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Using Tor Browser to Quality Check Jungle Disk’s Website

By Michael DeFelice
Feb 3, 2017

Tor Browser is a free online privacy tool that enables all Internet users to both browse the web and host web services on its network anonymously. Your Internet usage is being tracked by both the websites you visit and your Internet service provider (ISP). Primarily for marketing cost optimization, but in some cases and in some places for less innocuous reasons. You should seriously try using Tor - if only to demonstrate how strange the web behaves when sites are not tracking you.

Tor’s main benefit to me in quality checking our website is to see the site without a browser’s cache, without cookies from previous sessions and without its CDN content i.e. to see it slow and naked.

So how does anonymous Internet browsing with Tor work?

Detailed information on how Tor works can be found here and here but my notes to get started are as follows:

Quick disclaimer

Similar to how most Internet tracking is relatively harmless, most anonymous browsing with Tor Browser is as well. Tor gets interesting though as it also allows a user to both publish and browse to anonymously hosted hidden services. These services use a .onion extension (vs. the more familiar .com, *.org, *.edu, … *.gov extensions) and include services ranging from The Guardian’s SecureDrop service which aids whistleblowers and anonymous news sources to the infamous Silk Road which aided black market activity. Given this disclaimer, please browse responsibly and consider that there are some things that cannot be unseen.