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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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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Retrieve anonymous credentials

Background A registration process to acquire an anonymous, verified account goes like this: Registrant provides proof of individuality to a Registrar. Registrar verifies proof, ensures no prior ...
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Using anonymous email as official email

Assuming I have created an email in hushmail through of tor, and if I use it as my official email in a site such as Github. Will it throw my anonymity away as I use github from a regular browser?
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Is an SSL/TLS HTTPS certificate 'fingerprinting' attack possible?

If you download a friend's site's unique HTTPS root certificate (independent of default browser-shipped ones), or you simply make a 'permanent exception' to an obscure self-signed cert, in Firefox, I ...
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What level of anonymity can I expect while using a library's user session?

At the library, computer are typically open for internet browsing, if you can provide them your library card number. To what extend can I expect to protect my internet browsing privacy from ...
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How does Tor guarantee anonymity of Tor network?

To me it seems that the only thing Tor is doing for anonymity (not security!) is the fact that it does not record the traffic in and out, because obviously if every router was recording the traffic ...
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What makes twitter different than other sites regarding users anonymity [closed]

Why do we hear everyday about people getting prosecuted because of comments they made on twitter but not on Facebook or reddit? I know very little about social media but it's not that difficult to ...
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Is there any way of preventing (or punishing) abuse of anonymity networks? [closed]

Anonymity services/networks like Tor, VPNs that don't log etc., seem like very double edged swords. Is there any way to prevent people with bad intentions (like breaking the law) from using them or ...
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Uploading file with VPN…can they see my real ip?

If I'm connected to a VPN, and I upload a file to a website from my computer via a system similar to this Can they tell that I have uploaded it from my real IP or will they see my VPN IP? Thank you ...
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How to make database of IP addresses anonymous?

I have to perform ip address connection stats anonymously because the data posses security risk, so how do I do it? Is it just like this, that the ip numbers and networks are replaced by random ...
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ISPs are now adding unique header identifiers to web traffic. Can this be avoided? If so, how?

I'm a security-conscious Verizon user, and it has recently come to light that Verizon is now serving up my web traffic to ad partners while en route. I understand that once my data has left the ...
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Is it possible for a third party to sniff data off the line to an ISP and determine what the user is doing?

Can somebody hack the line between my router and service provider and monitor what I'm doing online and what sites I'm visiting?
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How to detect/block i2p traffic? [closed]

From Wikipedia: The Invisible Internet Project (I2P) is a computer network layer that allows applications to send messages to each other pseudonymously and securely. How can I detect/ block ...
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How can I create a unique identifier that can not easily be reversed?

I've been working on the design of a longitudinal study and one requirement is: all participants will have a unique identifier that is not reversible from the data storage/analyst side of the study ...
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Is an anonymity network like Tor viable on top of the GPG web of trust?

The web of trust is a graph where the vertices are GPG users (actually, their keys) and the edges are cross-signatures. If we put issues of owner trust aside and assume that all participants only sign ...
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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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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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Advanced techniques for detecting a proxy/getting original IP

In what manner can a website detect my original IP address, even though I'm using a proxy server? I've noticed this with a few sites. There are four proxy methods I've used: Firefox with a proxy ...
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Tor versus direct monitoring

I know if I use Tor and maybe made a tweet, it gives the government a really tough time tracing the originator. But what if like a police car was directly outside my home for instance. Is it still ...
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how does a site know it is me even after changing ip address and clearing cookie?

There is this one website that won't let me connect from my PCs connected to the same router. I tried turning off the router, wait 15 minutes, restart it to make sure it gets a different ip address ...
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Is there a secure PGP signed blogging service [closed]

i have a question that was hard to google, so excuse me for asking it here. Suppesed Alice wants to run a Blog securely. She wants to blog about something she is interested in, but she does not want ...
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Can BitTorrent clients be fingerprinted?

As https://panopticlick.eff.org/ demonstrates, web browsers are very prone to fingerprinting, both active and passive (often you can fingerprint a web browser by simply monitoring the wire). My ...
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Standard for Determining the Anonymity Level of a Proxy

Is there a standard for determining the anonymity level of a proxy? After reading various articles, I have come to the conclusion that you determine the anonymity level by analyzing the headers but I ...
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Possibility of Correlating Certain User Groups in low-latency Networks

Lets first assume some things: There exists an Adversary There exists a known Group of Users of a certain System. The User can communicate to the System through a small set of (to user and ...
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How do I release a self made program without it being tracked back to me?

For clarification, I am looking for the best way to release this program anonymously, not how to remain anonymous and such in general life (that is a different -already answered- question). I've ...
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How does “check.torproject.org.” know if you're using TOR?

I'm looking at the results from the following URL and would like to know how does the TOR website "know" that TOR is being used or not. ...
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Make online payments anonymously? [closed]

Is there a service/company which allows you to make anonymous payments online ? This is how i want the service to work - Just like a credit/debit card. When you make the payment online, instead of ...
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How can someone go off-web, and anonymise themselves after a life online?

With data mining tools like Maltego and other correlation tools for large data sets, if we conduct any transactions online assume that these can all be collated to build a good picture of what we do, ...
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Why is it difficult to catch “Anonymous” or “Lulzsec” (groups)?

I'm not security literate, and if I was, I probably wouldn't be asking this question. As a regular tech news follower, I'm really surprised by the outrage of Anonymous (hacker group), but as a ...
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Is a VPN anonymous enough or do I also need to use TOR?

Is an anonymous VPN (like frootvpn) all I need to remain anonymous online or do I also need to use TOR or take other measures?
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What do the various browser “private modes” do?

Recently there has been some disagreement as to what "private mode" means when it comes to various browsers. Primarily I am referring to... IE's "InPrivate Browsing" Google Chrome's "Incognito ...
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Relationship between Anonymity and Untraceability

Anonymity means that nobody knows your real identity (on the Internet). Untraceability means that nobody is able to trace back your actions to you. It appears to me that Anonymity and Untraceability ...
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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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is it secure to use proxychains+tor while logged in as root

when using proxychains+tor in kali,you should be logged in as root because proxychanis doesnt work when you are not logged in as root but using tor while logged in as root is not secure so what is ...
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Where are the anonymous/private domain validation SSL certs?

I have yet to find a CA that doesn't require personal information for DV certificates. Is this because all of the major browsers and operating systems have a policy to reject CAs that don't require ...
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Could someone compare basic anonymity vs basic computer hacker anonymity? [duplicate]

So, let's say one just doesn't want the government/corporations to know what they are doing online. Let's say, for example, that they just don't trust the NSA, FBI, Google, etc. So what are the steps ...
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Do you really have to go to the extremes this guide says? [duplicate]

http://lifehacker.com/how-can-i-stay-anonymous-with-tor-1498876762 Alright, so here's a lifehacker guide on how to remain anonymous. Do you really have to go to this high level of extreme to remain ...
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How can Tor be considered a standard tool for achieving anonimity, given that it is created by the government? [duplicate]

Tor network is considered to be a main tool for achieving network anonymity. But it is of common knowledge, that Tor was created by programmers in US Navy. Yet the main "spy" on the net is considered ...
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How can I be as anonymous as possible while on Tor? [duplicate]

I've started browsing the deep web recently and have seen a lot of illegal content. Now while I have no interest in any of the illegal content, I don't want to be caught on one of these sights because ...
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Anonymity through Tor over VPN [closed]

I want to do some research on network anonymity. Assume that I am careful enough not to disclose any personal information while connected to an anonymous network. If I run a system that uses TOR ...
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Why does Tor use a new route every few minutes

As far as I know, Tor selects three new nodes every few minutes. What is the advantage of this? The only thing I came up with was to prevent "Bad exit nodes" from viewing too much of your (hopefully ...
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Deniable discussions online [closed]

Consider this scenario: Alice is a typical corporate shark. She wants to get ahead in her organisation. Alice has a sensitive information security scenario, she needs expert consultation but she ...
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How to suspend a user from my website and prevent them from creating a second account?

I am an outsourcing person, not a programmer. My website is a shopping website (think eBay). My website will need a user suspension feature, in case a user violates the terms and conditions. The ...
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Possible ways to track down anonymous mail senders?

In my previous post here How can I send emails anonymously? the community framed and guided how we can send an anonymous emails through various ways which makes me thought about the following things ...
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How to mask my IP using a proxy server? [duplicate]

I heard that it is possible to use a proxy server to mask my true IP address and surf anonymously online. Also I have a list of valid Proxy IPs and corresponding ports. How can I use them to get ...
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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 ...