Commit a083917d authored by Tails developers's avatar Tails developers
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Use 'look suspicious' consistently

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What is a MAC address?
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Every network card — wired or Wi-Fi — has a [[!wikipedia MAC address]] which is
a serial number defined for each card from factory by its vendor. MAC addresses
Every network interface — wired or Wi-Fi — has a [[!wikipedia MAC address]] which is
a serial number defined for each interface from factory by its vendor. MAC addresses
are used on the local network to identify the communications of each network
card.
interface.
While your IP address identifies where you are on the Internet, your MAC address
identifies which device you are using on the local network. MAC addresses are
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Here are two examples:
1. If you use your laptop to connect to several Wi-Fi networks, the
same MAC address of your Wi-Fi card is used on all those local networks. Someone
same MAC address of your Wi-Fi interface is used on all those local networks. Someone
observing those networks can recognize your MAC address and **track your
geographical location**.
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What is MAC address spoofing?
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Tails can temporarily change the MAC address of your network cards to random
Tails can temporarily change the MAC address of your network interfaces to random
values for the time of a working session. This is what we call "MAC address
spoofing". MAC address spoofing hides the serial number of your network card,
spoofing". MAC address spoofing hides the serial number of your network interface,
and so to some extend, who you are, to the local network.
MAC address spoofing is enabled by default in Tails because it is usually
beneficial. But in some situations it might also cause connectivity problems or
suspicious network activity. This documentation explains whether to use MAC
spoofing or not, according to your situation.
beneficial. But in some situations it might also lead to connectivity problems
or make your network activity look suspicious. This documentation explains
whether to use MAC spoofing or not, according to your situation.
When to keep MAC address spoofing enabled
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**MAC address spoofing is enabled by default for all network cards.** This is
**MAC address spoofing is enabled by default for all network interfaces.** This is
usually beneficial, even if you don't want to hide your geographical location.
Here are a few examples:
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with your identity or credit card. In this case, you already revealed your
geographical location to the local network by other means.
- On some network cards, **MAC address spoofing is impossible** due to
- On some network interfaces, **MAC address spoofing is impossible** due to
limitations in the hardware or its drivers. Tails temporarily disables such
network cards. You might disable MAC address spoofing to be able to use them.
network interfaces. You might disable MAC address spoofing to be able to use them.
- Some networks **only allow connections from a list of authorized MAC
addresses**. In this case, MAC address spoofing makes it impossible to connect
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