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The Tor Project and Mullvad VPN have collaborated to create a new browser that aims to protect user privacy as much as possible without actually connecting to the Tor network.
The Tor network is a collection of routers that encrypt and shield web traffic from snoopers so that no one can follow your online activity or IP address. This network can only be used by specific browsers, such as the Tor browser.
According to Jan Jonsson, CEO of Mullvad VPN, “From our perspective, there has been a gap in the market for those who want to run a privacy-focused browser as good as Tor Browser but with a VPN instead of the Tor Network.” The new Mullvad browser was created by The Tor Project and distributed by Mullvad.
Although it has come to be associated with illicit activities on the dark web, research databases, and secure email services also have residences there, and using the Tor network is legal in the majority of nations. Regular websites can also be accessed using the Tor network without being traced.
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To that purpose, the new Mullvad browser by default conceals several factors, such as hardware APIs and typefaces, that can be used to glean information about a user’s equipment and identify it. It has privacy mode turned on by default, disables third-party trackers, and makes it simple to remove cookies during a session.
In addition, Mullvad claims there are fewer extensions and plug-ins than in other anonymous browsers, which lowers the risk of users unintentionally disclosing their identities through the particular configuration of plugins they have.
The goal of creating this browser with Mullvad was to challenge the all-too-common business model of data exploitation while giving users more free privacy options for exploring the web. This collaboration shows that it is possible to create open-source software that prioritizes user privacy protection, according to Isabela Fernandes, executive director of the Tor Project.
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Mullvad’s own VPN naturally integrates completely with the browser, but it can also be used separately. On Windows, Macintosh, and Linux, the Mullvad browser is also open-source and free to download right now.