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Old 02-22-2019, 11:40 AM   #1
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Secure linux distros for intermediate user


Hello, I want to install a secure linux distro and am wondering which one to choose. I have experience with linux mint cinnamon, as I've been using it for about a year and a half. I am using a Wi-Fi network which I do not administrate, so I do not have admin rights. I only have the network's password. The reason I want to install a secure distro alongside Mint, is that I want to torrent and keep all of my activities hidden, so that the network administrator cannot see what I am doing. I already use a free VPN service called Windscribe, but am not sure whether that is secure enough, and it's the free version, so I only have 10GB a month. I found an article which lists the most secure linux distros, based on the writers opinion https://www.ubuntupit.com/15-most-se...concern-users/ , but I would like to read more opinions. It states that the more user-friendly distros are Subgraph OS, Heads OS and PureOS, others are Parrot Security OS, Linux Kodachi, Kali Linux, Whonix, IprediaOS and Alpine Linux. I am looking for a distribution which I can install, and not a live disc. Of the beforementioned distros, I find Parrot Security and Kodachi the best for my needs, however, I don't know whether they are user-friendly, and if not, how hard are they to learn? I am already familiar with the terminal. Do all of these distros have root enabled for everything? Is it possible to install Kali Linux, or is it only a live-CD like Tails?

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Old 02-22-2019, 11:50 AM   #2
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I don't think a "secure distro" is what you are looking for, and anyway that term can mean so many different things. What you are looking for is a way to hide your network traffic from your wifi router. In that case, you don't need to use another distro, just keep on using a VPN that allows torrents and/or use Tor or similar. However the router will still be able to see that you are connected to a VPN or a Tor entry point, just not what you are actually doing.
 
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Old 02-22-2019, 11:53 AM   #3
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An additional point is that torrenting certain types of material is illegal in some countries and jurisdictions. If you are using someone else's wifi then you have a responsibility not to do anything that might get that person into trouble if any illegal activity gets tracked back to their IP. Bear that in mind with any decisions that you make.
 
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Old 02-22-2019, 11:56 AM   #4
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Kali is not relevant to the needs you describe. You might try with Tails but as mentioned the router will still be able to see that you are connecting to the Tor network and if traffic is moving or not. However, Tor is not going to mix safely with torrenting so a different VPN is needed.

As to what you torrent, be careful. Some content, such as GNU/Linux installation images for various distros, is perfectly fine. Other content is not fine, especially if you seed.
 
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Old 02-23-2019, 02:05 AM   #5
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I want to torrent and keep all of my activities hidden, so that the network administrator cannot see what I am doing. I already use a free VPN ...
you are correct that you cannot keep torrenting activities hidden.
to what extent a VPN helps i'm not sure, but i'm pretty sure that even a paid subscription will put a lid on that rather sooner than later.
also, if you're doing something illegal, the VPN provider will probably not allow it at all. they could do worse things, read their TOS!
 
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Old 02-23-2019, 02:26 AM   #6
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it was not mentioned, so: it is not the distro, but the owner who can make it secure. So you can use your preferred one and secure it as you like. This will work [almost] the same way for every distro. If you want to be sure about that you need to learn about security. And use your preferred distro.
 
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