Pirate Bay introduces Web browser to elude censorship

The browser only circumvents censorship, The Pirate Bay said

The Pirate Bay introduced its own browser that can be used to circumvent censorship and blockades.

The PirateBrowser is a simple, one-click, pre-configured Firefox browser that makes The Pirate Bay and other blocked sites instantly available and accessible in countries where the site is blocked, the torrent search website said in a blog post over the weekend.

PirateBrowser uses Vidalia, a cross-platform graphical controller for the Tor software that allows users to start and stop the Tor anonymizing network.

This client is bundled with Mozilla's Firefox portable browser with the FoxyProxy addon, a set of proxy management tools for Firefox, Google Chrome and Internet Explorer that bypass content-filtering in certain countries.

Combined with some custom adjustments, the PirateBrowser allows users to "circumvent censorship that certain countries such as Iran, North Korea, United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Belgium, Finland, Denmark, Italy and Ireland impose onto their citizens," according to the PirateBrowser site.

The launch of the browser that celebrates the 10th anniversary of The Pirate Bay is only intended to circumvent censorship, The Pirate Bay said. People who want to surf the Web more securely may want to try a virtual private network (VPN) service like Privacy.io, it said.

PirateBrowser was made available for Windows on piratebrowser.com. Linux or Mac versions were not announced.

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