tor has a major flaw in that the end nodes are not secure. any 1 can host an end node so many government agencies do. they also actively discourage members of the public to set them up. http/www.youtube.com/watch?v=h1NYRskDt-Q the tek's logan explains tor and its flaws as well as its benefits. 16+ for harsh language in parts.
This article is missing one of the most important steps in securing your online activity: using a virtual machine. All the encryption in the world isn't going to help you if you somehow ended up with a keylogger or other malware on your system. Not only that, but if the feds decide to bust down your door and confiscate your computer for evidence, they're going to see whatever you have stored on it. Create a Truecrypt partition, create a hidden partition inside of it, create a Linux VM on the hidden partition, and use the VM for Tor when you want to be safe.
"Just ask Violentacrez, the Reddit moderator who posted and hosted risqué pictures of women taken without their consent, and whose name was exposed as Michael Brutsch in the fall of 2012."
I'm sorry, how is this a bad thing? Are we about to go into conniptions because a guy who invaded other people's privacy for sick, perverted kicks couldn't handle getting his invaded? And then had to start behaving like a decent human being? Puh-lease.
I'm all for using anonymous e-mail if you want to avoid rampant, indiscriminate government searches of your information. Really, that's OK. But for Christ's sake, pick a better example of people we should feel sorry for.
Bemused is correct. We have no reason to want to BEAT the FBI. If anything, we should know what we can do to help them. That is, unless everyone who's supporting the downfall or the NSA, CIA, and FBI are criminals.
I bet that will leave a sore mark.
I use SecretBoxes for this. You can create anonymous email aliases in your box and it has tie ins with other similar features for file sharing, wallet stuff, etc. All browser, so no install, no trace, use anywhere. Used it to sign up for this site for example.