Privacy conscious Android users now have a new, extra secure, way to use Facebook.
Facebook’s Android app now supports browsing via Tor, the social network announced Tuesday. The feature, which is still in an experimental stage, allows you to encrypt your browsing activity while using Facebook’s Android app.
Facebook first rolled out support for Tor in 2014, but it only supported the feature via browser. With Tuesday’s update, you can now use Tor directly from the Android app.
Tor is a tool that anonymizes your Internet activity so websites aren’t able to track what you’re doing. It’s also used to access blocked websites and services in countries where the Internet is censored. While most Facebook users likely won’t need the extra security Tor offers, it’s particularly useful for activists and others who are concerned about privacy and Internet censorship.
The new, experimental, Android feature began as a project by a summer intern, Facebook said in a note announcing the news
To take advantage of the feature, Android users need to use the Orbot Proxy app, which allows services to connect to Tor. Once installed, you can enable “Facebook Over Tor” in the app’s settings. (The Tor Project has more detailed instructions on its website.)
As with most new features, Facebook says Tor support will take a few days to roll out to everyone so the new settings may not immediately appear in the app.