[tor-talk] Improving Usability of Tor Browser? A new TBB-simple?
Fabio Pietrosanti (naif)
lists at infosecurity.ch
Sun Feb 19 15:34:59 UTC 2012
Here some consideration to create a new simplified TBB version.
Something to provide the extreme simplicity a user may expect that may
work having two TBB.
Let's say that the basic need of this TBB-simple is just to "visit web
pages anonymous, no frills".
So something that works that way:
- the user can click on it
- a browser window open in front of his eyes
- the user insert an url
- the user visit a web page
- at the end of browsing session the user close the application
Nothing less than just web browsing anonymously ("Read-only", no cache,
no addons, nothing else).
To reach that point i would see, thinking of TBB:
It include vidalia, the unskilled user doesn't know what it is and what
is doing, will never user and and it's existence may create unneeded
anxiety.If the user doesn't know something, fear to touch it to broke
it, we are providing a bad user experience).
Let's remove Vidalia from this TBB-simple, because the "simple" user
doesn't need it.
For the installation the user must have an experience of a
self-contained software that doesn't need anything else to work.
This imply that no "installation" procedure have to be done by the user.
For OSX the usability is already high
DMG packaging provide another improvement to user experience, and is
undergoing https://trac.torproject.org/projects/tor/ticket/4261 .
For Windows things are slightly more complicated.
A workflow ideas was here
In that case we can just create a temporary directory with Tor+Firefox,
start both application, and when both application exit just delete the
one-click application without any additional complexity to be considered.
- Browser options
Most browser options for a read-only and simpler TBB would need to be
disabled. No addons installation, no network configuration, nothing more
than a stripped-down firefox to browser the web.
The user must not even have options to deal with anything else that
could provide for him a complexity or a risk of breaking something.
Trying to fix the easiest way, the simpler basic need: browsing
anonymously (and nothing else).
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