is a portable operating system that protects against surveillance and censorship.
Avoid surveillance, censorship, advertising, and viruses
Tails uses the Tor network to protect your privacy online and help you avoid censorship. Enjoy the Internet like it should be.
Your secure computer anywhere
Shut down the computer and start on your Tails USB stick instead of starting on Windows, macOS, or Linux. Tails leaves no trace on the computer when shut down.
Digital security toolbox
Tails includes a selection of applications to work on sensitive documents and communicate securely. Everything in Tails is ready-to-use and has safe defaults.
Free Software
You can download Tails for free and independent security researchers can verify our work. Tails is based on Debian GNU/Linux.
How Tails works
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What we achieved together in 2022
Posted 2022-11-23
Tails 5.7 is out
Posted 2022-11-22
Tails report for September and October 2022
Posted 2022-11-14
Who uses Tails

use Tails to hide their identities, avoid censorship, and communicate securely.

and their sources
use Tails to publish sensitive information and access the Internet from unsafe places.

Domestic violence survivors
use Tails to escape surveillance at home.

whenever you need extra privacy in this digital world.
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If you look at the way post-2013 whistleblowers have been caught, it is clear the absolute most important thing you can do to maintain your anonymity is reduce the number of places in your operational activity where you can make mistakes. Tor and Tails still do precisely that.
Edward Snowden, NSA whistleblower
Tails expands Tor's protections to an entire operating system, and they do so with an unwavering commitment to their Social Contract. Tails is a favorite companion tool of Tor.
Roger Dingledine, co-founder of the Tor Project
One of the most robust ways of using the Tor network is through a dedicated operating system that enforces strong privacy- and security-protective defaults. That operating system is Tails.
Electronic Frontier Foundation
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