Since it’s release in 2002, the Tor (short for The Onion Router) has been a system running intended to enable online anonymity.
Tor client software routes Internet traffic through a worldwide volunteer network of servers in order to conceal a user’s location or usage from someone conducting network surveillance or traffic analysis. Using Tor makes it more difficult to trace Internet activity, including “visits to Web sites, online posts, instant messages and other communication forms”, to the user. It is intended to protect users’ personal freedom, privacy, and ability to conduct confidential business by keeping their internet activities from being monitored.
I have tried using Tor years ago and it seems somewhat practical, but effective for someone who would like anonymity online. The Tor client software can be run through virtually anything that uses the internet on your computer. The downside I found with it though was that sometimes it can cause slow speeds, due to running through other people who have slow internet. Also the fact that you are volunteering yourself while on the Tor network, might make some uneasy about using it.
Have any of you guys used Tor? and if not, do you think it is worth using it to protect your privacy?