..can be a good thing. WalMart puts really nice little Acers on sale for $349-$399 from time to time and they are great little units; I have three. By "dedicated" I mean a computer which is used for only ONE purpose and NEVER used from your home IP. Let me say that again, you NEVER log on to your home IP with this box or for the project you are working on EXCEPT from WiFi locations away from your home.. You use a dedicated computer for only ONE project only and only log in from places like bars, coffee shops and other public places which offer free WiFi. You also set up email addresses which you access ONLY via your dedicated computer. You do NOT access you regular services from a dedicated box, ever. You do not email your GF, you do not access your social networking sites, you don't talk about your car and you never, ever store any personal information of any kind on the dedicated box. You never do anything on the dedicated box that you would do from home, nor do you access anything from home that you access on the dedicated laptop. Now you don't use this box for penny-ante projects obviously, so you make certain that the project has enough built-in profit to more than pay for the box. Depending on the nature of the project for which you have used this computer, at the end, you DESTROY the dedicated laptop and I mean with a hammer, destroy. Then put the parts into the bottom of trashbags containing really smelly garbage and pitch the bags into dumpsters far from your house or office. In any case, reduce the hard drive to bits and pieces or feed it to the Metal Munching Moon Mice. That which does not exist cannot be tracked and information on a hard drive which has been turned into scrap metal cannot be recovered. Happy surfing!