Installation of Kicksecure on a USB
Kicksecure can be used as a plug-and-play operating system on a USB data stick. This is particularly interesting for users looking for a portable persistent or live operating system.
Kicksecure can be installed as a host operating system (OS) on a physical machine, as a guest OS on a virtual machine or as a contained portable host OS on a USB data stick.
This USB option is interesting for:
- A) Users who want to boot into persistent mode (no saved data is lost after reboot), or
- B) Users who want to boot into non-persistent live mode which is pre-installed by default via the
grub-livesoftware package. Grub-live makes it possible to boot the host operating system - in this case Kicksecure on a USB data stick - into Live Mode.
Once installed on a USB data stick simply plugin the stick, boot Kicksecure and handle all your tasks which need a very solid security.
Installation / Use
At this time the installation of Kicksecure on a USB data stick needs a skilled user, because we do not provide a USB creator / image yet. Skilled users however can create a Kicksecure USB stick following these instructions:
- Take a USB data stick with at least 16 GB of space.
- Install Debian on USB. Instructions can be found on the Debian Wiki. But there are also a number of other online guides explaining how to install Debian on a USB.
- Distribution-morph Debian into Kicksecure. Instructions for this can be found in our Kicksecure for Debian installation guide.
Advantages of Kicksecure on USB
- A higher level of security is attained by installing the host operating system(s) required for Kicksecure on a dedicated, (encrypted), external disk(s) like a USB flash drive or others. 
- Reason 1: Using physical external media reduces the risk of other operating system(s) infecting the Kicksecure host operating system.
- Reason 2: When Kicksecure disk(s) are not in use, they can either be removed or hidden.
We are planning to create
- An operating system Live ISO
- A Host Operating System Installer
Community contributions are most welcome. Help us in various ways.
- e. g. eSATA
FireWire should be best avoided