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Downloading Tor could have landed you on an NSA watch-list

Downloading Tor could have landed you on an NSA watch-list
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Trying to avoid the NSA might have landed you on their radar. Go figure.

A new report from ProRepublica found that the NSA has a program that collects data and other information on people who seek out privacy-protecting software - mainly the anonymous Tor Web browser.

Not sure what Tor is? Click here for everything you need to know. 

In the report, ProRepublica cites a target list full of Tor servers from December 2010 to February 2012. So that means if you used Tor between those times, you could have been flagged for further surveillance and investigation. The report doesn't detail how much the NSA snooped on the people on this list, but it's a scary revelation nonetheless.

However, Tor developer Roger Dingledine told ProRepublica that using Tor is still safe:

"Tor is designed to be robust to somebody watching traffic at one point in the network – even a directory authority." It is more likely that users could have been spied on when they were not using Tor."

Do you still want to browse the Internet in private but don't want the NSA to flag you for downloading Tor? Click here for a program that lets you be completely anonymous online. 

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Source: Pro Publica
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