At National Online Safety, we provide multi-award-winning online safety education for the whole school community. It’s our mission to make the internet a safer place for children. We believe that when children go online to learn, communicate or play, they should be able to do so safely. That’s why we provide schools all over the world with the knowledge they need in order to tackle new and evolving online risks.
Part of our Online Privacy & Security Series 2020-21
What is a TOR browser?
The Onion Router or ‘TOR’ browser anonymises web traffic using a network that makes it easy to protect an individual’s identity online.
It works by adding multiple layers of encryption onto website traffic as it bounces around the network. It then slowly peels away those layers, so by the time the internet activity has reached the website intended, it cannot be identified.
Browsing the internet using TOR is slower due to the internet route being used. Some major web services block TOR browsers due to their ability to anonymise and, although they’re not illegal, they are blocked in some countries exactly for this reason.
For more information on the associated risks and online safety tips for parents and carers, watch our explainer video, available to those with a National Online Safety membership.