New Tails 4.5 LIVE Linux OS Released
- To use Internet connection anonymously and all connections are forced to go through the Tor network.
- Leave no trace on the computer behind.
- To use state-of-the-art cryptographic softwares 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 USB stick or a DVD independently of the computer’s original operating system. It is Free Software and based on Debian GNU/Linux.
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 configured with special care to not use the computer’s hard-disks, even if there is some swap space on them. The only storage space used by Tails is in RAM, which is automatically erased when the computer shuts down. So you won’t leave any trace on the computer either of the Tails system itself or what you used it for. That’s why we call Tails “amnesic”.
This allows you to work with sensitive documents on any computer and protects you from data recovery after shutdown. Of course, you can still explicitly save specific documents to another USB stick or external hard-disk and take them away for future use.
State-of-the-art cryptographic tools
Tails also comes with a selection of tools to protect your data using strong encryption:
- Encrypt your USB sticks or external hard-disks using LUKS (Linux Unified Key Setup), the Linux standard for disk-encryption.
While most disk encryption software implements different, incompatible, and undocumented formats, LUKS implements a platform-independent standard on-disk format for use in various tools. This not only facilitates compatibility and interoperability among different programs, but also assures that they all implement password management in a secure and documented manner
- Automatically use HTTPS to encrypt all your communications to a number of major websites using HTTPS Everywhere, a Firefox extension developed by the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
- Encrypt and sign your emails and documents using the de facto standard OpenPGP either from Tails email client, text editor or file browser.
- Protect your instant messaging conversations using OTR, a cryptographic tool that provides encryption, authentication and deniability.
- Securely delete your files and clean your diskspace using Nautilus Wipe.
Tails now starts on computers with Secure Boot enabled.
If your Mac displays the following error:
“Security settings do not allow this Mac to use an external startup disk.”
Then you have to change the settings of the Startup Security Utility of your Mac to authorize starting from Tails.
Tails 4.5 Changes and updates
- Update Tor Browser to 9.0.9.
- This update fixes several vulnerabilities in Firefox, including some critical ones.
- Mozilla is aware of targeted attacks in the wild abusing these vulnerabilities.
Check here Known issues
Get Tails 4.5
- To upgrade your Tails USB stick and keep your persistent storage
- Automatic upgrades are available from Tails 4.2 or later to 4.5.
- If you cannot do an automatic upgrade or if Tails fails to start after an automatic upgrade, please try to do a manual upgrade.
System Requirements To Download Tails
- A USB stick of 8 GB minimum or a DVD recordable.
- All the data on this USB stick or DVD will be lost when installing Tails.
- The possibility to start from a USB stick or a DVD reader.
- A 64-bit x86-64 compatible processor:
Download Tails 4.5
If you don’t need installation or upgrade instructions, you can download Tails 4.5 directly:
To install Tails on a new USB stick