Our mission is to empower people worldwide by giving out an operating system that protects from surveillance and censorship.

We make digital security tools accessible to everyone, whenever they need it: activists, journalists, freedom fighters, and ultimately, you, whenever you need some extra privacy in this digital world.

Tails is…


We build liberating technology to put people in control of their digital lives. We make it simple for our users to make informed decisions depending on their situations. The most vulnerable and oppressed people are the most in need of privacy and security.


We cooperate with and give back to other projects as a way of building better and more sustainable software. Tails is interoperable with other tools and useful in diverse workflows. The privacy and security of digital communications is not an individual matter.


We are a welcoming community dedicated to building usable tools for a diverse and global audience. We work hard to be helpful, understand our users, and educate them without being paternalistic. If a tool is hard to use, it is less secure.

No bullshit

We don't promise absolute security but we are reliable and trustworthy. We communicate about the limitations of our software in an instructive way, without being disorientating, patronizing, or overly cautious. Tails is safe but not magic.

EliteFor Everybody




See also the Tails Social Contract, which is a set of commitments that Tails stands by.