Opened 8 years ago

Closed 7 years ago

#3973 closed enhancement (wontfix)

Create "Clear Tracking Data" menu option

Reported by: joyton Owned by: mikeperry
Priority: Medium Milestone: TorBrowserBundle 2.3.x-stable
Component: TorBrowserButton Version:
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To whom it may concern,

The current TorButton (or is not now called TorBrowser Botton?) "New Identity" feature when activated, closes all currently open tabs to protect from a variety of attacks with respect to linking old and new "identities" (i.e., pseudonyms). At least that is how I understand the current state of TorButton.

I think that feature is grand for times I want to use my anon e-mail as user XYZ, after visiting a forum as user ABC. However, I think we should be given an option as to whether we want to simply try to find a faster circuit via. New Identity vs. closing all currently open tabs for the sake of anonymity.

I see the use of New Identity via. TorButton as so:

Use case 1: New IP address (exit node) for anonymity between pseudonyms.

Use case 2: New circuit in an attempt to find a faster circuit.

I realise I can use the New Identity button via. Vidalia to try and find a faster circuit without closing all tabs, however, I do not always use Tor with Vidalia ...

Thank you

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Change History (3)

comment:1 Changed 8 years ago by mikeperry

Milestone: TorBrowserBundle 2.3.x-stable
Summary: REQ: New Identity option; do not close current tabs (re fast circuit).Create "Clear Tracking Data" menu option

comment:2 Changed 8 years ago by mikeperry

I also created #5277 for the "New Circuit" piece.

comment:3 Changed 7 years ago by mikeperry

Resolution: wontfix
Status: newclosed

Unfortunately, leaving tabs open would be a somewhat deceptive feature, as many websites today actually have code to restore cookies that get cleared while their tabs are still open.

Also, we want to change how Tor uses circuits for website linkability reasons. Circuits will become bound to first party websites. See #3455 and #6733.

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