Separate Laptop For Porn?

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  1. pauly800 macrumors regular

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    Okay so not sure if I'm allowed to post this but i saw a thread a while back here on this forum so i assume its fine.


    First off, i need to buy 2 laptops because 2 of my laptops both broke. One was my main laptop which i use for online poker and financial information. The other however is an old i3 laptop but does still have 8gb ram and 250gb ssd. I use that one to watch porn and download porn. I want to be able to download porn on a computer to not compromise my main computer. As of now, most likely my main computer won't be a macbook pro since people here mentioned its not a good idea since i will be using windows and paying a lot more than i should.


    Does anyone here have suggestions for my other laptop? Thus i would be downloading porn from sites where im not 100 percent sure if it has viruses or not. I do check forums and the main ones has people posting porn videos but many of those users have lots of posts and are long time members so most likely those videos are safe. I had posted on that forum and many mentioned most of the videos are safe etc. But i do visit other sites where its not that popular because certain videos i cannot find on the other sites. I assume you guys know what i mean by that as some sites dont have some videos etc.


    So what should i do hear? Is there any other options besides a 2nd computer? I had read someone mentioned if you connect another hard drive to your main computer, then any virus or anything you get will only affect the hard drive and thats all. True or false? The thing is for the porn computer, i dont have issues with it getting a virus since if it does, i still use it anyway and download like normal unless computer is way too slow or it cant turn on. Then i have to do a system restore etc.


    Also i don't want to spend much money on this laptop. Does anyone have advice on this? I mean i surely don't need even an i3 processor right? The thing is a hard drive probably is the most important thing? I dont want to connect it to an external hard drive since i dont want my important files there to get infected by porn files... or is there no worry? I mean how much ram would i need and what processor is minimum? Thus my laptop that i no longer use was the one i used for this but it no longer works anymore.


    Thanks guys.
     
  2. flyinmac macrumors 68030

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    Interesting....

    Ok, I'll skip judgement. Just find it to be interesting that someone would ask this question.

    But, honestly, I am more surprised that someone would even buy a second computer for this.

    If I were contemplating such an idea, I think I'd consider a virtual machine running Linux.

    Linux and virtual machine software can be free. And it would also be self contained if you don't enable sharing between the host computer and the virtual machine.

    Set up the VM, then clone it, and do your dirty stuff on the clone. If something goes wrong, delete the clone and make another clone of the clean install and continue.

    Seems like the simplest way. And cheapest way.
     
  3. ohms12 macrumors 6502

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    How is the spam associated with online poker and visiting such sites different from visiting porn ones? Firstly, there's no need to separate computers. Secondly, use a VPN and incognito mode and chillax. Thirdly, if your porn habit is so severe that you require a second laptop for it - maybe you need help. Just maybe.
     
  4. pauly800 thread starter macrumors regular

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    I heard of virtual machines. Can you explain this? So i don't need a 2nd computer. So i do everything on one computer basically i could download viruses on it etc with no issue and effect on the main computer?


    Because that sounds perfect.
     
  5. flyinmac, Sep 26, 2016
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    A virtual machine is essentially a program pretending to be a second computer. You run another operating system inside that program.

    On my Mac, I prefer VMware Fusion

    Others like Paralells Desktop on their Mac.

    On both the PC and Mac, there is a free Virtual Machine called Virtual Box.

    And a rather old Microsoft branded Virtual Machine called Virtual PC.

    And well beyond the scope of this forum would be built-in to Windows 10, a feature called Hyper-V, which can provide a virtual machine as well.

    Do a google search for more detailed configuration of said Virtual Machines.
     
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    Raspberry Pi running Rasbian hooked to a HD is how I'd do it..
     
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    +1 for VM, I run all sorts of dodgy things like keygens, cracks and other dodgy things in a VM if I'm not sure, then restore the snapshot after if you're very paranoid, essentially erasing all evidence
     
  9. Crazy Badger macrumors 65816

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    You have to love the OP for their honesty :D

    A VM sounds like a sensible option, although with the right security and configuration I'm not actually sure multiple machines or virtual ones are actually required.
     
  10. TwoBytes macrumors 68020

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    why not have 2 separate user accounts? Problem solved.
     
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    You might want to add a keyboard protector to prevent things from dripping in.
     
  13. pauly800 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Okay so a virtual machine will 100 percent make my computer safe?


    Can someone give me a link to a site where i can do this exactly so i have every single instruction?
    --- Post Merged, Sep 27, 2016 ---


    Hi there can you give me the exact instructions for this? And can others here confirm this will work 100 percent?
     
  14. snaky69 macrumors 603

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    Download a copy of virtual box.

    Download a copy of a linux distribution of your choice, like ubuntu.

    Install ubuntu on virtual box.

    To download or watch your porn, just open virtual box, turn on your ubuntu virtual machine, use the browser like you normally would.

    Once you're done turn it back off.

    If you disallow sharing between virtual box and windows/OS X, even if there is a virus, you're safe. The linux install AFAIK cannot be infected anyway as I don't think there are Linux viruses.

    Everything is self contained in its own sandbox.
     
  15. Toutou macrumors 6502a

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    Exactly what snaky69 said.

    A virtual machine is a completely safe environment, the virtualized OS has no idea it's running in a VM. You could even use Windows with no security and just wipe the VM after each use. But yeah, using Linux is generally a better idea - the people that write and distribute malware don't even care about Linux, too secure and too obscure.

    Get a simple Linux distribution that is ready to go, like Ubuntu or Linux Mint. Install it in the VM. Surf away.

    Btw this is not a porn-specific advice, there are people who like to run their internet banking and financial stuff through a VM, just to be sure.
     
  16. pauly800 thread starter macrumors regular

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    hi thanks for this information. So when you say everything is safe, are you telling me even if i download exe files or things like that, its still safe if doing this? The thing is im not mostly watching porn by streaming... I want to download porn videos that are files posted by other users. I dont believe they are called torrents since i dont use a torrent program. But imagine users posting videos where its between 20mb to high quality 3gb videos for example. So you are telling me there is zero risk in that as well?


    Another thing im curious about. But when you do all these things, what happens to your ip address? Does it change or stay the same? Such that if someone who post porn videos post videos for others to download, assuming they post a hidden virus, there is no issue at all with this?


    And can you tell me how long this entire process takes exactly? I will do this soon.
     
  17. Mildredop macrumors 68020

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    Great idea. I use Chrome for surfing and Safari for porn (that way I'm happy anyone can use my computer and not find anything in my history etc.)

    But a whole different computer to watch porn is taking it to another level. Kudos.
     
  18. flyinmac macrumors 68030

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    The virtual machine could still get a virus. Same as a second computer could. But, that virus would be contained to the virtual machine. Just as it would be on a second computer.

    The advantage to a virtual machine is that if you take snapshots of it in a clean state, you can simply restore to that snapshot point and be clean again.

    You need to do some research with google. And spend some time reading the pages on the virtual box website.

    There is no way we can all hold your hand completely through every detail.

    As for your IP address, it will be the same IP address that your isp has assigned to your internet connection.

    The virtual machine does not hide your IP address.
     
  19. pauly800 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Hi i will read on it soon. One last thing for now. When you say the virus would be contained on the virtual machine, that means zero chance keylogging and stuff like that could happen right once i shut the VM off and go to my main computer?


    Im curious how many people even do this because if this make it seem very less likely you get viruses, everyone should be doing it.
     
  20. simonsi macrumors 601

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    Most people don't want to throw away everything they do on the computer every time they use it. If you want to create or store anything then its useless as a method of working.

    It doesn't decrease the likelyhood of getting a virus, it merely limits the impact of that virus.
     
  21. flyinmac macrumors 68030

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    Shutting down the VM is the same as turning off your other PC and walking away from it.
     
  22. IHelpId10t5 macrumors 6502

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    flyinmac has it right. Cloning a Linux VM in VirtualBox is indeed simple and effective for anything that you have security exposure concerns with. Honestly, running a modern browser in a fully updated Mac OS is already fairly bulletproof unless you are someone that can be fooled into installing a trojan. However, adding the additional layer of running a Linux host in a VM with Mac OS as the Guest is insanely secure.
     
  23. drewjonn macrumors regular

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    The only reason why I'm still keeping my old 2011 MBP is solely f*pping purpose. For real though. The airport card is dead and the technician asked almost a hundred bucks for it which I refused to pay. I only open that laptop when I feel like touching myself.
     
  24. Toutou macrumors 6502a

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    Internet forums really bring people close together, don't they :D:D
     
  25. joeblow7777 macrumors 601

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    No judgment, but this is the first time I've heard of someone buying a separate computer for... that (I'm at work so I don't even want to type the word. :D). It makes sense though.
     

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