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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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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How can I access a site using a VPN, without them knowing that I am using one?

I'd like to register for a website that offers services that aren't available in my location. I signed in using the VPN a few times but then they banned me. Any way around this problem?
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Should I use my trusted VPN for all my traffic?

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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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 ...
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How is it possible for threatmetrix to detect VPN? [duplicate]

Threatmetrix is a fraud prevention SaaS aimed at preventing fraud. Their company website states: ThreatMetrix is also uniquely able to uncover hackers and fraudsters trying to cover their true ...
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Anonymity of prepaid SIM card in phone linked to real identity

I want to use a prepaid SIM card (text and calls only) anonymously. I bought the SIM card offline without providing any address or name. I am now thinking about using a dumbphone I bought from Amazon ...
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How to avoid leaving any local trace that I went to a website?

I want to visit a web site, but I want to ensure there is no trace left on my computer that I did so. How do I do that? This question is not concerned with anonymity or detection on the network ...
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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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Does using DNSSEC in parallel with an anonymisation network decrease your privacy?

When using an anonymous communication network like Tor, to ensure privacy you must route your DNS traffic through the system even if your computer always uses DNSSEC for DNS lookups, would this be ...
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Can I hide information from the device I use to encrypt it?

Assume I have some Information (i.e. my choice during an election) I want my device to encrypt. At the same time i don't want my device to know the meaning of the information it decrypts. Example: ...
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Webmail for both deepnet and clearnet [closed]

I am looking for a free anonymous encrypted webmail I can access from both tor and the clearnet (i.e., no .onion) that is not based in the U.S., Canada, or in any way connected to a U.S. company.(I ...
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What are the best practices for maintaining privacy on a non-jailbroken iOS device?

iOS, like most other mobile OSs, has the potential to leak significant chunks of personal information to 3rd-party apps and to ad and tracking networks used by those apps, which in turn also has the ...
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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 ...