In light of the data collection saga that unfolded this week with Telstra, Stewart Smith, a Drizzle developer, has created a nifty tutorial for getting Tor running on Android, and how to set it up with Firefox and Twitter.
In short, it's a simple process of installing the Orbot app from Google Play, and then using localhost:8118 as the address to Orbot's proxy in programs that support HTTP proxying, such as Twitter.
Up until reading Stewart's blog post, I didn't realise that mobile Firefox contained the about:config page that desktop Mozilla users are familiar with. Previously, the easiest way to start browsing with Tor was to install the Orweb application.
Orweb was functional, but was built on a relatively dated and slow Firefox build. It, therefore, had nothing more beyond Firefox to offer, besides easy Tor support. It was for this reason that I sidelined Orweb in the recent Android browser showdown.
Now you can have a fast, great browsing experience and Tor anonymity.
I've been looking through the options on about:config page this morning, and there are far too many options available to make sense of, in a quick overview — the list of available options is immense. I'll be keeping an eye out for any mobile Firefox config goodness, though.
As a footnote, this really hasn't been Telstra's best week, as the Australian Communications and Media Authority has ruled that the telco did breach customer privacy obligations when it exposed the personal details of 734,000 customers online, last year. The usernames and passwords of up to 41,000 customers were also exposed.Update: The Guardian Project, makers of Orweb, pointed me towards their Proxy Mobile add-on that provides a nicer interface than going through about:config options.
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