How To Install TOR Browser Bundle on Ubuntu and Linux Mint

The Onion Router, known as TOR is a free software that enables you an online anonymity. If you use TOR, your ISP or Network admin will not be able to find out what you have done on the internet.

How Tor hides your internet data (from wikipedia):

“Onion Routing” refers to the layers of the encryption used. The original data, including its destination, are encrypted and re-encrypted multiple times, and sent through a virtual circuit comprising successive, randomly selected Tor relays. Each relay decrypts a “layer” of encryption to reveal only the next relay in the circuit in order to pass the remaining encrypted data on to it. The final relay decrypts the last layer of encryption and sends the original data, without revealing or even knowing its sender, to the destination. This method reduces the chance of the original data being understood in transit and, more notably, conceals the routing of it.

But remember that there is no anonymity on the internet. There is no proxy that can hide your identity from the autorities so, I am almost sure that TOR will provide the goverment (or others) all the information they need about your online data. So, do not do rocket science hackeries and hope to hide behind TOR.

I have discovered Tor when searching for a solution to visit some websites which are restricted in my country.

This is what you have to do to install Tor Browser Bundle on Ubuntu 13.04 Raring Ringtail, Ubuntu 12.10 Quantal Quetzal, Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin, Linux Mint 15 Olivia, Linux Mint 14 Nadia and Linux Mint 13 Maya:

For 32 bit systems:

$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:upubuntu-com/tor
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install tor-browser

For 64 bit systems:

$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:upubuntu-com/tor64
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install tor-browser

After the installation is finished, set the right ownership on the ~/.tor-browser:

$ sudo chown -R $USER ~/.tor-browser

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3 comments on “How To Install TOR Browser Bundle on Ubuntu and Linux Mint
  1. Dhiraj Singh says:

    Its really works.. Thanks a lot.. you are right this is not rocket Science we should aware of it.. Generally we should use it to open some blocked site, that sit.. Thanks once again.

  2. Joep says:

    Thanks, it workes perfectly.
    But why do they put vidalia and tor in Ubuntu installer when that doesn’t work?
    Your suggestion worked right out of the box.

  3. Jake says:

    Nice thingy, nice icon. Just if it would come with some kind of a shell script that would wget and untar the Tor Browser Bundle the first time when it’s run.

    Thanks for sharing anyway!

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