Published on January 12th, 2016 📆 | 2114 Views ⚑


This is how the world Tor Relay Nodes look in real time

Ever wondered how Tor and its relay nodes work. Here is a chance to visualise it exactly as the data on Tor relay nodes travels throughout the world.

Remember these are just relay nodes. It is view of the hops within the TOR network on a given day. Nearly all of the relay nodes are in Europe. Exit nodes would connect to anywhere in the world, which are not shown.

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For the uninitiated a little bit of Tor. Tor is a browser for surfing the dark web or the web which is not seen with normal browsers like Chrome, IE, Edge, Firefox etc.  Tor helps you to protect your anonymity while using the Internet. Tor is comprised of two parts: software you can download that allows you to use the Internet anonymously, and the volunteer network of computers that makes it possible for that software to work.

When you use the Tor software, your IP address remains hidden and it appears that your connection is coming from the IP address of a Tor exit relay, which can be anywhere in the world. There are many reasons you might use Tor, including keeping websites from tracking you and your family members, using websites or services which are blocked in your country (for example, getting around the Great Firewall of China), and maintaining anonymity when communicating about socially sensitive information, such as health issues or whistleblowing.

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The Tor software depends on the Tor network, which is made up of Tor relays operated by individuals and organizations all over the world. The more Tor relays we have running, the faster, more robust, and more secure the Tor network will be.

You can see the visualisation of the entire Torflow relay nodes here. For codes and developers who are interested to see what went into making of this visualisation, visit the Uncharted Software’s GitHub pagehere.

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