Tor Browser 13.5 brings Android enhancements, higher bridge administration


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The Tor Challenge has launched Tor Browser 13.5, bringing a number of enhancements and enhancements for Android and desktop variations.

The Tor Browser is a specialised open-source net browser designed for nameless shopping by routing the consumer’s visitors by means of hundreds of volunteer-run servers referred to as nodes/relays, which represent the Tor community.

Tor additionally supplies entry to “.onion” web sites, that are solely accessible over the Tor community and are generally used for privateness and anonymity. The browser additionally options many built-in protections towards persistent monitoring and fingerprinting.

In Tor 13.5, the builders targeted extra on usability enhancements than implementing main safety or privacy-preserving mechanisms.

Desktop enhancements

Beginning with the desktop model, Tor Browser 13.5 brings higher bridge administration, improved letterboxing, and extra constant error messages.

Letterboxing – The visible design of letterboxing has been enhanced to cut back confusion amongst new customers, making it clear that it’s a privacy-protecting function fairly than a bug.

New settings have been launched, permitting customers to recollect the final window dimension they used and alter the alignment of the letterbox throughout the Common Settings menu.

New Letterboxing design
New Letterboxing design
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Bridge settings – Bridge playing cards, which assist customers handle connections used to bypass censorship, have been redesigned for a extra compact and user-friendly structure.

The brand new design pre-labels the sources of bridges, whether or not they’re built-in, requested, or added by the consumer, making it simpler to handle them.

Better Bridge management on the desktop
Higher Bridge administration on the desktop
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Onion website errors – The design of onion website error messages has been simplified to align visually with different community error messages within the browser.

Android enhancements

Traditionally, the Android model of Tor at all times lagged behind the desktop app, missing lots of the newest options or providing half-baked implementations of some key mechanisms.

With the discharge of model Tor 13.5, the builders need to make strides in direction of altering that, introducing a number of key enhancements for the Android app.

New connection expertise – The connection screens in Tor Browser for Android have been utterly overhauled to supply a extra native and constant consumer expertise.

They’re designed to put the groundwork for the long run introduction of the ‘Connection Help’ automated censorship circumvention system.

Tor logs – Tor logs, which assist troubleshoot points by recording Tor’s background exercise, have been relocated to a brand new “Connection Settings” part throughout the settings menu.

This modification implies that customers can now entry their Tor logs at any level, no matter their connection standing.

Tor's Android enhancements
Tor’s Android enhancements
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Lastly, the Tor group reminds customers that 13.5 is the final main model of their browser to help Home windows 8.1 and older and macOS 10.14 and older.

That mentioned, these nonetheless utilizing these outdated working methods ought to think about transferring to a more recent launch, or they’ll cease receiving safety fixes and updates.

Tor Browser 14.0 is about to launch someday within the final quarter of 2024, so impacted customers are given a number of months to plan and execute their improve.