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June 20, 2024

Tor Browser 13.5 Enhances Fingerprinting Protections and Optimizes Bridge Settings

Tor Browser 13.5, an open-source web browser for browsing the Web without tracking, surveillance, or censorship, has been released today as a major update that brings enhancements to both desktop and mobile platforms.

Coming more than eight months after Tor Browser 13.0, the Tor Browser 13.5 release introduces an improved user experience of the fingerprinting protections by changing the visual design of the letterboxing implementation to avoid distracting users from the content they’re trying to view.

In addition, Tor Browser 13.5 introduces a new Letterboxing section in General Settings where users will find options to force Tor Browser to remember the last known window size, as well as to choose the alignment of the letterbox either at the top or middle of the browser window.

“Although the existing implementation of letterboxing works excellently to protect you from fingerprinting, its visual design would often be misinterpreted by new users either as a bug with the browser or rendering issue with the website they’re browsing,” said the devs.

This release also brings various refinements to Connection Settings for bridge users, including a revamped bridge cards design with improved sharing features and a single, more compact card with the bridge’s source pre-labeled, a new “Find more bridges” section designed to help users find more bridges elsewhere, and improved management of multiple bridges.

On top of that, Tor Browser 13.5 simplifies the design of Onion site errors to make them more consistent with the other kinds of Network Errors available in Tor Browser, introduces a new, native connection experience for Android users with automatic connection support, and relocates the Tor logs to a new “Connection Settings” section in Settings.

Of course, numerous bugs were addressed so make sure that you check the full changelog for all the technical details. Meanwhile, you can download Tor Browser 13.5 from the official website as a binary that you can run on virtually any GNU/Linux distribution without installing anything.

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