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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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 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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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 ...
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Is there any other way to trace a computer besides its IP? [closed]

I play on this game thing - it isn't important but it is a roleplay game. I am roleplaying a criminal - a smart one. Now the fake FBI in the roleplaying game sent me a message. They have made the IP ...
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Can anonymizing techniques make you less anonymous?

There's a recent report in the news of a Harvard student who emailed in a bomb threat so as to postpone year-end exams. According to the report, he carefully covered his tracks using the best ...
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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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How to stay anonymous in public wireless network?

If we are accessing a public wifi network, does changing mac address at certain intervals of time keep us anonymous forever? Is there anything other than mac address to identify a user in an AP?
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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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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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Decentralized online shopping service [closed]

Would it be possible to create an online shopping service like Amazon (or Silk Road) but also to make it decentralized so there would no main server users would have to trust with their data? I ...
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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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Anonymity on the Web 101 [duplicate]

nice to meet you all! I'm newbie on this stack. Sorry if I did anything idiot :) Well, I'm very curious about browsing on the web completly anonymous. I would like to hide the websites, e-mails, ...
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What order is best for nesting VPNs?

if anyone is available to give me advice on a VPN situation I'd appreciate it. So the story is, I have one Swedish VPN which I trust not to log, and which I've connected to with my real IP, and I've ...
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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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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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Torception: An onion within an onion

With the recent takedown of silkroad, I am pondering on how anonymous you actually can be on the Tor Network. Other more legal or moral uses such as anonymity as a right, or avoiding censorship. These ...
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Hide a machine on LAN [closed]

Is there any way to hide a computer on LAN? For example maybe with a firewall, when someone is going to ping a machine, it won't answer. In other words the machine must answer to router only. I am ...
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Is it possible to find who posted comment on my blogspot anonymously?

Problem Behind question : I own an blogspot site and people used to come and comment on my posts. In recent days I can see a spammer who comments anonymously on my every blog-posts. The comments were ...
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Are there any obvious flaws in this anonymous-receiver communication method using Twitter?

There might be flaws in the following method for anonymous signal reception that I'm not seeing: Alice doesn't know who Bob is. Bob wants to Alice to notify Bob of a particular outcome without ...
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Is it possible to respect a user's privacy while collecting phone MAC addresses?

In London, there are trash bins that track a phone's MAC address and monitor the users movement from one location to another. I want to see if there is any best practice for collecting private ...
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What is the best practice: separate ssh-key per host and user VS one ssh-key for all hosts?

Is it better to create a separate ssh-key for each host and user or just using the id_rsa key for all host to authenticate? Could one id_rsa be a malpractice for the privacy/anonymity policies? ...
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How to expose a client's real IP address?

As a forum administrator, how can I find a client's real IP address? Are there any third party tools or weakness that expose the real IP address?
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stay anonymous in wireless network even if you are part of it

Even though router knows you are always there, what are some other things we can do rather than changing MAC address Ok the thing is there is wireless access point(router) and a user(owner of router) ...
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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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How can you be caught using Private VPN when there's no logs about who you are?

I know there are 2 services of VPN (free and paid). Normally, free VPNs need money from somewhere and sometimes they can sell your information to any agency that needs it. Now, if we are talking about ...
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How to download data anonymously? [duplicate]

How to download data anonymously, were to store the data. I was reading a post on a forum and a guy was asking how do you download data anonymously and he asked how do hackers do it ,everybody started ...
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Detecting Tor proxy by reading request headers

I am a newbie to the field of security. As I was trying to explore more about HTTP request and response headers, I came across this website which provides a detailed analysis of the request header ...