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How to be anonymous?

With all the talk about FISA, I was wondering a few things:

How does a regular person (with only basic computing skills) keep their computer and web surfing completely private and anonymous? Would browsing through a proxy be enough? It seems everyone is doing it these days, but I'm obviously in the dark.

Any ideas?

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Even the proxy would not do because...

In reply to: How to be anonymous?

You have revealed all to said proxy and how do you know they don't log it all and more?

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In reply to: Even the proxy would not do because...

I don't know, that's why I'm asking here Happy

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Hopefully that was the answer.

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My question is an answer in itself.

The only way to be truly anonymous is to possible use some computer at the library and not log onto any accounts you use at your own PC. But what you do there is logged of course and you leave dna samples on the keyboard...

The truly paranoid should not use the internet or cell phones.

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You can't

In reply to: How to be anonymous?

You can't is the basic answer.

Every website you visit can be logged by your ISP, and if you had the means to buy your own private backbone connection, that would also make you rather suspect.

The long and short of it is, all you can really do is make it difficult for someone to track your movements, you can't completely conceal them.

Personally, I'd take a page from the US military and clandestine agencies and employ misinformation. Do things like visit a bunch of random sites regularly so it's difficult to establish a pattern of behavior. If you look around, you might be able to find a program to do this for you.

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