Our services will be down for maintenance on Tuesday June 8th between 12:00 and 15:00 UTC. We'll be changing the IP address of our main server. We expect the actual switch to be quick. However, it might take some time for everything to be back up and running while the changes to our DNS records propagate.

During that period, our website will be offline and Tails upgrades will not work.

Sorry for the inconvenience!

Posted 2021-06-04

We worked very hard last week to get ready to release the work on the connection to Tor that we have been showing you in 4.19~beta1 and 4.19~rc1. We made a lot of progress but didn't feel confident enough to release it today.

So, we are releasing 4.19 as a regular upgrade and will release this work in 4.20. We will publish an updated rc2 in the coming days with even more improvements on the connection to Tor.

Changes and updates

  • Stop pinning the TLS certificate of our website when doing automatic upgrades.

    We broke automatic upgrades twice recently; once in December in 4.14 and again during a few days on May 15. These 2 times, it was the consequence of a security feature: the pinning of the TLS certificate of our website when doing automatic upgrades.

    We removed this feature because the recent problems proved us that this feature was not worth it if it makes us break automatic upgrades that often. (#18324)

    Our upgrades are still as strongly authenticated as they are signed using OpenPGP by our team.

  • Add visual feedback when typing an administration password with sudo in a terminal:

    amnesia@amnesia:~$ sudo -i
    [sudo] password for amnesia: ******** 
    
  • Update Tor Browser to 10.0.17.

  • Update Thunderbird to 78.10.0.

For more details, read our changelog.

Known issues

None specific to this release.

See the list of long-standing issues.

Get Tails 4.19

To upgrade your Tails USB stick and keep your persistent storage

  • Automatic upgrades are broken from Tails 4.14 and earlier. See the known issue above.

  • Automatic upgrades are available from Tails 4.14 or later to 4.19.

  • If you cannot do an automatic upgrade or if Tails fails to start after an automatic upgrade, please try to do a manual upgrade.

To install Tails on a new USB stick

Follow our installation instructions:

The Persistent Storage on the USB stick will be lost if you install instead of upgrading.

To download only

If you don't need installation or upgrade instructions, you can download Tails 4.19 directly:

What's coming up?

Tails 4.20 is scheduled for July 13.

Have a look at our roadmap to see where we are heading to.

Posted 2021-06-01 Tags:

Releases

Tails 4.18 was released on April 20.

Tails 4.19 is scheduled for June 1.

Changes and updates

  • Removed "Synchronizing the system's clock" notification when connecting to Tor network

  • Removed Poedit

Code

Documentation and website

User experience

Implemented parts of the redesigned network connection configuration

Highlights:

  • Users can opt for default bridges.
  • Users see progress status for Tor bootstrap even if they don't use bridges.
  • The Tor configuration interface is now accessible and compatible with Wayland.
  • We don't depend on Tor Launcher.

Press and testimonials

We notice the nomination of Tails in two different classes:

  • Privacy and Security Tools for 2021

    From:https://restoreprivacy.com/privacy-tools/

    Tails is another privacy-focused operating system that can be run live on a USB drive, CD, or SD card.

  • The End Of Student Privacy? Remote Proctoring's Invasiveness and Bias

    From: https://privacylab.yale.edu/

    Education: Teaching privacy, security, and anonymity concepts through reading groups and hands-on workshops. Implementation: Hosting Tor relays/wireless access points and providing the TAILS operating system.

Translations

Core pages of the website

  • de: 44% (934) strings translated, 23% strings fuzzy
  • es: 90% (1909) strings translated, 4% strings fuzzy
  • fa: 19% (417) strings translated, 15% strings fuzzy
  • fr: 85% (1788) strings translated, 7% strings fuzzy
  • it: 67% (1407) strings translated, 15% strings fuzzy
  • pt: 39% (824) strings translated, 14% strings fuzzy

All the website

  • de: 26% (1855) strings translated, 14% strings fuzzy
  • es: 53% (3719) strings translated, 4% strings fuzzy
  • fa: 19% (1377) strings translated, 12% strings fuzzy
  • fr: 84% (5900) strings translated, 4% strings fuzzy
  • it: 34% (2414) strings translated, 7% strings fuzzy
  • pt: 18% (1278) strings translated, 9% strings fuzzy

Core pages of the website for languages not activated on the website yet

  • ar: 7% (162) strings translated, 8% strings fuzzy
  • ca: 7% (163) strings translated, 7% strings fuzzy
  • id: 6% (133) strings translated, 4% strings fuzzy
  • pl: 7% (165) strings translated, 6% strings fuzzy
  • ru: 23% (502) strings translated, 6% strings fuzzy
  • sr_Latn: 5% (109) strings translated, 4% strings fuzzy
  • tr: 8% (174) strings translated, 6% strings fuzzy
  • zh: 11% (234) strings translated, 7% strings fuzzy
  • zh_TW: 22% (463) strings translated, 13% strings fuzzy

Metrics

  • Tails has been started more than 742 093 times this month. This makes 24 736 boots a day on average.

How do we know this?

Posted 2021-05-25

Contribute to Tails by testing our release candidate for Tails 4.19!

We are very excited about it and cannot wait to hear your feedback :)

What's new in 4.19~rc1?

Tails 4.19, scheduled for June 1, will completely change how to connect to the Tor network from Tails. We would like as many people as possible to test this beta version to be able to fix as many problems as possible before we release 4.19 to all users.

Over the years, we have identified many issues in how to connect to the Tor network from Tails, thanks to your feedback. With this beta, we are trying to solve the most important and pressing of these issues:

  • The lack of feeback while connecting to the Tor network.

  • The option to use Tor bridges has to be turned on in the Welcome Screen and cannot be changed afterwards.

  • The lack of default Tor bridges.

  • The previous configuration screen for Tor bridges wasn't accessible to people who use the screen reader.

  • The lack of guidance when Tails is not connected to a local network yet.

What's new since 4.19~beta1?

The Tor Connection experience has had several improvements and bugfixes since 4.19~beta1. For more details, read our changelog.

If you manually upgraded from Tails 4.12 or earlier to 4.19~beta1 and did the Thunderbird OpenPGP migration then your keys are not protected by the master password (#18316, Mozilla bug). They are still protected by the persistent storage's encrypting, but once that is unlocked the keys are unprotected. This should be fixed in the final Tails 4.19.

Get Tails 4.19~rc1

To upgrade your Tails USB stick and keep your persistent storage

  • Automatic upgrades to Tails 4.19~rc1 are available from versions 4.2 or later.

    If you installed 4.19~beta1 you should automatically be asked to upgrade the next time you start it.

    If you are running Tails 4.2 to 4.18, you can upgrade like this:

    1. Start Tails and set an administration password.

    2. Run this command in a Terminal:

      echo TAILS_CHANNEL=\"alpha\" | sudo tee -a /etc/os-release && \
           tails-upgrade-frontend-wrapper
      

      Enter the administration password when asked for the "password for amnesia".

    3. After the upgrade is applied, restart Tails and choose Applications ▸ Tails ▸ About Tails to verify that you are running Tails 4.19~rc1.

Download Tails 4.19~rc1

Download and install Tails 4.19~rc1 as usually.

All the data on this USB stick will be lost. Don't install Tails 4.19~rc1 on any USB stick that already has a Persistent Storage, upgrade instead.

Direct download

BitTorrent download

What to test in Tails 4.19~rc1?

We know that Tails 4.19~rc1 still has many rough edges. But we still need your help to identify as many new problems as possible!

We're particularly interested in you testing diverse and rare network configurations:

  • When connecting to Tor without bridges fails.

  • When Tails is not connected to a local network yet.

  • When disconnecting from a Wi-Fi network with Internet connectivity and then reconnecting to a different Wi-Fi network without Internet connectivity.

  • When disconnecting from Wi-Fi network that don't require Tor bridges and the reconnecting to different Wi-Fi network that requires Tor bridges.

  • When connecting to a Tor bridge that works at first but then stops working.

  • When connecting to the Internet using a proxy.

Tell us if anything is unclear, confusing, or not working as you would expect.

Please, send your feedback to tails-testers@boum.org (public mailing list).

If you are comfortable with the command line, check our hacking tips. They contain firewall rules that can be used to block access to the Tor network without bridges or simulate a broken bridge.

Known issues in 4.19~rc1

  • Korean and Polish localization is not available (#18319). We will attempt to fix this in the final Tailss 4.19 release.

What's coming next?

Tails 4.19 will be the first release of a series of improvements to connect to Tor. Next, we will work on:

  • Saving Tor bridges to the Persistent Storage (#5461)
  • Detecting better when the computer has no supported Wi-Fi hardware (#14534)
  • Detecting captive portals (#5785)
  • Helping people fixing their clock when failing to connect to obfs4 bridges (#15548)

The learn more about our plans, read our blueprint on network connection.

Happy testing!

Posted 2021-05-14 Tags:

As many of you noticed, our main server was offline from Friday April 30 19:09 UTC until Monday May 3 05:58 UTC.

This was caused by a hardware failure in one of the many Power Distribution Units on the rack where our main server is hosted. Riseup, also hosted in the same datacenter, suffered from the same hardware failure.

Unfortunately, the outage impacted all Tails users: upgrades were failing and our website was not appearing when starting Tor Browser.

Some of you were afraid that the Tails infrastructure could have gone under an attack of some sort. This does not seem to have been the case. The actual reasons for the power glitch are still being investigated, but all indicates that it was a simple hardware failure. There are no signs of malicious activity whatsoever.

It took us so much time to bring it back online because of a bad configuration of our notification system. Our sysadmins only learned about the outage when coming back to work on Monday.

To avoid such long delay in the future, we will make our notification system more resilient.

Sorry for the inconvenience!

Posted 2021-05-05

Contribute to Tails by testing our beta for Tails 4.19!

We are very excited about it and cannot wait to hear your feedback :)

What's new in 4.19~beta1?

Tails 4.19, scheduled for June 1, will completely change how to connect to the Tor network from Tails. We would like as many people as possible to test this beta version to be able to fix as many problems as possible before we release 4.19 to all users.

Over the years, we have identified many issues in how to connect to the Tor network from Tails, thanks to your feedback. With this beta, we are trying to solve the most important and pressing of these issues:

  • The lack of feeback while connecting to the Tor network.

  • The option to use Tor bridges has to be turned on in the Welcome Screen and cannot be changed afterwards.

  • The lack of default Tor bridges.

  • The previous configuration screen for Tor bridges wasn't accessible to people who use the screen reader.

  • The lack of guidance when Tails is not connected to a local network yet.

Download Tails 4.19~beta1

Tails 4.19~beta1 has not been tested at all, as we usually do for new versions of Tails. Only use Tails 4.19~beta1 for testing!

Download and install Tails 4.19~beta1 as usually.

All the data on this USB stick will be lost. Don't install Tails 4.19~beta1 on any USB stick that already has a Persistent Storage.

Direct download

BitTorrent download

What to test in Tails 4.19~beta1?

We know that Tails 4.19~beta11 still has many rough edges. But we still need your help to identify as many new problems as possible!

We're particularly interested in you testing diverse and rare network configurations:

  • When connecting to Tor without bridges fails.

  • When Tails is not connected to a local network yet.

  • When disconnecting from a Wi-Fi network with Internet connectivity and then reconnecting to a different Wi-Fi network without Internet connectivity.

  • When disconnecting from Wi-Fi network that don't require Tor bridges and the reconnecting to different Wi-Fi network that requires Tor bridges.

  • When connecting to a Tor bridge that works at first but then stops working.

  • When connecting to the Internet using a proxy.

Tell us if anything is unclear, confusing, or not working as you would expect.

Please, send your feedback to tails-testers@boum.org (public mailing list).

If you are comfortable with the command line, check our hacking tips. They contain firewall rules that can be used to block access to the Tor network without bridges or simulate a broken bridge.

What's coming next?

Tails 4.19 will be the first release of a series of improvements to connect to Tor. Next, we will work on:

  • Saving Tor bridges to the Persistent Storage (#5461)
  • Detecting better when the computer has no supported Wi-Fi hardware (#14534)
  • Detecting captive portals (#5785)
  • Helping people fixing their clock when failing to connect to obfs4 bridges (#15548)

The learn more about our plans, read our blueprint on network connection.

Happy testing!

Posted 2021-04-27 Tags:

This release fixes known security vulnerabilities. You should upgrade as soon as possible.

Changes and updates

  • Remove "Synchronizing the system's clock" notification when connecting to Tor network

    We removed this notification because it didn't recommend a specific action for users to take and it was unclear. It might have given users the impression that they should alter their UTC clock settings. (#7439)

  • Remove Poedit

    We now use Weblate to provide translated text for Tails and the Tails website, so Poedit isn't as necessary. To install Poedit in Tails, see our guide on Additional Software (#18236)

  • Update Tor Browser to 10.0.16.

  • Update Thunderbird to 78.9.0-1.

  • Update some Intel and Linux firmware packages. This should improve support for newer hardware (graphics, Wi-Fi, and so on).

Fixed problems

  • Use more reliable Debian repositories

    Tails now connects to the APT repositories of Debian using their HTTPS address instead of their .onion address, for increased reliability with the Additional Software feature. We left other Tails and Tor Project APT onion sources as is. (#17993)

  • Display an error message when the Upgrader fails to download the signing key. This has been a silent error since 4.14. (#18238)

For more details, read our changelog.

Known issues

  • Automatic upgrades are broken from Tails 4.14 and earlier.

    To upgrade from Tails 4.14 or earlier, you can either:

    • Do a manual upgrade.

    • Fix the automatic upgrade from a terminal. To do so:

      1. Start Tails and set up an administration password.

      2. In a terminal, execute the following command:

        torsocks curl --silent https://letsencrypt.org/certs/lets-encrypt-r3.pem \
        | sudo tee --append /usr/local/etc/ssl/certs/tails.boum.org-CA.pem \
        && systemctl --user restart tails-upgrade-frontend
        

        This command is a single command that wraps across several lines. Copy and paste the entire block at once and make sure that it executes as a single command.

      3. Approximately 30 seconds later, you should be prompted to upgrade to the latest version of Tails. If no prompt appears, you might already be running the latest version of Tails.

See the list of long-standing issues.

Get Tails 4.18

To upgrade your Tails USB stick and keep your persistent storage

  • Automatic upgrades are broken from Tails 4.14 and earlier. See the known issue above.

  • Automatic upgrades are available from Tails 4.14 or later to 4.18.

  • If you cannot do an automatic upgrade or if Tails fails to start after an automatic upgrade, please try to do a manual upgrade.

To install Tails on a new USB stick

Follow our installation instructions:

The Persistent Storage on the USB stick will be lost if you install instead of upgrading.

To download only

If you don't need installation or upgrade instructions, you can download Tails 4.18 directly:

What's coming up?

Tails 4.19 is scheduled for June 1.

Have a look at our roadmap to see where we are heading to.

We need your help and there are many ways to contribute to Tails (donating is only one of them). Come talk to us!

Posted 2021-04-20 Tags:

This release fixes known security vulnerabilities. You should upgrade as soon as possible.

Reliability improvements to automatic upgrades

  • Repair automatically the file system used during upgrades.

    Automatic upgrades were sometimes failing even after doing a manual upgrade because of an unclean file system. (#17902)

  • Resume automatically when the download of an upgrade fails.

Other changes and updates

  • Update Tor Browser to 10.0.14.

  • Update Thunderbird to 78.8.0.

  • Update Tor to 0.4.5.7.

  • Update GRUB to 2.04-16.

  • Update some firmware packages. This should improve the support for some Wi-Fi interfaces, especially Intel, Broadcom, and Cypress interfaces.

Fixed problems

  • Improve the error message when starting the Unsafe Browser while offline. (#12251)

    New error message: You are not connected to a local network yet.

Para mais detalhes, leia nosso changelog.

Known issues

  • Automatic upgrades are broken from Tails 4.14 and earlier.

    To upgrade from Tails 4.14 or earlier, you can either:

    • Do a manual upgrade.

    • Fix the automatic upgrade from a terminal. To do so:

      1. Start Tails and set up an administration password.

      2. In a terminal, execute the following command:

        torsocks curl --silent https://letsencrypt.org/certs/lets-encrypt-r3.pem \
        | sudo tee --append /usr/local/etc/ssl/certs/tails.boum.org-CA.pem \
        && systemctl --user restart tails-upgrade-frontend
        

        This command is a single command that wraps across several lines. Copy and paste the entire block at once and make sure that it executes as a single command.

      3. Approximately 30 seconds later, you should be prompted to upgrade to the latest version of Tails. If no prompt appears, you might already be running the latest version of Tails.

Veja a lista de problemas de longa data.

Get Tails 4.17

To upgrade your Tails USB stick and keep your persistent storage

  • Automatic upgrades are broken from Tails 4.14 and earlier. See the known issue above.

  • Automatic upgrades are available from Tails 4.14 or later to 4.17.

  • If you cannot do an automatic upgrade or if Tails fails to start after an automatic upgrade, please try to do a manual upgrade.

To install Tails on a new USB stick

Follow our installation instructions:

The Persistent Storage on the USB stick will be lost if you install instead of upgrading.

To download only

If you don't need installation or upgrade instructions, you can download Tails 4.17 directly:

What's coming up?

Tails 4.18 is scheduled for April 20.

Confira o nosso roadmap e veja nossos objetivos futuros.

We need your help and there are many ways to contribute to Tails (donating is only one of them). Come talk to us!

Posted 2021-03-23 Tags:

Thank you so much, on behalf of our entire team, to everyone who donated during our end-of-year campaign!

We raised $132 750 from 2 799 donors. That's an amazing 40% more than last year and 30% of our yearly budget. These excellent numbers mean more sustainability for Tails and ultimately better tools for you and all our users.

Here is what we did since October with your help:

  • From the number of automatic upgrades, we know that Tails was used 20% more in 2020 than in 2019. It's our biggest increase since 2016.

  • We designed and tested usability improvements to the Persistent Storage and the connection to Tor.

    We know from previous surveys and usability research that these are 2 critical aspects to improve the usability of Tails, especially for less technical users and people experiencing heavy online censorship, for example in Asia.

    Your donations will help us implement as many of these improvements as possible during 2021. You can already have a look at the new designs in our blueprints on the Persistent Storage and the connection to Tor.

    We always test the usability of major features with users before releasing them. It was particularly exciting this time because we tested our design remotely using paper prototyping with people in Greece, Mexico, Italy, Uganda, Germany, Ireland, and Malaysia!

  • We simplified the verification procedure on our download page by replacing the Tails Verification extension with similar JavaScript code that runs directly on the download page.

    This simple usability improvement had a huge impact and 60% more downloads are verified and secure now than with the verification extension.

  • We automated the most time-consuming parts of our release process.

    We estimate that we divided roughly by 2 the amount of time, work, and stress needed for us to publish a new version of Tails.

    For you, this means a quicker response time in case of important security vulnerability and more time available for us to work on new features and improvements.

  • We hired a new core developer, boyska.

    boyska has very strong experience in the technical aspects of operating systems and software development, and also in the social implications of technology, Free Software, and privacy.

    boyska will be key to bringing more improvements to Tails more quickly.

Thanks again for supporting Tails!

Posted 2021-03-09 Tags:

Releases

Tails 4.16 was released on February 22.

Tails 4.17 is scheduled for March 23.

Code

  • We started the redesign network connection configuration:
    • Usability testing of paper prototypes for the network connection configuration.
    • Display Tor Launcher to all users by default (#17330).
    • Write a replacement of Tor Launcher (#17215).
  • We are rewriting the Persistent Storage settings in Python (#17803).
  • We improved Help Desk standard replies (#18070).

Documentation and website

User experience

Big redesigns

Hot topics on our help desk

Funding

We have finished analyzing last year's donation campaign results, thanks to everybody that contributed to the development of Tails.

If you missed the end of the year donation campaign, do not worry, you can still donate to sustain our work!

On-going discussions

Translations

All the website

  • de: 26% (1862) strings translated, 14% strings fuzzy
  • es: 52% (3648) strings translated, 4% strings fuzzy
  • fa: 19% (1377) strings translated, 12% strings fuzzy
  • fr: 79% (5518) strings translated, 6% strings fuzzy
  • it: 31% (2187) strings translated, 8% strings fuzzy
  • pt: 18% (1285) strings translated, 9% strings fuzzy

Core pages of the website

  • de: 44% (939) strings translated, 23% strings fuzzy
  • es: 90% (1900) strings translated, 4% strings fuzzy
  • fa: 19% (417) strings translated, 15% strings fuzzy
  • fr: 81% (1711) strings translated, 8% strings fuzzy
  • it: 60% (1262) strings translated, 17% strings fuzzy
  • pt: 39% (829) strings translated, 14% strings fuzzy

Core pages of the website for languages not activated on the website yet

  • ar: 7% (162) strings translated, 8% strings fuzzy
  • ca: 7% (163) strings translated, 7% strings fuzzy
  • id: 6% (133) strings translated, 4% strings fuzzy
  • pl: 7% (165) strings translated, 6% strings fuzzy
  • ru: 8% (177) strings translated, 7% strings fuzzy
  • sr_Latn: 5% (109) strings translated, 4% strings fuzzy
  • tr: 8% (174) strings translated, 6% strings fuzzy
  • zh: 11% (234) strings translated, 7% strings fuzzy
  • zh_TW: 22% (464) strings translated, 13% strings fuzzy
Posted 2021-03-09