As Firefox Revs Its Engines, a New Browser Is Planned

05.05.2011

A toggle system allows users to surf anonymously or normally through Firefox, depending on whether they have the Tor software turned off or on.

'The Average User Is Horribly Confused'

Now, however, the Tor Project wants to do away with the Torbutton as an independent add-on and offer a new, Tor Browser bundle instead.

"The average user is horribly confused by both the toggle model and the need to install additional software into Firefox (or conversely, the need to *also* install Tor software onto their computers after they install Torbutton)," wrote developer Mike Perry in a on Monday. "I also think that the average user is not likely to use this software safely. They are likely to log in to sites over Tor that they shouldn't, forget which tor mode they are in, and forget which mode certain tabs were opened under. These are all nightmare situations for anonymity and privacy."

Maintaining the Torbutton software has also been difficult in the wake of updates and bug fixes in Firefox itself, Perry noted.