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May 1, 2014

Secure Linux Distro TAILS Reaches Release Version 1.0

TAILSAfter five years in development, The Amnesic Incognito Live System (TAILS), a free and secure Linux distribution favoured by Edward Snowden, has reached version 1.0.

TAILS can be run anonymously from a DVD, USB stick or SD card, and was designed to leave no digital footprint on the local machine. The ISO is 909 MB.


TAILS website states:

“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,”

The latest release doesn’t bring major front-end changes, but features plenty of security fixes and software updates. To mark the occasion, TAILS ran a competition to design a new logo, the winner of which you can see pictured left.

Amnesia was based on the Incognito Linux distribution – both have now been merged into the TAILS project, the current iteration of which is built around Debian. The OS adds privacy features such as OpenPGP encryption, and forces all of its outgoing connections to go through the anonymous Tor network. It doesn’t store any data locally, which means users of TAILS are almost impossible to detect. If you are interested in trying TAILS out the you can read all about TAILS on their website.

Source: TAILS

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Dave Thornton

Senior Editor

Senior Editor
Been involved in technology for many years, more than I care to remember. Live in Dundee, Scotland. I like Android, Windows Phone OS, BlackBerry OS and iOS, and love writing about all things techie. Currently have a Honor 6+, Elephone P6000, Nexus 5, Chrombook C720, HTC One M7, Nokia Lumina 625, Microsoft Lumia 435, Blackberry Q10, HTC Hero and iPad mini