The state of being anonymous. Meaning: not identified by name and not having outstanding, individual, or unusual features that enable identification.

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What is the simplest way to send an anonymous email?

I would like to send an email that can't be traced back to me, is there a simple direct approach to do that? I mean an electronic way that doesn't involve me going to an Internet cafe wearing a ...
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Are VPNs more secure than TOR? Why? [duplicate]

I've heard from multiple sources that a trusted VPN service is more secure than using TOR. Is this true? Even if TOR is used with SSL? Why or why not? And how do they compare with regard to anonymity? ...
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There's still remain anyway to surf 100% anonymously on internet using a computer? [duplicate]

There's still a way to be 100% anonymous on internet using a computer? I know that using a prepaid SIM card you can surf 100% anonymously, as far as your phone hasn't been bought with a credit card ...
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Could Instagram really have asked me to send an email of my face, or is it a scam? [closed]

My Instagram account was deactivated without explanation, so I sent a request for an appeal. I then received this email, asking me to send them a picture of myself holding a hand-written code: Hi, ...
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Considerations for a Web Based Secure Questionnaire System

I am about the start working with my degree project, which is related to Secure Questionnaires. I am currently doing research about how to develop a web based system which requires the users to login ...
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Tor exit node can know my IP address?

I have read some articles about how Tor works. I know about layer by layer decryption, but there is something that I cannot understand: If the exit node is the one that does the last decryption and ...
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How do websites recognize visitors? [duplicate]

Being more specific, I would like to know which are the possibilities for a webbsite owner to detect whether the same user logs with different accounts, and how to bypass each of them. For example, I ...
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Is it possible to secretly monitor/backdoor hardware?

I've recently gained an interest in anonymity and the technical aspects of it. Is it possible for hardware to be bugged and monitored? I.e, can a seller of a processor bug it in order to report what ...
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Can one use IP-spoofing to anonymize DDOS attacks?

Since it is possible to fake the source-ip of an ip-package, is it also possible to anonymize DDOS-attacks?
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How Tor, Privoxy, Vidalia and Polipo are getting together?

I realized that these applications are frequently used together. What is the role of each software in the mission of anonymity and privacy on the web? While I understand Vidalia is a GUI provider, I ...
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Is it bad practice to use your real name online?

On some accounts I use my real name on-line (Google+/Facebook/Wikipedia/personal blog), others (Q&A/Gaming) I use an alias. My question is: Security and privacy wise, what can people do with my ...
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Using VPN on Android, Necessity of Rooting

I have just gotten a new phone and would like to protect my privacy better than I have in the past. I have read about rooting and then installing OrWall, OrBot, and OrWeb. If I understood correctly, ...
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Is Freenet secure?

Is Freenet secure? Of course, I must elaborate on what I mean by "secure". Suppose there is a banned book stored on Freenet. May I download it to local storage without the following groups knowing ...
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Is it possible to tell when a remote bitmessage client is creating new messages?

One StackExchange answer mentioned bitmessages can be traced, another said it is fully anonymous. The second link seems to cite Wikipedia but a user points out that this anonymous concept doesn't ...
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If SSL/TSL is secure then why do terrorists use other alternatives instead? [closed]

Everywhere it is mentioned that SSL/TLS must be used because of the high security and privacy they provide. My question is: if this is true then why terrorists and other people use other alternatives ...
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Is anonymous message delivery feasible? [closed]

I came across two papers written on this topic: Buses for Anonymous Message Delivery and Tokens for anonymous Communications in the Internet I am probably missing a lot of the nuance, and I could ...
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Create a website and stay anonymous [duplicate]

I am a newbie. I learned mysql and PHP and created a website ... in localhost. Finally my website is ready and I am going to buy a server. However I want to stay anonymous so that nobody will know ...
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Setup to be somewhat anonymous [closed]

Would I be "somewhat anonymous" if I purchased bitcoin using my real bank account, used that bitcoin to purchase a VPN-service that I can trust does not keep any logs, and use that VPN-service through ...
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Traffic anonymization through routing - software and algorithms

I stumbled upon an interview with "the grugq" in which he is talking about how hackers anonymize their traffic, i.e. hide their original ip address (- this is also what I will mean by "anonymizing" in ...
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Differences between using Tor browser and VPN

I can't quite figure out the differences between using the Tor browser and using a VPN (like concretely proXPN). From what I understand the idea is the same, that they both hide the IP address. The ...
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Isn't online anonymity compromised by any SSL connection?

When using a vpn, proxy etc to hide your IP, if you, as an example, login securely to a bank website, they will (or can) obtain your real IP contained in the encrypted data. Likewise, any SSL secured ...
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Is there a john doe of the internet (not anonymous)? [closed]

Anonymous is one of the most interesting things in culture these days (imo), but if one were to make anything and put the name "Anon" on it, it might come off as either undesirable to the loosely ...
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How am I identifiable when connecting to a site and is it possible to be anonymous? [duplicate]

When I visit a website, they get information about me such as IP address, country etc. What are other ways/other information with that they can identify me/my connection? How can I change/mask this ...
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VPN tunnel inside other VPN tunnel

This question is kind of asked already but it was asked with different context: VPN tunnel in VPN tunnel Connect through two VPN clients ...
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How to properly anonymize data, if hashing isn't enough?

Today there are news on Bruce Schneier's blog and ArsTechnica about how NY City released information about Cab/Taxi drivers, their trips, and so on. Basically, sensitive information was simply MD5 ...
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im thinking to buy a laptop which is unregistered. its a new laptop without registration of its ip address [closed]

I'm thinking to buy a laptop,its directly imported from a ship or maybe stolen,i don't know ,but its ip address is not registered ..so if I will buy it then is it safe ? Can I be traced by the police ...
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Multiple gateways (Whonix with Tails)?

I've been reading Whonix's documentation and threads here to be more anonymous and secure. For the best anonymity Whonix recommends having two different computers, one being the gateway and the other ...
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Anonymity of prepaid SIM card in phone linked to real identity

I want to use a prepaid SIM card (text and calls only) anonymously. I bought the SIM card offline without providing any address or name. I am now thinking about using a dumbphone I bought from Amazon ...
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Adobe Flash-based site's UI misbehaves when it's accessed through a VPN. Is it leaking my real ip address?

Here is a setup: A Linux/Windows VM at home (will call it "hidden VM" from now on) which is placed into an isolated environment (it's located in its own isolated virtual network, and the only way ...
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Hashing Identifiers to Create Pseudonyms

I'm wanting to share datasets between two organisations in a pseudonymised way such that they link together via mutual entities (e.g. people) but so that the entities cannot be identified. E.g.: ...
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VPN Server Inside VPN client on Router

This is a different context of an already asked question: In a few words: Sub-VPN or VPN SubNetwork... VPNsception? So I am using DD-WRT flashed router which connects as a client to VPN server ...
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can I identify the origin computer for a program?

I am Developing a program in several platforms and languages, But I don't want anybody to discover the origin computer where the program was developed, is there any way that someone can discover that ...
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How far should I go in protecting a user's SMBIOS UUID?

My server will be receiving data from several hundreds of computers. As part of keeping track of which computer sent what, I will be fingerprinting the hardware and keeping the results in my database. ...
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Does using (dot) instead of . or (at) isntead of @ really give any protection for addresses not getting harvested? [duplicate]

After reading this post: http://academia.stackexchange.com/q/55612/34428 I asked my self, is this really the deal about it? I mean... It just looks stupid in my eyes that one is expecting a ...
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What is “anonymous identity” in enterprise WPA?

When connecting to an enterprise WPA protected network, I have the option the add an "anonymous identity" (see related screenshot). I don't understand what's the point though. Who get to see this ...
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How does a website detect proxy? [duplicate]

How can a specific website detect that I'm surfing via proxy? Is there a way to use proxy and not get detected? If so, how?
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How to remain 100% anonymous on the internet?

I was searching for methods or tools to remain completely anonymous on the Internet. TOR came up, but it is seems that it is far from perfect. Are there any 100% foolproof ways, or approximately 100% ...
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What are the most effective ways to stay anonymous in the internet? [duplicate]

I wonder how hackers can stay anonymous in the Internet. I have some ideas like using TOR or a chain of servers (for example a few SSH tunnels through different countries) but which of them are ...
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How much can I trust Tor?

How much can I depend on Tor for anonymity? Is it completely secure? My usage is limited to accessing Twitter and Wordpress. I am a political activist from India and I do not enjoy the freedom of ...
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How to increase anonymity of TOR

I need some system to gain a high level anonymity - nobody should have the possibility to figure out my IP. I can use TOR, but I do not completely trust to it. So I have an idea for a system with high ...
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Virtual phone number [closed]

I want to set up an account for a certain service while remaining anonymous. This service requires phone activation and where I live it not possible to activate a sim card without submitting id to the ...
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Downloading files using Tor

I have the Tor Browser Bundle installed and have been using the Firefox Tor browser. If I attempt to download a file or email attachment I get the following warning I understand that if I download ...
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Building an anonymous network

Imagine you're building Facebook, except you don't want to reveal user identity for posts and comments. You still want to verify each user's organization. For example, if the user signs up with ...
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Is 100% anonymity possible with Tor under certain circumstances? [duplicate]

Tor has guidelines that define a set of rules/techniques to assure anonymity. Some examples are browsing in small window mode so your screen resolution can't be detected, using HTTPS everywhere, and ...
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What parts of IPv6 address may I show publicly and safely?

I want to ask question about some network issue, i.e. about printing the IPv6 address correctly. I assume the users expect me to provide some meaningful examples of what I expect and what I have. ...
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Why does one need a high level of privacy/anonymity for legal activities?

This question is sort-of spun off of a previous one. How to counter the statement: "You don't need (strong) security if you're not doing anything illegal"? There are a lot of great ...
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Can you still be tracked when using a VPN?

If I am using a VPN on twitter, can an organisation like Anonymous or Lulzec track me and find out my identity?
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What are the best ways for an iOS 9 user to protect against device fingerprinting?

In response to this series of questions: What unique device fingerprinting information can an iOS9 app collect? and as an update to this question: What are the best practices for maintaining privacy ...
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What are specific use cases for anonymity?

There are various technologies for anonymity online, most notably TOR, but also I2P and VPNs, as well as simply using one-shot email addresses. What are the specific use cases for anonymity? I'm not ...
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When do honest people need privacy or anonymity? (e.g. they have nothing to hide) [closed]

I'm having a discussion with someone who thinks they don't need technical measures of privacy or anonymity. Common arguments against needing to care about privacy or anonymity include: Everything ...