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Tails – Privacy for anyone anywhere

2. Jun 2012

Tails is a live system based on Debian Live. You can burn it to DVD or install it to a bootable usb stick.

Tails stands for: The amnesic incognito live system.

What is Tails there for?

Tails is a live system that aims at preserving your privacy and anonymity. It helps you to use the Internet anonymously almost anywhere you go and on any computer but leave no trace using unless you ask it explicitly.

What does Tails include?

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.

It uses Tor:

Tails relies on the Tor anonymity network to protect your privacy online: all software are configured to connect through Tor, and direct (non-anonymous) connections are blocked.

Why is it called amnesic? How does it leave no trace?

Using Tails on a computer doesn’t alter or depend on the operating system installed on it. So you can use it in the same way on yours, the computer of a friend or one at your local library. After removing your Tails DVD or USB stick the computer can start again on its usual operating system.

Tails is configured with a special care to not use the computer’s hard-disks, even if there is some swap space on it. The only storage space used by Tails is the RAM memory, which is automatically erased when the computer shuts down. So you won’t leave any trace neither of the Tails system nor of what you did on the computer. That’s why we call it “amnesic”.

This allows you to work on sensitive documents on any computer and protect you from data recovery after shutdown. Of course, you can still explicitly save some documents to another USB or external hard-disk and take them aways for future use.

Find out more. Read the documentation.

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