Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) recently made history in the name of internet privacy. The social media giant created a custom Tor link which enables people to visit the website via an anonymous web browser.
Those who already use Tor and Facebook are advised to start using it immediately. They should use the following link: https://facebookcorewwwi.onion/.
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Facebook’s latest breakthrough
Facebook is the first website running with a Certificate Authority to launch a dedicated Tor URL. This only proves Mark Zuckerberg’s website, which has been known for invading digital privacy, had made significant strides in internet security. This is crucial for the site’s users because compromised accounts can be very damaging.
There has been a long need for a Tor URL. Facebook users previously complained about how the website doesn’t work well with the Tor browser. Users complained the site would appear to have font all over the place and even the advertisements looked weird.
A win for anonymous users
The social media giant also realized Tor’s routing connection method through several computers to preserve the anonymity of users compromise much of Facebook’s key security measures such as HTTPS, HSTS, and Perfect Forward Security. Facebook believed the sites logging on to the website via Tor are bots, not humans.
The social site’s latest move should be a hit with users who want to browse without being tracked. According to Dr. Steven Murdoch, a professor from University College, users would still have to log in with their credentials. He explained to BBC, “It’s quite hard to use a social network completely anonymously, it somewhat defeats the point, unless you’re just reading information. But just because you want to tell Facebook your name, doesn’t mean they should be able to find out your location and your browsing habits.”
Murdoch also dismissed suggestions that this move would concern governments who often approached Facebook for user information.