Opened 4 years ago

Closed 4 years ago

Last modified 4 years ago

#17103 closed project (worksforme)

Shoulder Browsing/ Low tech surveillance

Reported by: elypter Owned by: tbb-team
Priority: Medium Milestone:
Component: Applications/Tor Browser Version:
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Description

Torbrowser is good for hiding the identity of the user from an adversary on the network but what if the adversary is behind his back? often people have to fear low tech surveillance. either they have no way to privately access a computer (cameras / people in a public place / espionage / oppressors) or they dont have an own computer. To make the life of those people a bit safer Torbrowser could have a stealth mode that provides visual protection in 3 different stages:

Making Torbrowser pretend being Firefox:
-Torbrowser should have 2 different profiles. the normal one with torbutton, noscript and all the customizations that the user made and the carmouflage one that looks like an ususpicious firefox used in the environment the user wants to blend in.
-both should run at the same time. the current page that is being shown should be the one the user actually wants to read. the whole interface of firefox should be the one of the carmouflage profile. the normal one only gets shown if the user holds down the alt key.
-if the carmouflage interface is being used(not pressing alt) then it behaves like the carmouflage profile. clicking on bookmarks shows the carmouflage bookmarks, clicking on a tab shows the carmouflage tab...
so even if someone gets in control over the computer before the user can click a panic button he wont see more than the current site the user is looking at.
-ctrl+w could be the low danger panic button (closes current tab and show unsuspicous tab instead)
-F4 could be the high danger panic button (close torbrowser immediately and remove itself from disk)

Carmouflaging the content of the website:
-Animations and addons should be click to view
-Big text would be made small
-Big images would be click to view
-Audio would be disabled by default
-Plugins would be click to view

Carmouflaging that a browsr is being used at all by
making Torbrowser look like another application(in addition to the normal website carmouflage):
-Remove borders and title bar.
-Place torbrowser where the text field of an unsuspicious application is like inside MS outlook (ghostzilla and ghostfox did this)
-Hide the user interface (only show using alt)
-All text would be default color
-Buttons and other ui elements should mimic normal text
-no visual styles, no background color, no text backround
-Small images would be monochrome or greyscale
-Websites would be editable
-changing what is viewed under the torbrowser window would make it disappear (like opening another mail in outlook)
-scrolling below or above the end or the beginning of a website scrolls in what is behind the torbrowser. if the torbrowser is not visible anymore it disappears and leaves the original background behind. the same can be done deleting the whole page using backspace.

ps: writing about this made me remember tiny invaders :)
http://web.archive.org/web/20021003230748/http://www.tinywindowsgames.com/tiny/ (the compendium dl works)

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comment:1 Changed 4 years ago by arma

Is there an extension out there that already does all of these things?

It seems like a lot of things to dump into Torbutton -- maybe modularity would make things easier here.

(I'm not meaning to be speaking for the tbb-team here in terms of whether they want to take these steps or not.)

comment:2 in reply to:  1 Changed 4 years ago by elypter

Replying to arma:

Is there an extension out there that already does all of these things?

no. ghostfox only implemented greyscale and positioning in another window.
http://screenshots.en.sftcdn.net/en/scrn/24000/24100/3_ghostzilla_word.jpg

It seems like a lot of things to dump into Torbutton -- maybe modularity would make things easier here.

putting those features in a seperate addon makes absolute sense(if everything is implementable with just addons)

btw: the new reading mode in firfox could proof very useful for the hide browser usage case.

Last edited 4 years ago by elypter (previous) (diff)

comment:3 Changed 4 years ago by isis

Keywords: shoulderbrowsing removed
Resolution: worksforme
Status: newclosed

I bought a privacy screen. Closing as "works for me".

elypter: Please stop spamming our developers with new feature tickets that are out-of-scope, poorly or not-at-all researched, and/or already implemented. I am asking nicely now, and I won't ask nicely again.

comment:4 in reply to:  3 Changed 4 years ago by elypter

oh i just read this
Replying to isis:

I bought a privacy screen. Closing as "works for me".

there is much cooler way that you could build yourself if you dont care doing that to your display ;)

elypter: Please stop spamming our developers with new feature tickets that are out-of-scope, poorly or not-at-all researched, and/or already implemented. I am asking nicely now, and I won't ask nicely again.

sorry i didn't want to be offensive. i really like this project and appreciate what you are doing. if you really want me to stop i will go but may i ask if it's ok to post if i add some sort of a warning like [utopic] [speculative]?

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