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When I maximize Tor, it says this: enter image description here

How can my monitor size be used to track me? I mean, I guess if I have a certain brand, you can rule out some countries, but I'm pretty sure I'm not the only one with my monitor brand/size.

  • Does it follow then that I should keep changing the size of the window I use? If I always use the default size then that could be more of a signature becoz its a 'non-standard' size. – user8161 Aug 19 '15 at 3:27
  • Sometimes moving the browser window on the screen accidentally toggles the window to full screen. I'd like to see a way to disable that feature, so double clicking the top window bar does not take the window to full screen. It's really the only time it happens for me... by mistake. – rob Feb 21 at 5:08
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Well thats true, but the Window Size is not the only thing which can be tracked and will be tracked. The Windows size alone will not identify you.

But tracking nowadays is not only done by cookies and all the information is cross-referenced and matched. So with all Informations (from a normal browser) about your OS, Windowsill JS_Engine, Flashversion, Surfhabits, Key-press-pattern, Language and much much more can a evil person distinguish from others with a guarantee of 75% up to 99% ... and the Tor-Browser helps you to NOT give some additional Information.

Also, if most tor users leave the default size, that information becomes useless for identifying them.

A Project where you can test only the Browser

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In addition to the cross-referencing of window size with other bits of information like extensions changes, fonts, etc., consider a user who visits multiple sites at around the same time.

That user may be the only one with that particular browser window size visiting both site A and site B at that time. The size alone would provide a smoking gun for linking the visits, even across different Tor circuits, thereby damaging the visitor's cross-site anonymity.

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