Available to download from the Tor Project website, the latest version will “transform the user experience of connecting to Tor from heavily censored regions,” the company said in a release.
The latest update can now automatically apply the right bridge configuration you need, based on what it thinks will work best in your location. It manages this by looking up and downloading an up-to-date list of country-specific options to try using your location.
The method is called Connection Assist, and is in version 1.0 so may be somewhat limited on features and functionality until future updates.
The company said that the previous major update to the browser, getting around censorship of the Tor Network was a manual process that was “confusing.".
It “placed a burden on censored users… to figure out what option to pick," the company said.
The Project expects most of its users to use the new, automatic Connection Assist tool, but it has also made significant changes to the manual interface that many users will prefer.
The renamed Tor Network settings page - now called Connection settings - makes things like connection statuses and bridges are now more visible, while the whole settings section is said to be more streamlined.