If you have been following the Edward Snowden story, chances are that at some point you have heard mention of Tails. That is, the operating system that Snowden used to remain anonymous. It is now available for download at the Tails website.
On the surface, it doesn’t sound like anything new. Describing it as an amnesiac operating system is a clever bit of marketing, but various distributions have been doing that with live CDs for years. What sets Tails apart is single-minded dedication to security and privacy. With all internet traffic funneled through Tor, and state-of-the-art cryptographic tools, everything about the system is configured to leave no trace.
It even goes so far as to offer an XP mode (pictured), so passers by won’t be alerted by an unfamiliar desktop. You have to look pretty close to realize that those are not your father’s Windows XP applications. It’s all very interesting and well worth a look, even if you don’t think you need it now. You never know what’s coming down the pike.