Originally Posted by W1zzard
nope, i just learned a lot about networking since i started tpu, i do all the behind the scenes stuff and started with a very limited knowledge about servers, linux, scaling a website
Yes, of course, I was just ribbing you a bit, but as a website, protecting your data is a very legitimate concern. But you aren't really attempting to be anonymous, now are you?
Normal citizens of the world, however, in my opinion, have no need for such protections. Any data purchased online should be backed up in hard copy(most sellers will tell you this on purchase, too), and data created by the user backed up in the same way. USB keys and external drives are both affordable, and secure, if handled properly.
If identifty theft is a concern, then you aren't dealing with the right financial institutions, IMHO. All must provide some sort of protection for you, and if you cannot deal with waiting for the problem to be resolved, then you shouldn't have taken the risk in the first place. And if you are giving someone your money to hold, and they cannot guarantee it for you, well, that choice is yours, if you want it.
Google's Chrome offers "anonymous" surfing, in as much as it can, and IMHO, if you need more than this, you are doing something you shouldn't, whether it be downloading illegally, or outright hacking.
Imaging HDD w/ OS should be regular practice , IMHO, The OP's concerns about losing control of his PC would only happen directly by his own actions, no? I mean, ISPs are monitoring traffic, NO? and there isn't really much to be done to prevent that, is there? I mean, really?