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An Open Source Tor controller and anonymity manager for KDE and Linux operating systems

editor's review





TorK is an open source, multiplatform and free graphical software implemented in C++ and designed from the offset to act as a graphical front-end for the famous Tor anonymity network/software. The application is create especially for the KDE desktop environment, supported on GNU/Linux and FreeBSD operating systems.

It is basically a Tor controller

TorK is basically a Tor controller, which allows users to easily configure, run and update a healthy installation of the Tor (The Onion Router) anonymizer software, so you can safely surf the Internet anonymously using any web browser, send anonymous email messages, or use any type of chat client anonymously.

With TorK, you will be able to access the Tor anonymous network and configure how to interact with it, what programs will access the Internet through Tor, as well as to monitor and control your anonymous traffic.

Designed for KDE, depends on KDE

While TorK is designed especially for the KDE desktop environment, it appears that it is also dependent on KDE, as it will need its runtime files. In other words, make sure that you have a healthy KDE installation before attempting to install the TorK application on your personal computer.

While TorK will also work with any open source desktop environment, it will still require the KDE runtime files. Its graphical user interface has a simple design and it’s very intuitive, allowing users to quickly connect to a Tor network and start browsing the Internet anonymously.

An application to fine-tune Tor

With TorK you will be able to easily configure and fine-tune Tor, but be very careful what settings you touch, because Tor is quite sensible and can easily break. You can use TorK to configure KDE to use Tor for Internet traffic. The application also supports firewalls and proxies, as well as sending of anonymous email via the MixMinion network.

TorK was reviewed by Marius Nestor
Last updated on January 27th, 2015

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