I'm repeatedly encountering statements related to passive monitoring.
If you send XMR frequently to another person, an attacker passively monitoring both parties will know with increasing probability that you have sent XMR to this person. In other words, the probability of someone consistently using your transactions in a ring signature is low. monero wallet packet sniffing
For broadcasting own transactions you can probably keep even more privacy when using a hidden node over the i2p network, since you will not disclose your IP address along with your transaction to anybody.
what is a remote-node
I'm thinking, from simple to complex:
- Run VPN > Run node behind > XMR wallet > USD-BTC-XMR on one of the exchanges > spent XMR.
No good, the exchange can identify my Monero address along with my passport, etc.
- Run VPN > Run node behind > XMR wallet > USD-BTC-XMR on one of the exchanges > XMR to wallet > XMR to [wallet2] > spent XMR.
No good, I guess, small(ish) risk when broadcasting from the same set of IPs.
- Run VPN > Run node behind > XMR wallet > USD-BTC-XMR on one of the exchanges > XMR to wallet > Run VPN > Run node behind > XMR to wallet > spent XMR.
Probably, can get away with that, not facing extremely motivated adversary.
Run VPN - actually I'm running OpenVPN over stunnel4 over Whonix(Tor) virtual machine over a router, VPN issues new address for each reconnection (after Tor expires).
Nodes uptime close to 24/7.
Does it make sense to run two nodes in order to disguise identifiable information?
Why is that overkill?