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Tails 4.25 Anonymous Linux OS Released with New Backup Tool for Persistent Storage

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The monthly Tails releases continue, and Tails 4.25 is here to introduce a brand-new and simple backup utility to help users backup their Persistent Storage from the USB flash drive where they run Tails to another Tails USB stick.

Contributed by David A. Wheeler, the new backup tool offers a graphical interface and automates the process described in the official Tails documentation on how to make a backup of your Persistent Storage via the command line. You can find it under System Tools > Back Up Persistent Storage.

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Tails - original

  • Tails 4.25 is out

    We added a utility to make a backup of the Persistent Storage to another Tails USB stick.

Tails 4.25 launches new graphical backup tool

  • Tails 4.25 launches new graphical backup tool

    We already have between us Tails 4.25, the latest version of “Portable operating system that protects you from surveillance and censorship”, or at least that’s how the project describes itself. For those who are lost, it is a Linux distribution belonging to the Tor Project and a live session aimed at those who seek security and anonymity.

    Tails 4.25 arrives with some important news. The first is the new graphical utility to backup persistent storage to another Tails USB stick, which automates the backup process described in the project documentation and requires using the command line. The tool is quite basic for now, but those responsible hope to improve it in the future. At least it is a step forward in carrying out a process that may be important to the users of this distribution.

    The other important novelty of Tails 4.25 is the adding an entry called “Tails (External Hard Disk)” in the GRUB boot loader. This feature has been added to be able to start the system from an external hard drive or a USB memory that used to return the following error: Unable to find a medium containing a live file system (Cannot find a media that contains a live file system.)

An automated/machine translation

  • Anonymizing operating system: Tails 4.25 makes data backup easier - Market Research Telecast

    If you want to navigate the Internet without leaving any traces, you can’t avoid the Linux distribution Tails. The developers have now improved the operating system, which is fully geared towards maintaining anonymity and privacy, in detail.

    Everything on board
    Tails is a live system that starts directly from a USB stick. Alternatively, you can do this from a DVD. You can also boot the ISO image as a virtual machine. You can start right away with an email client, the Tor Browser and LibreOffice. Surfing is possible via the encrypting Tor network. If you restart the system, it forgets all settings made for security reasons. However, data can be stored permanently on a special partition (persistent storage).

    As the developers write in a post, you can with Tails 4.25 It is now even easier to make a backup of this partition. This makes sense, for example, if you want to use a second Tails stick as a backup and should also contain your own data. The backup process was previously only possible via the command line, but now also works via a graphical assistant.

In German media today

  • High security Linux on USB stick: Surf and work safely with Tails [Ed: Automated translation]

    Anyone who temporarily needs a particularly secure work environment that protects sensitive documents and enables largely anonymous surfing does not have to spend hours manually installing the software. In fact, it only takes half an hour and an empty USB stick to set up such an environment. Tails (The Amnesic Incognito Live System), which focuses on data protection and privacy, can be started from here – as required and regardless of the existing operating system.

    The preconfigured Linux distribution routes all data traffic over the Tor network, which anonymizes connection data. If you use the USB stick while traveling, you don’t have to worry about traces of data on external hard drives: As a live system, Tails basically saves data in RAM – and therefore only until the next reboot. Optionally, selected settings and documents survive the restart in a special memory area of ​​the stick. It is encrypted and password-protected, so that the loss of the stick is not a catastrophe. Pre-installed, proven programs for encrypted mail, chat and data exchange as well as some office applications make Tails a fully-fledged operating system not only for the suitcase.

    In this article we explain how to create a universal USB stick with Tails and how to put the live system into operation. Then we show the first configuration steps and give a brief overview of the pre-installed software.

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