Is It Illegal to Use Tor?

Tor is legal to use in most countries around the world, but there are some places where it is illegal, banned, or blocked by authorities to enforce state censorship. For example, China blocks all Tor traffic to prevent users bypassing the Great Firewall.

If you’re based in a country that blocks Tor traffic, use Astrill to bypass the online firewall and download the Tor browser. When connecting, only use the Onion over VPN method.

Will My ISP Know If I Use Tor?

Without a VPN, your ISP can see everything you do online and will know you’re using Tor.

Depending on where you are based, your ISP might then throttle your internet speeds and even contact you about Tor usage. This is one of the many reasons why Tor isn’t always safe to use.

That’s why we recommend using Onion over VPN, which can hide the fact you’re using Tor from your ISP. This does mean you have to choose a trustworthy no-logs VPN that will delete your activity logs.