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posted by janrinok on Monday July 06 2015, @06:46AM   Printer-friendly [Skip to comment(s)]
from the better-safe-than-sorry dept.

TAILS is a live system that aims to preserve your privacy and anonymity. It helps you to use the Internet anonymously and circumvent censorship almost anywhere you go and on any computer but leaving no trace unless you ask it to explicitly.

It is a complete operating system designed to be used from a DVD, USB stick, or SD card independently of the computer's original operating system. It is Free Software and based on Debian GNU/Linux.

Tails comes with several built-in applications pre-configured with security in mind: web browser, instant messaging client, email client, office suite, image and sound editor, etc. - https://tails.boum.org/about/index.en.html

# Check first the about and warning pages to make sure that Tails is the right tool for you and that you understand well its limitations.

It can be downloaded here. There is plenty more info on the site, linked to above, giving details of the security enhancements and bug fixes over previous versions.


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  • (Score: -1, Troll) by Anonymous Coward on Monday July 06 2015, @07:13AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday July 06 2015, @07:13AM (#205505)

    linux is for old people

    • (Score: -1, Troll) by Anonymous Coward on Monday July 06 2015, @07:57AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Monday July 06 2015, @07:57AM (#205508)

      It sounds like a laxative too.

  • (Score: 2) by No Respect on Monday July 06 2015, @07:35AM

    by No Respect (991) on Monday July 06 2015, @07:35AM (#205506)

    Additionally it uses I2P (Invisible Internet Project) which is another privacy scheme different than Tor. HTTPS Everywhere is also a key piece, as is paying special attention to deleting temporary cache and files.

    All that should have been in the story summary along with mentioning Debian IMO.

    • (Score: 2) by hemocyanin on Monday July 06 2015, @08:04AM

      by hemocyanin (186) on Monday July 06 2015, @08:04AM (#205511) Journal

      In the subject line you say it uses TOR, in the body, you say it uses something else. I'm confused.

      • (Score: 2, Informative) by Pino P on Monday July 06 2015, @12:43PM

        by Pino P (4721) on Monday July 06 2015, @12:43PM (#205592) Journal

        "Additionally" leads me to suspect that No Respect was trying to say it uses both. Searching the web confirmed this. From Tails - I2P [boum.org]:

        I2P has been included since Tails 0.7 with Iceweasel preconfigured using FoxyProxy so that eepsites (.i2p TLD) are directed to I2P. All other traffic gets routed through Tor.

    • (Score: 1, Offtopic) by MichaelDavidCrawford on Monday July 06 2015, @08:13AM

      I toyed with the idea of selling a product that would sweep up all the breadcrumbs but there are just too many.

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      Yes I Have No Bananas. [gofundme.com]
      • (Score: 1, Funny) by Anonymous Coward on Monday July 06 2015, @12:07PM

        by Anonymous Coward on Monday July 06 2015, @12:07PM (#205579)

        "I toyed with the idea of selling a product that would sweep up all the breadcrumbs but there are just too many."

        Easily solved by anti-psychotic medication.

        • (Score: 3, Interesting) by JNCF on Monday July 06 2015, @05:43PM

          by JNCF (4317) on Monday July 06 2015, @05:43PM (#205754) Journal

          I modded down this AC as a troll. To explain, I think the AC was making reference to GP's actual history of mental illness. I've seen other anonymous posts making similar comments to Mr. Crawford, and I consider them a form of ongoing harassment. I suspect that at least some of them are the work of a single individual, but I don't know that. I don't think this kind of harassment should be banned, but I do think it should be modded into oblivion. I definitely reserve the right to make jokes that offend people, including jokes about other peoples' actual mental illnesses, but I'm not going to follow a man with schizoaffective disorder around the internet trolling him. That's an asshole move, even in my book.

          • (Score: 2) by MichaelDavidCrawford on Monday July 06 2015, @08:13PM

            of attending music school so I could learn to compose symphonies, or rather write them down as I compose them in my thoughts.

            I really dont want to be a comouter programmer anymore. I have been clear about that for many years. But somehow modus takes offense.

            He also tracked down a close friend of mine after I mentioned that I knew a certain skydiver in my k5 diary. This leads me to believe that modus was once a close friend of mine at UCSC but I stopped speaking to him after I asked him why he was so cruel to her:

            "If you kick a dog it will be your best friend."

            I dont know for sure that its him so I dont give his name.

            Cyberstalking is a felony howver only I have standing to complain. My take is that the best response to hate speech is more speech.

            There is also some possibility that modus is someone I met during eighth grade, who went on to stalk that same skydiver as well as a woman who clearly wanted to marry me. If it's that fellow at least I understand why as I am intimately familiar with his family.

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            Yes I Have No Bananas. [gofundme.com]
  • (Score: 4, Interesting) by K_benzoate on Monday July 06 2015, @08:14AM

    by K_benzoate (5036) on Monday July 06 2015, @08:14AM (#205515)

    Just updated my Bittorrent server with this release. I always leave TAILS seeding 24/7, it's the least I can do as a "fuck you" to NSA and all the other surveillance states in the world. Of course, this means I am definitely being spied on by NSA more closely than the average shitizen. If you've ever even done a web search for TAILS or other privacy tools you are targeted for increased surveillance. [makeuseof.com]

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    • (Score: 1) by Pino P on Monday July 06 2015, @12:56PM

      by Pino P (4721) on Monday July 06 2015, @12:56PM (#205597) Journal

      How would the NSA tell privacy paranoid people from random fans of Sonic the Hedgehog video games? "Tails" is also the canon nickname of a character in that series [wikia.com].

      • (Score: 2) by jasassin on Tuesday July 07 2015, @02:10AM

        by jasassin (3566) <jasassin@gmail.com> on Tuesday July 07 2015, @02:10AM (#205960) Journal

        How would the NSA tell privacy paranoid people from random fans of Sonic the Hedgehog video games?

        I would guess they look at the IP addresses of people who connect to tails.boum.org, not Google searches for the word "tails".

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    • (Score: 2) by GoonDu on Tuesday July 07 2015, @01:25AM

      by GoonDu (2623) on Tuesday July 07 2015, @01:25AM (#205942)

      >http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/interest-privacy-will-ensure-youre-targeted-nsa/

      Waaaait, a minute. That's a honeypot isn't it? I'm going to in the list for reading an article about people putting other people on the list.

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday July 06 2015, @11:17AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday July 06 2015, @11:17AM (#205560)

    ...does it come with systemd?