Anonymous Surfing using Orbot and TOR

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Orbot is a fantastic (and free) proxy application which enables different programs to be able to operate anonymously. It uses the TOR network to hide the users location and provide some level of anonymity. The Orbot plugin can be used in your browser to add some privacy to lots of different applications including social media platforms like Twitter and Instagram.

Hello Guardians. Today we’re going to go over setting up Tor on a non-rooted android with Orbot. First things first. We’re going to go to either the F-droid repository or go to the google play store and search for Orbot. You can see right there orbot tor on android and we’re going to do a quick install. Right here you can see users also installed our sister app, to Orbot, Orweb, which is the way to browse the internet through Tor in the browser.

So we’re going to go ahead and install tat as well. and wait for those guys to download. So we can see those are installing right now. we have a little Orbot pulled up. We can now choose the language. I’m going to choose english for the English speaking crowd here. It goes through some of our warnings and instructions. We try to be explicit about which permissions we’re going to be accessing just so that everybody is comfortable with the tool. If you do have a rooted phone, it does allow for additional permissions that you don’t have here. You can see a list of Orbot enabled apps.

All of these tools you can actually plug in Orbot’s proxy settings to use those tools through Tor. So now Orbot is ready. We’re going to finish. Now this is Orbot in its dormant mode. You just click and hold and you can see Orbot starting up. It’s bootstrapping, looking for all the proper Tor connections. It goes from a nice little grey, to a yellow while it’s loading and it should turn green shortly. You can see the speeds now, this has changed a little bit. The first time you’ve connected it gives s a little instruction on how to contact us directly.

You can shoot us a message at support@guardianproject.info. And otherwise it says you’ve had success. now, how do we double check that? Well we go to our sister app Orweb and as soon as you open up Orweb it’ll go to check.torproject.org which will actually notify you to say whether or not you’re using Tor. So, congrats you’re configured to use Tor. You’ll see the nice green. If there’s an error it’ll actually say that you’re not configured to use Tor and that you’re not using it so please be mindful of this. You can also all the localization so that it’s in local languages as well. Now we’re going to pull orbot back up. For you advanced users out there you might need to tweak some of the settings, particularly if you’re in a place where Tor is blocked. You can see some pretty detailed settings here. And you might need to actually use bridges. I want to walk through how we can actually get those bridges.

We’re going to out of here and go into another browser. We’re going to go into chrome. You can go directly to bridges.torproject.org. we’re just going to click on there. and you can see the ability to download some bridges after you’ve solved the captcha. Click “I am human” to prove it. You can see the bridge relays right there. Now, if we actually need other types of bridges, let’s do that.

Obfsproxy is a pretty exciting new development. it hides Tor in a creative new way that makes it look like it’s not Tor. it makes the traffic itself look more like Skype and other kinds of traffic, making it even harder to censor. you can actually ask for this by clicking the obfsproxy option and again solving the captcha, clicking “i am human” and then we have our obfsproxy proxy bridge so we’re going to highlight this, copy that, go back into orbot, back into settings. We can scroll down, click use bridges and enter in the IP address of that bridge, go back into orweb and you can see that we are still connected and now using an obfsproxy bridge.

I hope that was helpful to all of you who want Tor on your phone and for those of you who have Tor currently blocked in your country but still want access through your phone. If you have any other questions, always feel free to reach out to us at support@guardianproject.info. Alright, happy Tor-ing. Bye! .

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