How to Use Tor Browser’s Tools to Protect Your Privacy

Interested in a browser that gives you utmost privacy and protects all work history? Then Tor browser is the perfect choice. Tor browser is one of the most protected browsers available.

Tor stands for The Onion Routing which described originally how the open-source browser anonymizes its users. As the site explains  it does this by encrypting your information and relaying it through Tor’s system of servers (called a circuit). This occurs so that your ISP can’t track any of your activities. Different tabs originating from the same website will all be loaded through the same circuit.

According to Tor, websites will recognize your connection as coming from Tor network. While this protects your identity it can also be troublesome. Sites such as financial institutions or medical services may see your login as not coming from your home computer. 


To see what servers your data is being bounced through, you can click on the green lock icon on the left side of the address bar. If you have trouble getting the site to load properly you can try to adjust it by clicking on the “New Circuit for this Site” button, which will reroute the data and possibly solve the problem.

As earlier mentioned, the Tor Browser is based on Firefox. This is why some of Tor’s interface and controls may look familiar if you are a Firefox user. 

When installed, the Tor Browser is by default set to private browsing mode. This will automatically allow Tor to  delete all cookies and site data when you close the browser. In case you intend keeping some of your cookies or data, you can easily deactivate the private browsing mode.

Here’s how:

  • Click on the three bars in the top right corner of the browser window. Go to “Options” (on a PC) or “Preferences” (on a Mac).
  • Go to “Privacy & Security” on the left-hand menu.
  • Find the “History” section in the main area and uncheck “Always use private browsing mode.” You will need to restart the browser; you can then choose what you want it to remember when you exit (such as your browsing and download history).

If you want to manually delete cookies or other data during a browsing session:

  • In the “Privacy & Security” section, look for “Browser Privacy” (which will be the first section on the page. Find “Cookies and Site Data” and click on “Manage Data…”
  • You can then use the “Remove Selected” button to remove data from a particular site or just click “Remove All” to delete all of it.
  • On the “Browser Privacy” page, you can also click on “Manage Permissions…” to specify what cookies should be blocked or allowed for individual websites. Enter in the URL and then select either “Block,” “Allow for Session,” or “Allow.”
  • Finally, you can select “Clear Data” to delete all cookies and data currently stored by the browser.

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