Edward Snowden Former NSA contractor apparently uses a special version of the Linux operating system named Tails . This OS is an open source software that is optimized anonymous developer -made to disguise its identity in the online world .
In it , as explained by Wired , there are a number of encryption and privacy -related tools , including Tor , an application that encodes the users of internet traffic routing through the computer network of volunteers around the world .
Tails can be contained entirely within the external media such as DVD and USB which can be used to boot the computer . Tails does not store data locally , and immune to spy program . Computers used did not leave a trail when examined in the future .
Through the operating system that is anti - tapping , Snowden communicate with the media and leaking secret documents that the NSA is in his hands .
However , Tails also has drawbacks . Although relatively ” safe ” with open source code that can be operated by anyone , some Internet service providers do not support the function confidentiality . If one choose the provider , Tails will become useless .
From activist to drug dealers
Tor software that is part of the Tails which was originally developed by the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory . This program is used by busy people who by some reason do not want to be identified on the Internet , ranging from activists , whistle- like Snowden , to online drug dealers in the black market kind of Silk Road .
Tails makes use Tor so much easier . Users simply booting the system to Tails , and will automatically run Tor without needing any setting . Finished using , the computer can restart the system to daily operations . No one will know what the user during wear Tails .
Tails developers themselves would rather hide behind the shadows of secrecy and chose to remain anonymous . One of the reasons they make Tails is protecting the privacy of Internet users sniff some parties conducted secretly .
" Marketing giants like Google , Facebook Yahoo , and spy services online life we really want to become more transparent to their own kepetintingan , " wrote a member of the Tails developers are not to be identified in an e - mail to Wired .
Tails open nature allows everyone to examine the operating system to prevent things that are not desirable . Tails is too small possibility ” trap ” of the government because Snowden document mentions that the NSA was not happy with this operating system .
In addition to developing the operating system for desktop and laptop computers , Tails developers are making a mobile version that can run on Android and Ubuntu .
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