Opened 17 months ago

Last modified 7 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 17 months ago by arthuredelstein

Description: modified (diff)

comment:2 Changed 17 months ago by arthuredelstein

Parent ID: #25021

Adding a parent in case we want to address this issue in upcoming revisions to the document.

Version 0, edited 17 months ago by arthuredelstein (next)

comment:3 Changed 17 months ago by arthuredelstein

Parent ID: #25021

comment:4 Changed 17 months 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 17 months ago by mcs

Cc: brade mcs added

comment:6 Changed 17 months ago by antonela

Cc: antonela added

comment:7 Changed 12 months ago by phoul

Owner: changed from phoul to t0mmy
Status: newassigned

comment:8 Changed 7 months ago by emmapeel

Owner: changed from t0mmy to wayward

another one for the tb-manual...

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