Flash Drive with Tails OS & Tor

Discussion in 'privacy technology' started by AaLF, Nov 26, 2014.

  1. AaLF

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    Guys what is a comfortable size for a flash drive with Tails OS?
     
  2. mirimir

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    10 GB is plenty, unless you're planning to store lots of stuff (encrypted, of course) locally.
     
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    Thanks Mirimir. Good to see u again. Is there any problem adding Snagit (screen capture+ edit) & photoshop (not heavy duty work, just in case need to edit a pic b4 uploading to forum facebook etc.)
     
  4. mirimir

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    Tails includes GIMP, which should handle any desired image editing. Linux has adequate native screen capture (just hit "Print Screen").
     
  5. RockLobster

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    I tested tails on a 4gb USB drive it fits comfortably on there with about 1.5gb free.
     
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    Is it possible to have Win 7 OS & Tails running same time rather than rebooting?
     
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    With a VM, but that kind of defeats the whole point of Tails to have your OS running. Easiest would just be having two computers, one with Tails running and the other with Windows.
     
  8. AaLF

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    Thanks 4 replies guys. Another TOR question. Places like youtube, one cannot post a comment via TOR. Any "get around' for this?
     
  9. RockLobster

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    Yes no one seems to mention the fact, once you go "anonymous" you are practically excluded from all internet interactivity, you can look but you cant get involved.
    In my opinion this is all part of the plan, people like me who see right through the facade and say it how it is on blogs and news comments get banned from the site. Not for using bad language, not for insulting people, but for telling the truth about the political system, the criminal justice system, socio economic system etc, writing comments that encourage people to open their eyes and see through the facade is the big no no.
    They are very sneaky about doing this.
    One major news network started directing my comments to a closed version of the comments blog so only I could see my comments. In other words when I posted my comment about a news item it appeared to go up with all the other comments but to everyone else my comment was not there.
    As long as I am logged in with my username I could see my comment. If I log out and come back as a random user my comment is not there.
    If I log back in with my username my comment is back again. Obviously no one can read it except me. I expect their intention is I would not realize that and continue to post while oblivious to the fact.
    Of course if you try to get around their filter by using tor or a vpn they already have their ip's banned so you can't comment.
    You will hardly find any mention of this on the internet but there appears to be a concerted effort to censor citizens who criticize the system, it is a direct attack on the free internet and freedom of speech and I doubt this will stop at news network comments.
     
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    Yeah, you don't want your usual everyday traffic going over Tor. For your Youtube example, you might be better off with a VPN.

    What that probably is, is a cross between their anti-spam measures and basic account features. They let your account see it so you know it went through, yet in reality it's waiting to be verified by the admin or whatnot to verify its not spam, or breaks their rules. Unless you mean something separate. Obviously this all depends on what site you're talking about. I know of most news sites though that still be bombarded by spambots, so I don't think it's as perfect of a system as they'd like it to be.
     
  11. mirimir

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    If you want Tor-level anonymity with sites that block Tor exits, your best option is using an HTTPS proxy, or (if that doesn't work) tunneling a free VPN through Tor. For free VPN services that require registration with an email address, you can use Chaos Computer Club's <https://anonbox.net/>.
     
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    No it is something separate, if you post a comment with a URL in it, it will say pending approval. if you post a normal comment it will appear in real time and be instantly visible to everyone and they can reply directly to it if they wish. If you are being censored it will happen as I described earlier and the comment will never be visible to others.
     
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    I don't think that "censored" is accurate here. We don't have any inherent right to post on websites. Website owners make the rules. That's their right. If they don't approve of what we post, it's their right to block us. The comment-jail approach is clever, no? It slows down spammers, for sure. And it's fairer to everyone else than simply blocking access from Tor, VPNs and other proxies.
     
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    Yes website owners make the rules, and the rules are usually quite clear, comments will be removed if they are off topic, spam, bad language, insulting other users etc and that is fine.
    You will see such comments that break the rules are removed, the commenter and everyone else can see it is replaced by a message saying "comment was removed by moderator" or something similar.
    What I am describing is something else entirely. It is censorship of comments on mainstream national news networks that are on topic, not abusive to anyone but are political and critical of "the system" of corporate America, the government, the 1% etc, they are not being removed in the normal way, the poster is probably flagged as politically undesirable or something similar and his comments never appear in public, there is no notice to the comment writer, the comment appears to the writer as if it was accepted but it goes into the hole.
    I understand what you are saying about website owners make the rules, but what happens when global corporations gobble up all the mainstream websites and only allow politically favorable comments on all the news sites etc. If you live in a country that routinely suppresses free speech and anti government opinion you might expect that...
     
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    Corporate globalization and media concentration are problems. But the Internet is still very open. Getting eyeballs to your site is still nontrivial. But it's doable. On mainstream sites, you just need to find the sweet spot, where you can say what matters, and avoid getting nuked or jailed. And with anonymity tools, you can experiment until you get it right.
     
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