The Tor Project is proud to announce the general availability of a new stable branch of the widely-used Tor software for anonymity online. The Tor 0.2.8 series is currently the most advanced one and build 0.2.8.6 is now ready for download.

According to the release notes, the Tor 0.2.8 stable branch has been in development for the past several months, during which the development team managed to implement over 300 changes. The biggest new features since Tor 0.2.7 are performance improvements to client bootstrapping, production-ready authority-side implementation for better identity keys for relays, as well as new security features for Linux OSes.

“After months of work, a new Tor release series is finally stable. Tor 0.2.8.6 is the first stable version of the Tor 0.2.8 series,” says Nick Mathewson. “The Tor 0.2.8 series improves client bootstrapping performance, completes the authority-side implementation of improved identity keys for relays, and includes numerous bugfixes and performance improvements throughout the program. This release continues to improve the coverage of Tor’s test suite.”

Tor onion service support now available for Debian Linux

In related news, the Tor Project teamed up with the Debian Project to provide Tor onion services to the Debian GNU/Linux operating system and Debian’s online services, such as website and wiki pages. This ensures that users that they won’t be tracked or monitored by any government agencies when they’re using the respective services or updating their Debian installation.

Tor helps you communicate with anyone anonymously on the Internet and prevents people or government agencies from learning your browsing habits or location. Always use Tor if you don’t want to be tracked or monitored while surfing the Web. The latest version, Tor 0.2.8.6, is now available for download as a source archive via our website, and we recommend to install this release on your GNU/Linux operating system as soon as possible. More details about Tor 0.2.8.6 are available in the changelog below.

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