Tails 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
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 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.
If you are interested in giving Tails a try on your current computer without running any risk, please check out our Guide: Running Linux From a USB Drive As a Virtual Machine or Bootable Disk.
Online anonymity and censorship circumvention with Tor
Tails relies on the Tor anonymity network to protect your privacy online:
- all software is configured to connect to the Internet through Tor
- if an application tries to connect to the Internet directly, the connection is automatically blocked for security.
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.
Using Tor you can:
- be anonymous online by hiding your location
- connect to services that would be censored otherwise
- resist attacks that block the usage of Tor using circumvention tools such as bridges
Changes and upgrades
- Update Tor Browser to 8.5.4.
- Update Thunderbird to 60.7.2.
- Fix Tails failing to start a second time on some computers. (#16389)
- Display an error message in the Unlock VeraCrypt Volumes utility when closing a volume fails because the volume is being used. (#15794)
- Fix starting Tails through the Heads boot firmware. (Heads #581)
For more details, read our changelog.
Upgrades and changes
- Update Tor Browser to 8.5.3, which fixes a critical vulnerability in Tor Browser, a sandbox escape, that we couldn't fix in time for 3.14.1.
- Update Tor to 0.4.0.5.
- Upgrade Thunderbird to 60.7.0.
- Update Linux to 4.19.37 and most firmware packages. This should improve the support for newer hardware (graphics, Wi-Fi, etc.).
- Enable all available mitigations for the MDS (Microarchitectural Data Sampling) attacks and disable SMT (simultaneous multithreading) on all vulnerable processors to fix the RIDL, Fallout and ZombieLoad security vulnerabilities.
- Update Tor Browser to 8.5.
- Remove the following applications:
- Desktop applications
- Command-line tools
- Desktop applications
You can install these applications again using the Additional Software feature. Thanks to the removal of these less popular applications 3.14 and the removal of some language packs in 3.13.2, Tails 3.14 is 39 MB smaller than 3.13.
- Add back the OpenPGP Applet and Pidgin notification icons to the top navigation bar.
- Fix NoScript being deactivated when restarting Tor Browser.
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