Tails 1.4 Linux Distro Fixes Security Flaws, Focuses on Privacy

1 - Tails 1.4 Linux Distro Fixes Security Flaws, Focuses on Privacy
2 - Tails Provides Windows 8 Camouflage
3 - Upgrading Tails Is Easier
4 - Backup Secret Keys to Paper
5 - Disconnect Provides Privacy-Enabled Search
6 - Tor Browser Gets an Update
7 - Unsafe Browser Gives Tails Users a Choice
8 - Bitcoin Management Comes to Tails
9 - Tails 1.4 Powered by a Linux 3.16 Kernel
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Tails 1.4 Linux Distro Fixes Security Flaws, Focuses on Privacy

by Sean Michael Kerner

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Tails Provides Windows 8 Camouflage

In Tails 1.0, users had the option of masking their desktop with a Windows XP look. Now, in Tails 1.4, the camouflage option has been updated giving users the ability to make the desktop look like Windows 8.

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Upgrading Tails Is Easier

An important change to Tails in the last year is the ability to upgrade from one version to the next. Tails has maintained a steady cadence of updates, patching the distribution as new security vulnerabilities emerge.

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Backup Secret Keys to Paper

Typically, secret cryptographic keys are stored digitally, but with Tails 1.4, users have the option to also print out keys, using the Paperkey tool as a backup option.

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Disconnect Provides Privacy-Enabled Search

With Tails 1.4, the default search tool is now Disconnect, which aims to provide users with a privacy-enabled way to perform Google searches.

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Tor Browser Gets an Update

The privacy-enabled Tor browser is updated to version 4.5.1 in Tails 1.4, providing the latest security patches to users. The Tor browser is based on the open-source Mozilla Firefox Web browser.

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Unsafe Browser Gives Tails Users a Choice

There are times when the Tor Browser won't work for a user to get access to a site or service. For those times, Tails provides an Unsafe Browser, complete with plenty of warnings about its use.

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Bitcoin Management Comes to Tails

Another addition since the Tails 1.0 release in 2014 is the inclusion of the Electrum bitcoin cryptocoin wallet.

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Tails 1.4 Powered by a Linux 3.16 Kernel

The Linux 3.16 kernel powers Tails 1.4; in contrast, the Linux 3.12 kernel powered the Tails 1.0 release in 2014.

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