Security and Privacy - Malware and Corporate tracking Edition
January 19, 2014 6:54 PM Subscribe
I am looking for ways to browse securely over the internet, while not giving any data to corporations (including my ISP) that is unwarranted and also preventing malware (like the CryptoLocker ransomware epidemic in late 2012).
I know that security and convenience have a ball dance, so what would be the best options to achieve my goals? At this point, government surveillance is not something I am concerned about (that is a whole new ballgame!). So, my goals are:
1. Be able to browse anonymously (IP/location, OS, Browser, Machine info should not leak) at home and when traveling (=unsecured wifi at coffeeshops etc). Being able to transact financials would be a bonus!
2. Avoid corporate tracking - prevent corporations from tying together my browsing history and make profiles that they can sell
3. Prevent ransomware and malware from infecting computer and shared drives
4. Flash and other video formats on the internet should still be accessible
5. Stream media to other devices in the house (similar to NAS or a PC with XBMC)
Here my thoughts:
1. Normal internet browsing through a LiveUSB running Tails OS - (TOR exit nodes are often watched by Gov, but as I said, that is not a concern for now)
2. Use an airgapped PC (running a patched Windows 7) for streaming
3. Run firefox with AdBlock, NoScript, HTTPS Everywhere extensions for all browsing (No Chrome)
What else should I be doing to meet my goals? How do I make sure that my network doesn't leak ports or info for script kiddies?