Tor Browser 8.0 Comes With New User Integration, Improved Bridge Recovery, and Better Language Support

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The Tor project today published Tor Browser 8.0 with a new user onboarding experience, updated landing page, additional language support, and new behaviors for bridge retrieval, tour viewing, and site visits. onion. You can download the latest version from the project page and the broadcast directory.

Tor provides anonymous communication by directing Internet traffic through a free global volunteer network of over 7,000 relays. The goal is to conceal the location and usage of users from anyone performing network monitoring or traffic analysis.

The Tor browser, which automatically starts Tor background processes and routes traffic through the Tor network, is built on Mozilla’s Firefox Extended Support Release (ESR), a version designed for schools, universities, and businesses. and others who need help with mass deployments. Firefox ESR versions are maintained for one year. In addition to the Tor proxy, Tor Browser includes the TorButton, TorLauncher, NoScript, and HTTPS Everywhere Firefox extensions.

Version 8.0 updates the Tor browser to Firefox 60 ESR. It also fixes the “long term Tor browser issues you told us about”. First, the new onboarding experience, designed to better explain the unique aspects of Tor Browser.

Then there is a new bridge configuration flow when you launch Tor. For users where Tor is blocked, Tor Browser previously offered a handful of in-browser bridges to bypass censorship, but these required sending an email or visiting a website to receive messages. additional decks. Now all you have to do is fix a captcha in Tor Launcher to get a bridge IP address, hopefully allowing more people to bypass censorship and browse the internet freely and privately.

As for language support, Tor Browser 8.0 adds resources or nine previously unsupported languages: Catalan, Irish, Indonesian, Icelandic, Norwegian, Danish, Hebrew, Swedish, and Traditional Chinese.

Tor Browser 8.0 also includes Tor 0.3.3.9 with OpenSSL 1.0.2p and Libevent 2.1.8, the pure WebExtension version of NoScript (version 10.1.9.1) and 64-bit builds for Windows users. For those who want all the details, check out the full changelog.

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