Don’t Get Burned, Anonymize Your Fire

Thanks to Jesse Vincent, aka @obra of the K-9 mail project, we can say that Orbot (Tor on Android) and Orweb (Privacy Browser) work just fine on the new Amazon Kindle Fire. This means that while everything you do through Amazon’s store and browser are tracked and accounted for by Team Bezos, you can use our apps to more safely and privately access web content through the Tor network. While we are mostly Nook Color fans around here, we know that the Kindle Fire is going to be quite popular this Christmas, and are glad to see that mobile privacy now has a toehold on the device from Seattle.

This provides a nice counterpoint to some of the earlier privacy concerns about the Amazon Silk browser, which proxies all your http connections through their data center. In addition, the fact that our very complex apps work without modification on Amazon’s stripped down flavor of Android, shows that the reports of fragmentation have been greatly exaggerated. From our perspective, the power of Android comes from the compatibility of the underlying platform APIs and Linux-based foundation, and not about having a one size fits all user interface or a single-point of control app marketplace.

Installation Instructions

1) Under the settings section labeled “Device,” there is an option that says “Allow Installation of Applications From Unknown Sources.” Enable this!

2) Then download these files directly via the Fire’s browser, or side-load them from the desktop using the Android SDK “adb” tool.

Orbot: https://www.torproject.org/dist/android/Orbot-1.0.6-Tor-0.2.3.7-alpha-FINAL.apk

Orweb: https://github.com/downloads/guardianproject/Orweb/Orwebv2-20010809-0.2.2.apk

 

3) Start Orbot, follow the wizard, and press the power up button to connect to Tor.

4) Start Orweb to connect to the Tor Check page to verify your connection, then browse away to your (private) heart’s content.

5) Do a happy dance because your Kindle Fire just got way more l33t and slightly less p0wn3d.

 

26 comments for “Don’t Get Burned, Anonymize Your Fire

  1. m
    2011/12/10 at 10:03 am

    my orobt porblem

  2. Zerbey
    2012/01/16 at 10:12 pm

    Thanks for this, it works just fine for me.

  3. Gordo
    2012/01/26 at 10:39 pm

    I try to download orweb, but it keeps telling me I don’t have an aneroid phone on this account. I’m trying to load it on my kindlefire. What’s up?

  4. jimmy
    2012/03/03 at 11:02 pm

    The first link is broken. Can you please fix it? Thank you

  5. justice
    2012/03/11 at 12:45 am

    I installed both programs without a problem but at first it said “I learner some more directory information, bug not enough to build a circuit.” so I exited out and started it again and it said connected to tor and the button is green but when I go to check it says I’m not using tor? And when I try using preen, its just a blank page, please help!

    • n8fr8
      2012/03/12 at 8:06 pm

      You need to use the Orweb browser app instead of the normal browser.

      • Anonymous
        2013/01/11 at 8:26 am

        i’ve the same problem: orbot tells me “connected to the tor network”, but orweb tells me “sorry. tou are not using tor”.
        i use kfhd.
        what do i have to do?

  6. another
    2012/05/02 at 9:25 am

    Hi, where should I put those two file inside my kindle? I just downloaded them and don’t know how to proceed. please. I want to use orbot and orweb on my kindle fire.
    thanks.

  7. another
    2012/05/02 at 10:34 am

    by the way, can you upload your orbot app on apktops.com?

  8. MaxTor
    2013/10/16 at 4:54 pm

    support NTLM/NTLM2 authentication method?

  9. cr
    2014/05/15 at 12:36 pm

    I am using kindle fire and have installed orbot and orweb. orbot shows connected but orweb says not using tor. Any help much appreciated.

  10. Charlie Murrell
    2016/06/19 at 6:42 am

    I am using an Amazon Fire Stick which is loaded with Kodi 16 but some UK TV is no longer available to geo-blocking .
    Will TOR work on the Fire Stick.
    Thanks.

    • Hans-Christoph Steiner
      2016/07/25 at 5:46 am

      It should work on any recent Android device.

    • Fi
      2017/02/09 at 8:50 am

      On the off-chance you’re subscribed to these comments still, did you manage to get TOR/Orbot on your Fire stick?

  11. andy
    2017/09/23 at 10:51 am

    Update to Fire OS 5.4.0.1 broke Orbot 15.4.2 RC1. It had been working great but now gets stuck at Starting….

    • n8fr8
      2017/10/25 at 10:39 am

      Try a clean install? We have a new version of Orbot coming out this week, as well.

  12. Editz
    2018/05/23 at 4:00 pm

    Hello, Great Work guys. Unfortunately für Link to Orbit doesnt work. Coole yo u Please Check it?

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