Support Portal

Documentation about Support portal.

Main ticket

#24129 - work

New content cycle

  • We aim to update once a month, starting on the 10th.
  • Community liaison (ggus) will bring the content to change.
  • Localization coordinator (emmapeel) and community liaison will ask others to review the modifications and then update the website.
  • Localization coordinator update translations in Transifex.

Reference: Community Team thread 201807

How to submit content changes

For content changes, you can open a trac ticket and choose the component: Community/Tor Support. Current tickets:

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Ticket Summary Owner
#30083 support portal: replace duplicated support questions for symlinks phoul

When we have duplicated texts they are hard to maintain.

we can have only one text file, and link in internally to make it appear in other cathegories.

This way it will be easier to update and maintain.

#29918 add Trademark FAQ to the support portal phoul
Description has a lot of information and should be a section on the support portal.

#29785 Update glossary terms to current new TB funcionality. phoul

Reported by translator @zakooch while translating the glossary, some terms are outdated in relation to the Tor Browser:

Security Slider

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. It is located in Torbutton’s “Privacy and Security Settings” menu. Increasing the level (Low, Medium-Low, Medium-High, High) of the Security Slider will disable or partially disable certain web browser features to protect against possible attacks.


A button marked by a little green onion to the left of the URL bar. Its menu offers you "New Identity", "New Tor Circuit for this Site", "Privacy and Security Settings...", "Tor Network Settings..." and "Check for Tor Browser Update..." options.

walled garden ref:

#28776 support: explain *why* it is not good to install new add-ons at phoul

In we tell users not to install any new add-ons because 'it can compromise your anonimity'.

But how can it compromise it? Non-technical users don't grasp the concept of browser fingerprinting from our explanation. It would be nice to explain why is it that it can compromise your anonimity.

#28526 Document how NGOs can run private obfs4 bridges, and get some doing it ggus

One of our eventual goals is to get bridgedb back on its feet, and using bridge distribution strategies that China can't defeat, but in the mean time we should document one approach that should still work: setting up your Tor Browser with a private (not publicized) tor bridge.

In particular, we know many NGOs that would be happy to run unpublished obfs4 bridges for their people, and give them private bridge addresses when they visit China.

There are several steps to following through with this idea.

Round one (minimum viable approach):

(1) Document for NGOs how to easily run a few private obfs4 bridges. I've seen some guides floating around but nothing both simple and obviously official.

(2) Document for NGOs how they should get these bridge addresses to their users, and how the users should add them to Tor Browser. On Android it seems that Orbot hooks the "bridge://" url, so sending bridge addresses via signal, email, etc should work: the user clicks on the bridge address, which launches Orbot which adds that bridge to its configuration. Having docs for actual users, with screenshots and stuff, would be the clear next step. On desktop the interface choices are messier: see #28015.

(3) Walk a few NGOs through the process from beginning to end, so we can confirm for ourselves that it works as intended, and so we can have a more direct connection to actual users to get feedback on all angles of the user experience.

Round two (once we like round one):

(4) Document for NGOs how to run a series of obfs4 bridges. This could start with one bridge address per computer, but the longer term answer is to have a single Tor client binding to many bridge addresses, maybe with help from the ISP to point these many bridge addresses to that Tor.

(5) Understand if private bridges actually work in China. Apparently Lantern uses obfs4 and they don't get blocked by DPI, so that's a good start, but I've also heard stories of DPI-based throttling. In step 3 above we'll get some anecdotal answers, but here we should design and deploy some recurring experiments from computers inside China that assess (a) connectivity, (b) whether it can bootstrap, and (c) throughput, through a private bridge.

(6) We should invent and document some best practices for where NGOs ought to run their bridges, and how many bridges they need per user. At the extreme bad end of the spectrum, they would run one bridge and give it to all of the people attending a given training -- and in that case, apart from the obvious "what if one of the users is bad and gets the address blocked" worry, discovering some of the users could lead to discovering other related users. At the other end of the spectrum is one bridge (on its own separate ISP) per user. What are some acceptable solutions in between?

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Ticket Status Summary Owner Reporter
#30080 assigned support portal: keep anchor when changing language hiro emmapeel
#29963 new Allow browser Find (Ctrl+F) on hiro cypherpunks
#29502 new Glossary on the support portal should be moved to the main menu hiro emmapeel
#29075 new Sort support glossary by target language hiro traumschule
#28549 assigned Add missing FAQ questions to support.tpo traumschule
#28499 assigned tb-manual: create redirects for old resources hiro emmapeel
#28488 needs_review Fix absolute paths on phoul traumschule
#27562 new Detect the locale and automatically serve the language specific support portal hiro sukhbir

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