Tails 4.20 comes with changes to the Tor connection process, package updates and more

The new version of Tails 4.20 has already been released and in this new version of the distribution in addition to the updates of the system components of which the new version of Linux 5.10.46 is highlightedThe change in the process of connecting to the Tor network is also highlighted.

For those who are unfamiliar with Tails, you should know that this is a distribution that is based on the base of the Debian 10 package y designed to provide anonymous access to the network, in order to preserve the privacy and anonymity of the user on the network.

Anonymous output from Tails is provided by Tor In all connections, since the traffic through the Tor network, they are blocked by default with a packet filter, with which the user does not leave a trace on the network unless they want otherwise. Encryption is used to store user data in save user data mode between startups, in addition to presenting a series of preconfigured applications designed for the security and anonymity of the user, such as a web browser, the mail client, an instant message client among others.

Main new features of Tails 4.20

In the new version of Tails 4.20 the Tor network connection process has completely changed, since from now on after the connection to the local network appears, Tor connection wizard starts, which allows you to choose between automatic connection mode and enhanced privacy mode.

This small change, the developers mention that allows you to hide the fact of working through Tor of traffic analyzers on the local network, plus this connection wizard allows you to connect from censored networks through bridged gateways to avoid blocking without changing the default settings.

It is also mentioned that in the future it will be possible to save a list of gateways bridge to persistent storage, diagnose the health of the wireless network, determine the connection using the captive portal, and obtain information on new bridge gateways.

Other changes that stand out of this new version of Tails 4.20 is the inclusion of Linux kernel 5.10.46, version which has added improvements in hardware support and above all some minor problems have also been fixed.

We can also find that the update of the application to share files was included Onion Share 2.2, version that highlights the ability to use OnionShare as a web server to serve static pages.

The versions of the KeePassXC 2.6.2 password manager, the Tor 10.5.2 browser, the Thunderbird 78.11.0 mail client, Tor 0.4.5.9 and other system packages have also been updated.

Finally if you are interested in knowing more about it of this new version of Tails, you can check the details In the following link.

Download Tails 4.20

Si you want to try or install this new version of this Linux distribution on your computer, You can obtain the image of the system which is already available from its official website in its download section, link is this.

The image obtained from the download section is a 1.1 GB ISO image capable of working in live mode.

It is also important to take into account that this new version of Tails 4.20, like most of its predecessors, also corrects some security holes, so its developers strongly recommend that you update to this new version if you are in a previous one. .

How to update to the new version of Tails 4.20?

For those users who have an older version of Tails installed and want to upgrade to this new version. They should know that the direct upgrade to Tails 4.20 can be done directly from Tails 4.14 or higher.

For this they can make use of their USB device that they used to install Tails, they can consult the information to carry this movement on their computer In the following link. 


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