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Tails is a live operating system aimed at protecting your privacy and anonymity that you can start on almost any computer from a USB stick or a DVD.

Tails is a live operating system aimed at protecting your privacy and anonymity that you can start on almost any computer from a USB stick or a DVD. Get Tails.

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Installation

System Requirements

  • Either an internal or external DVD reader or the possibility to boot from a USB stick/SD card.

  • Tails requires a 64-bit x86-64 compatible processor: IBM PC compatible and others but not PowerPC nor ARM. Mac computers are IBM PC compatible since 2006. Tails does not run on most tablets and phones.

  • 2 GB of RAM to work smoothly. It is possible to run with less, but crashes, slowness, and strange behavior is possible.

What This Sub Is

This subreddit is for the latest news and updates regarding Tails, requesting Tails support, and discussion regarding the Tails project.

What This Sub Is Not

This is not a place for posting general privacy-related news, other privacy-focused software, or individual onion services. Please see the "Related Subreddits" list below for recommendations regarding these topics.

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Tails 6.1 / Black Screen after "Welcome Screen"

Hi all,

i have a problem and i need your help.

At first i was looking here and didn't found an answer yet.

So my problem is that , after the first screen where i can choose timezone/key-layout/etc.. the screen turning black an never comes back.

specs:

  • booting from USB

  • RTX3070

PS: all Tails5... running totally fine

thanks in advance

0 Comments
2024/04/14
20:51 UTC

0

Activating the camera on the tor browser: How? - I want to use specitifc QR code services on the web and I need it.

I understand the caveats of activating the camera on the tor or the unsecured browser, especially with regards to TCP/IP streaming and privacy.

However, I want to use specific QR code services on some websites that don't exist as an application. These websites use the camera with JS only localy, to read a QR code and perform some server request, they don't use any type of streaming.

An example of this is the Jade hardware wallet, which has a quorum pin unlock that uses encrypted data in QR codes:

https://jadefw.blockstream.com/pinqr/qrpin.html

Unfortunately this means I can't use the tor browser for this or even, the unsafe browser in tails and thus I have to use another normal device which is even worse - and exposes the intent.

Is there a way to fix this with the root credentials? even just temporarily? Would installing another browser on my persisten storage fix this?

3 Comments
2024/04/14
20:23 UTC

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Is there a way to set alarms?

Can I set a timer to, for example, make a visual and audible alert in exactly 15 minutes? How about making an alarm activate at a preset time, such as 10:30 AM?

If not, I think this feature should be added. Every other OS can do this.

3 Comments
2024/04/13
23:57 UTC

8

What does this mean???

Copied my tails to usb hard disk. Keep getting this error. I cleared the disk and then reinstalled tails only for it to appear again. Any suggestions?

9 Comments
2024/04/12
00:31 UTC

1

Can't connect manually with tor bridge as it's grayed out

Can anyone think of why it won't allow me to add a secret bridge? It's one I generated on my other OS from https://bridges.torproject.org, is there something I'm missing/doing wrong?

2 Comments
2024/04/12
00:14 UTC

6

Running tails question

If I clean my computer with a program like dban and if I’m correct windows will be gone also. Will tails still run or does the computer have to have an operating system installed? Thank you

5 Comments
2024/04/10
12:53 UTC

1

Cloning current tails with persistent storage

Using tails cloner:

Clone the current persistent storage You can only choose to reinstall when cloning the persistent storage .

Target USB stick: (My blank updated USB)

Do I Reinstall (delete all data) in order to clone and copy my persistent data onto the blank USB? Or will this cause my valuable data on my primary USB to be lost?

1 Comment
2024/04/10
01:20 UTC

1

screen is stuck

I tried to boot Tails but my computer (Lenovo Thinkpad T470) is stuck on this screen no matter what. It won’t shut down or restart or react to anything. Should I just wait for the battery to die and try again?

4 Comments
2024/04/09
22:58 UTC

1

Ask?

CAN I PUT MASSIVE DATA FILES IN TAILS WITHOUT HAVING ANY PROBLEMS?

3 Comments
2024/04/09
20:13 UTC

1

Can i use tails in USB that already contain data?

hey guys i have 64gb usb i used 45gb of it i wana know if i can downlaod tails on the usb or or the usb need to be clean

9 Comments
2024/04/09
18:58 UTC

2

Mac Mini 2018 Support issues

I have two Mac Minis, the main machine being a 2018 Intel i7 64GB 1TB, and the other being years older than that, with less powerful specs (less ram, less powerful compute). For some reason, the newer Mac Mini takes significantly longer to boot and lags more, and also it is doesn't recognize my headphones (maybe lacking drivers?) Also it doesn't recognize my Broadcomm wifi card in the Mac Mini, even though I checked the compatibility page and mine isn't listed in the incompatible cards. I'm very inexperienced with tech so is there any simple way I could install missing things or roll back to a previous version that might have compatibility, or otherwise how can I address each of these issues? Thanks so much to everyone in advance.

3 Comments
2024/04/09
18:36 UTC

3

Tails running fine,but…

Hi I’ve got tails on the stick and got it up and running but when I try to go on dread,it times out constantly. Never had this problem with running through my tor on the laptop,but thought I’d give tails a go and eventually clean the laptop and use tails permanently. Is it a problem or is tails temperamental?

6 Comments
2024/04/09
16:53 UTC

2

Cloning a Tail OS build from on usb drive to another with the persistent storage

Below is the link "Making a backup of your Persistent Storage" from the tails website itself. Will I be able to boot into tails with access to my persistent storage from the backup usb, or will both have to be plugged in?

https://tails.net/doc/persistent\_storage/backup/#:\~:text=Choose%20Applications%20%E2%96%B8%20Tails%20Cloner,click%20on%20the%20Install%20button.

2 Comments
2024/04/09
10:17 UTC

1

Monero wallet update help tails 6.1

Just as the title says. I can’t access my received funds due to an outdated version. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you!

7 Comments
2024/04/09
07:16 UTC

3

Not sure what to do any tips on how to boot?

17 Comments
2024/04/09
02:13 UTC

0

Can you install a virtual box to run windows/linux or Ubuntu in tails ?

I don’t mean running tails on a vm . I’m asking if you can run a virtual box on tails OS !

7 Comments
2024/04/08
22:29 UTC

5

How to transfer my Kleopatra secret key to my new tails USB?

Would be nice for some tips. Or is it not possible at all?

8 Comments
2024/04/08
21:39 UTC

5

Wallets on Tails (Please Help!)

I was just wondering which wallets would be safest for Tails specifically. Any advice on how to use them would be very helpful as well. Also any feedback on which sites for exchanging that are most trusted would be very helpful. Thank You in advance! -tourettesguy90

9 Comments
2024/04/08
07:00 UTC

4

problem decrypting messages

the recipient is an old pgp that i’ve recovered from another usb. i have sent this decrypted message to myself using another pgp but i can’t figure out how to access the recipient pgp and decrypt the message. the pgp has been imported but i don’t understand what i’m doing wrong. sorry if this is a stupid question any help would be appreciated though.

3 Comments
2024/04/07
15:34 UTC

1

Windows Boot Menu

Hello, long time lurking here finally posting hoping for some help. I am trying to use tails after not using my usb for a few months. I now seem to be unable to access the usb via the windows boot screen. I am how to trouble shoot this? When powering on and pressing F11, the boot menu does not appear. Shouldn’t it still appear even if there was no usb installed? Is this maybe an issue with windows? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

5 Comments
2024/04/07
15:02 UTC

1

Keeping login in telegram account in tails

I installed telegram on tails My only problem is after I log in then turn the device off I lose my log in So how I can save the setting and data regarding telegram accounts

4 Comments
2024/04/06
22:18 UTC

3

No desktop + Cannot connect to Tor

Hi, I just downloaded tails for the first time, and one thing I noticed compared to other tutorials, My desktop is a little different, as it has none of the applications on the top left hand side when you first boot it. I also am having a hard time connecting to tor, as its saying it's "not ready."

Since I'm also new to this, I'm unfamiliar with features and customizations on tails and what else I would need to navigate safely, I'm excited to join the community :)

1 Comment
2024/04/06
15:28 UTC

4

How to Open External USB Drive Encrypted with Veracrypt?

I set up a External USB drive using Veracrypt on my windows machine a while back. I am now using Tails on my laptop. A while back I set up a VM with Tails and has installed Veracrypt and has no issues. With the latest version of Tails, I am not sure how to do this. When I go to Utilities and Unlock Veracrypt Volume I do not see the device listed.

What am I missing?

12 Comments
2024/04/05
21:27 UTC

2

Tails trying to startup without USB?

Total tech newb fyi. I installed it on a flashdrive and tried to restart my PC with it insterted and I get a tails loadig screen which eventually leads to a message saying "SGX disabled by bios" and after that says "unable to find a medium containing live file system". I'm confused because even when I remove the flashdrive and reboot my computer does the exact same thing. How do I get back to windows os and subsequently boot tails properly?

6 Comments
2024/04/05
18:32 UTC

2

Laptop not booting from usb

To be fair it does boot from usb, but if I shut it down, I have to reset the BIOS to factory settings.

I turned secure boot off, but legacy mode is not supported.

Any tips?

11 Comments
2024/04/05
10:13 UTC

2

Can i Install tails onto a usb stick with CHROME OS

I don’t need to actually run it/boot it up on the chromebook, i just need to install tails onto a usb stick completely using my chromebook. is there any way i can do that or something i have to select in the download menu?

0 Comments
2024/04/05
06:13 UTC

3

Is it safe to access tor on tails in UAE?

Just a question because I’m scared not to get in trouble in foreign country.

4 Comments
2024/04/04
14:39 UTC

0

Clear contradiction

The claim of TailsOS is that it copies everything into RAM, so because of that nothing stays stored after you shutdown your computer.

But in the same time, if you remove the USB, than the computer shuts down; which shows that TailsOS is actually dependent on the USB (which means it doesn't run 100% from RAM).

Am i the only one that found this very obvious contradiction ?

18 Comments
2024/04/04
08:48 UTC

2

Linux backdoor

Can someone tell me which Operating Systems have the back door and explain to me a little about what happened and how?

2 Comments
2024/04/03
08:18 UTC

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