Privacy-Focused Tails 2.10 Linux Includes Security Updates, New Tools

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Privacy-Focused Tails 2.10 Linux Includes Security Updates, New Tools

The first 2017 release of the privacy-focused Linux distribution patches security issues and provides a new anonymous sharing tool called Onion Share.

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Default Search Engine Is Now DuckDuckGo

DuckDuckGo is now the default search engine choice in Tails 2.10, replacing disconnect.me, which was the default in prior releases.

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Several Security Vulnerabilities Have Been Patched

Each Tails release includes security updates from the upstream open-source projects the Linux distribution includes.

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Tor Browser Updated to Version 6.5

Among the updated applications in Tails 2.10 is the Tor Browser, which is based on the Mozilla Firefox web browser. The latest Tor Browser update benefits from security patches made by Mozilla for Firefox.

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Tor Circuit Visibility Improves

Tor works by routing user traffic through a series of nodes. Tor Browser with Tails 2.10 now includes a Tor circuit view, which shows users the path their data traffic is taking.

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The uBlock Origin Browser Plugin Replaces AdBlock

Previous releases of Tails included the AdBlock browser plugin to help protect users from advertising tracking. In Tails 2.10, the uBlock Origin blocker is now the default, providing improved capabilities to blog and log potentially unwanted tracking.

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Onion Share Enables Anonymous File Sharing

Sharing files anonymously is now easier in Tails, thanks to the inclusion of the Onion Share application.

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Tails 2.10 Runs the Linux 4.8 Kernel

At the core of the Tails 2.10 operating system is a Linux 4.8 kernel. Linux creator Linus Torvalds released Linux 4.8 Oct. 2.

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Survey Shows Gap Between Perception, Reality in Midmarket Security

A common theme across the security landscape in recent years is that there is a gap between the how companies implement security systems and how they perceive their security capabilities. A study sponsored by Arctic Wolf Networks released on Jan. 26 provides some specific insights into the state of mid-market cyber-security. The study was conducted by market research firm Vanson Bourne and surveyed 200 IT decision makers at mid-market companies with 500 to 3,000 employees. Among the high-level positive perception findings in the report is that 95 percent of respondents indicated that their organization had what they believed to be an above average security posture. Adding further to the confidence level, 89 percent of respondents said that it was their contention that perimeter security products can defend against all cyber-security threats. While the companies had a high regard for their...
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