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What is Tor Messenger?

Tor Messenger is a cross-platform chat program that aims to be secure by default and sends all of its traffic over Tor. It supports a wide variety of transport networks, including XMPP, IRC, Twitter, and others; enables Off-the-Record (OTR) Messaging automatically; has an easy-to-use graphical user interface; and a secure automatic updater.

See the introductory blog post(https://blog.torproject.org/blog/tor-messenger-beta-chat-over-tor-easily) for more information.

Does the Tor Project make any software for sending messages?

Tor Messenger is a cross-platform chat program that aims to be secure by default and sends all of its traffic over Tor. It supports a wide variety of transport networks, including XMPP, IRC, Twitter, and others; enables Off-the-Record (OTR) Messaging automatically; has an easy-to-use graphical user interface; and a secure automatic updater.

See the introductory blog post(https://blog.torproject.org/blog/tor-messenger-beta-chat-over-tor-easily) for more information.

What platforms is Tor Messenger available on?

Tor Messenger is currently available on Linux, Windows and OSX.

Where can I download Tor Messenger?

While the Tor Messenger remains in beta, the latest downloads can be found on our wiki at https://trac.torproject.org/projects/tor/wiki/doc/TorMessenger.

What is OTR?

Off-the-Record (OTR) Messaging allows you to have private conversations over popular instant messaging protocols by providing Encryption, Authentication, Deniability and Forward Secrecy. For more details, please see https://otr.cypherpunks.ca/.

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Can I run Tor on an Android device?

Tor on Android is provided by The Guardian Project. More information can be found at https://guardianproject.info/apps/orbot/ and https://guardianproject.info/apps/orfox/.

Who is the Guardian Project?

The Guardian Project maintains Tor (and other privacy applications) on Android. More info can be found here: https://guardianproject.info.

Can I run Tor on an iOS device?

There is currently no official version of Tor Browser for iOS. There is, however, an app called Onion Browser, which is open source, uses Tor routing, and is developed by someone who works closely with the Tor Project. You can download it from the iOS App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/onion-browser-secure-anonymous-web-with-tor/id519296448?mt=8. Please beware of fake Tor apps in the iOS store!

How do I run Tor on Windows Phone?

Sorry, there is currently no supported method for running Tor on Windows Phone.

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Can I use Tor with bittorrent?

Using Tor with bittorrent is not recommended or supported. For further details, please see our blog post on the subject at https://blog.torproject.org/blog/bittorrent-over-tor-isnt-good-idea.

Why did you infect my computer with malware? (CryptoLocker)

You have been infected with malware. The Tor Project did not create this malware.

The Tor Project writes software that is used every day for a wide variety of purposes by the military, journalists, law enforcement officers, activists, and many others. Unfortunately, the protection that our software can provide to these groups of people can also be abused by criminals and malware authors.

The Tor Project does not endorse, support or condone the use of our software in this way. However, we are not able to assist directly with these cases as we did not write the malware that you have been infected with.

Does Tor keep logs?

Tor doesn't keep any longs that could identify a particular user. We do take some measurements of how the network functions, which you can check out here: metrics.torproject.org.

Does Tor Project offer xmpp/email/some other privacy-enhancing technologies?

No, we don't provide any online services. A list of all of our software projects can be found here: https://www.torproject.org/projects/projects.html.en.

Can I use the Tor logo in my product/movie/book/etc?

You can read all about that here: https://www.torproject.org/docs/trademark-faq.html.

I'm having a problem updating/using Vidalia

Vidalia is no longer maintained or supported. A large portion of the features Vidalia offered have now been integrated into the Tor Browser itself.

Why can't I use Vidalia anymore?

Vidalia is no longer maintained or supported. A large portion of the features Vidalia offered have now been integrated into the Tor Browser itself.

Does the Tor Project offer hosting?

No, the Tor Project does not offer hosting services.

Can I change the number of hops Tor uses

Right now the path length is hard-coded at 3 plus the number of nodes in your path that are sensitive. That is, in normal cases it's 3, but for example if you're accessing an onion service or a ".exit" address it could be 4.

We don't want to encourage people to use paths longer than this as it increases load on the network without (as far as we can tell) providing any more security. Also, using paths longer than 3 could harm anonymity, first because it makes denial of security attacks easier, and second because it could act as an identifier if only a small number of users have the same path length as you.