[tbb-bugs] #10089 [Applications/Tor Browser]: middlemouse.contentLoadURL is set to true by default

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#10089: middlemouse.contentLoadURL is set to true by default
 Reporter:  WDXfjqDN4QKGYrlY                     |          Owner:  tbb-
                                                 |  team
     Type:  enhancement                          |         Status:  new
 Priority:  Very Low                             |      Milestone:
Component:  Applications/Tor Browser             |        Version:
 Severity:  Normal                               |     Resolution:
 Keywords:  middlemouse, privacy, tbb-firefox-   |  Actual Points:
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Comment (by discram):

 This just happened to me and was completely unintended and unexpected (and
 confusing as I hadn't intentionally copied the URL to begin with, although
 I had visited it earlier in another browser).  This setting is actually
 turned off by default in Firefox Linux, but not Tor Linux.

 I obviously have no data to back this up, but I'd imagine that the
 majority of users who do this do it unintentionally (although perhaps
 intentional users do it frequently).

 Given the potential to reveal your identity and the ease of switching it
 back on, I see this as an easy change to default off.

 In case it isn't clear from the rest of the ticket, middleclicking
 ANYWHERE on a page except on a link will immediately navigate to the URL
 in the clipboard.

Ticket URL: <https://trac.torproject.org/projects/tor/ticket/10089#comment:9>
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