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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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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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 do connection relays strengthen anonymity?

We've all heard of the concept of some geek bouncing their internet connection over a number of servers to hide their trail when doing something secretive. I'm curious about why this is done. I know ...
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Is spoofing the origin IP in a TCP header an effective “anonymity” strategy?

I know just enough about TCP to know there's a header which, among other things, contains the origin IP and target IP of that packet, which the internet uses to guide it to its destination and then on ...
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Best practices: Use of a single private key as a person, or multiple to identify self across domains?

Similar to the question here, I'd like to apply the same question to a person. For example, I have implanted a chip in my hand that holds an encrypted private key that serves as my personal unique ...
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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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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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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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Did Google discover my Tor Route? [migrated]

I just noticed something weird when using the Tor Browser to access google.com. My entry node was located in France, and the exit node was located in the Netherlands, as can be seen in the image ...
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TOR and sniffing data

If I'm not mistaken, TOR works opening a random anonymous path between two hosts using others computers that have TOR installed no? Then... everybody can sniff the data of the others no? Just wait ...
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Nmap through proxy

Using the following command: nmap --proxy socks4://*.*.*.*:25074 -sV -O --reason scanme.nmap.org I'm not sure if nmap is really using the proxy specified Had an idea of scanning "localhost" or ...
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How does Tor collect addresses of nodes?

My name is Alice and I would like to send a package to my beloved Bob. In order to avoid getting recognized by Bob I decide to send my message through several nodes. At each step, a node decrypts the ...
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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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How to test my anonymity?

let's assume that I've used proxies and anonymizing tools as much as I want. How to be sure that I'm totally anonymous? I'm not talking only about IP spoofing and identity hiding, but other and ...
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How to get a secure iPhone [closed]

I have a friend overseas in a war zone, and would like to order an iPhone with this security built in. I understand that you do this, but am unclear how to: Get the iPhone to you. How to secure ...
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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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Two-phase anonymization

EDIT: [N.B: I fully replaced the original question which was not a very good statement of the problem (see comments) with a more apt one.] I have records that contain - among other things - the ...
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Possibility for Multi-layer VPN or queries through TOR? [duplicate]

If a user is to fingerprint a server via SQL injection and doesn't want the server to be able to trace back. Is the only way to use a proxy/VPN? Can queries and requests be sent through TOR network? ...
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TOR cracked: How do you think the FBI did it? [closed]

I read in this article that the FBI was able to crack the anonymity of TOR. From what I heard and read , onion routing makes it almost impossible to de-anonymize a user. The last time I heard anyone ...
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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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Tor as a Chrome/Firefox extension Plugin? [migrated]

Browsing habit seems to be one of the big factors on anonymity, and i am wondering if there is possibility that technology wise Tor can be written as a Plugin on top of Mainstream browsers, so the ...
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Setting specific geoIP in piratebrower

I'm using Piratebrowser. In-order to set specific country's IP, I used the line "ExitNodes {in}" Its working. I'm getting Indian IP in dnsleaktest; but my geolocation is getting a Japan ...
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Proxy help on Kali Linux [closed]

I've recently gotten into using tor and I understand that tor only handles tcp. What I was hoping was to route all of my network traffic from my local machine through what I, at the time, thought of ...
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Isolated safe anonymous OS

I wonder about a setup where I can have a primary OS on my Laptop, but keep a second OS that is safe, anonymous, persistent and isolated (for sensivite data that may communicate with the outside ...
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How would two people with burner phones communicate?

According to Edward Snowden in this tweet... Phones used in real-world ops are disposed on a per-action, or per-call basis. Lifetimes of minutes, hours. Not days. Let's imagine for a moment that ...
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Anonymity on a non-anonymous computer [closed]

Question: What steps should be done on a not anonymous PC with personal data to get as anonymous as possible ? Background Info: I use my laptop with Kali Linux for java coding and some C# on ...
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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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Creating secure circuit in first generation Onion Routing

I'm reading paper on first generation Onion Routing from 1996. From paper: "To begin a session between an initiator and a responder, the initiator's proxy identifies a series of routing nodes ...
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Proxy + TOR = anonymous?

I've been doing some research about how to stay anonymous on the net, and I was wondering what if you set up for instance your browser, to run through a proxy and then run through tor? Can I browse ...
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Exposing IP address via img tags

As we all know, many forums allow users to set profile pictures, post images, or put images in signatures. Could a user create an img tag that points to their own site with a link that no one would ...
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How anonymous is this setup?

I've been fiddling around lately about my security as I'd like to stay completely anonymous on the Internet because we all deserve privacy, and I hope this setup will at least make it hard to find out ...
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Can I dis-identify myself if I use VPN on sites?

This is for irc site. but identification mechanism is what I need to know. On IRC (since it's the kinpin of tracking,identifying) if I use a different IP, can I still be identified if someone is ...
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Anonymity while “attacking” a target [closed]

I'm very interested to the security topic, but sometimes I fail in understanding how a hacker would be successful like for example a group that recently claimed they got data from FBI. I wonder ...
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Why hasn't anyone taken over Tor yet?

Tor is known to encrypt the transferred content and the meta information by layering the encryption. I know there have been correlation attacks that deanonymized some users by federal agencies. Why ...
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What is the difference between traffic co-relation attack and timing attack?(with relation to VPN or TOR)

Till what I have understood of timing attack is that I send 5Mb request and my VPN also sends a 5Mb request(the adversary present at both the ends i.e my ISP and VPN's end,hence the adversary finding ...
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FireFox inadvertedly increasing security?

With the known advent of Flash-based cookies and recently something called super-cookies, security and anonymity has become something more of a luxury rather than the norm and merchants want to ...
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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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Why is Tor safer than a proxy?

If I use a Tor router to browse the regular internet, my traffic must leave the Tor network through an exit node. Apparently the exit node can see the data originally sent. Is this true? If an ...
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Can my ISP see what sites I visit if I use a private DNS provider?

In order to browse anonymously, I use SOCKS proxies, flush cookies and cache, and pay for a private DNS service. Sometimes, I need to browse without using all of those, but I keep my private DNS ...
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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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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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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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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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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 ...