Facebook Inc. (NASDAQ:FB) has moved to address privacy concerns by developing a system that allows users to hide their identity while on the platform. The giant social network has not been the best in ensuring users remain anonymous, but it is now set to change with the unveiling of Tor.
Tor is a version of Facebook Inc. (NASDAQ:FB)’s website that has been developed to run an anonymity software. The service bounces user’s connections through three encrypted hops to random computers online, making it difficult for people to track one’s point of origin.
Tor users appear to be logged in from unusual IP addresses all over the world making it extremely difficult to be tracked. For example, a person logged in, from Australia may in the next minute appear to be logged in from Sweden and later on Canada.
The move to encourage the hiding identity service comes as a surprise as Facebook Inc. (NASDAQ:FB) still requires users to log in into accounts without the use of pseudonyms. Current users on Tor are hardly anonymous to Facebook itself. Tor seeks to guide the identity of users from people who would wish to unmask them, but Facebook will still be in a position to know where one is at any given time.
Tor will mostly be used to hide identities to sites that one might be visiting and may be used for the not so appropriate purposes such as uploading leaked documents to new sites through the secure Drop platform. Facebook Inc. (NASDAQ:FB) states that Tor can be used to circumvent censorship and surveillance that most of the time occurs close to users own connections especially in repressive regimes of Iran and China.
The fact that Facebook uses SSL encryption will ensure that no surveillance system is watching any connection, or local traffic would be able to match up user’s identity with any of their activities on the platform. Facebook Inc. (NASDAQ:FB) is not the first platform to implement advanced encryption features. Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOGL) and Twitter Inc. (NYSE:TWTR) have also implemented default SSL encryption for protecting user’s traffic.
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