The number of users on Tor has been growing substantially bigger over the last couple of years.
It is not very difficult to understand why. Tor stands for anonymous web browsing – a method that largely enhances each user’s cyber security and privacy.
This networking protocol will make any data relayed across several servers unidentifiable.
As a result, snoopers will have a harder time trying to identify the IP address and hack it to read webmails, social networking sites, browser history and more.
Recently, there is an online tool that has been made available which will allow everyone to visualize the flow of data on Tor.
This tool was developed by Uncharted, which is a data visualization software company.
For those who have wondered about who uses Tor, and exactly where, this tool called TorFlow is a brilliant invention.
TorFlow will allow you to see how data is being relayed from one node to the other.
Tor not only encrypts data but also strips away the header, which contains the information of your IP address and also the operating system which you used to send data.
Then instead of sending the encrypted data directly to its destination, Tor passes it through several servers (which are also called relays) so that no one could retrace it back to you.
A lot of people think that this supports the use of shady activities on dark web like the Silk Road, but the truth is that Tor is just an anonymous browser that gives the opportunity to people to retain their safety and privacy online.
While running the Tor online network, Google Ads or Acxiom will not be able to retain information of your IP address and perform traffic analysis, or even access your web history.
Many political activists and journalists prefer using this option.
Tor frequently publishes and updates information on the location and bandwidth of its servers which help in relaying information.
Uncharted used this information and created a graphical network out of it so as to show how complex the system really is and how its use is growing in scale.
The TorFlow visualization shows a graphic representation of data being exchanged over several servers or relays all over the world.
However, this tool cannot trace the data from its starting point to its destination.
With this protocol, each server will only know the previous node or hop that the data is coming from.
It will have no idea where this data originated, or where it is going to go next.
So all the dots shown in the TorFlow are just links in a long chain and no one can use it to predict the data flow.
This tool shows areas where data volume is so huge that all servers within that area are grouped into circles.
The map shows, for instance, that Germany is one of the Tor hotspots, with more than a thousand servers running in the same area and relaying information.
TorFLow does not provide live access to the data being exchanged.
Therefore, performing a live analysis on what it shows is not really a good idea.
TorFlow shows the average activity on Tor over the whole day.
It uses the dot animation to show the activities, and you can even use the TorFlow slider at the bottom to see what the situation of data flow was like on any day since the year 2007.
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