Opened 3 years ago

Last modified 21 months ago

#25198 assigned defect

User manual should explain Tor Browser features more

Reported by: arthuredelstein Owned by: wayward
Priority: Medium Milestone:
Component: Community/Tor Browser Manual Version:
Severity: Normal Keywords:
Cc: arthuredelstein, arma, hiro, brade, mcs, antonela Actual Points:
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Description (last modified by arthuredelstein)

The user manual is excellent at describing how to use Tor Browser, but it could do with more explanation on the first page of the privacy and security features of Tor Browser, or how Tor Browser is different from other browsers.

Things we could consider include:

  • A clearer definition of fingerprinting protection
  • First-party isolation (in lay terms)
  • Disk avoidance
  • Hardening/sandboxing
  • Proxy enforcement

All this should be kept super simple and brief! But right now the description is incomplete, I would say.

Also, in the Security Slider section, we should explain why users would use it, what protections we are trying to provide, and what the tradeoffs are.

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Change History (8)

comment:1 Changed 3 years ago by arthuredelstein

Description: modified (diff)

comment:2 Changed 3 years ago by arthuredelstein

Parent ID: #25021
Last edited 3 years ago by arthuredelstein (previous) (diff)

comment:3 Changed 3 years ago by arthuredelstein

Parent ID: #25021

comment:4 Changed 3 years ago by arthuredelstein

Right now the Security Slider uses the terms "Standard", "Safer", "Safest". So we could call it the Safety Slider instead. (It's really a Safety-Usability tradeoff slider.) But again, Safety is not entirely distinct from Privacy.

It might be good on the Security Slider itself, to say something like "All Privacy Protections are active at every level."

Interestingly, I just noticed it says on the Security Slider page in the Tor Browser manual:

Tor Browser includes a “Security Slider” that lets you increase your security by disabling certain web features that can be used to attack your security and anonymity.

Mentioning anonymity here seems to imply that dialing privacy protections is a purpose of the Slider, which is true in a technical sense but not our intention.

comment:5 Changed 3 years ago by mcs

Cc: brade mcs added

comment:6 Changed 2 years ago by antonela

Cc: antonela added

comment:7 Changed 2 years ago by phoul

Owner: changed from phoul to t0mmy
Status: newassigned

comment:8 Changed 21 months ago by emmapeel

Owner: changed from t0mmy to wayward

another one for the tb-manual...

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