use the Internet anonymously and circumvent censorship: all connections to the Internet are forced to go through the Tor network
leave no trace on the computer you are using unless you ask it explicitly
Privacy and anonymity #2
cryptographic tools: encrypt your files, emails and instant messaging
media production tools: sound, video, office publishing, graphics...
And... it works?
According to the NSA, yes : "(S//REL) Tails: Complete Bootable OS on CD for anonymity - includes Tor (S//REL) Adds Severe CNE misery to equation" (Thanks to a famous Tails user for providing these documents.)
Bruce Schneier, December 2013 : "What do I trust? I trust, I trust Tails, I trust GPG [...]" "I don't use Linux. (Shhh. Don't tell anyone.) Although I have started using Tails""
Main project goals
Usability: a security feature
Often usability matters more than "pure" security.
Make a "baseline" security level (privacy, anonymity) very accessible.
A small delta, to avoid drowning
Fact: specialized distributions often die quickly.
At least in this area: ✝ Liberté Linux, Haven, Anonym.OS, ParanoidLinux, onionOS, Phantomix and many others. RIP.
Why did they die so quickly?
small teams, not organized to grow
underestimation of the maintenance and user support work