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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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 it possible to retrieve MAC address of a host using Tor?

I know that Tor is used for anonymity while browsing in the Internet. I heard that by using Tor, it is possible to hide my IP. But is it possible to hide my MAC address also?
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Private Tor networks: what are the benefits, and how would it be accomplished?

What are the benefits of someone building a private Tor network? ...One that is disconnected from the well-known network being used on the Internet at-large. My intent is to make Tor more ...
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Anonymity with TOR in wifi connection (student house)

I just moved in a student flat where several students are using the same wifi connection. A few days ago the internet was very slow and a guy (son of the owner) came in to ask if I was downloading. He ...
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Are KIS 2014, Malewarebytes Pro and SpyBot sufficient to prevent internet attacks?

As mentionned in the title, I have KIS 2014, Malewarebyte Pro and Spybot installaed on my windows 7 (regularly updated). I regularly scan my pc for viruses and spywares and clean it with Glary ...
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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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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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What is the ideal anonymous workstation setup? [closed]

My goal is to build a perfect stationary workstation from which I can work anonymously. Most instructions on being anonymous usually involve, at some point, moving around and switching from coffee ...
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Surfing anynomously

For work I often go to China, and there I met some dissidents I would like to help. I need to upload some videos to an ftp server in Europe. I will connect through a public hotspot without ...
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What is known about recent zero day flaw with Tails up to this point in time and is Tails able to keep us anonymous from a global adversary? [closed]

Following is a excerpt from COMPUTERWORLD Yesterday, in talking about the zero-day vulnerability in Tails, Exodus Intelligence wrote: "We publicized the fact that we’ve discovered these ...
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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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“VPN -> Tor: Go to jail” - What's the logic behind this?

The VPN won't see anymore than your ISP already is. So even if the VPN was logging everything you did, shouldn't it just leave you in status quo? How can it ever compromise your identity, that you ...
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How can I avoid Canvas Fingerprinting?

Canvas Fingerprinting has been getting a lot of press these last few days. Here is a study I read on this topic: 1 and 2 What can I do to keep browsing anonymously and avoid this tracking method?
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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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Tor, PGP and Tor Entrance Nodes

Imagine alice posts her public PGP key on her website and bob encrypts a widget with that public key then sends it to alice over Tor. If alice's key is widely and publically available and an attacker ...
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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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Are these precautions sufficient for scam baiting?

I'm a tired of these stupid scammers trying to rip off fellow university students desperate for housing, so as for some free time activity I thought I'd try and do some scam baiting, and send him to ...
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How to run a tor hidden service from home securely?

Another theoretical question about Tor: Imagine I am running a dissident web site as a hidden service. How can I reduce the chances that I get caught? Assume I am running the server from home, over a ...
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How to prevent CAS from leaking user identity to arbitrary visited websites?

Summary evil.example.com could use a hidden frame to request a CAS ticket from corporation.example.net, then validate it to receive the username of the hapless user. This effectively deanonymizes the ...
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Anonymity network like tor, but using the model of torrent

I am thinking about an anonimity network (just as tor), but using some type of guarantee against mis-usage. For example, which torrent does: there is a tracker, which registers who has given how much ...
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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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how can I stop someone from watching my internet history? [duplicate]

I use someone's wifi network. Is there anyway to stop him by getting my browsing information or can I somehow hide my browsing history from him?
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How to respond to Cyber Bullying? [closed]

I am trying to learn about Cyber Bullying and I was thinking that if in future I get bullied, then what I can do? I have learned how to use Maltego, but if someone damages your reputation, then is ...
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How to anonymize contributors while still keeping attribution?

Imagine a CMS with authentication where the author of each article has to be stored in the database. Now I want to make it harder to analyze (by crawling or stealing the database) who has written ...
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How to stay anonymous on WEB? [closed]

I use to watch the status bar of my browser and note that when I visit a site many URLs are loaded like ajax[dot]googleapis or googlesyndicate[dot]com etc. These URLs are not accessible directly by ...
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Is it safe to put the output of 'strace' online?

For debugging purposes, one might be asked to put the output of strace for some process online, i.e. attached to a bug report. Is this safe in general? Under what circumstances is this safe or ...
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Monitoring user use VPN

If there is an employee uses the internet through an internal proxy in his company, and he use a paid VPN service to browse safely, can IT side be able to monitor his behavior?
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Anonymity of Bitcoin

I just asked myself that when you have bitcoin network, which is as we know "pseudo" anonym. Because of the transaction logs of the network (which are afaik endless), it seems that transactions are ...
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Can someone tell if you are using a VPN by your IP address?

I am wondering whether a website you are accessing can tell if you are using a VPN or not based on your IP address? I have done some Google research and it appears, that this is the case. However, I ...
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IMEI or IP being recognised?

Can a website see my IMEI number? I have been banned from a website for multiple accounts, although I always cleared cookies, disconnected and reconnected from "the cloud" which gives me a different ...
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Record IP pseudonymously?

I'd like to be able to ban an IP from my website, but for privacy reasons I would like to not have a record of the IP itself. Hashing the IP would allow for the hash to be brute forced in mere ...
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Security “Threat” with Picture of Yourself?

This is one issue which I have came by in the world of Security, which I can not seamlessly wrap my head around. How is it a threat to one's security by showing them a picture of themselves to people ...
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Which is more secure - a VPN, a proxy-server, Tor, etc.? And why so, exactly? [closed]

I want to know how to ensure the most complete anonymity when browsing the internet and connecting to remote servers: I want to be as anonymous and secret as possible. I don't know exactly how VPNs ...
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Can Heartbleed expose a TOR user's IP address?

It is interesting to observe, that TOR exit nodes with out-of-date OpenSSL implementations can themselves be affected by the Heartbleed bug. Can Heartbleed expose a TOR user's IP address merely by ...
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Secure Internet Polling

In the United States, there has been a lot of talk about creating a secure polling system that would operate over the internet. I have also heard that Securing a poll over the Internet is impossible. ...
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Anonymized Votes

Background Looking to create an anonymous voting system. The system must track whether or not a user voted on an item (public information), but only that user is ever allowed to know whether they ...
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Is there a way to prevent software from accessing hardware IDs?

I think this is related to this question, but I would like to know if there's also a way to prevent "third party" applications from seeing hardware IDs (motherboard, hard disks, and others), or giving ...
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Deanonymizing users by introducing structured delays to the network?

Here is a scheme for deanonymizing a user that I've been thinking about, just out of curiosity. I tried searching for it but didn't find much. Does this technique have a name? Are there any papers or ...
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How to be completely anonymous online?

I recently saw this post on reddit: http://www.slashgeek.net/2012/06/15/how-to-be-completely-anonymous-online/ But the majority argument, both on reddit and on comments on that post seems to be that ...
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Alternative to security questions for account recovery when email isn't an option

I'm working on a project whereby a certain level of anonymity is required for users. One of stipulations is that no email is used at all, as it makes the barrier to entry too high for people who want ...
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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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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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What are the strengths and weaknesses of using a single 'burner' computer vs. many public access computers over a sustained period? [closed]

Assuming that the user is accessing/publishing related sensitive information over this period, and also assuming that they would take additional precautions in both scenarios, such as a Tails live ...
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Store which parts of an IP address, for user to remain anonymous?

I'm thinking about building a very anonymous forum, where people can comment and upvote each other's comments anonymously. People are supposed to remain anonymous even if the forum's database contents ...
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Tor traffic correlation attacks by global adversaries

I recently came across a paper called "Users Get Routed: Traffic Correlation on Tor by Realistic Adversaries" (Aaron Johnson et al) ... which seems to be saying that adversaries (like the NSA) that ...
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Way for two parties to establish that they are not previously known to each other

(Sorry if this isn't in the right SE / is not relevant for security.stackexchange - seemed like the best choice) Is there a way for two anonymous parties to establish that they are not previously ...
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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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Can authentication in social networks through VPN defeat the purpose of the latter?

If a person uses VPN and authenticates herself to some social network through the VPN, doesn't she lose her anonymity for as long as the VPN session is used ? By losing her anonymity, I mean that her ...
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Anonymous website

I want to publish some information in my country that is in the public domain that is in a hard to read format. What are some reasonable steps I could take to help ensure I am not identified or make ...
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Is the concept of Authenticated Anonymity possible?

Or is authentication essentially incompatible with anonymity? If we have the idea that authentication is proving that someone is who they say they are and anonymity is essentially having an unknown ...