Tor doesn’t work well in prac­tice

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My main prob­lem with the se­cure Tor browser is that it makes us­ing the web ridicu­lously slow. If you only want to visit nor­mal sites, you’re bet­ter off us­ing Chrome or Fire­fox. If you want to look at hid­den sites, you of­ten spend ages wait­ing for them to load, only to find that they’ve dis­ap­peared. I’ve also found that log­ging into se­cure sites such as on­line banks is im­pos­si­ble with Tor, and it’s an­noy­ing hav­ing to en­ter your user­names and pass­words all the time, be­cause Tor doesn’t save any cook­ies.

Tor is a good idea in the­ory, but in prac­tice I’ve found it very frus­trat­ing. In my ex­pe­ri­ence, rather than giv­ing you un­fet­tered ac­cess to the web, it im­pedes your ac­cess to it, and the ben­e­fits of anonymity are un­der­mined by the fact that it’s so un­re­li­able. Roger God­frey, via email

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