I’ve been using computers since the late 80’s. Back then, it was the norm to create a nickname and to hide your identity, now days it’s the opposite. People these days use their first and last name openly in the internet and seldomly use nicknames. Even when they do use a nickname their hardware has already been fingerprinted and tied to a phone number… at the very least, this is exactly what happens to around 30-47% of all users (windows). Even if you buy a burner phone with cash you are still getting constantly fingerprinted, identified, geolocated, and/or cookie tracked.
So what exactly is necessary in order for a person to be annon?
B. A third party.
So… I’m going to draw a hypothetical case in hopes that you can’t find a flaw.
First step, go to a place where you can purchase a VISA pre paid debid card that you can throw away as soon as the funds dry out. At the same time, your gonna buy a burner phone that preferably has no GPS and it’s main function is to receive SMS 2FA messages. If you sent a third party to do both then I guess you don’t have to wait until whatever camera backup system overwrites the previous useless data, but you used your data to get it (at least in some cases)… but I digress, let’s assume you where able to remain annon.
Next step, you are going to use that burner phone to create as many accounts and ALT accounts as possible and confirm your ‘identity’ with 2FA SMS when ever is required. Once that tedious and slow process is complete you will have to remove your burner number from as many accounts and services as possible. Save all that data into a password manager.
Congratulations! You now have account(s).
Now the next hurdle… can you get a third party to open an internet contract in a place of your choosing? I’m guessing you can’t… but if you did kudos! you’ve remained annon.
Congratulations! You now have internet access.
Now, let’s talk about your hardware. If you are using something like windows 11 you will quickly discover that you can do a clean install on a brand new HD and MS will still recognize your hardware. The reason being is that they’ve associated the product key to a fingerprint of your hardware (as far as I know it’s a combination of CPU and MOBO). This means there is a paper trail. It doesn’t matter that you don’t install windows and you go straight to linux. That hardware has a paper trail. If it doesn’t lead to you, then to who does it lead?
Sigh! what a freaking nightmare!
What I’m saying is… you can’t buy hardware through Amazon, ebay, craigslist, etc. You need to physically haul your body into a microcenter (or similar) and buy hardware in cash. Hopefully, you can do so and still remain annon by using a third party.
So OKAY! You went to microcenter. Got yourself some brand new hardware that wasn’t fingerprinted or OEM fingerprinted…
UFFFF! I almost forgot… wherever you place your hardware… make sure you don’t use any IoT / appliance / printer / gadget. Because even if you are using VM’s if a gadget gets associated with a VM you are done for. I can’t recall the precise case, but years ago there was a dude that was caught because he had a WiFi laserjet printer connected in his network.
Congratulations! You have hardware + internet + SMS 2FA + accounts… Now bridges, TOR, and whonix / tails / qubes. Don’t change settings. Keep a standard a resolution. Be as vanilla as it gets.
Did I miss anything?
Now… answer me this: Can you trully become annonymous in 2022?. What’s the point of Whonix then? Is it like what ‘private’ browser was supposed to be?
I wish there was a way to say this without sounding so arrogant, but… can you please change my mind? Can you offer some arguments to the contrary?