Anonymous browser also promises to serve Android Tor users better

pro

(Image credit: Tor)

A new version of the anonymous Tor browser has been released, bringing native support for Apple Silicon equipped devices, as well as optimizations for Android devices.

The updated Tor browser uses a universal binary that contains both x86-64 and ARM64 architectures, so can decide which one to use based on whether an Apple M1 or M2 or Android device is being used – meaning Tor should now perform better on Apple Mac computers. 

Tor 12.0 is built on version 102 of Mozilla’s Firefox, which means it features much of the same security improvements and fixes. The browser is focused on maintaining user privacy and anonymity online, promising not to keep tabs on your activity, as well preventing others from doing the same.  

Android getting attention too

Android has been a system that Tor hasn’t appeared all too keen on developing for, with sporadic updates for the browser on this platform, although Tor now claims it is rectifying this. 

read more

> How to protect your privacy online with Tor Browser (opens in new tab)


>
9 ways to browse the web anonymously (opens in new tab)


>
Hackers have infiltrated Tor Browser and it can’t get rid of them (yet) (opens in new tab)

In announcing the release of the 12.0 browser, Tor commented the company “have been working hard to recommence regular updates for Android, improve the app’s stability… The next phase in our plan for Android is to begin porting selected, high-priority features that have recently been launched for desktop over to Android.”

Another new feature in Tor 12.0 is the HTTPS-only mode for Android. This allows the browser to automatically connect to websites using the encrypted HTTPS protocol by default, as opposed to using HTTP which is not encrypted.

Android versions also now have the option to prioritize .onion sites, meaning that users will be automatically redirected to .onion versions of websites if they are compatible. These domains were created by Tor to try and prevent connections to and from the site from being traced. 

Additionally, language packs are now available with version 12.0, allowing users to switch between languages on the fly. Previously, individual instances of Tor had to be downloaded for a specific language.

    Are you a pro? Subscribe to our newsletter

    Sign up to theTechRadar Pro newsletter to get all the top news, opinion, features and guidance your business needs to succeed!

    By submitting your information you agree to the Terms & Conditions (opens in new tab) and Privacy Policy (opens in new tab) and are aged 16 or over.

    Lewis Maddison

    Graduate Junior Writer

    Lewis Maddison is a Graduate Junior Writer at TechRadar Pro. His coverage ranges from online security to the usage habits of technology in both personal and professional settings.

    His main areas of interest lie in technology as it relates to social, political and economic issues around the world, and revels in uncovering stories that might not otherwise see the light of day.

    He has a BA in Philosophy from the University of London, with a year spent studying abroad in the sunny climes of Malta.

    TECH NEWS RELATED

    Today in Apple history: Sequel to ‘1984’ Mac ad bombs hard

    The “Lemmings” ad became a massive disaster for Apple. Photo illustration: Ste Smith/Cult of Mac January 20, 1985: Apple attempts to build on the triumph of the previous year’s “1984” Macintosh commercial with another Super Bowl ad. Called “Lemmings,” the ad for a new business platform called Macintosh Office ...

    View more: Today in Apple history: Sequel to ‘1984’ Mac ad bombs hard

    Apple Just Released Code for Its 40-Year-Old “Lisa” Computer

    John Couch / Computer History Museum The Lisa was Apple’s first computer with a graphical desktop interface, predating the Macintosh by a year. Now, 40 years later, you can see exactly how the computer worked. Apple released the Lisa computer on January 19, 1983, as a high-end workstation computer ...

    View more: Apple Just Released Code for Its 40-Year-Old “Lisa” Computer

    Saddle up for some solitaire with Pocket Card Jockey: Ride On!

    Play Solitatire to win horse races in an interesting mashup game that debuted in Apple Arcade on Friday. Screenshot: Game Freak A classic Nintendo 3DS game trotted over to Apple Arcade. Pocket Card Jockey: Ride On! merges Solitaire and horse racing into a unique combination. It launched January 20 ...

    View more: Saddle up for some solitaire with Pocket Card Jockey: Ride On!

    Apple appeals to UK competition watchdog investigation about mobile browser dominance

    Apple has filed an appeal against the UK’s competition watchdog regarding its dominance of mobile browsers in the cloud gaming market, reports Reuters. The Competition and Markets Authority started investigating this dominance by the Cupertino firm and Google. Lawyers representing Apple believe the investigation should be reviewed as CMA ...

    View more: Apple appeals to UK competition watchdog investigation about mobile browser dominance

    Amazon Prime Music Unlimited changes streaming prices, now matches Apple Music

    Prices for subscription services have been going up in the past few months, and Amazon Music Unlimited is the latest service to see a hike. Amazon increased the costs for its Music Unlimited tiers in the US and UK, matching Apple’s similar price hike for Apple Music from a ...

    View more: Amazon Prime Music Unlimited changes streaming prices, now matches Apple Music

    Shape Island squares the circle: It’s stop-motion perfection for kids and parents [Apple TV+ review]

    ★★★★★ Minor problems deliver major entertainment in excellent new stop-motion animation series Shape Island. on Apple TV+. Image: Apple TV+ Shape Island arrives on Apple TV+ today to teach kids about social interactions and to help them ward off the anxiety inherent in such things. Based on the critically acclaimed ...

    View more: Shape Island squares the circle: It’s stop-motion perfection for kids and parents [Apple TV+ review]

    HomePod 2 praised in exclusive hands-on before launch

    This week, Apple announced HomePod 2. After discontinuing the original version in 2021 due to poor sales, the company bet on its mini model to lure new customers. Although the smaller version of the company’s smart speakers does have a “surprising sound” for its size, it’s not quite as ...

    View more: HomePod 2 praised in exclusive hands-on before launch

    M2 Pro MacBook Pro Amazon preorder deal gives you $50 off

    Apple unveiled the 2023 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models earlier this week. The laptops feature the expected M2 Pro and M2 Max chip upgrades. The notebooks are available for preorder from Apple and other retailers before their January 24th release date. But there’s already a great preorder deal for ...

    View more: M2 Pro MacBook Pro Amazon preorder deal gives you $50 off

    Apple offers discounts on iPhone 14 Series, MacBooks, Watch Ultra & more via its official website in India

    Samsung is reportedly making OLED displays for iPad Pro, MacBook Pro

    Apple needs to fold the iPhone and forget about Glasses

    Apple TV outage means no stream for you!

    Newest Android version installed on a mere 5% of devices

    Apple's Black History Month plans may tip an earlier than expected iOS 16.3 launch

    Why Apple’s 14-inch M2 Pro MacBook Pro is worth the upgrade

    Dump your bulky wallet for this slim MagSafe alternative [Review]

    Apple’s Next iPad Could Double as a Smart Display

    HomePod head-to-head: How Apple’s new smart speaker compares to original

    Rumor says another Apple TV 4K upgrade is coming; we say 'why?'

    Apple’s Biggest Computer Failure Turns 40 Years Old Today

    OTHER TECH NEWS

    Top Car News Car News