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#16 OP +warwagon

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Posted 13 November 2009 - 19:56

You can disable dns caching : cmd> net stop dnscache

Private browsing can not be achieved on a shared/public computer, however. Simply because you wouldn't know what's running on that computer, a simple keylogger (legit software or malware) will be logging every keystroke... other scenarios/threats exist.

If its your own computer, then there's no need for portable FF or a pen-drive. If you're paranoid, full system encryption will mitigate physical access, some VPN solution will mitigate remote access.


Lets say someone wanted to look up porn on their computer. But their family at times also uses their machine. Why couldn't they use portable firefox on a true crypt encrypted thumbstick just to look up their porn, yet still have the benifits of history, cache and favorites and cookies. When they are done looking up porn they dis mount and pull the thumbstick out of the computer. So no traces will ever be found by a family member.

That's just one example.


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Posted 13 November 2009 - 20:22

Lets say someone wanted to look up porn on their computer. But their family at times also uses their machine. Why couldn't they use portable firefox on a true crypt encrypted thumbstick just to look up their porn, yet still have the benifits of history, cache and favorites and cookies. When they are done looking up porn they dis mount and pull the thumbstick out of the computer. So no traces will ever be found by a family member.

That's just one example.


That's a shared computer still. No guarantees you're not being spied over by your parents/kids. You'll have to do some serious forensics on that computer every time you think about plug-in in that pen-drive. A shared computer is not private.

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Posted 13 November 2009 - 23:25

If you're on a shared computer, the best thing to do is to boot into a separate OS. Install the OS onto a separate partition or device (flash drive). Then encrypt it and configure it to use a proxy / VPN.

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Posted 13 November 2009 - 23:41

All good suggestions but i'm happy with the results this method provides.

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Posted 14 November 2009 - 13:18

All good suggestions but i'm happy with the results this method provides.


The problem with this kind of methods, is that it gives a false sense of privacy.

Another scenario: You're out of town, you needed to do some private browsing (say, book a flight through PayPal), you head to a shared computer, you roll in your live Linux CD with on-the-fly full encrypted pen-drive, setup access to your (home) VPN server, and begin your browsing. Once done, you disconnect from your VPN Server, dismount the pen-drive, eject the CD and head away happily. There should be no way your data have been compromised with that much of cautious measures, right ?! Wrong. You have missed the hardware key-logger installed inside the keyboard or attached to the keyboard's cable...etc.

Denial of physical access to a computer you use for private data (i.e private browsing...) is a must security measure. So again, a shared computer (company, family, public..) is not for private browsing.

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Posted 14 November 2009 - 13:40

When you get right down to it, there's no way to be completely secure, your ISP still has a record after all. Here is how I've done it in the past.

Grab MacBook, Do full CarbonCopyCloner backup
Pack MacBook in nice backpack
Take holiday to Spain (No ISP would bother tracking ANYTHING there)
Boot Ubuntu via LiveCD
Download all the fraked up stuff you can ever hope for directly onto USB Stick and encrypt

Now, before coming back
DBAN CD 7-Pass Wipe
Restore CarbonCopyCloner backup

I think that's probably as secure as you're going to get without taking the:

Buy laptop, download stuff, use C4 Block to destroy laptop, method

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Posted 15 November 2009 - 00:48

Lets say someone wanted to look up porn on their computer. But their family at times also uses their machine. Why couldn't they use portable firefox on a true crypt encrypted thumbstick just to look up their porn, yet still have the benifits of history, cache and favorites and cookies. When they are done looking up porn they dis mount and pull the thumbstick out of the computer. So no traces will ever be found by a family member.

That's just one example.


If you're worried about that just find a more private place to fap :p

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Posted 31 December 2009 - 22:31

For extra prive browsing I use Linux in VirtualBox. It has an added benefits of protecting against viruses from javascript.

#24 UXGaurav

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Posted 01 January 2010 - 07:30

Windows SteadyState: For shared computers and ultimate private browsing. Unfortuately it's not Windows 7 compatible.

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Posted 02 January 2010 - 15:01

Nice tutorial, could be useful for schools..

#26 ZeK666

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Posted 22 January 2010 - 19:50

Another item to note for not leaving data behind is Flash "Local Shared Objects", found in ../Documents and Settings/username/Application Data/Macromedia/Flash Player/#SharedOjects which list the sites that they came from.

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Posted 22 January 2010 - 21:41

the quotes on ipb3 seriously suck. I prefer wen the box is around the quote

#28 vetColin-uk

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Posted 22 January 2010 - 21:46

the quotes on ipb3 seriously suck. I prefer wen the box is around the quote


They usually are, its a skinning issue that will be fixed shortly :)

#29 buckboii

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Posted 23 January 2010 - 19:44

Can we use another browse? like Opera?

good tutorial.
thank you.

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Posted 23 January 2010 - 20:02

Can we use another browse? like Opera?

good tutorial.
thank you.

You should be able to use pretty much any browser, as long as it has a portable version.

Opera@USB - http://www.portablef...are.com/?id=507