High security Linux on USB stick: Surf and work safely with Tails

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Anyone who temporarily needs a particularly secure work environment that protects sensitive documents and enables largely anonymous surfing does not have to spend hours manually installing the software. In fact, it only takes half an hour and an empty USB stick to set up such an environment. Tails (The Amnesic Incognito Live System), which focuses on data protection and privacy, can be started from here – as required and regardless of the existing operating system.

The preconfigured Linux distribution routes all data traffic over the Tor network, which anonymizes connection data. If you use the USB stick while traveling, you don’t have to worry about traces of data on external hard drives: As a live system, Tails basically saves data in RAM – and therefore only until the next reboot. Optionally, selected settings and documents survive the restart in a special memory area of ​​the stick. It is encrypted and password-protected, so that the loss of the stick is not a catastrophe. Pre-installed, proven programs for encrypted mail, chat and data exchange as well as some office applications make Tails a fully-fledged operating system not only for the suitcase.

In this article we explain how to create a universal USB stick with Tails and how to put the live system into operation. Then we show the first configuration steps and give a brief overview of the pre-installed software.

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