Mozilla with Tor to improve Internet Privacy , the developer of the internet browser Firefox, has teamed up with Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT) and the Tor Project (The Onion Router) to provide internet users with greater privacy through their new initiative—Polaris, according to the company’s privacy blog.
“Polaris is designed to allow us to collaborate more effectively, more explicitly and more directly to bring more privacy features into our products,” the browser stated on its website. “We want to accelerate pragmatic and user-focused advances in privacy technology for the Web, giving users more control, awareness and protection in their Web experiences. We want to advance the state of the art in privacy features, with a specific focus on bringing them to more mainstream audiences.”
This feature makes it difficult for the surveillance companies to track a user’s activities online. However, its only drawback being its speed which can be pretty annoying if the connection is less than ideal. The two companies plan to integrate best features of both—Mozilla’s speed and Tor’s security.It is also working towards providing a feature that can protect its users from invasive tracking without penalizing the advertisers and content sites that respect user’s preferences.
Apart from added privacy, Mozilla will also offer a ‘Forget button,’ which will allow users to not have their browsing history recorded. Users can select to forget the last five minutes, or last 24 hours and leave no trace that they were ever on the internet, the technology news site VentureBeat reports.
Although internet privacy is often a topic of conversation, it is yet to go mainstream; with many ordinary computer users put off by they perceive to be its complex nature to use. However, Mozilla hope the introduction of Polaris will help to change these stereotypes.
“The Tor Project is excited to join Mozilla as a launch partner in the Polaris program. We look forward to working together on privacy technology, open standards, and future product collaborations,” said Andrew Lewman of the Tor Project.