Facebook is expanding its presence on Tor with experimental support for Android devices via a tool developed in part by an intern.

The social network in October 2014 launched a Tor-friendly version of its website, allowing folks to access a more stable version of the service.

Now, Facebook is rolling out Android support over the next few days. To get started, visit the Google Play store or Orbot F-Droid repository to download Orbot: Proxy with Tor.

Orbot lets mobile phone users to access the Web, IM, and email without being monitored or blocked by their carrier, Tor explains on its website.

"We're releasing this feature over the next few days to seek feedback which will help us create a great experience for using Facebook over Tor on Android," the company wrote in a blog post.

Once installed, navigate to Facebook's App Settings menu to enable the function via a new preference switch.

Excited? Thank Will Shackleton, former Facebook intern and current computer science student at the University of Cambridge. The developer behind apps like Network Spoofer, DroidPad, and Bright Day is also responsible for bringing Tor to the Android platform.

 

 

Tor did not immediately respond to PCMag's request for comment. But a spokeswoman told Reuters that Android support goes a long way in helping to expand the anonymous network.

"Everybody in the world needs more privacy online and almost everybody is on Facebook," she told the news site. "This will allow people to choose whether to share their location or not. For some people, this is convenience. For others it is lifesaving."

Don't hold your breath, though, for iOS compatibility; Tor has no plans to support Facebook's app on Apple iDevices, Reuters reported.

Keep an eye on the Facebook over Tor page for more details.

A free network of tunnels for routing Web requests and page downloads, Tor makes it impossible for the site you access to figure out who you are. It was once an acronym for "The Onion Router," the implication being that it offers many layers of security.