Orbot is a free software project to provide anonymity on the internet for mobile devices. It’s a mobile proxy application that helps you access the internet privately by routing your internet traffic through the Tor network. Here are some key features and steps to use Orbot:

Key Features:

  1. Anonymity: Routes your internet traffic through multiple servers (nodes) in the Tor network, making it difficult to trace back to your device.
  2. Encryption: Encrypts your data before it leaves your device, adding an additional layer of security.
  3. Bypass Censorship: Allows access to websites that may be blocked in your region.
  4. Open Source: Orbot is open-source, meaning its code is publicly available for scrutiny, ensuring transparency and security.

How to Use Orbot:

  1. Download and Install:
    • Go to the Google Play Store (for Android) or the F-Droid repository and download Orbot.
    • For iOS, you can use the Onion Browser, which serves a similar purpose.
  2. Setup:
    • Open Orbot and follow the on-screen instructions to set up the app.
    • Grant necessary permissions if prompted.
  3. Start Tor:
    • Open Orbot and tap on the power button to start the Tor network connection.
    • Wait for the connection to be established. You might see a log of messages as Orbot connects to the network.
  4. Use Apps with Orbot:
    • You can route the traffic of specific apps through Orbot by selecting them in the app’s settings.
    • For browsing, you can use the Tor Browser or configure your preferred browser to use Orbot as a proxy.
  5. Advanced Settings (Optional):
    • Explore advanced settings like setting up bridges if Tor is blocked in your country or configuring a local proxy.

Tips for Using Orbot:

  • Speed: Tor can be slower than regular browsing due to the multiple relays your traffic goes through.
  • Security: Ensure you use HTTPS websites for an additional layer of security.
  • Privacy: Be cautious about entering personal information even when using Orbot, as the exit node could potentially see your unencrypted traffic.