//Windows 10 is the most privacy invasive OS in history. They had Google-envy, and they want your data. You can solve that, but it takes an effort. I like Windows 7, and I bought a few OEMs and put them on computers that I bought in Thailand or ones that I built. Guess what the folks at Microsoft did? If you update your Windows 7 it effectively becomes Windows 10, from the loss of privacy point of view. So I keep the Windows 7 up and running anyway, but I use Do Not Track Me to obfuscate collection, I block scripting, and I use Ghosterly in Firefox. I also make sure to not store anything on the computer, nothing at all except garbage. //I use Fedora. It works well, and it is easy to add programs. I also use Ubuntu, but if you get into the nitty-gritty of Ubuntu you see that security is not important at all. I spent a couple weeks of my life removing one rootkit on my Ubuntu system. The trouble was the updating. In Thailand, when you update your verified download, the site you actually go to is not Ubuntu's site. Yeah. By the way, those fake Windows OSs that you see people use in Thailand? If you feel lonely, then go get a copy. New friends will come soon. I pulled a crimeware file off of one such OS--only 30 MB. //Thailand's web infrastructure is a lush garden of malware and crimeware, but I won't go on about it. It is rootkit heaven. Why? Because the ISPs do security on the cheap--they do not pay for decent protection for DNS resolution. It is a nightmare. But at least VPNs are allowed in Thailand. Get VyprVPN and encrypt your traffic through the ISP. They have their own DNS servers with a firewall for network address translation. You are talking to them. You can even mask your traffic through the ISP, but I do not think that really works, no matter what they say. Or you can use a Mozilla add-on that changes the user-agent (or both). Make it look as if you are using a Linux-based OS instead of Window-to-the-pros 7 or 10. //If I have real traffic I use TAILS over TOR. That is your best bet in Thailand. (or I use a VPN--VPNs are another conversation-- over Ubuntu) They keep improving TAILS. It's a moving target. No collection. It is fast. Masked MAC address, user-agent masking, etc. If a criminal wants your stuff it is not going to be easy or fun. (especially if you use common sense) TAILS has all sorts of interesting features such as a program that erases metadata (metacontent). It also has GnuPG so you can make keys and communicate the smart way. The persistent volume you create (say on a thumb drive) is not going to be broken by anyone as long as you did everything right. //The latest version of TAILS has a feature that disables networking, making it easy for everyday users to reach that goal. If you want a computer for your financial info and other personal information, then a completely wiped (or brand new) one that has only used TAILS from a thumb drive (with a persistent volume) is the way to go. Lose the thumb drive and no one will ever be able to open it. Forensics? The computer is clean like the Sistine Chapel. //If you are using the internet in Thailand you are running around naked unless you take some steps. //TAILS is free. www.tails.boum.org //Windows = open window //Fedora, Puppy (running it only in memory), OpenSUSE, Mint, Ubuntu... better choices than Window-to-the-pros 7, 8, or 10 //Most people want to feel comfortable and they don't want any disquieting facts to deal with. That is why people love to hear lies such as "this is safe," "this is guaranteed," "buy this because it works." Maybe. Maybe not. That is just how it is. What you can do is take precautions and reach a high degree of confidence that your dirty pictures are not being snickered at by a bored guy in a room with no windows. //If you are running a business, then don't skimp on security. If you are not a big fish, then take simple precautions: use a VPN. I used to connect into Perth over VyprVPN, and it was hard encrypted and fast.