Tor Browser switched to the Firefox Quantum and Photon UI
About Tor on Habr write quite often, but the news that Tor Browser still switched to Firefox Quantum and the new Photon UI has somehow been left out. And this is really happened , which can give a new impetus to the development of an anonymous web browser.
As you know, Tor Browser is based on Firefox, the code part of the browser. But the version of Tor lags behind the latest version of Firefox for about two releases. Because of this lag, Tor has just received an update based on Firefox Quantum - and Firefox 57 was updated last year, at the end.
there is a possibility organization of an encrypted communication channel in environments that block any traffic other than HTTP. To ensure that the user's movements can not be tracked, the WebGL API, WebGL? WebAudio, Social, SpeechSynthesis, Touch, AudioContext, HTMLMediaElement, Mediastream, Canvas, SharedWorker, Permissions, MediaDevices.enumerateDevices and screen.orientation are completely disabled or restricted means for sending telemetry, Pocket, Reader View, HTTP Alternative-Services, MozTCPSocket, link rel = preconnect, modified by libmdns.
In addition, the launch of testing the alpha release of the new 8.5 branch is started. From 8.0 it differs by the transition to the toolkit, it solved problem with the work of the service Moat when using transport meek (meek-amazon, meek-azure).
The developers took care of the users of the anonymous browser on mobile devices - an updated and revised mobile version of the browser, which was called Tor Browser for Android. The application is available in the directory. Google Play Store , although now it's just an alpha version.
Tor Browser for mobile devices is quite capable of replacing the browser Orfox, which was developed by the Guardian Project team. According to the developers of the mobile version of the protected version of the browser, they need community assistance in testing the program.
It requires an Android 4.1 platform or a newer version. In addition, to run the test version, you need to install Orbot - this is a proxy for running mobile applications via Tor. The team of the creators of the browser promises that the final release will no longer be tied to Orbot. However, soon it is not worth waiting for it - it will not appear until early 2019.
Among the novelties of the mobile browser is to allocate the following:
Ability to lock code to track movements. Any site is isolated from cross-requests, and Cookies are immediately deleted after the session is terminated.
Protection from interference in traffic and monitoring the activity of the user. Interaction with the infrastructure is carried out within the Tor network. If the traffic between the user and the provider is intercepted, the third-party observer will only be able to see that the user is using this browser, but he will not be able to determine which sites the user is opening.
Implemented protection against the definition of visitor-specific features of tracking using hidden identification methods. All users are "equal among themselves" in the eyes of an outside observer.
Multilevel encryption is used. In addition to HTTPS, user traffic is encrypted at least three times.
Actual for Russian users innovation - there is the possibility of access to blocked resource providers.
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