An interesting open source \u201clive\u201d CD called Anonym.OS v1.0 has been released by kaos.theory security research. It is interesting because \u2026\n\n\u2026 it is intended to provide secure anonymous Internet access for na\u00efve end users.\n\nAs outlined in the developer\u2019s presentation the techniques used to create Anonym.OS were:\n\n1. Host Hardening\n2. Strong Ingress Filtering\n3. Strong Egress Filtering\n4. Content-Filtering Proxies\n5. Anonymizing Proxies\n6. Encrypted Protocols\n\nAnonym.OS is based on OpenBSD 3.8 and masquerades as a Windows XP SP1 as far as any system it contacts is concerned. It uses a variety of other techniques of which the most interesting is that it is secure from active intrusion because it is locked down and hardened.\n\nEach component of Anonym.OS is configured and optimized for maximum anonymity and as a consequence any program that could use automatic update won\u2019t. \n\nAn otherwise moderately enthusiastic article on Ars Technica criticizes the system for sluggish performance and more roundly, for adopting a \u201cone size fits all\u201d approach and offering no alternate configurations or configurability.\n\nAlso see Wired\u2019s article on AnonymOS.\n\nIn theory you can download Anonym.OS from Sourceforge but it seems like the mirrors are yet to get synchronized or they are overloaded. Your best bet is to use BitTorrent and find the Anonym.OS torrent on LinuxTracker.