Opened 3 years ago

Last modified 2 years ago

#21065 new enhancement

Make it easier to switch between security levels in Tor Browser

Reported by: zhr Owned by: tbb-team
Priority: Medium Milestone:
Component: Applications/Tor Browser Version:
Severity: Normal Keywords: tbb-torbutton, tbb-security-slider, tbb-usability
Cc: intrigeri Actual Points:
Parent ID: #20843 Points:
Reviewer: Sponsor:

Description

Currently it is very cumbersome to switch between security levels. It requires 4 clicks:

Tor Button > Privacy and Security settings... > security slider > OK

This makes users set their security slider at lower levels for whole sessions or permanently, instead of lowering it just momentarily to load a few selected webpages.

  • One possible way to improve this would be to put security levels right into Torbutton's drop-down menu, with a check mark next to the current level (#20967, comment 2). This would make them more visible as well, reminding users both of their current setting and of security levels as such (#20843).
  • Maybe even add keyboard shortcuts to slide security level up and down, although this would work better if the security level is displayed in Torbutton's icon as well (#20967) so that the UI gives instant feedback. These shortcuts could then be displayed in a banner on the about:tor page that reminds users about security levels (#20843, comment 3).

These are just some initial ideas.

Child Tickets

TicketTypeStatusOwnerSummary
#21606defectclosedtbb-teamUI/UX/security. Per-site security settings in Tor Browser.

Change History (6)

comment:1 Changed 3 years ago by i139

Interesting, maybe:

  1. just click on the desirable security level without click on ok (closing the window, in this case the 'ok' button is a redundant think).
  1. shortcut; well, I think it isn't the ideal, because should be a very easy at point to be used acidentaly, but dosen't make sense use a too complex shortcut, in counterpoint of it, looks nice to have a option to use one function with mouse or keyboard.
  1. another idea is use a right click on tor button (or where else can put it) and open some options, like NoScrit do.
  1. one icon exclusive for it; also a think to thing, yeah?
  1. my last idea is to use the slider next to the circuit diagram in the torbutton.

well, let's debate it :)

comment:2 in reply to:  1 ; Changed 3 years ago by zhr

Replying to i139:

  1. just click on the desirable security level without click on ok (closing the window, in this case the 'ok' button is a redundant think).

I don't think this would work that well because there are other options in that window that the user might want to set before closing the window. It would even be experienced as a GUI bug when the window suddenly closes just because you clicked on one of its elements.

  1. shortcut; well, I think it isn't the ideal, because should be a very easy at point to be used acidentaly, but dosen't make sense use a too complex shortcut

And only a minority of users would actually use them, but this is just an addition for "power users" and not meant as a replacement. Possible shortcuts, that Firefox doesn't use already, are Alt + K for setting security one level higher and Alt + L for setting it one level lower. Of course, a visual feedback would be required because changing this setting isn't immediately reflected in user's experience. I think Torbutton icon itself is the best place in general for displaying the security level.

  1. one icon exclusive for it; also a think to thing, yeah?

I think this would make the toolbar too crowded, by default there's already Torbutton, NoScript, and HTTPS Everywhere.

  1. another idea is use a right click on tor button (or where else can put it) and open some options, like NoScrit do.
  2. my last idea is to use the slider next to the circuit diagram in the torbutton.

A rectangle between the menu items (New Identity, New Tor Circuit...) and the circuit diagram, with the security slider within the rectangle, would work very well in my opinion. The background color of the rectangle could also reflect the current security setting.

comment:3 in reply to:  2 Changed 3 years ago by i139

Replying to zhr:

Replying to i139:

  1. just click on the desirable security level without click on ok (closing the window, in this case the 'ok' button is a redundant think).

I don't think this would work that well because there are other options in that window that the user might want to set before closing the window.

no more at TBB 6.5a6

It would even be experienced as a GUI bug when the window suddenly closes just because you clicked on one of its elements.

I agree

  1. one icon exclusive for it; also a think to thing, yeah?

I think this would make the toolbar too crowded, by default there's already Torbutton, NoScript, and HTTPS Everywhere.

I agree

  1. my last idea is to use the slider next to the circuit diagram in the torbutton.

A rectangle between the menu items (New Identity, New Tor Circuit...) and the circuit diagram, with the security slider within the rectangle, would work very well in my opinion. The background color of the rectangle could also reflect the current security setting.

sounds, a kind ugly in my opinion, and also the user have to learn the description of each level

  1. shortcut; well, I think it isn't the ideal, because should be a very easy at point to be used acidentaly, but dosen't make sense use a too complex shortcut

And only a minority of users would actually use them, but this is just an addition for "power users" and not meant as a replacement. Possible shortcuts, that Firefox doesn't use already, are Alt + K for setting security one level higher and Alt + L for setting it one level lower. Of course, a visual feedback would be required because changing this setting isn't immediately reflected in user's experience. I think Torbutton icon itself is the best place in general for displaying the security level.

welll, maybe some like this.
crtl + alt + 1 = low
ctrl + alt + 2 = medium
ctrl + alt + 3 = high

and also;
ctrl + alt + 0 = custom

it's my favorite at all

comment:4 Changed 3 years ago by i139

using those ctrl + alt + 0,1,2,3...9
we have more 6 numbers for use as shortcut :p

I also, desire to replace the;
ctrl + shift + u
ctrl + shift + l

with;
ctrl + alt + u
ctrl + alt + l

because;

  1. #19211
  2. is more ergonomic

comment:5 Changed 3 years ago by ninavizz

See wireframe:
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzRaXGZ006aoWHJLd0hBT3IyRUE

  • The "TorButton" is un-intuitive
  • The functionality is buried w/in a sub-menu from the TorButton
  • The functionality should be BOTH within the preferences pane, and accessible from a toolbar button—as the ONLY thing that toolbar button does.
  • Recommended button has more intuitive iconography that speaks specifically to the function of the Tor slider, while also surfacing to user's which level they're always at.
Last edited 3 years ago by ninavizz (previous) (diff)

comment:6 Changed 2 years ago by intrigeri

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