A new version of the Tor Anonymous Browser has been released, bringing native support for Apple Silicon equipped devices, as well as improvements for Android devices.
The updated Tor browser uses a universal binary containing both the x86-64 and ARM64 architectures, so it can be decided which one to use based on whether an Apple M1, M2, or Android device is in use – which means that Tor should now work better on Android devices. Apple Mac computer.
Tor 12.0 is built on Version 102 of Mozilla’s Firefox, which means it features a lot of the same security improvements and fixes. The browser focuses on maintaining user privacy and anonymity online, and promises not to monitor your activity, as well as to prevent others from doing the same.
Android is also getting attention
Android was a system Tor didn’t seem very keen on developing, with sporadic updates to the browser on that platform, although Tor now claims to be patching that up.
On announcing the release of the 12.0 browser, Tor commented that the company is “working hard to resume regular updates for Android, and improve app stability… The next stage in our plan for Android is to start porting the specific high-priority features that have recently launched to desktop devices.” And down to Android.”
Another new feature in Tor 12.0 is the HTTPS-only mode for Android. This allows the browser to automatically connect to websites using the encrypted HTTPS protocol by default, instead of using unencrypted HTTP.
Android versions now also have the option to prioritize .onion sites, which means that users will be automatically redirected to .onion versions of websites if they are compatible. These domains were created by Tor to try to prevent communications to and from the site from being tracked.
Additionally, language packs are now available with version 12.0, allowing users to switch between languages on the go. Previously, individual Tor instances had to be downloaded for a specific language.