The Linux Distribution That Makes You Fully Nameless On-line

It's no secret that many users are finally switching from Windows to Linux because they want to make their own decisions and take control of their computer and privacy. While there are many Linux distributions, each different from the other, security and privacy are the common threads that run through them all.

One such distribution is Tails, a security-oriented operating system that maintains your anonymity on the web.

The real meaning of privacy

While most users are simply trying not to be followed and followed by unscrupulous internet marketers and ISPs, others have more serious concerns. For some, staying anonymous and moving untracked through the internet can be a matter of avoiding censorship, repression, viruses, and even surveillance.

For these users it is not only important that they can act anonymously, it is also imperative that no traces, either virtual or physical, are left for anyone.

When you need to make sure that your internet activity is not traced online or on the computer you use, there is only one option: Tails.

Tails: The amnesic incognito live system

The Amnesic Incognito Live System (TAILS) is a live bootable Linux distribution that not only enables users to work completely anonymously on the Internet, but also deletes the last trace of all activity every time the system is shut down. If you want to be invisible on the internet, here's how.

Download: Tails

Tails is completely self-contained, boots from removable media (USB or DVD), does not write anything to the host computer's hard drive, and reverts to a neutral state each time it is used.

You can use it on virtually any computer that can boot from USB or DVD, including public computers (assuming you can access the USB port and reset the computer). If you turn off or reset a computer after using Tails, there is no evidence that you did anything on that computer.

The live system contains everything you need including:

  • Tor browser with uBlock: A safe browser plus ad blocker
  • Thunderbird: A free email application for sending and receiving encrypted email
  • KeePassXC: A password manager that creates and stores strong passwords
  • LibreOffice: Complete office suite
  • Split onion: A file sharing app that enables file transfer through Tor. enables

Since Tails is a self-contained live system, it is also extremely portable. You can carry your personal Tails system with you on a USB stick and use it anywhere.

Anonymous communication over the Tor network

When you work in the Tails environment, all communications are sent over the Tor network. The connection is established automatically each time the operating system is loaded. Any program that tries to communicate outside of the Tor circles is automatically blocked.

Related: Everything You Need to Know About Using Tor Browser on Linux A full explanation of how Tor works is beyond the scope of this article, but the Tor network uses special protocols to allow users and servers to communicate anonymously.

All of your internet communications are encrypted and sent across multiple servers before they reach their final destination. The system makes it impossible for the end server to see the real IP address of the user accessing this server – complete anonymity.

Trading speed for security

The Tor browser included in Tails ensures your privacy is maintained no matter where you go on the internet. You can use most of the regular websites and access dark web and deep websites without revealing any information like your location, IP address, or other network signatures.

However, the price paid for such privacy is the speed at which you can communicate. Since all communication on a Tor connection is sent through at least three or four servers before it reaches its intended destination, there is a noticeable difference in speed compared to a normal, unprotected Internet connection.

You can install Tails on any computer

Tails is completely free and can be downloaded from the Tails official website. All you need is a blank USB stick or DVD and you can install the operating system on virtually any computer. Whether your need for privacy and security is a necessity or just curiosity, you won't find anything that protects you better than Tails.

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JT McGinty
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JT is a technology industry veteran with over 25 years of experience. From technical support and programming to system administration, he did everything. He especially enjoys teaching new users the freedom and power of Linux.

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