In regards to the article we read about in class today, I put it upon myself to learn more about how to protect one’s identity from the NSA. In essence, the National Security Agency (NSA) is spying on individuals through their phone and Internet records. Enraged with this lack of privacy, many citizens began to lose trust in the government and some even began to research on how to reprivatize their lives. With this new ambition, The Onion Router (TOR) was created.
Tor is a software that allows one to browse the internet in an anonymous state, perfect for confidential users against the ideals of NSA. Basically, how Tor works is that it reroutes the user’s web traffic through many computers, who also have Tor downloaded, so that the client’s tracks cannot be traced back to a single entity. Sounds great, right? Before you go and download this seemingly fabulous program, be aware that it does have some drawbacks. First, one is only safe if there are multiple computers on the network to relay traffic through. Second, Tor sorely lacks in performance. Since the user’s Internet traffic is routed through many other clients, it is not unusual to see a bit of a lag.