NSA leaker Edward Snowden has totally changed how we view privacy as it relates to the Internet. In addition to being more cautious about what we share online, some have taken additional steps such as switching to encrypted e-mail services, using proxy services and surfing with Tor, the anonymous web browser / network.
Doing more to safeguard your privacy online makes a lot of sense, but is that exactly what government agencies want you to do?
As outlined in a recent article from The Guardian, Tor does indeed protect a user to the extent that others can't see what you're doing online. But, it doesn't mask the fact that you are using Tor to surf the web. That fact alone could put a target on your back, especially if you live in an area where doing something anonymously would be seen as suspicious.
Tor executive director Andrew Lewman says that is exactly what is happening - the GCHQ and the NSA want people to believe that those using Tor are already suspect and must be up to no good. But according to the executive, the majority of those using Tor are merely being responsible Internet users.
Of course, none of this is really breaking news as we've known for some time now that agencies like the FBI have been targeting Tor users through the use of malware. They've even gone so far as to clone the entire server of Tor Mail.