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Is my setup secure enough now?

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by tckc, Nov 23, 2016.

  1. tckc

    tckc Newbie

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    Hi guys,

    I am a long time lurker, first time poster. I want to know if you think if my setup is secure enough now to browse/download/post without upsetting google, the government, or facebook. And also to keep my computer safe.

    First, I set up the free VMware workstation. Then, after a ton of research on thatoneprivacysite, I picked a VPN and set it up to run on my host machine (so it also works on my virtual one).

    I want to be able to work on my VM (test, download, run, etc) and still occasionally browse the internet on my host machine. Do I need to log out of my google and other accounts or is it enough that I don't browse those while my VPN is turned on? Does it matter if I do google searches while logged in and on my VPN?

    I don't want google to get suspicious of me for any reason. Hopefully, I am just being paranoid. But I thought you guys could maybe give me some good insight.

    Also, another quick question: If I want to download an operating system .iso file on my VM and then move it to my host machine so I can run it as the VM operating system, will that put my computer in danger? Is there a better way to do that?

    Thanks so much for any tips that you can give.


    PS - please, please, please do not eat me alive for posting a new thread as a newbie. I've searched the forums and the internet and I cannot find a good answer.
     
  2. foghorn

    foghorn Registered Member

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    Not an expert here but if whatever IP address or ID google sees your accounts using will be tied to whatever you are doing with those ip's/other fingerprints. Just make another instance of linux or something for your browsing and email checking. Be sure to not mix up proxies or whatever.

    What kind of danger do you mean? That's the way I would do it.
     
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  3. tckc

    tckc Newbie

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    Okay, do you think it would be enough to set up a different type of browser on my host and never connect it to my accounts? Then, exit the other browsers and never touch them while the VPN is on? Could google know what I am doing then?

    By danger, I mean that I don't want to inadvertently infect my host if the file I've downloaded is full of garbage. I thought it might be okay since I would only mount the iso to my VM, but honestly, I have only the tiniest idea of what I'm doing.