It is difficult to break down the huge Comparison of Whonix and Tails to primary differences.
Anyway, I'd say:
Tails: concentrates on being a Live DVD / Live USB; being amnesic; mobile market
Whonix: concentrates on "keep user safe, even when running arbitrary, leaky non-Tor-safe applications and servers through Tor"; support customization to your ...
Tails comes with an installer. It installs the software by default on SD or USB drives and checks if it is installed on removable devices. So the general answer to your question is No. You can't install tails as primary OS.
Assuming you can you would loose the amnesiac traits. Because it would enable it to save data in a persistent way.
$ openvpn --help
--socks-proxy s [p] [up] : Connect to remote host through a Socks5 proxy at
SocksPort 9050 # what port to open for local application connections
SocksListenAddress 127.0.0.1 # accept connections only from localhost
As a newbie, you are probably meet troubles with wrapping a connection.
While you'll start ...
I did encounter this problem a while because of a stupid mistake :
I was checking the signature after issuing the isohybrid command on it, which of course messed up the signature... Duh.
So check your verifying procedure first.
I don't think the key would have been tampered because what's the point of tampering it if still doesn't verify the alleged ...
There is two different levels on which you can be identified as a Tor or Tails user. It is not clear from your question which you means, so I will answer both.
The website server you visit knows if you are using Tor or Tails
Tails users can be identified as such by its browser fingerprint. For example, Tails comes with AdBlock Plus, and Tor Browser Bundle (...
The Tails FAQ specifically answers this question:
Can I install Tails permanently onto my hard disk?
This is not possible using the recommended installation methods. Tails
is designed to be a live system running from a removable media: DVD,
USB stick or SD card.
This is a conscious decision as this mode of operation is better for
what we ...
The Tor client uses TLS to encrypt connections between clients and relays, as well as between relays. TLS was selected primarily because it is standardised, well analysed and offers reasonable security. An added benefit however is that TLS is used in HTTPS for encrypted web browsing so Tor traffic is tricky to distinguish from HTTPS. While many networks ...
This can be done using VirtualBox VMs. It's easy with Whonix. Just set up a VPN client in the workstation VM in /etc/openvpn/, and add socks-proxy 192.168.0.10 9150 up and socks-proxy-retry to the configuration file. The requirement for an up proxy-authentication file is an OpenVPN bug. The up file must exist, but it's not parsed, so its content doesn't ...
You have many options, what you choose may depend on your personal level of expertise.
Starting from solutions that require least expertise but may have drawbacks:
Assuming you have a working Internet connections, you can use Internet Cloud storage as intermediate storage. Note, I will not advocate emailing to yourself which is commonly done because that ...
I have been researching this field for a media project I am working on, and while I am in no way qualified to answer this question as well as others here, it seems to me that Whonix is the thing to use if you are using your personal home computer, for the best possible safety and anonymity. While Tails is probably best used for short periods of time on a ...
Tails 1.3.1 took the special step of isolating the Tor Browser from the rest of the operating system. When Tor Browser saves things (e.g., downloads) it saves them to its own, isolated folder. The folder can be made persistent.
If you want to make something on your USB stick accessible to the Tor Browser, you must copy it to the Tor Browser directory, which ...
Tails uses sdmem from the secure-delete package to overwrite RAM on shutdown, see https://tails.boum.org/contribute/design/memory_erasure/ for details.
According to that page, "memory is only overwritten once with zeros; this is the fastest available mode, and is enough to protect against every memory forensics attack we know of".
sdmem also supports a "...
You can't install it to a hard drive in the same way as other operating systems but if your netbook has an internal drive then you can copy the ISO directly to the drive in the same way as you would copy the ISO to a USB drive. This will keep the "amnesiac" traits in place as it is just acting like the internal drive is a read-only CDROM (we are essentially ...
Assuming you download and burn Tails from a known virus-free computer, running Tails is much more secure that just adding an anti-virus software.
Tails does not only protect against virus, software keyloggers and similar that may be present on the system OS installed on your computer, but Tails also prevent many possible information leaks Tor Browser cannot ...
Your question suggests a bit of confusion, so I'll try to clarify.
Orbot is an app for Android phones that connects to the Tor
network. You can then set other apps on your phone to use Orbot to
route their traffic through Tor before entering the wider internet.
It allows mobile phone users to access the web/messaging/email
without being monitored or blocked ...
Since Tails runs from a CDROM, as soon as you reboot, all you configuration and web content will be gone. But, you can get it working.
Tails puts some heavy restrictions on outgoing network packets. You'll have to explicitly allow outgoing packets to port 8080 on the loopback device.
# iptables -I OUTPUT -o lo -p tcp --dport 8080 -j ACCEPT
After this, ...
Vidalia is just an interface to control the separate Tor client. In the Tor Browser Bundle that functionality will be moved into TorButton - which is found in the Tor Browser.
As far as Tails is concerned, Vidalia has very little to do with the torification of the whole system. It actually uses some iptables rules to force all network traffic through Tor - ...
This is nothing to do with the I2P bug. They are referring to the possibility that there may be information leaks at application protocol level that may be used by an attacker to identify, fingerprint or track users, see
Many applications can also leak other problematic and/or ...
You have first to define what are your anonymity and security needs, and see if either solution can provide it on its own. Both solutions have different goals and different threat models as summarized by whonix maintainer here. The main feature in Tails that Whonix lacks is amnesic capability, which is making your device forgets everything that happens and ...
A service which was designed with Tails users in mind, is OnionShare. The software allows you to select a folder or file within your local harddrive. It generates a .onion URL which you can share. When the other person enters the URL into the Tor Browser the download starts and after finishing the download OnionShare closes the service. It thus reduces the ...
Tails saves print screen images in /home/amnesia (your home directory)
To find the images go to: Applications > Accessories > Files and look for the screenshot file ending .png
Or in gimp you open it through File > Open and it should be there.
https://tails.boum.org/blueprint/doc/screenshots/ Also, this link backs up what I said and explains a whole lot ...
I know that my traffic is encrypted
and Tor scrubs my information on its way to the first node.
Tor does not change/censor the data you transfer, it just encrypts it with the public keys of the relays in the circuit.
Only a bad node may get my IP.
Good or bad, the 1st node (Guard) always knows your IP address, and no other node knows your IP ...
Have a look at the Network Filter documentation.
.... This is solved by blocking all outbound Internet traffic except
Tor (and I2P when enabled), and explicitly configuring all
applications to use one of these.
config/chroot local-includes/etc/ferm/ferm.conf (uses ferm to build an
"It's complicated" - The real answer to all infosec question.
First of all, having root acccess for every single boot of tails is probably something you should avoid. A root compromise can do some really ugly things, like taint your tails install forever. Having a path for the amnesia user to become root is something that you should definitely try to avoid.