[ux] Communicating Window Resize Danger

Dave Rolek dmr-x at riseup.net
Wed Aug 29 20:03:58 UTC 2018

Prevention would definitely be better than trying to fix things
after-the-fact. The more-identifying information could likely already be
"out there" at that point, so imo "New Identity" is the best overall
"fix" once the user resizes the window (by any means).

See also:

... which (in my admittedly cursory glance) has the best approach
proposed yet for prevention

and many others, with the 'tbb-fingerprinting-resolution' keyword:


On 2018-08-27 11:59, Gregory Norcie wrote:
> An option/button to resize the window back to default would be useful
> I've accidentally resized myself, and it's frustrating the fix seems
> to be to hit "new identity" which resizes, but also ditches all your
> tabs etc.
> - Greg
> On Mon, Aug 27, 2018 at 2:26 PM, David Huerta
> <huertanix at nycresistor.com> wrote:
>> Hey everyone,
>> A quick intro: I’m David, one of the digital security trainers at
>> Freedom of the Press Foundation.
>> A recurring design issue I’ve encountered in trainings around Tor
>> Browser is accidental resizing of the Tor Browser window. This is
>> especially the case with Tails and other distros using Gnome, which
>> is set up to maximize any window dragged far enough upward. In
>> almost every case, no trainee notices the warning about browser
>> fingerprinting.
>> I have some thoughts on how to address this that I’ve added here:
>> https://trac.torproject.org/projects/tor/ticket/20260 [1] and here:
>> https://labs.riseup.net/code/issues/15766 [2] but curious to see if
>> anyone else on the UX list has thought about how to make warnings
>> less ignored or preventing not-undoable mistakes.
>> Cheers,
>> .dh
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