[tor-project] Security slider usability testing results

Linda Naeun Lee linda at torproject.org
Thu Mar 9 22:57:54 UTC 2017

Hi all:

The results of the security slider usability testing is here: 

In short, users seemed to choose the setting that would be right for 
them, functionality wise, even if they didn’t have good security 
understanding or mild misconceptions. UI should account for multiple 
ways of interaction.

Some people said interesting things. Highlights include:
-(the "safest" setting has bad connotations) P12: “I’m not sure, I don’t 
think I’ll be doing anything that would require that amount of safety. 
-(people making emotional decisions)P13: “I would probably choose the 
“safe” setting, there's the potential for more content being blocked on 
the safest setting, and I'm the kind of dum-dum who's willing to take my 
-(not understanding on-the-wire vs machine security defenses) P14: “I 
would choose the standard setting- I’m just going off of the experience 
I’ve had on the website I currently visit. I have Norton and feel like 
that keeps my computer pretty safe.”


P.S.:  I've been working on a more understandable security slider for a 
couple months now; documentation here: 

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