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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?

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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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