Tails vs Tor – which is better?

For those of us who want to browse the dark web safely, there are a couple of options. The last time we covered what a darknet market is, we talked all about how to buy on the dark web, different types of software needed to access the dark web and safety precautions you can take when browsing the deep web. We also discussed which darknet markets you could use to buy things. However, we only discussed what Tor is and didn’t mention another type of software like Tails.

Tor and Tails are two privacy-focused operating systems that allow you to browse the internet anonymously. While they both do many of the same things, there are differences between Tor, Tails, and their communities should be considered when deciding which one is best for your situation.

Sometimes when I’m browsing the Dark Web when I want to purchase something, I find myself wondering which of the two is better. I mean, looking at the statistics and costs, it’s all pretty much the same. But then I decide on one because it just “feels right”.

Tails (The Amnesic Incognito Live System) and Tor (The Onion Router) are both free, open-source software tools that are designed to help users protect their privacy and anonymity online. Tails is a live operating system that can be run from a USB drive or DVD and is designed to be booted up on any computer, leaving no trace of the user’s activities. Tor is a network of servers that allows users to browse the internet anonymously by routing their traffic through multiple layers of encryption.

Both Tails and Tor have their own unique strengths and weaknesses when it comes to security. Here are some pros and cons for each:



  • Provides a high level of security and anonymity by routing all internet traffic through the Tor network and not leaving any trace of the user’s activities on the computer.
  • Offers a range of privacy-enhancing features such as encryption for email and instant messaging, and the ability to use the internet anonymously without leaving any personal information behind.


  • Can be vulnerable to certain types of attacks such as those that target the boot process or the hardware itself, as well as attacks that exploit vulnerabilities in the software itself.
  • May not be suitable for all users, as it requires a certain level of technical knowledge to set up and use effectively.



  • Provides a high level of anonymity by routing traffic through multiple layers of encryption, making it difficult for anyone to trace the user’s activities.
  • Is widely used and supported, with a large community of users and developers working to improve its security and privacy features.


  • Can be slower than a regular internet connection due to the multiple layers of encryption and routing involved.
  • Is not foolproof and can be vulnerable to certain types of attacks, such as those that aim to deanonymize users by exploiting vulnerabilities in the network or the software itself.

In summary, both Tails and Tor are powerful tools for protecting privacy and anonymity online, and which one is more secure will depend on the specific context and the threats that the user is trying to protect against.



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