Generic Discussion About Why, No Help Needed
I'm not a techie, but I have used Linux for 12 years, and I still use XP (dual boot XP and Mepis). I have been interested in encryption and Internet security in general for a while, and I take reasonable steps without things like proxies and stuff to maintain an "excellently" secure system, as far as normal end users go (which isn't saying much), but I also know it's inadequate and illusory from a real security perspective. Think of me as one of the most fit couch potatoes when I want to at least be in shape even if I'll never be a personal trainer.
For years I digitally signed my emails and USENET posts, but it just annoyed most people, and I stopped. I have never used encrypted emails because no one else I communicate with does. I used to give explicit permission for all cookies, but it got to be a real hassle. I hate having ads customized to my local area.
I am going to try Incognito within XP, if I can manage it, to keep my browsing anonymous, but, while all my computer activity is innocuous, I do not want businesses or governments monitoring, tracking, or otherwise sticking their noses into my life anymore than I want them to set up surveillance in my home or monitor my phone calls or spending habits.
I would like to take it a step further, but how does one do that when no one else he knows gives a crap? Is there a point in using pidgin on Incognito, say, if the other end isn't encrypted? How about email when no one else you know has a key or would ever get one?
Other than the browsing, how does one go about living the kind of digital life enabled by Incognito when few others do? How do I get "into the life," so to speak, when no one else I know is?