Some of the important features of the Browse with Onion addon are listed below. This is followed by an overview of this addon. This summary contains few words about the addon, its function, and its features. Next is FAQ, this section is useful to get information about how this addon works in your browser. If you couldn’t find a specific answer, please fill the bug report form on this page or the contact form on the homepage to let us know about your question. Following the FAQ, is the bug report form. It is designed to collect user feedbacks and bugs about this addon. Users can suggest improvements or feature requests through this form too. The next section is for submitting comments about this addon which uses the Facebook comments plugin. The last section is dedicated to reports submitted through the GitHub website. We hope the information provided on this page, could help you get all the basics you need about this addon and enable you to have a better experience with Browse with Onion.
In short, Browse with Onion is a lite addon that let you easily browse a specific website with TOR network; has ON|OFF switch to enhance connecting or disconnecting from TOR.
4 Reasons to Use Browse with Onion
Has toolbar popup with ON|OFF switch.
Toolbar button changes icon when you are connected to TOR network.
Status bar in toolbar popup UI shows current state for TOR connection.
Available for Chrome and Opera browsers.
People use proxy software for all sorts of reasons. Some believe it protects their privacy as they can surf the internet anonymously while for others it makes for a way to browse blocked websites. Irrespective of the reason, using a standalone proxy software on your PC could be a hassle. Some software tend to slow down the system while annoying pop-ups appear out of nowhere in case of the use of certain proxy websites that make them difficult to browse. Browse in Tor™, a browser extension, aims to put an end to all these woes related to the use of a proxy software/website. Continue reading its in-depth review to know whether it remains true to its claim or not!
Browse in Tor™ allows users to easily explore different websites using TOR proxy rather conveniently. It is a lite addon that uses TOR connectivity. The most prominent feature of this extension is that not all the websites open in a browser are surfed using the proxy. The user can add a list of websites that they want to browse using a proxy and Browse in Tor™ uses a proxy for them only. Rest of the websites use the regular connection the user has. To enter the websites or links a user wants to surf using TOR, all they have to do is to click the extension icon on their taskbar (which will appear after they have installed it) and enter the websites in the designated space. Multiple websites can be added to use proxy by separating them with a comma. Once the websites have been added, they will have to click on the - Connect to TOR Proxy - button and they will be able to safely surf those websites. This saves them the hassles of using a proxy for all the tabs opened. This extension is available for both Chrome & Opera browser. The icon of the extension on the toolbar changes its color when it is switched ON, giving a clear indication of the user if it is in use. It is important to note that, Browse in Tor™ extension requires the PC to establish a connection with the TOR network. For this purpose, the user is required to install a separate patch on their system which is available on the GitHub link provided by the developer. Although a one-time process, but it might be a complex task for beginner users. Overall, this extension definitely provides utility to the users; it may require users to have a bit of knowledge on softwares though. It is better than other means of using the proxy as it doesn’t slow down the PC or annoying pop-ups that often contain malwares or unwanted software. Therefore, it can be used for safe browsing on your PC. The extension is lightweight; therefore, the browser doesn’t become sluggish if it is installed. You can safely download it and use it as per your convenience to surf the websites of your choice anonymously.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is Browse with Onion?
Browse with Onion is a lite addon that let you easily browse a certain website (not the whole browser) with tor network. Before using the addon please make sure your computer (PC or MAC) is connected to TOR. A separate patch is prepared, to help users easily connect to the TOR network. In order to get the patch please visit this GitHub repo (https://github.com/jeremy-jr-benthum/tor-button/releases) and download (mac.zip) or (win.zip) file depending on your operating system. Then follow the instructions on the repo (https://github.com/jeremy-jr-benthum/tor-button) to connect to TOR network.
2. How can I connect to TOR network in my computer (PC or Mac)?
In order to start working with - Browse with Onion - add-on, please follow these steps. (1) Please navigate to (https://github.com/jeremy-jr-benthum/tor-button/releases) page; if you have Windows machine, please download and unzip "win.zip" file from to your computer, and if you have Mac, download and unzip "mac.zip". (2) For windows machine, please unzip and open downloaded "win" folder and run "run.bat" file within the folder. For Mac please open "win" folder and run "run.sh" file. (3) You will see the screen with 6 options. In order to start TOR connection on your computer, please press 1 on your keyboard, once - Tor is connected successfully! - message is displayed on the screen, you can use - Browse with Onion - add-on to browse your desired website(s) with TOR network. Please note that, you need to add desired domains in toolbar popup UI. To stop TOR connection please press 2 on your keyword. In order to get a new TOR identity, please press 5 and to restart TOR connection, please press 6 on your keyboard.
3. How can I download the source code for Browse with Onion?
To download the source code for this extension from Chrome Web Store, it is recommended to use Extension Source Downloader. With this addon, you can download the source code as a ZIP or CRX format to your machine. If you want to download the source code from the Firefox addons store, please open the firefox download link (if available) in the Firefox browser and then right-click on the - Add to Firefox - button and select - Save Link As... - item. Choose the destination folder on your machine and then save the file in XPI format. You can then rename the XPI format to a RAR or ZIP file. Some extensions may have a GitHub repo address, which you can use to download the source code as well. But, it may not be the latest version of the addon. Therefore, downloading the source code from the official web stores is the best option as it always gives you the latest version of the addon.
4. How can I add a new domain in toolbar popup UI?
In order to add a new domain, please open toolbar popup UI and add desired domains comma separated in the designated area. For example, if you want to browse - torproject.org - with tor network, please add - *.torproject.org* - in the input area (please note that you need to add * at the beginning and end). All changes are auto-saved to the memory. Also note that, items need to be comma separated and without space in the popup (*.torproject.org*,*.example.com*,...). As mentioned above, ONLY these domains will pass through the TOR network and all other websites will remain intact from TOR proxy.
5. How can I turn the add-on ON|OFF?
Please open toolbar popup UI and click on the top left button. The addon will try to connect to TOR network and if connection is successful, it indicates (successful connection) status in the bottom right corner of the UI. In case your computer is not connected to TOR network, the addon will detect that and won’t connect your browser to TOR network. In order to turn the addon OFF, please click on the top left button again. In this case your browser will use system proxy or whatever proxy it had before.
6. Can I use this addon if my computer is not connected to TOR network?
No, you cannot use this addon if your computer is not connected to TOR network. If you do not know how to connect your PC or MAC to TOR network, please use the instruction in FAQ #2 in order to connect your browser to TOR network. Currently, instructions for Mac and PC are available.
7. What buttons are available in toolbar popup UI?
From left to right, there is ON|OFF button on top left corner in toolbar popup., Next, there is a reload button to reload current tab (active tab). Third button is for opening - check.torproject.org - website in order to get tor connection status. Next, there is a download button which directs you to the GitHub repo where TOR installation files are located. The last button is for opening this support page.
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