Tor Browser 12.0.4 releases: bug fixes, stability improvements and important security updates
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.
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.
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 12.0.4 has been released.
The full changelog since Tor Browser 12.0.3 is:
- All Platforms
- Updated Translations
- Updated NoScript to 11.4.18
- Bug tor-browser#41598: Prevent NoScript from being removed / disabled until core functionality has been migrated to Tor Browser
- Bug tor-browser#41603: Customize the creation of MOZ_SOURCE_URL
- Bug tor-browser#41627: Enable network.http.referer.hideOnionSource in base-browser
- Bug tor-browser#41637: cherry-pick Mozilla 1814416: Generalize the app name in about:buildconfig. r=ahochheiden
- Bug tor-browser#41659: Add canonical color definitions to base-browser
- Bug tor-browser#41669: Rebase Tor Browser stable to 102.9.0esr
- Windows + macOS + Linux
- Updated Firefox to 102.9esr
- Bug tor-browser#41542: Disable the creation of a default profile
- Bug tor-browser#41574: Use –warning-color variable for the “Custom” label in the security level popup.
- Bug tor-browser#41606: Move the changes to the hamburger menu out of the Torbutton commit
- Bug tor-browser#41626: Bridge-emojii tooltips not localized in ES locale
- Updated GeckoView to 102.9esr
- Bug tor-browser#41679: Backport Android-specific security fixes from Firefox 111 to ESR 102.9-based Tor Browser
- Build System
- All Platforms
- Updated Go to 1.19.7
- Bug tor-browser-build#40764: Embed repo URL and git revision in Firefox
- Bug tor-browser-build#40782: Update tools/signing/download-unsigned-sha256sums-gpg-signatures-from-people-tpo to fetch from tb-build-04 and tb-build-05
- Bug tor-browser-build#40790: Fix dmg2mar after dmg changes from #28124
- Bug tor-browser-build#40791: tools/dmg2mar should exit with an error when there is an error creating the mar file
- Bug tor-browser-build#40789: Broken mirror links for glean: link 404 for version 5.0.1 hosted at aguestuser’s tor people storage
- All Platforms