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Tor is a free, global network that lets you browse the Internet and the dark web anonymously. There are, however, a few things you need to keep in mind to use Tor securely. As online surveillance becomes more and more prevalent, tools that can help you stay private and secure online are critical. When using Tor, on the same webpages, NoScript blocks everything and when I right click to activate only the certain scripts I want, that's not an option. I can only activate globally, or allow all scripts on that page to load. Is it supposed to be this way? Why not give Tor users the option to choose which scripts they want to load? NoScript (or NoScript Security Suite) is a free software extension for Mozilla Firefox, SeaMonkey, other Mozilla-based web browsers and Google Chrome, created and maintained by Giorgio Maone, an Italian software developer and member of the Mozilla Security Group. Cross-browser NoScript on the chrome web store Supported browsers: Firefox (Desktop and Mobile on Android), SeaMonkey, Tor Browser (where it is built-in), Chromium/Chrome. Other browsers based on Gecko versions = 45 might work, but are not tested. Tor (not TOR, which some incorrectly call it) is a browser for internet anonymity and censorship circumvention. Tor allows the user to have dynamic IP addresses that can be changed with a click of a button or every ten minutes. Tor Browser can be confusing to set up without using the ready-made Tor Browser Bundle.

Tor Browser in Tails 3.13.1 is not safe to usewithout taking the manual steps listed below each time you startTails!
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Starting from Friday May 3, a problem in Firefox and Tor Browserdisabled all add-ons, especially NoScript which is used to:

  • Strengthen Tor Browser against some JavaScript attacks that can leadto compromised accounts and credentials on websites.

  • Enable or disable JavaScript on some websites using the NoScriptinterface, if you use it.

If NoScript is activated, the NoScript icon appears in the top-right cornerand Tor Browser is safe:

If NoScript is deactivated, the NoScript icon is absent from the top-right corner and Tor Browser is unsafe:

Activate NoScript manually

To secure Tor Browser in Tails 3.13.1 or earlier, you must activateNoScript every time you start Tails:

  1. Open the address about:config in TorBrowser.

  2. Click the I accept the risk! button.

  3. At the top of the page, search forxpinstall.signatures.required.

  4. Double-click on the xpinstall.signatures.required line in theresults to set its value to false.

  5. Verify that NoScript is activated again.

The popularity of the Tor Browser has risen very rapidly over the last period of time. It was originally developed by the US Naval Research Lab in the mid-1990s to allow government officials to communicate in an anonymous and secure manner.

Nowadays, most people tend to use the Tor Browser because it gives them the freedom to keep their privacy and anonymity on the internet.

What is Tor?

The Tor browser is also known by another name, the Onion router, and is a Flagship/significant product of the Tor project.

A team of developers and some of the Tor Browser volunteers have successfully managed to create a browser by modifying a version of the Mozilla Firefox web browser that allows users to browse the internet anonymously.

It involves a number of volunteer relays where Internet traffic bounces and guarantees that the user is not monitored. Once the user is done with surfing, the Tor Browser itself terminates the session by removing or disabling a range of confidential data such as user history, HTTP cookies, etc.

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Tor browser is also very famous for its ability to give its user access to sites of the Deep Web and Dark Web, which users cannot use with common browsers like Firefox, Chrome.

Why is it required to disable JavaScript in the tor browser?

JavaScript is required to be disabled in the Tor browser for many security reasons. In 2013 it was discovered that many earlier versions of the Tor browser are vulnerable to JavaScript attacks as JavaScript provides the attacker/hacker a backdoor that tries to track the user by using their provided session details.

How to turn off JavaScript in the Tor browser?

To disable the JavaScript in the Tor Browser, follow the following steps:

1. Open the tor browser by double-clicking on its icon.

2. Now search for the menu symbol which is located mostly on the top-right side of the browser and click on it as shown below:

3. Once the menu gets opened, look for the 'Options' in the following options and click on it to open the tor browser preferences.

4. When the settings tab gets opened, click on the 'Settings and Privacy' option located on the left side and search for the Security option in the given options.

5. Now to turn off JavaScript, click on the 'Safest' option and close the settings tab.

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The Tor browser also has an alternative way to disable JavaScript, which is to use the 'NoScript' feature of the Tor browser to disable all scripts in the browser.

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