Announcements and press releases

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Media appearances

Tails is mentioned regularly in the press and in research papers. This list is not comprehensive, but illustrates some of the significant articles that have been published about Tails.

2017

Older media appearances

2016

2015

2014

2013

  • 2013-12: Bruce Schneier answered to someone asking him what Linux distribution is its favorite: "I don't use Linux. (Shhh. Don't tell anyone.) Although I have started using Tails".

  • 2013-12-12: In A conversation with Bruce Schneier, as part of the "Snowden, the NSA and free software" cycle at Columbia Law School NYC, Bruce Schneier says:

    • "I think most of the public domain privacy tools are going to be safe, yes. I think GPG is going to be safe. I think OTR is going to be safe. I think that Tails is going to be safe. I do think that these systems, because they were not -- you know, the NSA has a big lever when a tool is written closed-source by a for-profit corporation. There are levers they have that they don't have in the open source international, altruistic community. And these are generally written by crypto-paranoids, they're pretty well designed. We make mistakes, but we find them and we correct them, and we're getting good at that. I think that if the NSA is going after these tools, they're going after implementations."
    • "What do I trust? I trust, I trust Tails, I trust GPG [...]"
    • "We can make it harder, we can make it more expensive, we can make it more risky. And yes, every time we do something to increase one of those, we're making ourselves safer. [...] There are tools we are deploying in countries all over the world, that are keeping people alive. Tor is one of them. I mean, Tor saves lives. [...] And every time you use Tor [...] provides cover for everyone else who uses Tor [...]"
  • 2013-11-12: In its review "Which Linux distro is best for protecting your privacy?", techrada.com prefers Tails over 4 other distributions: "The main advantages of Tails are its readiness for USB installation and the complete nature of its desktop and its documentation. The Tails system menu also contains enough applications to make you do almost everything you may need without rebooting. The documentation, while not interesting as the one for Whonix, is more than adequate to help even Linux beginners. Yay for Tails, then!"

  • 2013-11: The German-speaking ADMIN magazine reviews Tails.

  • 2013-10 : (in French) Framablog, Le chiffrement, maintenant, contains a whole chapter about Tails.

  • 2013-10 : SecureDrop, "Aaron Swartz’s unfinished whistleblowing platform" promotes Tails in both user manual and security audit. via Korben.info

  • 2013-10: The occasional issue n°8 of MISC magazine is dedicated to privacy topics. Tails is mentioned a few times.

  • 2013-10-15: CRYPTO-GRAM, October 15, 2013 Bruce Schneier: "One thing I didn't do, although it's worth considering, is use a stateless operating system like Tails. You can configure Tails with a persistent volume to save your data, but no operating system changes are ever saved. Booting Tails from a read-only DVD -- you can keep your data on an encrypted USB stick -- is even more secure. Of course, this is not foolproof, but it greatly reduces the potential avenues for attack."

  • 2013-10-04: In Tor: 'The king of high-secure, low-latency anonymity', page 7. NSA: "[Tails adds] severe CNE misery to equation."

  • 2013-09-12: In Inside the Effort to Crowdfund NSA-Proof Email and Chat Services by DJ Pangburn, Riseup birds write (about the TBB) "Combined with the TAILS project, which Riseup supports, there is nothing better."

  • 2013-09-05: In How to remain secure against NSA surveillance, Bruce Schneier wrote: "Since I started working with Snowden's documents, I have been using GPG, Silent Circle, Tails, OTR, TrueCrypt, BleachBit, and a few other things I'm not going to write about."

  • 2013-08-13: (in French) Tails en version 0.20 on LinuxFR

  • 2013-08-12: Anonym und sicher Surfen mit Tails, in the September edition of the LinuxUser magazine, that includes Tails on the accompanying DVD.

  • 2013-08-11: In their DeadDrop/StrongBox Security Assessment, a research group (Alexei Czeskis, David Mah, Omar Sandoval, Ian Smith, Karl Koscher, Jacob Appelbaum, Tadayoshi Kohno, and Bruce Schneier) suggests inserting Tails in the loop of the DeadDrop/StrongBox system. They also write: "We believe that sources should be adviced to use the Tails LiveCD. This provides better anonymity and is easier to use than the Tor Browser bundle."

  • 2013-07-02: Encryption Works: How to Protect Your Privacy in the Age of NSA Surveillance by Micah Lee on Freedom of the Press Foundation

  • 2013-05-21: Tails 0.18 can install packages on the fly on The H Open

  • 2013-01-31: Comment (ne pas) être (cyber)espionné ? by Jean-Marc Manach in "BUG BROTHER -- Qui surveillera les surveillants ?"

  • 2013-01-29: Tails is documented in Reporters Without Borders' Online Survival Kit

  • 2013-01-14: DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 490 announces Tails 0.16

2012

2011

Awards

  • 2016-06-22: Tails got an award by Mozilla to make Tails ISO images build reproducibly.

  • 2014-12-01: Tails was awarded the November 2014 DistroWatch.com donation

  • 2014-06-06: Tails received an honorable mention at APC FLOSS Prize: "In particular, the jury wishes to highlight the Tails project, for breaking ground in the area of user privacy protection."

  • 2014-03-11: Tails won the 2014 Access Innovation Prize, for Endpoint Security. Access reports that "Tails embodies the successful collaboration of developers, trainers, security professionals towards tackling the spectrum of user needs -- from usability to security -- in high-risk environments".

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