Meet The New TorProject.org

Two years ago, we launched our styleguide as our first step in creating a consistent visual look and feel across the entire Tor Project ecosystem. Today, we are very happy to announce the launch of our brand new website.

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Besides bringing more consistency to our visual look, which reinforces community identity and helps us to build user trust by identification, our new website is one part of our goal to ensure that everyone on the planet can use Tor. Last year, we worked hard on making important usability improvements to our browser, including bringing a version of it to Android.

But, it is through our homepage that most people first learn about Tor and decide to download our browser. And our previous site was doing a poor job at that. We had way too much information for a person to consume, and none of it was localized. With that in mind, we decided to redesign it to focus on new users and make it mobile-friendly. Most importantly with our new website, we want Tor Browser to be easy to download and its benefits easy to understand.

We want to make sure that people around the world, using Tor in an array of contexts, can use Tor without barriers. Tor Browser itself is available in 24 different languages, but our website isn’t. With this refresh, torproject.org is now available in 7 different languages: English, German, French, Portuguese, Spanish, Italian, and Russian, and there are more on the way. If you would like to help us with translations, here’s how.

In addition to this update, we are also better organizing all the other content into different portals. For instance, last year we launched our support portal to host all the content related to user support. Coming next will be our community.torproject.org portal that will feature content related to the different ways you can join our community and spread the word about Tor. The portal for all of our free software projects will soon be dev.torproject.org. If you are looking for any content that existed in the old site and is not on the new one, you can access it here.

These efforts are taking the collaboration of many people across Tor teams and the help of dedicated volunteers. We’re very proud to start rolling these changes out.

We are a group of people united by the belief that everyone should have private access to the open web, and we hope our new site makes that easier to achieve.


To give feedback about the website or report an issue, you can create a ticket on trac or email the UX list.

Anonymous

March 28, 2019

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Hate, hate, hate, haaaate it. It used to be pretty hard to find the information I needed between all of the torproject.org subsites and partner projects. This revision has made it exponentially harder to find information.

Anonymous

March 28, 2019

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why "download Them All" not working anymore on windows version ?
it is just disable and we cant download big files

Anonymous

March 28, 2019

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Why does the new About link in the header not go to the overview anymore? Why is the history on the main About page not on a less prominent History page? The new site gained a massive amount of empty space and pointless ad-like graphics and lost a massive amount of relevant, quickly navigable information.

More than anything, you foolishly broke a mountain of links providing help and publicity to your site that your supporters had taken years to build for you by pasting around the web. Redirect!

Anonymous

March 28, 2019

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Coming next will be our community.torproject.org portal that will feature content related to the different ways you can join our community and spread the word about Tor.

A few suggestions for content you might wish to consider including:

For people living in less dangerous countries who are trying to help endangered people:

o advice on how to persuade people that Tor is for people like them, how to persuade them not to listen to FBI's "Going Dark" hysteria (and similar "messaging" by like minded agencies in other countries).

For people living in countries with a long history of severe CIA sponsored human rights abuses (some of these countries currently have more democratic and less violently oppressive but still somewhat corrupt governments):

o links to some digital rights org websites (if any) in their region,

o links to upcoming Tor training for journalists and human rights workers (in all countries),

o advice (vetted by said orgs?) on safest ways to use Tor (and other tools?) to communicate with people outside (about family matters or more dangerously about economic/political conditions in the country); this could be very useful but ideally would need to be updated every few years which means volunteers all over the world would have to commit to providing the best current information,

o accounts of recent travel experiences: what questions were asked of people entering or leaving the US or dangerous countries? How did security authorities at various borders react to encrypted USBs, laptops, phones? To people who know foreigners who NSA identifies as NGO workers, or even worse, who FBI identifies as BIEs? Were there unexplained delays with customs? Did security authorities follow up with "home visits"? Orders to come into the local cop shop for a "friendly conversation"? What did they say or do?

o politically informed perceptions of current "messaging" by various governments regarding political activity or encryption (FBI "Going Dark" is unsubtle, but other governments phrase things differently).

USG continues to put a great deal of effort into training "security authorities" working for the governments of other nations, including extremely dangerous and repressive governments, in population control methods, mainly aimed at poor people (e.g. indigenous peoples, homeless teens, "peasants" and their 21st century political equivalents). Just as during the days of the "Dirty Wars", this training includes methods of physical surveillance, interrogation, nighttime patrols/raids, and political assassinations. But these days the training also includes hands-on instruction in "harsh interrogation" (torture), hiding embarrassing information from reporters/NGOs, operating US/EU provided surveillance dragnet systems and using advanced malware bought from malware-as-a-service companies (in the US, Israel, Europe, and sometimes even Russia--- no joke: USIC loves Russian voice recognition software which they use under license--- capitalism induced collusion!) for targeted attacks on diplomats, journalists, in-counry and overseas dissidents, activists, union organizers, human rights workers and lawyers. And sometimes in operating drone assassination systems (US provided, or bought from EU, Israel or Iran).

And one major problem we face in trying to help people is that, in my experience, endangered people often have a completely inaccurate notion of how they can best avoid attracting unwanted attention from the security authorities. One misconception is the intensely held belief that if one avoids encryption even in discussing sensitive personal matters and if one strenuously avoids any political involvement whatever, the authorities will view them as "harmless" and leave them alone. But that is not at all how USG is training these security authorities to think and act. Rather, the secret police are paying attention to metadata, and the people we are trying to help may have no idea that someone they know is already "on the radar", which means they are also being watched. Even worse, people may hope that the authorities will forgive and forget decades old issues. But USG is training these authorities to maintain databases which never forget, and USG is training them to never forgive either. Also, people may want to maintain contact with friends in other countries using unencrypted methods they view as "harmless", but USIC is training the security authorities to view the fact of communication by any means as evidence of "potential bad intent", and in countries with few legal protections, that could lead to tragedy.

Thus I think it would be very useful to maintain an onion where Tor Project keeps copies of certain essential reading for the convenience of endangered people who are already using Tor:

o documents from the Snowden leaks, especially about economic espionage (e.g. in VE, BR) and targeted attacks on people such as telecom engineers (or their children) simply because they have a job USIC considers "useful" to NSA global dragnet programs,

o recent FBI memos and Pentagon field manuals explaining their current thinking on population control and "counterinsurgency",

o long since leaked CIA manuals on "counterinsurgency",

o maximally concise summaries of what we think this means for you (the endangered person), e.g.

(i) "there is no single safe place, there is no one behavior which will keep you safe, there are only places which might be safer and behaviors--- possibly not the ones you think of first--- which may keep you safer",

(ii) during the 21st century, there may be little we can do to keep ourselves and our families truly safe (we are after all enduring rapid severe climate change together with possibly the single biggest mass extinction event in the last billion years on Earth, with all the political chaos and human misery that entails), but courageous actions taken today by people like us can provide hope that future generations may find it possible to try to lead much safer and better lives,

(iii) authorities want you to be frightened, paranoid, and passive--- let them think you are, but consider the potential benefits to future generations of being quietly brave and secretly active,

(iv) USIC assisted local security authorities may have great power to do great harm, but they have problems of their own, which gives us hope that while authoritarianism is currently spreading like metastatic cancer, future generations may enjoy the benefits of much better, safer, more responsive (to us) and effective (for us), and much less malicious governments than the ineffective paranoid oppressive governments we have now.

The new community portal should link to the proposed onion in maximally convenient way.

I have long wondered why would Torproject.org not heavily provide a Tor .onion download. Their OLD .onion website when trying to download tor AUTO changed from the .onion to the Torproject.org download https.

But this move leaves nothing really to not be misunderstood. The CIA and NSA love Tor to hide their own actions and need Cattle to be their Shield for covert actions, but they do not like to lose. So thus all avenues of escape must be cut off and the sheep pen shut in for the slaughter.

Anonymous

March 28, 2019

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I understand that the old site looks old-fashioned and there's a need for a new
site.

However, the new site doesn't play nice with the "Safest" Security Level, which
is a show stopper for me. Many sites don't work well with the "Safest" Security
Level, and I understand that, since they are not designed with Tor Browser in
mind. But really, even the Tor home page doesn't play nice with Tor Browser...

In my opinion, a Tor Browser friendly website should not rely on javascript.
This could be hard to do in practice and I am learning about it too.

Thanks for reading my comment!

I strongly support the redesign project, but I also strongly support anyone who feels, as I do and as I guess you may feel, that the default setting of the security slider should be "safer", and that TP should make an effort to train newbies to think of starting with JS maximally disabled, and dropping down if they really need it.

So many serious compromises begin with breaking the web browser, and so many of those breaks exploit some flaw related to javascript, that I find it frustrating that even TP blog refuses to avoid JS. (Mailchimp is another common software used by many many endangered organizations, and whose cybersecurity and business model I do not consider trustworthy.)

That said, we need to begin somewhere. From the unhappy comments here it seems that the "new look" will need some tweaks but I hope after a time the issues raised will be addressed and everyone will be happy again.

> the default setting of the security slider should be "safer", and that TP should make an effort to train newbies to think of starting with JS maximally disabled, and dropping down if they really need it.

+1
Most popular sites work ok on Safer except for ones that need the "media" checkbox in NoScript, and nearly all popular sites are HTTPS, not HTTP. When loading non-encrypted first-party sites, the browser could throw a message like the one that appears across the top when you maximise the window. "The security level you set in Tor Browser may be blocking some features on this website. If features that you need on this website are disabled, try lowering the security slider in the onion/shield menu and refreshing the page. [OK] [x]" It could be halted in the same way after appearing three times.

The Tor icon in the upper left shows up blurry on https://support.torproject.org/ this occurs on high resolution displays.

The download page does not work had to go to blog and scroll down when clicking on download tor browser it takes me back to the top of the page..not liking this new set up.

This is how they(torproject member) respond when you give them your money.

If you want them build Tor with vanguard ASAP, just don't donate them next time.
Donate them after they deliver the product, aka "software".

I hope moderator reading this don't censor this comment as the censorship is not cool at all.

Where can I find unstable sources + signatures? Sorry, but this new site offends me as a technical user... simplyfication is fine for some, but please let me see everything and be technical. I directly had that iOS feeling, which I dislike....

By unstable, do you mean alpha? Click "Advanced Install Options" on the download page. I agree it feels like iOS and what GNOME 3 did.

thankyou for update i love it

I like the redesign in general, as the old sit looked kind of intimidating to new users. However, major point of criticism to phrase it politely: I'm not able to find the signatures??

I'm aware that they can be found on https://2019.www.torproject.org/, but they should be placed prominently on the download page for sure.

Also, the website doesn't work too well with security settings on safest.

Thank You for adding the Source Tar Ball, however it requires the Source Signature file as well.

Thanks

The source tar ball should be the first thing to be given a signature! But it isn't on the languages or advanced install pages either. Ridiculous.

Why hide the Tor Browser Verification signatures in the Languages tab?

When you click Download Tor Browser why not go straight to the Languages tab with the signatures and downloads in different languages? If someone really does not understand English do you think they will be able to navigate the website?

People can click randomly with success instead 1 click to finding their language of choice now it is 2 clicks which will calculated out as an effective block to many users who English is not a language.

I like the new layout, have always thought alot can be said for simplicty. Out of curiosity did a women pick the color?

Love the new web site, could be a more vibrant purple however, it's a bit dull as is, could be brighter and more exciting! Can't please all the people all of the time it seems. ha-ha.

Heads up: I went there to download the 8.5a10 alpha browser using the URL at the top of my page: https://www.torproject.org/download/#downloads-alpha

but the file it gave me was the 8.0.8 browser when I clicked on the Windows icon: https://www.torproject.org/dist/torbrowser/8.0.8/torbrowser-install-win…

Would love to know the digit of your experience. :}

Alphas (unstable) are on the Advanced Install Options page linked under the OS icons on the download page.

Why does the link not say "Alpha" or "Unstable" as everyone is familiar with? Advanced used to imply the tor binary or source code. Changing definitions is breaking expected navigation, and even then some things aren't there.

In

https://www.torproject.org/download/

with security slider set at "safer" (minimal value Tor Project should require at its own site, IMO--- it would be better if the fundamental operation of downloading latest TBB for your OS worked with "safest"), the explanatory text for the circular icons for Windows, Mac, Linux, Android did not appear in my Tor Browser (v. 8.0.8 running in Tails v. 3.13.1), until I clicked on the third circle from left (lucky guess--- it turned out to be the Linux version, the one I need).

Also the detached signatures and signing keys are very important and even newbies should be encouraged to at least try to verify the downloads before installing, IMO.

So: a few glitches, as to be expected when trying to condense the sprawling mess which was the old www.torproject.org site, but overall I hope that newbies all around the world will find the two news pages (the new homepage and the new download page) much less intimidating and easier to grasp.

One point I hope other old time Tor users will bear in mind when they confront the "new look" is that many newbies may not be fluent in English, so we want to use as few words as possible in hope that they stay long enough to see a link to the home page in their own language, or that they stay long enough to figure out what they need to know by reading in a language which is not their native language. And those newbies need Tor, and we old timers need more people to use Tor, so everyone (but the Enemies of the Internet) benefits if we can grow the userbase.

My biggest concern is that the blog certificate still has mysterious features suggesting some kind of MITM to which TP has (I fear) been forced to acquiesce. TP's refusal to make any comment on the strange features of the pantheonsite.io cert only reinforces the impression that something fishy might be going on. I hope not, especially because if there is something wrong, it seems that TP must be collaborating in the MITM, if that is what is going on here.

At the new download page I find the tarball for current TBB (good) but where did the detached sig go? When I follow the link to "verify" I get the detached signatures for the TESTING version of TBB (not what newbies want!).

Didn't anyone test this thing before you went live? Maybe the naysayers have a point.

NO mention that Tor and the Tor Browser are Free Software, it's a serious lack of a central piece of information. If I was a new comer I wouldn't feel compelled to install it.
It's a very serious matter to assure people that they are about to download a piece of software that has been studied and modified by not a single entity but a large amount of different people, so they can be confident that there are no backdoors, no malware, nothing of the like.

Apart from that, I was one of the people who enjoyed the old style website, but understand that the modern generation of users are looking for a more "eye candy" experience, and I am not opposed to that. It makes people feel secure that they can use the software without too much hassle.

Just make sure to point out the fact that it's Free Software, as in and for, Freedom!

> the modern generation of users are looking for a more "eye candy" experience,

Actually, as I understand the motivation for the "New Look" (which I support), the goal is to help increase the Tor user base by making it much easier for newcomers to quickly find the information they need to start using Tor Browser (wisely) immediately, and to encourage possibly dubious visitors to consider that as a matter of fact, TB is for people just like them.

Example: some commentators complained about the large fonts (one of them me, refering to the About Us section where someone must have made a typo in a font choice), but some people who might need Tor have some degree of visual impairment, and it's desirable to offer a larger font less crowded home page for them.

A reasonable compromise which can serve both old-timers/expert/power users of Tor products and newcomers would be to rebrand the old page as a "Power User" page or something like that.

To be sure, some of the commments about the "New Look" tryout concern critical omissions/goofs such as the lack of detached signatures and incorrect links to downloads, and I expect those problems with the new home page to be fixed.

I have one more "positive" (as in, add one more thing) suggestion: a link to the onion version of the new homepage. There is no onion version of the new homepage? OK, then, two things to add.

> the goal is to help increase the Tor user base by making it much easier for newcomers to quickly find the information they need to start using Tor Browser (wisely) immediately, and to encourage possibly dubious visitors to consider that as a matter of fact, TB is for people just like them.

Then why were the overview page, the "Want Tor to really work?" warnings, and the "Who Uses Tor?" introduction on the old front page all made harder to find???

Thx for your hard work :)

Hey, please add your onion link to your service so Tor users will be able to access your site using a faster connection. It used to be in the footer of your previous website layout, but I can't see it anymore. I used it to download 40+ MB files from your server faster (no exit node). Please publish it again on a visible place.

Thank you!

+1 on this comment. I like the look of the new redesign, but it does seem to be missing some critical information, like detached signature files and the onion link to the tor project website.

The website seems to need a second pass. Seems in beta more than a final version.

Any method of reducing the load on exit nodes is important.

P.S. Maybe the onion version of duckduckgo should be set as the default search engine? It doesn't take much longer to load than the clearnet version, and it would probably help exit node load by quite a bit...

Is any sort of account required to contribute to translations? If so, how anonymous is the translation system? Also, German is not listed as an option on torproject.org.

According to the link in the post, it looks like an account is required. I don't know if they accept submissions by other methods. Translations are organised on a third-party site, transifex.com. German is listed on torproject.org as Deutsch (de).

Quite incredulous that there is no link to the signature files for each download on the new website.

Maybe I am missing something, but at the current moment you have to go to the old website to get the signature files. This is completely impossible to find for new users.

The importance of verifying your download to protect against malicious alterations, especially for something as important to your privacy and security as tor browser, should not need to be stated.

Unfortunately, new users will likely not know about how the heck to even find the signature files, as the only link on the download page is a link to https://support.torproject.org//tbb/how-to-verify-signature/ , which is completely unhelpful, as it says the signature files are on the https://www.torproject.org/download/ page, which they are not. At which point, most new users will give up in frustration.

This is a critical problem which needs to be fixed as soon as possible.

Plus one. The detached sigs are CRITICAL.

That said, fully support the motivation for the "new look". Some bugs obviously but the sig problem is easy to fix.

Lesson from the bad experience: test more carefully before making future major changes.

Suggest transforming "Old Look" copy to a new "Tor for Experts" page. Start with the existing old website page and remove dangeously outdated information.

Better lesson: Revert now to reduce the hemorrhaging, and add a banner to the old site asking for visitors to review the new site and linking to this blog post. Aim for 80% approval before switching.

Why does the "About us" section in the front page have a ridiculously big font?

Where are the download links for the Tor Expert Bundle?

Add a button to change the language please

The language button is at the top of the pages on the new site. Downloads for other languages are in the left-side white link under the 4 circle OS icons. In English, the link says, "Download in another language".

This new big purple "picture" isn't usefull?

The large size of the images has come up before. Many loyal Tor users have slow connections (bad internet is not uncommon even in rich countries) and don't need those large pictures. Maybe the size of some of them can be reduced? TP needs to encourage new users, so we don't want the first thing they experience at www.torproject.org to be an impressive demonstration that "dang! this is slow!".

"This new big purple "picture" isn't usefull?"

Please be specific. Which picture? Useful in what way?

Please restore the compactness, info content/overview and quality (smaller fonts, etc) of original web site layout.

And, BTW, at 2019 Win32 become gone - where is Win64 Expert Bundle?