Howto: Using Orweb for Anonymous Browsing

Hello Guardians.
Today we’re going to go over setting
up Tor on a non-rooted android with Orbot.
First things first. We’re going to go to either
the F-droid repository or go to the google
play store and search for Orbot. You can see
right there orbot tor on android and we’re
going to do a quick install. Right here you
can see users also installed our sister app,
to Orbot, Orweb, which is the way to browse
the internet through Tor in the browser. So
we’re going to go ahead and install tat as
well. and wait for those guys to download.
So we can see those are installing right now.
we have a little Orbot pulled up. We can now
choose the language. I’m going to choose english
for the English speaking crowd here. It goes
through some of our warnings and instructions.
We try to be explicit about which permissions
we’re going to be accessing just so that everybody
is comfortable with the tool. If you do have
a rooted phone, it does allow for additional
permissions that you don’t have here. You
can see a list of Orbot enabled apps. All
of these tools you can actually plug in Orbot’s
proxy settings to use those tools through
Tor. So now Orbot is ready. We’re going to
Now this is Orbot in
its dormant mode. You just click and hold
and you can see Orbot starting up. It’s bootstrapping,
looking for all the proper Tor connections.
It goes from a nice little grey, to a yellow
while it’s loading and it should turn green
shortly. You can see the speeds now, this
has changed a little bit. The first time you’ve
connected it gives s a little instruction
on how to contact us directly. You can shoot
us a message at [email protected]
And otherwise it says you’ve had success.
now, how do we double check that? Well we
go to our sister app Orweb and as soon as
you open up Orweb it’ll go to
which will actually notify you to say whether
or not you’re using Tor. So, congrats you’re
configured to use Tor. You’ll see the nice
green. If there’s an error it’ll actually
say that you’re not configured to use Tor
and that you’re not using it so please be
mindful of this. You can also all the localization
so that it’s in local languages as well. Now
we’re going to pull orbot back up. For you
advanced users out there you might need to
tweak some of the settings, particularly if
you’re in a place where Tor is blocked. You
can see some pretty detailed settings here.
And you might need
to actually use bridges. I want to walk through
how we can actually get those bridges. We’re
going to out of here and go into another browser.
We’re going to go into chrome. You can go
directly to we’re
just going to click on there. and you can
see the ability to download some bridges after
you’ve solved the captcha. Click “I am human”
to prove it. You can see the bridge relays
right there. Now, if we actually need other
types of bridges, let’s do that. Obfsproxy
is a pretty exciting new development. it hides
Tor in a creative new way that makes it look
like it’s not Tor. it makes the traffic itself
look more like Skype and other kinds of traffic,
making it even harder to censor. you can actually
ask for this by clicking the obfsproxy option
and again solving the captcha, clicking
“i am human” and then we have our obfsproxy proxy bridge so we’re going to highlight this, copy
that, go back into orbot, back into settings.
We can scroll down, click use bridges and
enter in the IP address of that bridge, go
back into orweb and you can see that we are
still connected and now using an obfsproxy
I hope that was helpful
to all of you who want Tor on your phone and
for those of you who have Tor currently blocked
in your country but still want access through
your phone. If you have any other questions,
always feel free to reach out to us at [email protected]
Alright, happy Tor-ing. Bye!

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