A Tale Of Tails

Take the TOR

We all know that Edward Snowden insists on secure email, but he’s also very picky about his operating systems, too. In fact, he uses a free, super-secure version of Linux—called Tails—that fits on a USB stick and can be used on any computer without leaving a trace.

More here,

When NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden first emailed Glenn Greenwald, he insisted on using email encryption software called PGP for all communications. But this month, we learned that Snowden used another technology to keep his communications out of the NSA’s prying eyes. It’s called Tails. And naturally, nobody knows exactly who created it.

Long time readers of this ‘ere blog will also remember Liberté Linux, (now defunct,) also too.

I haven’t scoped it out for a while, but I would assume that Heartbleed and other such affect it just as much as any other OS. Personally I also use Partition Magic to wipe the USB stick too. I’m assuming you don’t know dd, or man dd. Anyway the TOR caveats apply. You need to read a lot and use it little, and when I get back to surfing like it’s 2002 – leave the exit noding to us. If your just noodling then by all means become a relay or exit node, but I would assume that Mr. Snowden et al aren’t into that.

Pick your poison, but remember, security is a myth. There are a lot of AT&Ts out there that reach out touch someone.


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