Quick start with Tor

Last Updated: Jan 25, 2017 @ 9:14 am

Did you know getting started with Tor is as easy as 1-2-3? Following these short steps and you’ll be enjoying the internet anonymously in no time!

1. Download the Tor browser


The Tor Browser is available for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Android.

Download the file and save it. Installation is quick and easy.

In Windows, double-click the .exe file and select a destination folder. This can also be a USB stick.

In Mac OS X, you have to double-click the .dmg file and drag the containing file into a separate folder, such as the application folder or USB stick.

In Linux, you have to unpack the .tar.xz file with the command below.
“tar -xvJf tor-browser-linux64-[...].tar.xz”

2. Start the Tor browser


When you start the Tor browser for the first time, you will be asked how you want to connect. If you are unsure if your network requires further configuration (mostly it doesn’t), click on continue. Otherwise, click on “configure” and answer the questions.

Pro Tip: If Tor does not connect, or if you do not want your ISP to know you are using Tor, connect to your VPN first, then open the Tor Browser.

3. Browse the Web anonymously


Congratulations, you are now using Tor! You can now browse the internet anonymously. To make full use of Tor’s security features, have a look at their FAQ or ExpressVPN’s Guide on How To Use Tor.

Further reading

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