[Whonix-devel] Whonix auf RFF-Website vorstellen

Patrick Schleizer adrelanos at riseup.net
Tue Apr 26 16:54:13 CEST 2016

Hi Martin,

sounds all good to me.


Martin Modlinger:
> Dear Patrick,
> Many thanks! This is very useful indeed and should help us direct attention not only to Whonix, but also the underlying issues you guys address. I may take the liberty of rephrasing a tiny bit here or there (if this is ok with you) just to make sure a general audience (or a non-tech-funder audience) can go through this easily - but let me say you have already done a remarkable job of putting this in layman’s terms. Also, I assume you do not mind if we use the Whonix logo and the illustration from your website?
> Thank you again & all best,
> Martin
>> Am 26.04.2016 um 05:58 schrieb Patrick Schleizer <adrelanos at riseup.net>:
>> 500 words...!
>> Whonix is a desktop operating system designed for advanced security and
>> privacy. It realistically addresses attacks while maintaining usability.
>> It makes online anonymity possible via fail-safe, automatic, and
>> desktop-wide use of the Tor network. A heavily reconfigured Debian base
>> is run inside multiple virtual machines, providing a substantial layer
>> of protection from malware and IP leaks. Pre-installed, pre-configure
>> applications are ready for use, and installing additional applications
>> or personalizing the desktop will in no way jeopardize the user. Whonix
>> is the only actively developed OS designed to be run inside a VM and
>> paired with Tor.
>> Whonix aims at preserving your privacy and anonymity by helping you use
>> your applications anonymously. A web browser, IRC client, word
>> processor, and more come pre-configured with security in mind.
>> It is a complete operating system designed to be used inside a host
>> operating system. It is Free/Libre Software (Open Source) and based on
>> Tor, Debian GNU/Linux and security by isolation. Whonix isn't a stripped
>> down version of Debian. For example, anything you can do with "vanilla"
>> Debian GNU/Linux, you can do with Whonix.
>> Whonix is available for all major operating systems and offers a broad
>> amount of compatibility with all sorts of programs.
>> Whonix is based on Tor, which is a Free Software and an open network
>> that helps you defend against traffic analysis, a form of network
>> surveillance that threatens personal freedom and privacy, confidential
>> business activities and relationships, and state security.
>> Whonix consists of two parts: One solely runs Tor and acts as a gateway,
>> which we call Whonix-Gateway. The other, which we call
>> Whonix-Workstation, is on a completely isolated network. Only
>> connections through Tor are possible. With Whonix, you can use
>> applications and run servers anonymously over the internet. DNS leaks
>> are impossible, and not even malware with root privileges can find out
>> the user's real IP.
>> Tor is often incorrectly known as an anonymous web browser. It's full
>> power to anonymize any network activity and circumvent censhorship is
>> greatly underappreciated and little used. Partly, this is because it can
>> be difficult to configure your applications to use it. An improper or
>> broken setup can silently send internet traffic in the clear, without
>> the user realizing it. Worse, without isolation and compartmentalization
>> provided by a dedicated operating system, identifying information will
>> be accidentally or intentionally leaked by the user or the operating
>> system. Thus, using Tor without a Tor-focused desktop (including
>> so-called "anonymizing" hardware devices) can lead to a dangerous and
>> false sense of security.
>> Stuff that the Whonix project does:
>> - Thinking hard about obscure attacks on anonymity such as clock
>> correlation deanonymization attacks and develop countermeasures.
>> - Add support for multiple anonymity networks to cater to different user
>> bases.
>> - Extensive documentation. Did you know, that using non-anonymous
>> activity in one browser and anonymous activity in another browser at the
>> same time might get you deanonymized? We documented that and lots of
>> other stuff.
>> - Successfully communicate issues in the Tor ecosystem and do so
>> whenever we find something.

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