TOR Project Sets Eye on Amazon EC2 for Bandwidth Boost

The Onion Router (TOR) project, which allows users to browse the web anonymously, has asked its users to create a bridge with Amazon's EC2 cloud service to donate bandwidth to the TOR project.

In a blog post, TOR said users will not only be donating bandwidth to the project, but will also enhance the safety and speeds at which people access the service.

"Setting up a Tor bridge on Amazon EC2 is simple and will only take you a couple of minutes. The images have been configured with automatic package updates and port forwarding, so you do not have to worry about Tor not working or the server not getting security updates," TOR said.

"You should not have to do anything once the instance is up and running. Tor will start up as a bridge, confirm that it is reachable from the outside, and then tell the bridge authority that it exists," the organisation added.

TOR also noted that Amazon was now offering a free usage tier to allow users to move to the cloud easily. As TOR Cloud images run on micro instances, users will be able to run a TOR micro instance on Amazon free for one year.

Users whose bandwidth does not qualify for the free usage tier will have to pay around $30 per month to access Amazon's cloud, TOR said.