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.
How does this work you might ask?
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.
Tor is free software and an open network that helps you defend against a form of network surveillance that threatens personal freedom and privacy, confidential business activities and relationships, and state security known as traffic analysis.
Tor protects you by bouncing your communications around a distributed network of relays run by volunteers all around the world: it prevents somebody watching your Internet connection from learning what sites you visit, and it prevents the sites you visit from learning your physical location.
In short if you have every used a bootable Live CD/DVD/USB media before its the same concept just that this project focus on your privacy.
What’s under the hood?
A set of note worthy Firefox extension:
- Adblock Plus
- Cookie Monster
- FoxyProxy Standard
A few extra bonus applications for the paranoid at heart:
- Create ecycrpted volumes with TrueCrypt
- Securely delete files with Nautilus
- Manage passwords using KeePassX
- By default your browser is pointed to https://startpage.com/, the world’s most private search engine.
Lastly, another option that felt was nice was the ability to use the “Windows Camouflage” mode, this basically makes Tails look more like Microsoft Windows XP. This is useful in public places in order to avoid attracting suspicion.
So now you have a new OS to enhanced your desire for privacy. Have fun and please let us know what other methods you are using.