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Tails

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Tails is a live operating system that you can start on almost any computer from a USB stick or a DVD.It aims at preserving your privacy and anonymity.

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Tails review by Jianjun Jeffrey Z.
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"The best Linux distro to protect your privacy from anywhere"

What do you like best?

It is a solid Linux distro that focuses on protecting customers' privacy and anonymity. It runs on a Live USB flash drive or DVD so there is no trace will be left behind after using it. It comes with software that focuses on security and privacy, such as Tor browser, VeraCrypt, KeePassX, GnuPG, Monkeysign, GtkHash, and more. And if you install Tails on a USB flash drive, you have the option to create a persistent encrypted volume to save your data and to install additional software - if you have enough free space on the USB flash drive. The installation of Tails is not as simple as the installation of other popular Linux distros (Ubuntu, Mint, Debian, etc.), but the official website of Tails has a step-by-step and easy-to-follow instruction on Tails installation. There is also an automatic upgrade mechanism to upgrade your USB stick to newer versions. If you are not ready to run Tails from either a USB stick or DVD, you can also install and run it in a virtual machine such as VirtualBox. Overall, it is a superb Linux distro and it is open source.

What do you dislike?

I hope there will be more network tools included, for instance, VPN is not supported but sometimes customers have to use VPN. Another issue is the system time is automatically set to UTC to protect users' anonymity, but it might be an annoyance to some users. Also, if you need to install additional language, you might find it hard to do. Another challenge is that the community of Tails is not as big as Ubuntu, Linux Mint, Debian or other popular distros, so when you have questions, it may take longer to find the answer.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you are tired of being tracked by our ISP or other companies when you are online, you should give Tails a try. It is free and can protect your privacy and anonymity when you are connected to the Internet.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use Tails to protect my privacy and anonymity whenever I have the choice because I don't want companies to track my Internet usage and send me ads that I don't want to see.

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Tails review by Michael S.
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"No data to leak"

What do you like best?

Tails leaves no trace on the host computer so I am able to work on a computer that I don't own without leaving data behind. The small size of the operating system means it can easily fit on a flash drive and if you have some free space left on the drive, you can enable persistence to allow you to save files and settings.

What do you dislike?

Doesn't always shutdown cleanly. Sometimes it works fine, other times I have to force the shutdown. Either way, no data is left behind since it runs in memory.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Having Tails installed on the HDD can defeat the purpose of leaving no data behind. You may want to consider just having it on a flash drive or external USB drive for increased security, just don't leave it behind in the system.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Needing to access company files without needing to carry a company laptop around since the entire OS will fit nicely on a flash drive and if persistence is enabled, you can save some data back to the flash drive.

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Tails review by User
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"Ubuntu - But for Security"

What do you like best?

Tails is hands down the best Operating System if you are worried about Security. It's built on Linux and comes with everything you need to get up and running on the latest SecOPs Tools; Its literally plug and play.

Download it; Check the SHA Sum; Burn it to a USB drive; and boot from the drive. It will walk you through everything you need and you literally will be covered. It automatically connects you to TOR, so you don't need to know anything to have NSA level Security

What do you dislike?

I dont like how you have to use two USB's to burn it to; i get why they do this; to ensure the operational security of the OS; but it should be optional.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Keep a flash drive with tails on it for those just-in-case situations; you never know when you will need it.

This is something that is better to be prepared and have; then to be caught without.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Tails solves multiple problems, business or personal. It allows us to travel domestically or internationally, in friendly or hostile environments, and use potentially unsecure computers (coffee shops, etc) and get a TOR connection right away, automatically, while TAILS doesn't do everything, it does alot with very little setup. I would recommend everyone have a flash drive with tails on it to use for any sensitive projects or communications where you need to ensure operational security.

Tails review by Morgan C.
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"Tails protects your privacy for high risk situations."

What do you like best?

Tails is a complete sandbox environment which doesn't leak information out to your normal computing environment. It doesn't store any information, so no cookies, logs or cache are retained. Sending network traffic via Tor means that your data can't be eavesdropped on.

What do you dislike?

Tails is only good for occasional use for high stakes privacy protection. Because no data is stored locally, you can't use it as a regular desktop environment.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Tails protects while traveling in a hostile environment subject to censorship or monitoring.

Tails review by Sophie W.
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"Tails - A Privacy Oriented Linux Distribution!"

What do you like best?

It feels safer and more privacy orientated than other Operating Systems, and I am in control of my own personal data.

What do you dislike?

It's not incredibly easy to use, and it's not a great replacement for all other operating systems.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Safety, security, and peace of mind that my data is safe.

Tails review by Stephen G. L.
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"Tails is a portable and reasonably secure Linux distribution. "

What do you like best?

Tails is a complete distribution with a lot of security tools.

What do you dislike?

Tails has a steep learning curve. Also it is more of a niche OS, for security applications, primarily.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Geronimo!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

A portable, bootable Linux distribution, that lets you use (for example) public computers, without interacting with systems you don't know about. A more secure way to connect when you are on the road and have to rely on someone else's hardware.

Tails review by Adam D.
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"Quick, portable, security minded OS"

What do you like best?

You can run this OS of a thumb drive on almost any computer without actually installing the operating system.

What do you dislike?

Like all Linux systems the install is a bit complicated and the support/documentation is light, but considering the target market these things are okay

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I mean it's a privacy oriented OS, right? I kid, it's useful for security testing.

Tails review by User
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"Try Tails!"

What do you like best?

I liked how easy it was to get. Price wasn’t bad, and it didn’t take a long time to download. It also has a good dashboard and was easy to navigate.

What do you dislike?

I thought tails did a good job at protecting my security. Security is such a huge issue these days and I feel more comfortable with tails.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Security in general for our company, as well as specific users.

Tails review by Consultant
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"Privacy for anyone anywhere "

What do you like best?

it routs all internet traffic through the TOR browser/network. It's much safer that way. Tails uses Tor for the most part. If you are asking if it is safer than just using the Tor browser, then yes, in most cases Tails is safer..

What do you dislike?

You can lose the usb or dvd to download.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Preserving privacy and anonymity

Tails review by User in Insurance
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"Tails/Amnesic"

What do you like best?

I like the live access of a DVD/ish and the storage capability

What do you dislike?

The privacy didn't seem too good... however they were working on encryption

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Cookies need to be deleted several t times in order to fully download sessions

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