You, Too, Can Browse Like James Bond, Using TAILS

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One of the best tutorials on 'browsing like James Bond without leaving a trace" using a tool called TAILS that NDI has worked on, take a look at this LifeHacker article. We work with a lot of people who prefer not to leave a bunch of files, cookies, or an IP address out there for someone to find when they browse online. 

Enter TAILS - a USB stick or DVD that anonymizes, encrypts, and, according to LifeHacker, "hides everything you do on a computer no matter where you are."

More from the article that describes TAILS way better than the project itself does: "When we say "browse without leaving a trace", we truly mean it. Using the Linux-based, live-boot operating system Tails (The Amnesiac Incognito Live System), you can use any computer anywhere without anyone knowing you were ever on it. Tails is a portable operating system with all the security bells and whistles you'll ever need already installed on it."

TAILS has a lot of tools baked in for easy use (thank you, Lifehacker, for the great descriptions):

  • Built-in online anonymity: It has a special web browser, Iceweasel, built using the anonymous web browsing technology from Tor. The browser also includes popular security extensions likeHTTPS Everywhere for secure browsing, Adblock Plus to block ads, and NoScript to block Java and Flash. 
  • Built-in encrypted email and chat:  You also get encrypted and private messaging. Tails includes the Claws email client with OpenPGP for email encryption and the instant messaging client Pidgin with an OTR cryptography tool that encrypts your IM conversations.
  • Built-in file encryption: When booting Tails from a USB drive, you can save documents to the thumb drive and they're automatically encrypted using an encryption specification called LUKS. (Since a DVD is read-only, you can't save any files—which is its own form of security.)
  • A full suite of editing software: On top your web access being private you also get a full suite of work and creative software. Tails comes preloaded with Openoffice for editing documents, Gimp for editing photos, Audacity for editing sound, and plenty more additional software.

 LifeHacker then details how to install and use TAILS.  We will have an internal-NDI skillshare so if you are here, you will get your very own TAILS on a stick and lessons in how to use it so that you, too, can feel like James Bond.