Short Bytes: Tor Browser, the famous web browser based on Firefox ESR has just got its latest stable release, Tor 7.0. The latest release comes with updated add-ons and various bug fixes for Windows, Linux, macOS variants. Also, it includes Firefox’s multiprocess mode and content sandbox as an effort to tighten the security and improve performance.The Tor Project has announced the next major release of their anonymity browser in the name of Tor 7.0. The famous browser lets users connect to the Tor network with the help of a modified Firefox ESR web browser which includes add-ons such as TorButton, TorLauncher, NoScript, and HTTPS-Everywhere.
Tor 7.0 finds ESR 52.1.2 as its base and leverages the Firefox’s performance and security improvement features like multiprocess mode and content sandbox. The development team says that sandboxing is enabled by default for Linux and MacOS variants of Tor 7.0 while they haven’t finished adding the same for Windows machines.
As with ESR 52, Windows machines which doesn’t support SSE2 (Streaming SIMD Extensions 2) won’t be able to run Tor 7.0, And for macOS, the machine should be running macOS 10.9 or above to support Tor’s latest version.
Tor 7.0 also brings a number of changes to prevent tracking and fingerprinting while the user is connected to the Tor network. To enhance tracking related defenses cookies, view-source and the Permissions API are now isolated to the first party URL bar domain. For fingerprinting defenses, the team has disabled and fixed various new feature like WebGL2, WebAudio, Social, SpeechSynthesis, Touch APIs, and the MediaError.message property.
In addition to various bug fixes for Tor 7.0, the development team has also updated different add-ons and features: HTTPS-Everywhere (5.2.17), NoScript (5.0.5), Tor stable version (0.3.0.7), TorButton (188.8.131.52), Tor Launcher (0.0.12.2).
Download Tor 7.0
Tor 7.0 is available for download for Windows, Linux, and MacOS. You can follow the link below to reach Tor Project’s download page:
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