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[liberationtech] The missing tech between TBB , Whoonix and Tails

Fabio Pietrosanti (naif) - lists lists at
Mon Jan 19 00:13:53 PST 2015

Hi all,

today when a user need to have some degree of protection for his network
connectivity, for his browser experience, for his data stored and in the
end for his "endpoint safety & integrity" (his computer) there are few
- Tor Browser Bundle (an App)
- Tails (an operating system replacement)
- Whoonix (a virtual machine)

>From a security, technical and usability perspective we acknowledge how
those approach are different each other.

I don't see a usable solutions that provide various advantages of Tails
with the VM approach of Whoonix while behaving with the same usability
of TBB (being an App).

To make it short:
- Tor Browser Bundle is usable, the user does not need to change it's
"operating environment"
- Tails it's a pain to install and to use, force the user to change it's
"operating environment" and use it in an exclusive way
- Whoonix it's less a pain to install than Tails, force the user to
change it's "operating environment" but it can be used in parallel to
the existing "operating environment" (Windows, MacOS X)

Now, i see that there is something missing among all that various
technologies that can be:
* Deployed as a self-contained app (like TBB)
* Works in parallel with the existing operating environment of the
end-user (Like Whoonix)
* Provide the safety of operating in a Virtual Machine (like Whoonix)
* Be integrate within the user operating environment (like VMWare
integration with Windows App)

The only similar approach i found is this "BitBox" made by the German
company Sirrix, used by the German Government, that's basically a sort
of "Whoonix" but usable like-an-app from the end-user perspective:

It would be a very interesting and challenging project to see Tails or
Whoonix or TBB to evolve in that direction, opening up tons of new users.

Fabio Pietrosanti (naif)
HERMES - Center for Transparency and Digital Human Rights - - -

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