Tor, short for The Onion Router, is free and open-source software for enabling anonymous communication. It directs Internet traffic via a free, worldwide, volunteer overlay network that consists of more than seven thousand relays.

Using Tor makes it more difficult to trace a user’s Internet activity. Tor protects personal privacy by concealing a user’s location and usage from anyone performing network surveillance or traffic analysis. It protects the user’s freedom and ability to communicate confidentially through IP address anonymity using Tor exit nodes.