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What are the differences between Tails and Whonix?

TailsOS (The Amnesic Incongito Live System) TailsOS boots off USB and puts you in a live Debian-based linux instance configured to give you out-of-the-box anonymity on potentially any computer system ...
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Why does Tails use an insecure memory wiping process

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 ...
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Unable to install VirtualBox Guest Additions on Tails OS

You should run 'VBoxLinuxAdditions.run' file, not the autorun.sh. Syntax: bash VBoxLinuxAdditions.run
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Firewall with Tails

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 ...
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Does tails work with Mini free Laptops

From looking at the pictures on their website, Minifree laptops appear to be old, re-branded Lenovo T400 and X200 Thinkpads. If we ignore the fact that they're selling old, presumably ex-business ...
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Can I Use Tails in One Stick of USB? ( 8Gb) instead of 2 (4Gb) Stick

Yes, but only under certain circumstances. The reason it is recommending 2 USBs is that for features like encrypted persist storage and incremental updates it has to be installed from the Tails ...
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Why the link for tails done this?

Someone is interfering with TLS, or your browser has an old certificate pin that is no longer valid and your browser requires updating. Tails provides mirrors, if access to the main website is ...
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Tails and OnionShare

The threats are completely different. Tor Browser has a much larger attack surface (it has far more features and functionality that could go wrong) and it's not written in an memory safe language (if ...
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Load an html file in tails browser while offline?

This is a restriction put in place by AppArmor to confine Tor Browser, as such cannot open files in the users home directory or mounted media except where explicitly excepted. For this purpose, there ...
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Tails -> Verify the ISO image -> Using the command line: "gpg: Impossible de v'erifier la signature : No public key"

Two things: This isn't the correct installation method for you to follow. These instructions are for people who are already familiar with basic usage of OpenPGP You're not following the ...
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Tails 3.0 blocks connection to ANY obfs4 bridge

Make sure your time zone and time settings are correct, if your system clock time is off, obfs4 will fail to connect. Tails automatically synchronize time upon start, but sometimes the time ...
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Tor usage in North Korea as a foreigner

Yes it is too risky. I absolutely do not intend to perform any activities deemed as illegal or defamatory by the North Korean authorities. Using Tor at all may be deemed illegal. You can ...
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Can Tails be installed as primary OS?

Exactly, as Jens and others mentioned above, Tails is not meant to be your primary OS for many reasons. There's another project aiming to provide exactly for your need, however it is still in beta and ...
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Should Tails be upgraded using "sudo apt-get upgrade"?

No, you don't need to upgrade your system by typing sudo apt(-get) upgrade but use the auto update (every 6 weeks) from the Tails Upgrader. see faq of tails: https://tails.boum.org/support/faq/index....
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What are the key differences between SubgraphOS and Tails?

Mentioning only a very few, Subgraph has a Grsecurity/PaX hardened kernel. Tails doesn't. Subgraph lets you choose which application to route through Tor and which through clearnet or VPN very easily....
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Tails Tor not starting

Tails uses UTC time. But the time of most devices is set up to the timezone of their sale, which can be considered as de-anonimization. What I usually do is manual explicit setting the hardware clock ...
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Proxy after Tor in Tails

Yes, you can use a web-based proxy to avoid being blocked when a website notices your tor exit node IP address. I tested this particular proxy with two different websites that block tor traffic, and ...
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Tails display errors and persistence errors!

Did you install Tails from the first Tails USB media into the second USB media? As of August 2018, Tails requires 2 USB media in order to end up with a secure installation. With the first USB medium ...
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How is CVE-2015-7547 impacting Tor/Tails/Tor Browser?

Nick Mathewson wrote a mail to the tor-talk mailing list and analysed the situation. He wrote: Tor never uses glibc's resolver to make DNS requests for any attacker-controlled addresses. So in ...
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Can a USB drive's serial number or unique hardware be used to identify me?

Theoretically - YES, if it will be a way to make a hardware listing query like lsusb -v
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Profile photo - twitter

The pop-up you're talking about comes from Tor Browser. If you choose Not now (or even choose never for this site), this method of fingerprinting is stopped. Besides that you can just easily change ...
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Security implications of running tails in Virtual machine

This one irks me, especially when the "VMs are magic" crowd provide answers like: If you are using your own computer, it is probably safe. As the documentation states there are limitations. The "...
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Is loading wl driver for macbook wifi at start up safe on Tails OS?

"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 ...
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Could someone hack a tails device based on the firmware in it?

Yes. Tails cannot protect you from compromised hardware including BIOS or firmware attacks, as it clearly stated in the warning page: Tails does not protect against BIOS or firmware attacks It is ...
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How to install tails os on sd card?

This is ugly and not recommended. For this example the following assumptions are made: The sd-card will be /dev/mmcblk0 and the USB installation target /dev/sdb The sd-card is larger than the usb ...
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What is the Tor browser's Adblock Plus default configuration on Tails OS?

Update: Tails no longer uses AdBlock Plus, it has moved to uBlock Origin. The information here is no longer valid. It's actually the one pulled from the debian repos, xul-ext-adblock-plus, as per ...
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Can I install Tails on a WD My Passport?

It looks like it will probably work, WD USB HDDs appear as a USB drive which should allow the Tails installer to install onto it. To start the Tails installer, you'll need a working Ubuntu, Debian or ...
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Installing virtualbox in tails

I would strongly recommend against this. Infact other software that requires dkms modules is explicitly recommended against by the Tails developers. It is not officially supported by them. Inserting ...
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