Opened 7 years ago

Closed 7 years ago

#8502 closed enhancement (worksforme)

New Torbutton addon menu not inspiring any confidence

Reported by: Anna Owned by: mikeperry
Priority: Medium Milestone:
Component: TorBrowserButton Version:
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Cc: adrelanos@… Actual Points:
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The new addon dialog really bothers me. I understand the goal is to reduce fingerprinting by reducing user options but its kind of a basic social psychology thing that when you want concerned people to trust you, you have to demonstrate that you really can do things to help keep them safe and Torbutton's reduced menus aren't inspiring any such confidence. I really, really don't like not being able to see the various privacy features of Tor and verify that they're set to work the way I expect them to.

I understand that there's documentation users can read and I trust that the Tor people continue to add features that make us safer (though not necessarily that features will always be configured for the best security right out of the box), but since the recent changes, I find myself worrying more about if Tor is still doing all the things I expect because suddenly the addon menus only cover a couple of privacy features and all the rest is hidden.

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comment:1 Changed 7 years ago by proper

Cc: adrelanos@… added
Component: TorbuttonTorBrowserButton
Owner: set to mikeperry

comment:2 Changed 7 years ago by proper

I think most non-geek users are most happy "if there is one big button". Bonus points if it actually does what it promises. More bonus points if no effort and knowledge is required whatsoever.

I find myself worrying more about if Tor is still doing all the things I expect [...]

Having lots of options may help your feeling, doesn't add something substantial to real security attributes. Tor and TBB and security is overrated by many people.

If you want to audit it, you're most welcome. Sorry to say that it won't be as easy as checking some settings.

comment:3 Changed 7 years ago by mikeperry

Resolution: worksforme
Status: newclosed

I dunno man, I'm both confident *and* inspired.

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