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A Washington developer named Mike Tigas first developed the Onion Browser app in 2012, the browser is a piece of free software available for all iOS devices that encrypts and tunnels traffic through the Tor network. Starting late December, the software is being promoted as the official Tor Project-endorsed Web browser for iOS.

Up until a few weeks ago the software was on the App Store for $0.99, but it was recently released it to the general public for free. The original price was only to recoup the $100 yearly Apple Development fee charged. However, the project gained so much traction Tigas ended up earning upwards of 2 thousand dollars per month. Tigas is currently working for ProPublica and has chosen to give up the additional income for the freedom of others.

A recent blog post by Tigas stated, “I think now is as good a time as ever to make Onion Browser more accessible to everyone. […] For censorship-circumventing software like Tor, barriers to access are a significant human rights issue — especially in the face of escalating digital repression in some parts of the world.”

A new and improved version of the Onion Browser is slated for release within the next few months. New features to expect are the Tor VPN that routes all device traffic over the network and a complete user-interface redesign.

Grab the app today for all of your iOS devices here!