I've looked extensively into how this currency works, and in terms of buying online and remaining anonymous I'm a little confused as to just HOW FAR one has to go to remain anonymous.
I know that Bitcoins can be bought from certain sites legally and that there is a certain 'break' in the chain in terms of anonymity because the company that you buy them from will have your bank details... but that doesn't concern me because I'm not looking to buy uranium with them.
1a) In regards to everything else, If I were to buy bitcoins, an email address is ALWAYS needed - in terms of remaining anonymous, does the email address have any tie to the bitcoins? Should one get a new email address for Bitcoin use as opposed to their regular address?
1b) If so, does the service used for the email address matter - does it need to be encrypted or anything? Should Tor or something similar only ever be used to access the email address?
2) Is a web-based wallet safer in terms of anonymity, as opposed to say on my HDD (flash drives always seem to die on me)? I can't see myself ever having much money sitting in the wallet at any one time. I guess I'm also paranoid about 'trails' left online or on my PC and whatnot; maybe I don't appreciate how well Tor covers one's tracks?
I'm sure that I may have more questions crop up about how it works but those are the ones that I could do with having immediately answered, if someone would be kind enough to help me out. : )