Tails 6.2 Live Boot ISO/USB (x64)

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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. It is a complete operating system designed to be used from a DVD, USB stick, or SD card independently of the computer’s original operating system.

Tails or The Amnesic Incognito Live System is a security-focused Debian-based Linux distribution aimed at preserving privacy and anonymity. All its incoming and outgoing connections are forced to go through Tor, and any and all non-anonymous connections are blocked. The system is designed to be booted as a live DVD or live USB, and will leave no digital footprint on the machine unless explicitly told to do so. The Tor Project has provided financial support for its development. According to the Whonix Project, in comparison with other anonymity-focused software or platforms, “Tails is better suited for high-risk users who face aggressive, targeted surveillance.

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.

Tails is a live operating system, that you can start on almost any computer from a DVD, USB stick, or SD card. It aims at preserving your privacy and anonymity, and helps you to:

• use the Internet anonymously and circumvent censorship;
• all connections to the Internet are forced to go through the Tor network;
• leave no trace on the computer you are using unless you ask it explicitly;
• use state-of-the-art cryptographic tools to encrypt your files, emails and instant messaging.

Avoid surveillance, censorship, advertising, and viruses

Tails uses the Tor network to protect your privacy online and help you avoid censorship. Enjoy the Internet like it should be.

Your secure computer anywhere

Shut down the computer and start on your Tails USB stick instead of starting on Windows, macOS, or Linux. Tails leaves no trace on the computer when shut down.

Digital security toolbox

Tails includes a selection of applications to work on sensitive documents and communicate securely. Everything in Tails is ready-to-use and has safe defaults.

Your secure computer anywhere

To use Tails, shut down the computer and start on your Tails USB stick instead of starting on Windows, macOS, or Linux.

You can temporarily turn your own computer into a secure machine. You can also stay safe while using the computer of somebody else.

Tails is a 1.2 GB download and takes ½ hour to install. Tails can be installed on any USB stick of 8 GB minimum. Tails works on most computers less than 10 years old. You can start again on the other operating system after you shut down Tails.

You don’t have to worry about the computer having viruses because Tails runs independently from the other operating system and never uses the hard disk. But, Tails cannot always protect you if you install it from a computer with viruses or if you use it on a computer with malicious hardware, like keyloggers.

Tails always starts from the same clean state and everything you do disappears automatically when you shut down Tails.

Without Tails, almost everything you do can leave traces on the computer:

  • Websites that you visited, even in private mode
  • Files that you opened, even if you deleted them
  • Passwords, even if you use a password manager
  • All the devices and Wi-Fi networks that you used

On the contrary, Tails never writes anything to the hard disk and only runs from the memory of the computer. The memory is entirely deleted when you shutdown Tails, erasing all possible traces.

You can save some of your files and configuration in an encrypted Persistent Storage on the USB stick: your documents, your browser bookmarks, your emails, and even some additional software.

Bundled software

  • GNOME desktop

Networking

  • Tor with: Stream isolation, regular, obfs2, obfs3, obfs4, and ScrambleSuit bridges support.
  • NetworkManager for easy network configuration
  • Tor Browser, a web browser based on Mozilla Firefox and modified to protect anonymity with:
    • Torbutton for anonymity and protection against JavaScript with all cookies treated as session cookies by default;
    • HTTPS Everywhere transparently enables SSL-encrypted connections to a great number of major websites
    • NoScript to have even more control over JavaScript
    • uBlock Origin to remove advertisements.

It is to note, that due to the fact that Tails include uBlock Origin (compared to the normal Tor Browser Bundle), it could be subject to an attack to determine if the user is using Tails (since the userbase for Tails is less than the Tor Browser Bundle) by checking if the website is blocking advertising.

  • Pidgin preconfigured with OTR for end-to-end encrypted instant messaging
  • OnionShare for anonymous filesharing
  • Thunderbird email client with Enigmail for OpenPGP support
  • Liferea feed aggregator
  • Aircrack-ng for Wi-Fi networks auditing
  • Electrum, an easy-to-use bitcoin client

Encryption and privacy software

  • LUKS and GNOME Disks to install and use encrypted storage devices, e.g. for USB sticks
  • GnuPG, the GNU implementation of OpenPGP for e-mail and data encryption and signing
  • Monkeysign, a tool for OpenPGP key signing and exchange
  • PWGen, a strong random password generator
  • Shamir’s Secret Sharing using gfshare and ssss
  • GNOME virtual keyboard as a countermeasure against hardware keyloggers
  • MAT to anonymize metadata in files
  • KeePassXC password manager
  • GtkHash to calculate checksums
  • Keyringer, a command line tool to encrypt secrets shared through Git
  • Paperkey, a command line tool to back up OpenPGP secret keys on paper
  • DeepOnion wallet, an anonymous cryptocurrency using Tor network

 

What’s NEW in v6:

New features:

  • Mount external devices automatically:
  • When you plug in an external storage device, a USB stick or an external hard disk, Tails 6.0 mounts it automatically. If the storage device contains an encrypted partition, Tails 6.0 offers you to unlock the encryption automatically.
  • Protection against malicious USB devices:
  • If an attacker manages to plug a malicious USB device in your computer, they could run software that breaks the security built in Tails without your knowledge.
  • To protect from such attacks while you are away from your computer, Tails 6.0 ignores any USB device that is plugged in while your screen is locked.
  • You can only use new USB devices if they are plugged in while the screen is unlocked.
  • Dark Mode and Night Light:
  • From the system menu of Tails 6.0, you can now switch between:
  • The default light mode with colder colors and more brightness
  • A dark mode
  • A night light mode with warmer colors and less brightness
  • A combination of both the dark mode and night light mode
  • Easier screenshots and screencasts:
  • GNOME 43 introduces a new Take Screenshot shortcut in the system menu that makes it easier to take a screenshot or record a screencast.
  • Easier Gmail in Thunderbird:
  • Thanks to changes in both Thunderbird and Gmail, it’s much easier to configure a Gmail account in Thunderbird in Tails 6.0.
  • You don’t have to configure anything special in your Gmail account, other than the usual 2-Step Verification.
  • You can sign in to your Gmail account directly when configuring it in Thunderbird.
  • Diceware passphrases in 5 more languages:
  • When creating a Persistent Storage, suggested passphrases are now also generated in Catalan, German, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish.
  • Thanks to jawlensky who created the word lists for Catalan, Italian, and Spanish for Tails, but also made them available to all users of diceware.

CHANGES AND UPDATES:

Included software:

  • Tails 6.0 updates many of the applications included in Tails, among others:
  • Electrum from 4.0.9 to 4.3.4
  • Improve support for the Lightning protocol and hardware wallets.
  • KeePassXC from 2.6.2 to 2.7.4
  • Add entry tags.
  • Support dark mode.
  • Redesign history view.
  • Metadata Cleaner from 1.0.2 to 2.4.0
  • Redesign the whole user interface.
  • Support dark mode.
  • Add support for AIFF and HEIC files.
  • OnionShare from 2.2-3 to 2.6-5
  • Redesign the whole user interface.
  • Allow creating chat rooms.
  • Allow hosting static websites.
  • Text Editor from gedit to gnome-text-editor
  • Support dark mode.
  • Inkscape from 1.0.2 to 1.2.2
  • Audacity from 2.4.2 to 3.2.4
  • Gimp from 2.10.22 to 2.10.34
  • Kleopatra from 4:20.08 to 4:22.12

Removed features:

  • Remove the item Remove metadata from the shortcut menu of the Files browser.
  • The developers of MAT2, the metadata removal library used by Metadata Cleaner are not providing this option anymore.
  • Remove the item Wipe and Wipe available disk space from the shortcut menu of the Files browser.
  • Secure deletion is not reliable enough on USB sticks and SSDs for us to keep advertising this feature. We are still discussing which alternatives to explain in our documentation on secure deletion. (#19121)
  • Remove GtkHash
  • You can still install GtkHash as Additional Software.
  • Fixed problems:
  • Fix several issues with special characters and non-Latin scripts in the screen keyboard. (#18076)

Release Notes:

  • Update Tor Browser to 13.0.14.
  • Update the Tor client to 0.4.8.11.
  • Rename the localization section of the Welcome Screen as Language and Formats.
  • Make Upgrade later the default option in the dialog opened by Tails Upgrader.
  • Include more errors in the detection of read and write errors on the USB stick.

 

 

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Download Tails Live

ISO:

Uploadrar – 1.4 GB
RapidGator – 1.4 GB

USB Image:

Uploadrar – 1.4 GB
RapidGator – 1.4 GB

Tails Guide.pdf – 977 KB

To Install Tails on USB you can use the convenient Portable balenaEtcher Tool