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Old 24th September 2012, 07:57 PM
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Cool Super USB (Encrypted and all that)

Hey all!

I am looking at a few interesting things today and I would love to know other peoples opinions or know-how. First I was thinking I wanted to make a bootable USB with some kind of distro that helps keep me anonymous. I was reading about this thing called TOR and I understand it uses a proxy and makes it very hard to trace your browsing back to you. (I realise this is not a fast way to browse). Upon reading more about it I found information about these USB keys that are made by IronKey or are called Ironkey... either way it's a totally encrypted USB that will actually self destruct if you put the wrong password in too many times.

All of these sound great as for no particular reason I would love to be able to roam the web totally anonymously and be able to say I am without talking ****.

I found this application called FreeOTFE which encrypts your USB drive. I am wondering if you can boot an OS off of an encrypted drive, and if it's possible to put some kind of self-destruct mechanism that clears the drive or makes it unreadable if it has been tampered with.

Baisically I am trying to learn all about encrypting and what are (if any) limitations to it. And also I would like to have the ability to be totally nameless out on the interweb. I am not asking for omeone to hold my hand as much as some direction would be nice since this is a new concept to me but I love the sound of it and hate how the internet is so monitored.

I feel like I am asking something illegal as I am sure the US would love it to be but since it isn't I would love some help on where to begin.

I appreciate all feedback (except for trolling of course
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Old 28th September 2012, 05:32 AM
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Re: Super USB (Encrypted and all that)

If you install Fedora with an encrypted filesystem, it should be unreadable to anyone other than the NSA and the like, even then it would take a lot of computing power to break it. That's the easy part. You could use a proxy or maybe just connect to the net from a wifi hotspot, a coffee shop perhaps? Refuse all cookies and if your name is really Brian and you're in Montreal you might want to stop telling people your name and locale. Kurt (maybe) in Vancouver (perhaps).

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Old 28th September 2012, 05:51 AM
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Re: Super USB (Encrypted and all that)

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If you install Fedora with an encrypted filesystem, it should be unreadable to anyone other than the NSA and the like, even then it would take a lot of computing power to break it. That's the easy part. You could use a proxy or maybe just connect to the net from a wifi hotspot, a coffee shop perhaps? Refuse all cookies and if your name is really Brian and you're in Montreal you might want to stop telling people your name and locale. Kurt (maybe) in Vancouver (perhaps).
touché haha
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Old 28th September 2012, 06:24 AM
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Re: Super USB (Encrypted and all that)

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If you install Fedora with an encrypted filesystem, it should be unreadable to anyone other than the NSA and the like, [..]
Dreaming is free, security is not.

No - you'd better rethink that idea in a hurry. If you are using a modest size memorable passphrase - then you probably have ~40 bits of entropy and thats brute-force crackable with some good computing resources.

What you really want are good long random keys - 1024 bits, or better 2kbits long, but then you need a way to access the numemorizable key w/o exposing it.

The crypt itself ... MD5 is still compiled into the kernel despite that it's been compromised. Hopefully Fedora chooses the AES option.
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Old 28th September 2012, 01:23 PM
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Re: Super USB (Encrypted and all that)

There are some live systems with that objective like http://dee.su/liberte and https://tails.boum.org/
Here's also one that is made to be installed: http://sourceforge.net/p/whonix/wiki/Home/
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Old 28th September 2012, 02:10 PM
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Re: Super USB (Encrypted and all that)

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There are some live systems with that objective like http://dee.su/liberte and https://tails.boum.org/
Here's also one that is made to be installed: http://sourceforge.net/p/whonix/wiki/Home/
I have since writing this thread tried Tails and Liberte and I like em both I am excited to try whonix and see what that is about. I am still wondering if it is possible to have a self destruct type thing on my usb key I am finding ways to encrypt and that good enough since really this is not for work it really is just my personal **** I would like to have private. I know it's excessive but I think ultimate privacy is something we are losing in this world and I wanna bring it back haha. Thanks for all your posts
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Old 28th September 2012, 06:02 PM
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Re: Super USB (Encrypted and all that)

Ultimate privacy as you put it doesn't exist. What you can do is select your company.
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