The idea of surfing the web without leaving a trace using tools like Tor may sound great at first. But for all the benefits that Tor brings to the table, there are still several ways that it falls short.
The Onion Router, commonly known as Tor, provides anonymity by bouncing your web requests off of several relays which will cause slow response times, and in turn lead to a bad user experience. Tor network is also susceptible to common attacks including browser fingerprinting. And using certain browser plug-ins, like Flash, may compromise anonymity while browsing in Tor. Furthermore, anonymity is not always guaranteed, especially if you violate the rules spelled out on the Tor website and/or do not follow the outlined best practices.
In an article posted on The Windows Club, author Pavithra Bhat explores several alternatives to Tor that can protect users’ privacy better than a standard browser, while also allowing them to surf the web at faster speeds. Read the full article here.
In the blog, Pavithra recommends options like I2P, FreeNet, and Disconnect, however, they too come with their own drawbacks, the most significant of which is that they may seriously fall short of protecting the user’s online security. For example, none of those alternatives can fully protect the user against malware, ransomware, zero-day or other web-based threats. Once the user’s machine is compromised, the user’s privacy gets tossed out the window, thus defeating the purpose of using such tools in the first place.
Anonymous web browsing has very real use cases for corporate users and the good news is that there is a solution that can provide corporate users the security they need while maintaining high standards with the browsing experience that users have come to expect.
Remote Browser Isolation offers the best of both worlds – it reliably protects your identity, makes getting to all your users’ favorite web destinations fast and easy, and guarantees that your corporate network will not be exposed to any web-based threats. It accomplishes this by running a full browser outside of your network in an isolated virtual environment. This keeps any website resources from ever entering your network, which not only hides your identity, but also ensures you are never infected with malicious website content.
While the Tor browser has its place in the world of online privacy, alternatives like Remote Browser Isolation are a simpler, more effective way of protecting a large number of enterprise users, all packaged into a single, easy to manage solution.