How can I use a computer securely and privately
June 8, 2009 3:33 AM Subscribe
How can a competent but not technical geek person browse internet as securely and privately as possible, keep files private on a pc etc? Linux distro? specifics -
posted by Not Supplied to technology (12 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
Hi. I'd like to be able to use my computer as securely and privately as possible and am prepared to do more than average to get there, but don't want to become highly skilled at security. Is it possible to develop a straightforward plan to follow? I'd like to keep things as clean and simple as possible, without exessive time spent troubleshooting/tweaking. That said, I am as good as the next person at using computers understanding concepts etc.
I hope you get a sense that I'm not immoral or illegal...however I do browse a wide range of things, and don't trust the gov etc not to put 1+1=3.
The issues I thought of were:
Browsing securely and privately - how can I set up a computer to do this? I'm prepared to put a linux partition on my (pc) laptop - I've used Ubuntu before..can this be set up well or maybe theres a distro specifically designed for this. It would be handy if it had all internet mod cons like audio, flash pdf etc. It would also be handy if say it could save files to a data drive shared with windows partition.
Can it be set up to leave no traces on the pc? Similarly, could I store files in a hidden encrypted format?
Can I make my computer as secure as possible against being cracked over the net or by someone present? Yeh, I do think it's possible someone could try!
ISP - I can't hide from my ISP presumably...are there ones that specialise in privacy, that won't share your information at the drop of a hat? In the UK?
My practises - how can I make them tight, so there are no obvious holes in security from how I'm using the machine.
Using public wifi - is this a good alternative if you don't want an ISP storing your history? How to use it to best advantage.
And also anything I haven't thought of.