Let me begin by saying I stumbled on this site while trying in futility to understand what I need to do to maintain my security online. I am a recovering techno-phobe and probably a complete and total techno-tard for life. Still, I find myself in a situation where I need to protect my privacy online and need a solution(s) that I can somehow "get", apply, and count on. My specific needs have to do with: 1. Keeping government agencies from infringing on my rights by tracking my private browsing history or other IP activity 2. Keeping the websites I access off my computer 3. Protecting my personal information (sign in and passwords) from hackers I am NOT concerned about accessing sites that are somehow blocked, posting private websites, etc. I'd just like to be able to hide my IP address to the best degree possible. Oh yeah, and if I did not make it clear in the first paragraph, this "something" I use needs to be pretty user-friendly without a complicated set up. And I'd prefer to keep my speed as fast as possible, but would take a bit of a hit there for a big bump in security. Some have recommended TOR to me, along with portable firefox. In the course of trying to do a search through the Tor toolbar they installed on my USB drive, my virus software gave me a warning and through trying to bypass that I learned that "tor-proxy.net" is now Anonymox.com. Thus, I began research on the details of what those two services actually do (about 4% of which I think I actually comprehend) and then stumbled on another site called xerobank. I have spent two days reading and researching these options when I came upon this site. I read some threads on this site (extremely helpful) through which I learned about another service, called Perfect Privacy. That put me over the official edge... I am now so overwhelmed that I cannot see straight. So, my question is simply this. Considering my goals and needs, is there someone here who can help me divide an conquer. Since I don't know a VPN from a SSH from a Blue Moon, it would help to know which of these is really important to my goals. I sense that there is so much out there and my needs might be simpler than all the stuff I am reading. At the end of the day I would like to have the tools on my USB so I can bounce across my various computers. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks so much in advance.