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To address the concerns of some members of the Sussex academic community who are currently studying and researching overseas, and to support you as best we can, this short course will look at how to browse the regular web anonymously using Tor.

Tor enables ‘onion routing' which gives anonymity by making your IP address unidentifiable. The concept was first developed at the U.S. Naval Research Lab, with the code being released freely and openly.

The Tor browser was later introduced making it much easier to use the network. For example, as the non-profit organisation, the Tor Project, explain on their website:

Tor was an instrumental tool during the Arab Spring beginning in late 2010. It not only protected people's identity online but also allowed them to access critical resources, social media, and websites which were blocked.

This asynchronous session will pull together resources from LinkedInlearning, a platform that Sussex students and staff now have access to. It will explain how the Tor network operates along with how you can download and use the Tor browser anonymously.

Beneath this video you will see three links and a list of further resources. We'd suggest that you work through the first three links in order.

The first link, will take you through to the ITS page that gives you an introduction to linkedinlearning, and shows you how to access your linkedinlearning account. You do not have to connect your linkedinlearning account with your personal linkedin profile, although the ITS page does explain benefits of doing this.

The second link will take you to a short collection of linkedinlearning videos that introduce you to the Tor browser and the Tor network, explaining Tor nodes, directory servers, along with relays and bridges.

The third link will take you to another short collection of linkedinlearning videos showing you how to browse the regular web anonymously. This collection contains videos about installing the Tor browser, routing traffic over the Tor network and, finally, safeguarding privacy on Tor.

If you need a bit more help with tor after watching these videos, you can follows the links listed under ‘further support'.

We hope that you find this useful.

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