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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Virtual phone number [on hold]

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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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How to prevent swapping on Mac osx? [migrated]

I am inclined to run Tails through a virtual machine so that I could chain two VPNs. One running through the host Mac osx and one more running from inside the virtual machine that's running Tails. ...
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Questions on true anonymity

I am going to use Tails to connect to Tor through VPN which has AES-256 data encryption, SHA-256 data authentication and RSA-4096 handshake encryption on my Mac on my school's WiFi (as public as I can ...
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Using Tor browser on a Windows machine

Suppose a person is running a Windows 7/8 operating system. If she/he uses the TOR web-browser, can Microsoft see what they are browsing? Would that not defeat the point of using TOR in the first ...
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Why disable JavaScript in Tor? [duplicate]

Why it is not advisable to use JavaScript with Tor? Yet with JavaScript, you cannot get the IP address of the user except through an external website. How could using JavaScript with Tor expose one's ...
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Can high network usage be detected and prevented in Tor? [closed]

I've already asked this question here but as of yet it has no views/answers. I was wondering if there is any way for Tor to detect high network usage in the context of transferring large files using ...
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Best practices for Tor use, in light of released NSA slides

It has been known in the security community that a tool as versatile as Tor is likely the target of intense interest from intelligence agencies. While the FBI has admitted responsibility for a Tor ...
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Onion routing vs crowds

I have been studying about computer security and at some point i came across the terms of onion routing and crowds. From what i have understood they are very similar in their usage (interchangeable). ...
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How can LPWA get implemented

I have been reading about computer security and at a point it mentioned Lucent Personalized Web Assistant (LPWA). Though I think I understood what it can offer, it doesn't say anywhere how/if a user ...
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What are the pros and cons of a VPN for privacy

Recently I have been getting more and more interested in the security (privacy and anonymity) issues of my online life. Not that I have anything to hide, or that what I do online is so interesting to ...
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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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How do I track an anonymous email sender? [closed]

I'm getting dirty and filthy mails send from past 2 years in my GMail account. I tried to ignore it, but it is getting filthier day by day. I need some advice and help.
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Cryptographic algorithm to anonymise strings in pronounceable fashion?

NB: I originally posted this on SO (link), but then realise Security SE be more suitable, since there's existing questions around Crypto-PAn, which is similar here I have a logfile of database ...
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Is it possible to allow anonymous users to access part of an Azure website which uses Active Directory

I have a website hosted in Azure that uses Active Directory to prevent anyone from accessing it except for a few test users. Now I would like to expose a single page so that anyone can access it. I've ...
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proxychains + dnscrypt + tor

I'm currently working in Kali and I'm trying to boost my security and anonymity online. Please, bear with me for I am no expert yet. Googling and searching here has yielded useful info but not enough ...
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How 'private' is my setup?

I'm currently running QubesOS (so essentially a virtualized Fedora operating system), which I use to access an offshore VPS through I2P (using garliccat). I then route all my traffic through the VPS ...
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Is a prepaid SIM-card with 3G data anonymous?

Say I buy a prepaid sim-card with 3g data and put it in a used 3g modem (dongle) or a used smartphone and then create a Hotspot. How would it technically be traced back to me? The ISP should see a ...
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Is this a security flaw in tor? [duplicate]

I realize this question more belongs on the tor exchange (and i have indeed posted it there) so if you want to vote to close this question I completely understand. But I have noticed that this site it ...
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Online anonymity for a journalist in a dangerous country [closed]

I am a journalist in a corrupt country. I am concerned that my online usage will allow my antagonists to track me down, and it wouldn't end very good. I am aware that I may use TOR and VPNs, and ...
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Theoretical VPN and Tor Encryption Chain

Okay, so I've been looking around at the benefits of using tor to access you vpn and vice versa. Here's what I've come up with: VPN -> Tor Pros: Hides Tor usages from isp Hides your activities ...
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Is a Tor router really safer than a proxy?

If I use a Tor router to browse the regular internet that it has to leave the Tor network through an exit node. Apparently the exit node has all the information from the original user it came from on ...
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Whonix Signature verification failure

I've downloaded Whonix images and I have successfully imported the signing key (https://www.whonix.org/wiki/Whonix_Signing_Key). I have also established trust for the said key and verified that by ...
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Is there a way to give out secure tickets wihout storing them?

I'm building a website on which I want to make it very easy for users to create pages anonymously and later be able to come back and edit those pages. One way to do so is to give out confidential ...
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E-voting: receipt-free, verifiable, and anonymous

Background In response to a system design concept, a question was posed: How do you achieve electronic voting, anonymity, and verifiability at the same time? I was informed that most experts in ...
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Does VPN remote port forwarding compromise the anonymity of the VPN user?

An anonymous VPN service will typically assign the same public IP address to many VPN users. This procedure ensures that a connection cannot be traced back to the VPN subscriber: behind the veil of ...
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Should I use my trusted VPN for all my traffic? [closed]

I use my trusted VPN primarily for the sake of anonymity (to avoid data being collected about my Internet browsing), although I am aware of its security benefit -- traffic encryption. My question, ...
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Securing anonymous website posts

Can a website allow users to securely post anonymously, while still allowing these posts to be edited by the original author at a later time and preventing editing by other users? In this context, ...
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How to publish scanned documents anonymously?

I was thinking of the following question for a long time and did not find a lot of material* in the web and nothing at all on Security.SE. I think its a very interesting question as it covers ...
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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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What Steps Does An Anonymous Artist Need To Take to Retain Anonymity? [closed]

I read these questions which had great information: How can I keep my identity anonymous as a website owner/administrator? and How much can I trust Tor?, however I wonder if this is too extreme for my ...
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Is there any benefit to login to a website as anonymously as possible, if you've already been there from an identifiable IP address?

Here's a basic example of the situation I am in: 1.Friend downloads full-length, new release movie on shady internet site (felony). 2.Uploads it to a randomly created, cloud hosting service account ...
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Anonymity against web analytics and site operators [closed]

My question is not about people who are proficient in hacking. I am wondering about websites run by acquaintances or friends of friends, who can use website analytics services provided by the website ...
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Disposable mail for anonymity

Initially asked in bitcoin, I wanted to know how is it supposed to be used for anonymity. I mean that I need to register wallets and buy bitcoins. For anonimity, guitedlines recommend to use ...
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How do I allow for anonymous encryption? [closed]

I have a protocol I am designing that requires anonymity and privacy. My idea is to have a minimum number of hops in the network before the message can be sent to its intended destination. The ...
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Two VPNs — full anonymity?

Lets assume the following set-up: VPN A in e.g. Russia VPN B in e.g. Israel Both registered through a one-time email and payed via Bitcoin A brand-new notebook with a virtual machine VPN A is ...
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Establishing a Reputable Pseudonym with PGP Key

This has become a bit of a thought experiment for me. Suppose someone would like to establish a pseudonym along with a corresponding PGP Key, how could other people verify the correspondence between ...
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Anonymity on Facebook - how do they suggest people I should know?

I want to know how Facebook discovers the people who you know in real life or who know you. I tried the following to see if Facebook can still discover my acquaintances in real life and suggest them ...
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Is chaining multiple VPNs a good way to reach anonymity on the internet?

I would like to chain a couple, say 6 or 7, VPNs together to create a sort of "super" encrypted lane on the internet. I'm not too concerned about speeds, all I want is privacy and anonymity. I've ...