Roam the Net naked: Let a virtual machine play host...
...The solution is simple: Maintain parallel paranoid and promiscuous selves and give each its own computer. Your promiscuous self is open and daring, a slave to impatience, talking to strangers, and too busy being productive and enjoying life online to keep your place spotless and run the neighborhood watch. Your paranoid self regards your computer as a vessel for your electronic soul, your ambassador for official communication, the keeper of your secrets that scorns unfamiliar visitors.
Your physical computer should always be configured like a server, as paranoid as you can tolerate, and like a server, left untouched except by your paranoid self. Your promiscuous self can have free run of a largely unsupervised playground operating in a virtual machine. Your devil-may-care personaís e-mail client has HTML viewing enabled and is configured to access only spam accounts. You run your browser wide open so you donít have to constantly click through barriers to get where you want to go, and youíre even free to share files, use IM, run BitTorrent, and host a Web site and mail server. These are facilities you donít even install on the host. Roam the Net naked | InfoWorld | Column | 2006-08-09 | By Tom Yager
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