Operating Systems

How To: Set Up a Tails Virtual Machine for Private Browsing

If you want the privacy advantages of using a secure Linux-based OS like Tails but don’t want to use Linux all the time, an easy (and free) solution is to run Tails inside a virtual machine. Here’s how. These instructions should work for pretty much any Linux-based OS. But we have written them for Tails, …

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How Does ICLOAK Plug-and-Play Privacy Work?

ICLOAK recently launched its plug-and-play online privacy solution, which is based on a custom Linux distribution that boots from a USB stick. We contacted the company to get a better sense of how exactly its privacy features work, including Tor integration, VPN availability and more. This is what ICLOAK founder Eric Delisle said in response …

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New Tails OS 2.0 Release Updates Privacy Features

Tails OS 2.0, the latest version of the privacy-focused Linux-based operating system, is out this week. It features a new interface and many application updates, including version 5.5 of the Tor browser. Tails 2.0 is designed to provide comprehensive, out-of-the-box privacy features. It comes with built-in Tor encryption for all network connections (not just the …

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How To: Choose a Privacy-Focused Linux OS

Using a Linux-based operating system can help you avoid many of the privacy pitfalls of Windows and Mac OS X. Here’s a guide to some of the most popular Linux distributions available, with notes on how they compare regarding ease of use and privacy. If you’ve never used Linux before, you may not understand that …

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Two Free Privacy-Focused Mobile Operating Systems

Making Android-based mobile devices more private and secure can be a challenge. Here’s a look at two custom-built versions of Android that aim to provide comprehensive out-of-the-box privacy and security, with little work on the part of the user. Privacy gaps on Android exist at several levels. There’s the operating system itself, which could have …

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How To: Configure Windows 10 Privacy Settings

Privacy concerns in Windows 10 have spawned a number of apps designed to improve privacy in Microsoft’s operating system. Here’s a list of several apps you can use to help stop Windows 10 from collecting private information about you and sending it to Microsoft. You can, of course, configure privacy settings on Windows 10 manually. …

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How to Set Your MAC Address Randomly Using Linux

In theory, every networking device has a unique media access control, or MAC, address. In practice, using a simple tool called macchanger, it’s easy to “spoof” your computer’s MAC address on Linux by setting a random value for it each time you connect to a network, which helps protect your privacy. Here’s how and why. …

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Tails OS 1.5 Offers Out-of-the-Box Privacy Protection

Wouldn’t it be nice if there were an OS designed from the ground-up for privacy and security?  If you’re willing to give a Linux-based platform a try, there is: The Amnesic Incognito Live System — better known as Tails OS. It aims to make private computing a plug-and-play affair. Most mainstream operating systems do little …

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