Last updated: July 6, 2018
Brave Software of San Francisco, CA, USA, launched a Private Tabs with Tor beta feature when it released Brave browser 0.23 desktop. Its introduction lets users use Tor with Brave browser for the first time. Brave launched in 2016 as a privacy-focused web browser. It blocks ads, trackers, and malware by default, which makes browsing faster and safer. By adding Private Tabs with Tor, users can now open regular tabs alongside Tor-powered tabs all in one browser window.
Originally known as The Onion Router, Tor is a free software used for anonymous communication. It relays your communications around a global volunteer overlay network to hide your location and usage from surveillance. In doing so, Tor protects your personal privacy and freedom to communicate with others without fear of being monitored. When launching a Tor-powered tab within Brave, the Tor network anonymizes communication within that tab.
Opening a New Private Tab with Tor
Private Tabs with Tor is available for use by default. First, download Brave browser. If you have it installed already, make sure you are running the latest version. Once installed and/or updated, launch Brave. Right-click on the New Tab plus sign icon, and choose New Private Tab with Tor from the right-click menu.
You can also click the Menu icon, and choose New Private Tab with Tor. A new Tor-powered tab opens.
Note that a Tor-powered tab includes a Tor label to differentiate it from a regular Private Tab.
It is important to note that, as per the company’s announcement, “Since Brave’s implementation of Private Tabs with Tor is currently in beta, there are still some known issues and leaks which we intend to fix in future versions.” Additionally, the manner in which Tor scrambles your IP address to block tracking will generally lend to a slower browsing experience.
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