Tails Linux OS Tutorial For Privacy and Anonymity


Anonymity and Privacy are important topics of this decade. A lot of states, companies or persons try to crack or censorship peoples anonymity and privacy. There are different ways to protect us from these attacks. Tail OS is a Linux based distribution which provides these protections as a Live operating system.

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Tail OS can be used in different ways. The main usage is live where we do not need to install into computer hard disk. We will just install into a USB stick and run in every computer we boot from USB.

Another use case is downloading ISO file and installing into a hard disk permanently. ISO file can be downloaded from the following link. The file size is about 1.2 GB

https://mirrors.wikimedia.org/tails/stable/tails-amd64-3.10.1/tails-amd64-3.10.1.iso

Features

Tail OS is developed by Tails Team and provided as Freeware.

  • Anonymity is provided by Tail OS by default so it uses some VPN’s and search engines like DuckDuckGo to prevent data collection.
  • Tor is default open and all request to the internet will be routed through Tor anonymous network.
  • If opened with USB stick it will do not write anything to the local disk. So this will leave no trace about the usage.
  • It provides state of art encryption tools and algorithms. It supports encrypting files, emails, instant messaging etc.

Applications

Tail OS provides following applications for better security, anonymity and censorship prevention.

  • VeraCrypt is file, disk and volume encryption tool which uses Trucrypt base.
  • `OpenPGP` provides public and private key management with different encryption algorithms
  • `Nautilus` is a file and folder manager which can securely and completely delete files and folders
  • `KeePassX` is a password manager to make users life easier.
  • `GtkHash` is a hash calculator to calculate checksums
  • `keyringer` is used for sharing encrypted secrets between parties
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