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Orfox app officially discontinued in favor of newer Tor Browser

Connecting to the anonymous Tor network on Android used to require two apps: Orbot, for the actual Tor connection, and Orfox, to browse Tor-specific sites. The developers launched a new browser last year that contained both components, and with that browser now completed, Orfox is being discontinued.

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Tor Browser's security slider now available on Orfox for Android

The desktop Tor Browser is designed to make accessing sites as safe and anonymous as possible, sometimes at the cost of usability (JavaScript is disabled by default) and speed. It remains a popular tool for privacy-conscious users, but the mobile browser always lacked a major feature - Tor's security slider. This allows the user to change how intrusive they want Tor Browser to be, from simply acting as a proxy to locking down features like JavaScript and web fonts.

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Orfox Is The Guardian Project's Latest App For Bringing The Tor Browser Experience To Android, First Alpha Release Is Available

The Guardian Project, the group behind previous efforts to bring Tor and other privacy-preserving software to Android, is working on a Tor-friendly browser built on the desktop equivalent's codebase. This app, named Orfox, will replace its WebView-based predecessor Orweb.

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Just like Orweb, Orfox will require the companion app Orbot to connect to Tor. Orfox sets itself apart by being a fully-featured standalone browser, with the basic trappings even privacy-conscious users would come to expect like bookmarks and tabbed browsing.

Why Orfox? Well, the Tor Browser Bundle for desktop users is built on Firefox 38.0 ESR. The Guardian Project, who is already accustomed to collaborations with The Tor Project, made the few necessary modifications to the desktop version's code to make it suitable for Android.

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