Concise List of Privacy Options Please

Discussion in 'privacy technology' started by SirRollsAlot, Sep 26, 2010.

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  1. SirRollsAlot

    SirRollsAlot Registered Member

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    Hello-

    I'm just trying to get a grasp on what my options are for maintaining privacy/anonymity while conducting my online activities. I have been a XBVPN user in the past, and just haven't renewed my subscription in 3 years. While trying to search the threads, I have seen a LOT of conflicting opinions and verbal affronts. While the opinions are good discussion, I find myself wanting to claw my eyes out at times as the affronts just add more garbage through which I must sort.

    So, if you can, please offer advice or concerns in a constructive manner. Thanks in advance!

    Anonymous activities that I am interested in now:

    - Blogging
    - Email
    - Web Browsing

    Other anonymous activities that may interest me in the future:
    - online payments

    So I guess I am trying to figure out if VPN's, Tor, Virtual machines, LiveCD's, etc. can help me in any way.

    I liked XBvpn because I thought I could just turn it on, and my local administrators couldn't see my passed the VPN. Does anyone have any suggestions? It would be nice to find a setup where I can do the most activity online and not have anything come back to me, but I didn't know if that was just running a LiveCD and finding an open home router.

    Perhaps there are more questions I should be considering? Any help is appreciated!
     
  2. hierophant

    hierophant Registered Member

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    That's what I've been seeking here for years.

    Bottom line: It's virtually impossible for users to assess claims made by VPN providers.

    Anyone can test anti-malware software, and publish the results. And anyone can test VPNs re usability, speed and leakiness (via whatismyip.org, decloak.net, grc.com/dns, etc).

    However, attempts to "ask harder" pretty quickly become attacks that violate most any ISP's/VPN's TOS. I suspect that some VPN providers do probe each others' systems. But they don't post to Wilders about it.

    What's the answer?
     
  3. SirRollsAlot

    SirRollsAlot Registered Member

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    Well if private or even open source products are difficult to measure, perhaps talking about specific actions or ways of connecting to/using the internet would be better (even if it may be a broader approach).

    For example, what about connecting to open AP's in a neighborhood, then using TOR or something similar? Even if someone can track everything back to the AP, it still wouldn't divulge much I guess.

    So maybe it wouldn't matter how anonymous the whole chain of connections are as long as it doesn't trace back completely.
     
  4. JRViejo

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    Removed Off Topic post. Please refrain from posting personal attacks. Thanks!
     
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