In Qubes, your host machine runs a thin layer of software for managing a graphical desktop environment and all other software is compartmentalized in separate virtual machines, with strict controls on what hardware they can access and how they can communicate, all while being usable enough to run as your daily OS. In this talk, Micah will show off some of the cool things that this approach makes possible, like opening email attachments in “disposable VMs,” managing anonymous identities, keeping secrets like password databases, PGP keys, and sensitive documents stored in vaults without Internet access, and much more.

Micah Lee, a long-time Qubes advocate, presented Qubes OS: The Operating System That Can Protect You Even If You Get Hacked at the Circle of HOPE conference, which took place July 20-22, 2018 in New York City.


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