Facebook on Android Now Offers Privacy with Tor

Afraid about your social media browsing not being anonymous? Want to keep your Facebooking secret from digital prying eyes? Then there’s good news for you. Facebook on Android now gives you an added layer of anonymity with Tor.

For those unfamiliar with Tor, it a ‘free to download’ software that is able to deliver anonymous communication. It is mostly used by people who want to browse the Dark Web, which is the other side of the internet. For now, we will be detailing on how Facebook has extended its level of privacy on Google’s Android OS.

Get Additional Privacy For Facebook On Android Through Tor

Facebook had created a Tor onion address in 2014 previously, in order to make it easier for people to connect to Facebook securely from Tor-enabled browsers. This in turn increased the level of security of Tor connections to Facebook by eliminating steps that required traffic to travel beyond the cryptographic assurances provided by the Tor network.

Facebook explains how it got positive feedback from users over the course of several months that allowed it to branch out the feature to Android:

“A sizeable community of people has grown to use this feature and help us make it more efficient and reliable. We commonly receive requests for additional platform support beyond the browser, and thanks to a project initiated by a summer intern at Facebook and subsequently picked up by our Protect and Care team in London, we are now offering experimental support for using Facebook over Tor via the Orbot proxy app for Android devices.”

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How to Get Started with Tor On Facebook?

To get started, users can head to Google Play or the Orbot F-Droid repository to download Orbot: Proxy with Tor.

After you have successfully installed Orbot, visit your Facebook ‘App Settings’ menu to enable the feature using a new preference switch. Facebook has said that it will be providing more information in the form of updates and news on ‘Facebook over Tor page’.

Additionally, users who want to get more information of this new feature can visit ‘Tor on Android’ page.