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Can Safe Surfer block Tor Browser?

Tor Browser is powerful anti-censorship software designed to break through many kinds of network filtering and monitoring. Used by journalists and activists worldwide, it can even break through China's Great Firewall if configured correctly! Due to its design, Tor Browser is sometimes used to break through internet filtering solutions installed by parents and caregivers.

Safe Surfer is aware of the difficulties that arise for parents wanting to protect their children from accessing harmful online content, so we've designed technology that can help prevent Tor Browser from being either downloaded and/or used on devices protected by Safe Surfer, although this depends on the kind of device being used.

Android (Samsung, OPPO, etc.)



For Android mobile devices, we take advantage of special Android features so that we can block Tor Browser. If you have turned on either the Prevent Uninstall or App Blocking features within the Safe Surfer app, it will block Tor Browser if you have the "Proxies and anonymisers" category turned on (which is enabled by default).

Tor Browser blocking in action

iPhone, iPad, and iPod



For Apple mobile devices, Apple marks web browser apps other than Safari as "17+". If the Chrome web browser app is on this device, keep in mind that this will make Chrome unavailable due to Apple's design. You can stop Tor Browser from being downloaded and/or used by navigating to the following menu on the device in question:

Settings > Screen Time > Content & Privacy Restrictions > Content Restrictions > Apps > set to 12+ or lower.



Tor Browser will now be unavailable for the device. You might also like to set a passcode on the Screen Time main menu. If your household has mostly Apple devices, we suggest using Apple's Ask to Buy feature—this can help you prevent certain apps (such as VPNs) from being used as a protection workaround. Find out more by clicking this link.

Windows



For Windows laptops and desktops, Tor Browser doesn't require admin permissions to start (which makes it very difficult to stop being used). To help with this situation, we have two categories on the Safe Surfer dashboard's Blocking menu that you should make sure are enable for the device in question. This doesn't block the Tor Browser networking, but rather makes it a lot harder to download it in the first place.



macOS



For Apple laptops and desktops, Apple marks certain Internet-related apps other than Safari as "17+". You can stop some Tor-related apps from being either downloaded through the App Store and/or used by navigating to the following menu on the device in question:

System Settings > Screen Time > Content & Privacy Restrictions > Content Restrictions > Apps > set to 12+ or lower.



You might also like to set a passcode on the Screen Time main menu. If the Mac has multiple user accounts, you will need to change this settings for each user. If your household has mostly Apple devices, we suggest using Apple's Ask to Buy feature—this can help you prevent certain apps (such as VPNs) from being used as a protection workaround. Find out more by clicking this link.

Updated on: 13/01/2024

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