Tails is a live operating system that can be started on almost any computer from a DVD, USB stick, or SD card. Tails provides a platform to solve many surveillance problems by "doing the right thing" out of the box by default, protecting even less tech-savvy users from the most likely and highest impact risks.
It aims at preserving privacy and anonymity, and helps to:
- use the Internet anonymously and circumvent censorship; all connections to the Internet are forced to go through the Tor network;
- leave no trace on the computer being used unless the user asks it explicitly;
- use state-of-the-art cryptographic tools to encrypt files, emails and instant messaging.
Journalists can use Tails to write articles, books and create movies. Journalists use Tails to chat off-the-record, browse the web anonymously and share sensitive documents. Many human rights defenders and journalists overseas depend on Tails to do their daily work, if not simply to stay alive.