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    Tor is described as 'is free software and an open network that helps you defend against traffic analysis, a form of network surveillance that threatens personal freedom and privacy, confidential business activities and relationships, and state security' and is a leading anonymizing network in the security & privacy category. There are more than 50 alternatives to Tor for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Linux, Mac, Android and BSD. The best alternative is I2P, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Tor are Orbot, Freenet, ZeroNet and Shadowsocks.

    Tor is mainly a Anonymizing Network but alternatives to it may also be VPN Services or Anonymous Proxy Apps. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Tor.
    This page was last updated May 16, 2022
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    1. The I2P network provides strong privacy protections for communication over the Internet. Many activities that would risk your privacy on the public Internet can be conducted anonymously inside I2P.
      I2P vs Tor opinions
      Most users think I2P is a great alternative to Tor.
      Both access networks that are otherwise inaccessible.
      Positive comment almost 4 years ago

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      daniellmesquita It is very more anonymous than Tor, and Tor is not even really anonymous.
      Positive comment over 3 years ago

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    2. Orbot is an open source Tor Proxy App for Android Phones. If the phone is rooted, it can even transparently route all phone internet traffic through the Tor network.
      Orbot vs Tor opinions
      Most users think Orbot is a great alternative to Tor.
      Basically the same for Android.
      Positive comment almost 4 years ago

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      it's just the android version of tor
      Positive comment over 6 years ago

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      Just your way to go in case of needing to reach Tor on mobile. The others are, even if alternatives, surely not as good as this for mobile.
      Positive comment almost 4 years ago

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      crazypens30 Orbot, for what it is, is the most similar to the desktop Tor client. In fact, it has several advantages over the desktop version - it's easy to configure bridges and its VPN all from the same console (even though the VPN is in beta at this point). You can also easily configure which nodes to include or exclude. It does occasionally have security leaks, but these have improved in later versions.
      Positive comment over 5 years ago

      -1


    3. Freenet is free software which lets you anonymously share files, browse and publish "freesites" (web sites accessible only through Freenet) and chat on forums, without fear of censorship.
      Freenet vs Tor opinions
      Most users think Freenet is a great alternative to Tor.
      Both have a network that is otherwise inaccessible.
      Positive comment almost 4 years ago

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    4. ZeroNet uses cryptography (Bitcoin library) and BitTorrent DHT (centralized trackers) to build a distributed censorship-resistant network.

      Discontinued

      The last release is from September 2019.

      ZeroNet vs Tor opinions
      Most users think ZeroNet is a great alternative to Tor.
      Closest to the decentralized part of Tor.
      Positive comment almost 4 years ago

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    5. A fast tunnel proxy that helps you bypass firewalls.
      Almost everyone thinks Shadowsocks is a great alternative to Tor.


    6. GNUnet is a framework for secure peer-to-peer networking that does not use any centralized or otherwise trusted services. A first service implemented on top of the networking layer allows anonymous censorship-resistant file-sharing.
      Most users think GNUnet is a great alternative to Tor.
    7. Snowflake is a system to defeat internet censorship. People who are censored can use Snowflake to access the internet. Their connection goes through Snowflake proxies, which are run by volunteers.
    8. Cjdns is a networking protocol and reference implementation, founded on the ideology that networks should be easy to set up, protocols should scale up smoothly, and security should be ubiquitous.
    9. Freegate is an anti-censorship software for secure and fast Internet access. It was developed and maintained by Dynamic Internet Technology Inc. (DIT), a pioneer in censorship-circumvention operation.

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      The installer is detected as malicious by some antiviruses: https://www.virustotal.com/gui/file/20017fd064a42e743ecb6f6fd5b8b60efc21e7f3979b07fcd23a811514f23111

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      I2P (Invisible Internet Protocol) is a universal anonymous network layer. All communications over I2P are anonymous and end-to-end encrypted, participants don't reveal their real IP addresses.
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