.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday February 14 2016, @11:11AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday February 14 2016, @11:11AM (#304102)

    Tor Browser is NOT crap.

    The Tor software opens a local port for any local application to connect to. The Tor Browser connects through that port.

    You can go to Tools/Options/Advanced tab/Network child-tab/"Configure how Tor Browser connects to the internet" Settings. Use these settings with any other browser (like PaleMoon) if you want.

    But I prefer Tor Browser itself.

    • (Score: -1, Flamebait) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday February 14 2016, @11:23AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Sunday February 14 2016, @11:23AM (#304108)

      Holy fucking hell, Batman!! You mean Tor Browser is an HTTP Proxy client!!! Just like Firefox!!! And every other Web Browser!!!!!!!

      Sooooooo fucking Special!!!!!!!!!! Because it's the Tor!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • (Score: 3, Insightful) by Kushan on Sunday February 14 2016, @01:10PM

    by Kushan (5709) on Sunday February 14 2016, @01:10PM (#304135)

    if you want a flexible browser and you don't mind spending an hour setting it up

    Yes, because everyone knows how to take a vanilla Firefox installation and set it up to be secure against government level snooping.

    You have no understanding of what the Tor Browser is for. Not everyone is a security expert, not everyone is even familiar with how the intricacies of the internet works but they still have a right to privacy, sometimes even a need for privacy. Yes, you can do all of this yourself if you want, but that's not the point.

  • (Score: 2) by mcgrew on Sunday February 14 2016, @06:50PM

    by mcgrew (701) <publish@mcgrewbooks.com> on Sunday February 14 2016, @06:50PM (#304257) Homepage Journal

    You know, Hillary, you can run more than one browser at a time. On sites the Tor browser won't work well with, simply open a different browser.

    --
    mcgrewbooks.com mcgrew.info nooze.org
  • (Score: 3, Insightful) by darkfeline on Monday February 15 2016, @01:08AM

    by darkfeline (1030) on Monday February 15 2016, @01:08AM (#304401) Homepage

    What TOR does is disconnect your IP and your browsing, which no addon is able to do. Neither your precious addons nor TOR alone give you anonymity.

    --
    Join the SDF Public Access UNIX System today!
  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday February 16 2016, @07:28AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday February 16 2016, @07:28AM (#305086)

    Are you aware of Panopticlick [eff.org]? People using Tor Browser can blend in with each other. Someone using Tor with another browser, custom-configured in the way you describe, is likely to stand out from the crowd. In other words, a bespoke configuration, even though hardened, may be more identifiable.