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We’ve covered Tor-capable browsers like Covert and Onion Browser in the past, but being restricted to just one app for anonymous internet use limits the utility of those apps. Suppose you’re a human rights activist in an unfriendly country and you want to send an email to a sympathetic journalist without being traced by the local regime. Or suppose you need to communicate unpopular ideas through instant messaging. Mobile Tor configures your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch’s WiFi to work with Tor, providing all apps with some degree of anonymous browsing capability.
Unfortunately Mobile Tor comes with one big disadvantage: it currently only works on WiFi, and I don’t have immediate access to a network. Another minor issue is Mobile Tor doesn’t have a GUI interface, (not even a settings menu). To enable Mobile Tor you need to install Mobile Tor from Cydia, go into your WiFi settings, set the HTTP proxy to Host: localhost Port: 8118. To check if Tor is working, point Safari to check.torproject.org.
Mobile Tor is a FREE Cydia tweak, making it the cheapest of all the Tor-compatible software we’ve seen on the iPhone. It is available in the BigBoss repository, which should be available by default on all jailbroken iPhones with Cydia. Just search for Mobile Tor.
While low latency anonymity networks like Tor can’t provide perfect anonymity, it can provide you with a greater degree of protection in your online activity. Just remember that Mobile Tor is only active on WiFi networks.
If you’re worried about posting anything publicly about Tor, feel free to anonymize your browser and share your thoughts in the comments section below.