Just what exactly is a TOR proxy? TOR is an acronym that stands for The Onion Routing program. TOR is supposed to secure information passed across the Internet from your computer.
I first learned of TOR when looking into an alleged December 16, 2013 Harvard bomb plot, supposedly carried out by Eldo Kim. The Federal Bureau of Insurgents also known as the FBI claimed that Eldo Kim had used TOR proxy on his MAC book laptop. TOR is free software that is supposed to protect your identity.
I found this information alarming and a huge white flag. I found out that TOR was created by the United States Department of Offense, I mean Defense in 1995. Since I abhor the United States government military, I looked into TOR further.
This free software was created by the Center for High Assurance Computer Systems of the United States Naval Research Laboratory. This security software was originally created with the United States Navy in mind. This software is supposed to keep your communications anonymous on ethernet networks up to a point of those data packets leaving Onion Routing.
Since allegedly Eldo Kim connected his MAC book pro to Harvard's college wireless network, perhaps it was still possible for his data packets becoming sniffed so to speak. I am a huge critique of the United States military, so anytime I read of stories where by military technology is being used, I get immediately suspicious. The Onion Router project claims that their software does not include a back door.
Also, their software is open sourced. What that means is that you could potentially look at this software's code, line by line, to check to see if there is a back door present. The United States government military is notoriously nefarious, including the United States Navy. Does TOR proxy really protect your identity or is it really a way for the Department of offensively Defensive measures to spy on you?
I do not have an answer to this question at this time. However, I won't be installing this software on any of my computers anytime soon if ever. Let me know what you think of TOR or any other military created "anonymity" software below.