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Onion Routing Explained

Onion routing was initially developed in the mid-1990s at the US Naval Research Laboratory and further developed by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). This technique was patented by the Navy in 1998, the patent document providing interesting background information to the original concept.

Onion routing is the term used to describe a method of applying anonymity to network messages by wrapping each message in distinct layers of protection to hide the routing of the messages between a client device and a destination device. The messages are encapsulated in layers of encryption analogous to the layers of an onion, hence its name.

TOR Explained

The Onion Router (Tor) was conceived to implement onion routing using free and open-source software that would be available for anyone to use. Onion routing is a method of applying anonymity to network messages by wrapping each message in layers of protection to hide the routing of the messages between a client device and a destination device. Tor provides the means to implement this anonymized message routing.