Reader supplied reviews for Whonix
9.0from 3 review(s)
I am an avid Whonix 14 user. Currently, I am using the
XFCE versions of both the Gateway and Workstation. Each runs
as a separate virtual machine and together they are a VERY
secure and solid anonymity platform. My host system is Debian 9.
I have not experienced any bugs, the systems run quickly
and efficiently, and you can have confidence in the fact that
your IP info/identity will remain hidden. A built in firewall, stream
isolation, and a secure, dedicated Tor gateway are all part
of the design. As an added bonus, DNS leaks are non-existent.
This OS can be optionally combined with different tunneling
solutions as well like SSH or a dedicated VPN.
Since the Gateway and Workstation are both run as virtual machines,
you are also afforded the isolation and built-in security of the hypervisor.
The documentation is very detailed, and their Wiki is thorough. There are instructions
on how to set up your system, troubleshooting, and several
subsections devoted to general anonymity tips, and host
hardening. There is an active forum as well. This is an active project
with very dedicated developers. Honestly, though,once you download the
ISOs (and remember to verify the signatures), using the Gateway and Workstation
is as easy as simply importing them into your virtualizer and running them.
Everything in each respective machine is preconfigured to use Tor
and ready to use. Read the documentation, update
regularly through apt-get, and you are good to go!
The XFCE desktop,for those who may be unfamiliar,is very light on resources.
Running it on a modern Core Intel processor is no problem at all.
If online security and anonymity are important to you, check out Whonix 14!
I give this OS a 10 out of 10
It is pity that this os can not be use on hardrive. I want to install on hardrive. Make it install on it. No box.
Whonix is, as is made clear in other summaries, intended to be run in a virtual machine.
Whonix on windows or debian is okay. While whonix makes tor much safer, it bears all the bugs from its version with debian on top of the bugs and quirks of your hypervisor. Combining it with snapshots or images will allow you to revert back to a clean version periodically, keeping you more secure from malware that persist from an earlier session.
It obviously includes the tor browser, but also generic firefox and chromium. Its also packaged with programs like the IRC client Hexchat configured for tor and Libreoffice applications for document editing.
QubeOS users get the most out of whonix, since disposable Vm's and running your updates through the whonix gateway is easy. You simply arrange the network of your non-whonix vms to be under the whonix gateway (whonix-gw).
If you use tor and dont need direct access to the files of your browser, its worth trying out.