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Old 05-06-2003, 09:17 PM   #1
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Tinfoil Hat Linux

What is Tinfoil Hat Linux?

It started as a secure, single floppy, bootable Linux distribution for storing PGP keys and then encrypting, signing and wiping files. At some point it became an exercise in over-engineering.
Tinfoil hat is useful if:

-You're using a computer that could have a keystroke logger installed. is an example of a tiny & cheap hardware logger.

-You need to use your personal GPG keys at work, school or a web hosting facility where you don't trust or own the equipment.

-If you maintain a PGP Certificate Authority or signing key and have to have a safe place to use the CA key.

-If you simply don't want to risk putting a PGP key on a hard drive where someone else might have access to it.

-The Illuminati are watching your computer, and you need to use morse code to blink out your PGP messages on the numlock key.

Start using Tinfoil Hat Linux! Because they are watching you...
Old 05-06-2003, 10:34 PM   #2
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Old 07-21-2004, 12:25 PM   #3
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Wow, this thread is over a year old!

I was wondering if anyone has used Tinfoil Hat Linux before and if so:

What is it like?
What did you use it for?
Care to share your experiences with it and opinions pro/con ?

I appreciate all positive and informative replies. Thanks for reading.
Old 07-21-2004, 11:31 PM   #4
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I sport a tin foil hat,,,and it is great..but honestly im positive no one has ran this.....!
Old 07-22-2004, 09:39 AM   #5
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Originally posted by JARofHERB
but honestly im positive no one has ran this.....!
Really? I wonder why?


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