Tails describes itself as a “portable operating system that protects against surveillance and censorship.” In short, it’s an incognito web browser used by activists, journalists, and anyone who wants privacy online. It expands on Tor’s protection and is based on Debian 11 (Bullseye) and 10 (Buster), based on the Firefox ESR and Tor Browser Bundle.
What purpose does Tails serve?
Tails is a project primarily aimed at people who want to protect their privacy, and therefore need a way to browse the internet without leaving behind any trace, such as IP addresses, or sensitive documents.
The philosophy of this project is that, rather than trusting websites to keep their users’ privacy safe, the Tails project provides their own environment that is entirely independent from anything outside of it. The Tails project provides a number of services to make surfing the web safer, from programs to encrypt your hard drive, to Tor, to a VPN.
It has never been easier to design, build and deploy a fully functional, scalable and secure online presence as a result of the security protocols in place with Tails.
We have a platform that makes it easy for everyone to communicate without fear of being spied upon or traced while online. Leaving no digital footprint online is a huge benefit to many people and because Tails doesn’t write to the hard drive or any other storage, it is a great way to protect against a cold boot attack. For this reason, some prefer it to using Tor when visiting dark web sites.