I noticed that when using Orbots "VPN Mode" that my normal Firefox browser works fine and when I visit check.torproject.org it says I'm connected even though I'm not using the Tor Browser specifically. If I install the Https everywhere and NoScript extension, are there any compromises to using Tor this way?


Using normal browser such as Firefox for Android, while browsing, does not provide required privacy standards, that Orfox/Orweb provides. To be more specific:

  • Orfox adds patches at the Android Java code layer to enable proxying of all Java network HTTP communications through the local Orbot HTTP proxy.
  • It also removes Android permissions for Contacts, Camera, Location, Microphone and NFC.
  • Features like WebRTC and support for interaction with Chromecasts or Roku devices are removed, due to lack of compatibility with proxying communication through a TCP-based network like Tor.

Source: Orfox: A Tor Browser for Android - Guardian Project

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