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
- Add a Don’t Show Again button to the security notification when starting Tails in a virtual machine.
Changes and updates
- Update Tor Browser to 10.0.9.
- Update Thunderbird to 78.6.0.
- Update Linux to 5.9.15. This should improve the support for newer hardware (graphics, Wi-Fi, etc.).
- Fix support for the Ledger hardware wallets in Electrum. (#18080)
- Fix sharing mobile data, also called USB tethering, on iOS 14 or later. (#18097)
- Clarify the error message when starting from a USB stick that is too small. (#18073)
- For more details, read our changelog.
Previous release notes:
- Add support for the Ledger hardware wallets in Electrum. (#15353)
- Update Tor Browser to 10.0.7.
- Update Thunderbird to 78.5.1.
- Update Linux to 5.9. This should improve the support for newer hardware (graphics, Wi-Fi, etc.).
- Remove the Unifont font. (!263)
- Fix Additional Software by updating the APT key for deb.torproject.org. (#18042)
- Fix changing the administration password stored in the Persistent Storage. (#18018)
- Fix opening the Persistent Storage of another Tails USB stick in the Files browser. (#18050)
- Restore automatically a GnuPG public keyring from its backup when it gets corrupt. (#17807)
For more details, read our changelog.