“It is better to have, and not need, than to need, and not have” is a favorite quote of mine. In preparation for potential attacks on the internet from a Trump Reich. I have taken to trying to become familiar with tools that in many cases were designed to be used against leaders of authoritarians.
One of these tools is the TOR web browser. But the browser is used by more than just dissidents; journalists, businesses and even the US Navy use TOR to keep information safe from prying eyes. The browser is also a major part of what is called the “Dark Web” or “Deep Web”.
Alas, this routing creates a major issue with the browser. The browser is slow, it took several minutes to initially start, and several sites, like FaceBook, were slow to load now some of this may have to do with my laptop that I installed TOR on:
- Windows 10 O.S (64 Bit)
- 4.00 GB RAM
- AMD E-300 APU
- Radeon HD Graphics 1.30 Ghz
- 285 GB Hard Drive (103 GB In Use)
There were other issues with sites; on WordPress, I was unable to read or post, on Gmail I had to access using “Basic HTML”, and HubPages stalled on the CAPTCHA. Some sites, though, worked well; Outlook.com, Criticl.me, and my bank.
I did not test TOR with any sort of photo-sharing sites like Flickr or DeviantArt, nor did I try any advanced configurations.