I have a (maybe stupid) question about what I noticed earlier.
I decided to create a dedicated qube to handle my communication. It’s not the best on segregation purposes but it allows me to split IM, calls and mail accounts from the rest of my activities (The best way would probably to have distinguished qubes per service provider bu I’m not there yet. I like the convenience of starting one qube that will get all the notifications or silence it in one qube shutdown).
I decided to run a standalone debian VM because I do not wish to install SnapStore on a template level. At this point I only need it to install the IM clients (Basically whatsapp for linux, Telegram, etc).
However, after setting up Telegram, I received a message from them noticing a new connection (whichi is normal) stating the following device :
There are a zillion ways to detect Qubes OS if its tooling is installed inside the VM. A StandaloneVM is not necessarily any different to an AppVM in this regard.
Telegram Desktop uses this library to collect system information. Among other things it looks at how the window manager identifies itself, which in case of an integrated VM’s VM-side window manager is simply “Qubes”. You can do the same thing manually (in the VM) like:
I just read the FAQ and I understood that Whonix is for privacy.
Is it possible to use Whonix with Tor Browser or Brave or Firefox without going through the Tor network/gateway? Would instructions be available to achieve this?
The purpose is to benefit from Whonix VM privacy settings, while accessing the Internet via a VPN (which is faster than Tor and avoids denial of access due to Tor).