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If you want to save some of your documents and configuration in an encrypted storage on the finalnew Tails USB stick, follow our instructions until the end. Otherwise, have a look at our final recommendations. final recommendations. final recommendations. final recommendations. final recommendations. final recommendations. final recommendations. final recommendations.
Create an encrypted persistent storage (optional)
You can optionally create an encrypted persistent storage in the remaining free space on the final new Tails USB stick to store any of the following:
- Your personal files and working documents
- Some of your settings
- Your encryption keys
The data in the encrypted persistent storage:
- Remains available across separate working sessions.
- Is encrypted using a passphrase of your choice.
The encrypted persistent storage is not hidden. An attacker in possession of the USB stick can know whether it has an encrypted persistent storage. Take into consideration that you can be forced or tricked to give out its passphrase.
It is possible to open the encrypted persistent storage from other operating systems, but it might break your security. Other operating systems should probably not be trusted to handle sensitive information or leave no trace.
Create the persistent storage
Specify a passphrase of your choice in both the Passphrase and Verify Passphrase text boxes.
We recommend choosing a long passphrase made of five to seven random words. Learn more.
Click on the Create button.
Wait for the creation to finish.
If you close the assistant before the creation finishes, you might not be able to start Tails from this USB stick anymore.
The assistant shows a list of the possible persistence features. Each feature corresponds to a set of files or settings to be saved in the encrypted persistent storage.
We recommend you to only activate the Personal Data persistence feature for the time being. You can activate more features later on according to your needs.
Restart and activate the persistent storage
Shut down the computer and restart on the final new Tails USB stick.
In Tails Greeter:
- Select your preferred language in the drop-down list on the bottom left of the screen.
- In the Use persistence? section, choose Yes to activate the encrypted persistent storage for the current working session.
- Enter the passphrase of the persistent volume in the Passphrase text box.
- Click .
After 15–30 seconds, the Tails desktop appears.
You can now save your personal files and working documents in the Persistent folder. To open the Persistent folder choose .