We’ve talked about the Tails distro a while ago way back in 2012. Of course this was before Snowden and a lot of other privacy focused efforts that have arisen the past few years. Well, the maintainers have come a long way since then and have just announced the release of Tails 2.0. For those unfamiliar with this distro, Tails is a live operating system that can be run from a DVD or USB that provides a level of privacy and anonymity by storing no (or limited) persistent data in the OS and routing all traffic through the Tor network.
Tails might be useful for those researching the more nefarious sides of Internet (e.g., like underground forums selling malware or investigating an attacker’s infrastructure – not recommended by the way). Not only does it provide privacy and anonymity against potential research targets, but by just simply rebooting the live distro everything is returned to its original state (just in case you caught a virus or something). Personally, I would lean towards using a write-once media, like a DVD, just to be safe. USBs with a physical write-protect switch might be an option too. And if you are looking for something a little lighter, running Tails as a VM is also possible (but not recommended by some). The Tor Browser Bundle is also another good option if you re willing to lower your shields even more.
Updates for 2.0 include the following.
- GNOME Shell desktop environment
- Upgrade to Debian 8
- Updated Tor Browser
- Many security updates
You can download Tails 2.0 from Boum.org.
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