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Incognito is an open source LiveDistro intended to assist you to anonymously use the Internet almost anywhere you go, e.g. your home, work, university or local library. In case you didn't know, sites can record what you are looking at via your IP address which usually can be traced back to the physical location of the computer you use and from that ultimately back to you. In addition, others with the ability to eavesdrop on the Internet (which is quite a lot of people) can record what sites you like to visit and in many cases what you post, what you read, who you communicate with, etc. Technologies are in development and use to keep your identity to yourself with projects such as Tor (this site is recommended reading for Incognito users). Incognito can be used from either a CD or a USB drive and has several Internet applications (Web browser, IRC client, Mail client, Instant messenger, etc.) pre-configured to use Tor. For most computers everything is automatically configured and you're ready to go. Reclaim your privacy now!

Warning: As Incognito uses Tor heavily and there are many misconceptions about it around we would like to warn you about the fact that by simply using Tor (as all Incognito traffic does per default) your communications should only be considered to be untraceable back to the computer you used, not hidden. In other words, an eavesdropper can at some point see your traffic "in clear" (or rather as it would have looked if you didn't use Tor), but will not be able to link it back to your computer. As such, if you are sending or receiving sensitive data whose disclosure would be damaging in itself even if it is untraceable (e.g. if it contains your real name or other information linkable to you, bank account information, passwords, anything illegal, secrets in general, etc.), you need to use end-to-end encryption to hide the meaning of your data to everyone except the recipient. There are several tools bundled with Incognito for this: Enigmail /GnuPG provides with encryption for email, OTR is for instant messaging (MSN, ICQ etc.) among others. Also, bear in mind that web browsing on sites for whom the addresses begin with "http://" are not encrypted, but those staring with "https://" (notice the additional "s") are encrypted and thus secure.

Incognito is Free Software released under the GNU/GPL License.


  • Common Internet applications pre-configured for anonymous use.
  • Transparent network filtering which anonymizes all Internet traffic without any configuration needed (TCP only, though).
  • Should run on most modern computers (otherwise please consider sending a bug report to help us further improve Incognito).
  • Comes in two sizes:
    • Incognito Full at ~335 MB, featuring many applications and the K Desktop Environment.
    • Incognito Tiny at less than 50 MB, a minimal installation using the Fluxbox windows manager, suitable for business card sized CDs and smaller USB drives.
  • Ability to run from USB with persistent user settings and file storage, and optional password protected encryption.
  • Publish web sites anonymously as Tor Hidden Services when running from USB with persistent file storage (see above).
  • Virtualization - run Incognito Full from within a Microsoft Windows session without the need to restart the computer.
  • Anonymous email with Mixminion on Incognito Full.
  • Option to randomize your network cards' MAC addresses when connected to untrusted networks.
  • Secure deletion of system memory content on shut down to prevent forensic analysis.
  • Except for some drivers (which should be OK) all software used by Incognito, including Incognito itself, is open source software and thus inspectable for bugs, backdoors and bad design features unlike most proprietary software.