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Onion Browser goes free for privacy-conscious iOS users, citing 'recent events'


For over four years mobile app developer and privacy journalist Mike Tigas has been selling his Onion Browser, which encrypts and tunnels users' web traffic through the Tor network, in the iOS App Store for the princely sum of 99 cents.

Last month, he decided to make it freely available:

Given recent events, many believe it's more important than ever to exercise and support freedom of speech, privacy rights, and digital security; I think now is as good a time as ever to make Onion Browser more accessible to everyone.

Tigas clearly feels passionately in empowering people's ability to improve their digital security. And that seems to be one of the motivations for no longer charging for the Tor browser he developed for iPhones and iPads:

...selling an app inherently puts up a barrier to user adoption - not for users who simply don’t want to pay for software, but rather for those users who cannot pay for the software. (In many cases, this is due to possessing a grey market...(continued)
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