Bug #15783

Rephrase "Can I use Tails with a VPN?"

Added by sajolida 9 months ago. Updated 28 days ago.

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The short answer is "no" but you have to read tons of text to get that short answer from our FAQ:

This is probably one of the top FAQ (and it's here to stay) so I think it deservers a bit more attention. The whole section should be rewritten to follow "writing for the web" principles, be succint and favor scannability. For example, by putting the most important information first and the details next ("inverted pyramid").

In this case, we should explain:

  • First and foremost that it's not possible (in any of the three cases).
  • Then the three different cases.
  • Then for each case
    • Restate why it's not possible
    • If it might be in the future (relevant use cases)
    • If we want to support this in the future, point to other relevant documents.

Also refer to other guidelines for writing documentation for Tails: (and ask or tell us what needs improvements in these guidelines).


#1 Updated by u 9 months ago

Starter tasks should provide relevant documentation for somebody who wants to pick up the task.

#2 Updated by sajolida 9 months ago

  • Description updated (diff)

I tried to give a bit more detail in the description of the ticket.

#3 Updated by SillyPutty 5 months ago

This is very disappointing from a user's point of view. Talk to "old hands" using Tor and they all say the same thing: Use Tor on top of a vpn. Never just Tor!!! This means I have to find a way to connect to vpn outside of Tails, which means running TWO OS's somehow. Certainly not ideal.

#4 Updated by Dustyb07 28 days ago

The best way to do this without modifying anything in the tails session is to run the vpn behind tor on the router. Open/dd-wrt has its own documentation on this as well, which can be linked to if needed to allow the user to read the semi-advanced documentation through that site and keeping the FAQ starter friendly.

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