Tor Browser 9.0a3 released: fixes a critical security update in Firefox

Tor Browser

Why do you use Tor?

Protect their privacy from unscrupulous marketers and identity thieves.

Internet Service Providers (ISPs) sell your Internet browsing records to marketers or anyone else willing to pay for it. ISPs typically say that they anonymize the data by not providing personally identifiable information, but this has proven incorrect. A full record of every site you visit, the text of every search you perform, and potentially userid and even password information can still be part of this data. In addition to your ISP, the websites (and search engines) you visit have their own logs, containing the same or more information.

Protect their communications from irresponsible corporations.

All over the Internet, Tor is being recommended to people newly concerned about their privacy in the face of increasing breaches and betrayals of private data. From lost backup tapes to giving away the data to researchers, your data is often not well protected by those you are supposed to trust to keep it safe.

Protect their children online.

You’ve told your kids they shouldn’t share personally identifying information online, but they may be sharing their location simply by not concealing their IP address. Increasingly, IP addresses can be literally mapped to a city or even street location and can reveal other information about how you are connecting to the Internet. In the United States, the government is pushing to make this mapping increasingly precise.

Research sensitive topics

There’s a wealth of information available online. But perhaps in your country, access to information on AIDS, birth control, Tibetan culture, or world religions is behind a national firewall.

Skirt surveillance

Even harmless web browsing can sometimes raise red flags for suspicious observers. Using Tor protects your privacy by making it extremely difficult for an observer to correlate the sites you visit with your physical-world identity.

Circumvent censorship

If you live in a country that has ever blocked Facebook or Youtube, you might need to use Tor to get basic internet functionality.

Tor Browser 9.0a3 has been released.

Changelog

This release is fixing critical security updates in Firefox (mfsa2019-18 and mfsa2019-19).

The full changelog since Tor Browser 9.0a2 is:

  • All platforms
    • Pick up fixes for Mozilla’s bug 1544386 and 1560192
    • Update NoScript to 10.6.3

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