Be careful what you ask for
Legal use is fine but piracy can cost you years in prison regardless of whom you blame for your bad choices.
Tor has confirmed the existence of malware that has taken down some of its hidden nodes - and says flaws in Firefox are at the heart of the problem. The network anonymising service yesterday noted the disappearance of some nodes on its network. The outfit hasn't offered any more insight into what's down, or exactly what …
The main problem with Tor is that it transports you back to the days of dial-up. Yep, it's that slow. (Well, not quite -- it just seems that way.)
If you want both security and speed, then VPN is the only way to go. There are even free VPN services.
Setting up a PPTP VPN doesn't require that you download and install software. It works on Windows, Mac OS, Linux and Android.
PPTP is not terribly secure and has no real defence (AFIK) against man-in-the-middle attacks.
OpenVPN is probably much better as it should be able to notify you of an SSH certificate change in such circumstances, though not all VPN suppliers support it so well.
Finally, any "free" VPN is not going to be very fast in general, someone has to pay for the bandwidth needed!
Actually, the 'daft' part is having five versions in two months. If they slowed down to catch their breath, maybe some of these "issues" would get caught before release.
You do realise that those five versions are essentially minor releases? If they went back to the old numbering scheme (17.1, 17.2, 17.3, etc) you'd no doubt stop complaining.
Note that if the intended targets are the peddlers and consumers of child exploitation material, then great, I'm all for it (though I wish they could employ different methods)!
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