The FAQ seems to assume a bit too much technical knowledge on the part of the reader. I haven't been able to find answers to the following
two three questions:
1. When backing up one's wallet, is it enough to copy the DAT file and put it in a different location?
2. How does one make a secure address? I read in the FAQ that I should generate it from a new wallet, but I don't know how to create a new wallet without installing and running an entirely new instance of bitcoin from within my encrypted volume/USB drive/partition/whatever.
EDIT: 3. If bitcoin creates a new wallet every time it is restarted, how does one access old addresses? This seems like it ought to have an obvious answer, but as it's been explained to me so far it seems as if restarting bitcoin sort of "disconnects" any previously used address.