Monday, April 15, 2013

Whonix: Anonymous General Purpose Operating System


Whonix is an anonymous general purpose operating system based on Virtual Box, Debian GNU/Linux and Tor. By Whonix design, IP and DNS leaks are impossible. Not even malware with root rights can find out the user's real IP/location.
This is because Whonix consists of two (virtual) machines. One machine solely runs Tor and acts as a gateway, which we call Whonix-Gateway. The other machine, which we call Whonix-Workstation, is on a completely isolated network. Only connections through Tor are possible.
This is only a very brief introduction. See Documentation and/or Technical Design for a more comprehensive description, security features and threat model. To find out how secure/anonymous Whonix is, see Security Overview.
Whonix is produced independently from the Tor® anonymity software and carries no guarantee from The Tor Project about quality, suitability or anything else.