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Tails 4.20 Anonymous OS Released with Brand-New Tor Connection Assistant

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The biggest change in Tails 4.20 is the brand-new Tor Connection assistant that simplifies the way you connect to the Tor anonymous network from the Tails live system. The new Tor Connection assistant pops up immediately after connecting to a local network.

The advantages of the new Tor Connection wizard are many, mostly helping censored users, but it promises to better protect anyone who wants to remain unnoticed when using the Tor network, or those who want to connect to Tor using bridges, as well as first-time users.

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  • Tails 4.20 is out

    Tails 4.20 completely changes how to connect to the Tor network from Tails.

    After connecting to a local network, a Tor Connection assistant helps you connect to the Tor network.

  • New Release: Tor Browser 11.0a1 (Android Only)

    Tor Browser 11.0a1 is now available from the Tor Browser download page and also from our distribution directory.

    Note: This is an alpha release, an experimental version for users who want to help us test new features. For everyone else, we recommend downloading the latest stable release instead.

Tails 4.20 is out

  • Tails 4.20 is out

    Tails is a privacy focused distribution and Tails 4.20 "completely changes how to connect to the Tor network from Tails" with the new Tor Connection assistant.

Download Tails Linux 4.20, man

  • Download Tails Linux 4.20, man

    Hey, man. Want to know something totally far out? The privacy-focused Linux-based operating system, Tails, has achieved version 4.20. How groovy! If you aren't familiar, Tails is designed to run from an optical disk or USB drive and hide your browsing activity. It is particularly handy for journalists or computer users living in countries ruled by oppressive governments.

    Version 4.20 of Tails receives several improvements. For instance, OnionShare has been updated to 2.2 and KeePassXC is now at 2.6.2. More importantly, the Tor Browser has been updated to 10.5.2 and the Linux kernel now sits at 5.10.46. Most significant, however, there are massive enhancements when connecting to a Tor network, including a new assistant.

New Release: Tails 4.20

  • New Release: Tails 4.20

    Tails 4.20 completely changes how to connect to the Tor network from Tails.

    After connecting to a local network, a Tor Connection assistant helps you connect to the Tor network.

  • New Release: Tor Browser 10.5.2 (Windows, macOS, Linux)

    Tor Browser 10.5.2 is now available from the Tor Browser download page and also from our distribution directory.

    This version updates Firefox to 78.12.0esr. This version includes important security updates to Firefox.

  • Bug Smash Fund, Year 2: Progress Since February 2021

    Last August, we asked you to help us fundraise during our second annual Bug Smash Fund campaign. This fund is designed to grow a healthy reserve earmarked for maintenance work, finding bugs, and smashing them—all tasks necessary to keep Tor Browser, the Tor network, and the many tools that rely on Tor strong, safe, and running smoothly. In 2020, despite the challenges of COVID-19 and event cancellations, you helped us to raise $106,709!

    We want to share an update on some of the work that the second year of the Bug Smash Fund has made possible.

Happy 4.20: Latest version of Tails bakes connection wizard...

  • Happy 4.20: Latest version of Tails bakes connection wizard into top-secret Linux distro

    Privacy and security-focused Linux distribution Tails, The Amnesic Incognito Live System, has announced a major new release completely overhauling how it connects users to the Tor network.

    "After connecting to a local network, a Tor Connection assistant helps you connect to the Tor network," the project maintainers explained in the release notes for the latest version, Tails 4.20.

    "This new assistant is most useful for users who are at high risk of physical surveillance, under heavy network censorship, or on a poor Internet connection."

    The team claimed its freshly developed wizard, which launches with the option of "easier" automatic connection or "safer" hidden connectivity, offers better protection to users who may need to hide their activity from network operations, makes it easier to connect to Tor bridges, assists with troubleshooting network connectivity issues, and walks first-time users through getting Wi-Fi up and running.

Tails 4.20: New gate assistant for monitored users

  • Tails 4.20: New gate assistant for monitored users

    The anonymizing operating system Tails was released in version 4.20. It now brings the major changes to the connection to the Tor network that were planned for Tails 4.19, but were then postponed.

    The Tails developers have introduced a wizard for setting up Tor connections. This is primarily intended to help those users whose Internet access is directly monitored, who are in heavily censored networks or who have poor network connections.

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