Data-leakage is the uncontrolled, unauthorized transmission of classified information from a data centre or computer system to the outside. Such leakage can be accomplished by physical removal of data storage devices (diskettes, tapes, listings, printouts and photographs of screen copies or ...

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How can I reliably erase all information on a hard drive?

As storage technologies change over time, using different encodings and remappings to deal with sector errors, the best way to permanently erase/wipe/shred data changes also. Methods for flash drives ...
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Why is writing zeros (or random data) over a hard drive multiple times better than just doing it once?

Lots of different programs, such as Darik's Boot and Nuke, let you write over a hard drive multiple times under the guise of it being more secure than just doing it once. Why?
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How do you destroy an old hard drive?

How do you destroy an old hard drive? To be clear, unlike questions Secure hard drive disposal: How to erase confidential information and How can I reliably erase all information on a hard drive? I do ...
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Could mint.com be more secure, and if so, how?

After reading a bit about mint.com on the money stack exchange, I wanted to give it a try. But frankly, it scares me a little bit. The site has a bunch of links explaining how they're so secure. I ...
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Recover the prior contents of RAM from a turned-off PC?

I've heard that if your PC is turned off, then an attacker can recover the RAM from the last session. I find this hard to believe. How could it be done?
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Is clipboard secure?

Can a browser get the data on my clipboard? Data could be for example my temporary password? Any browser or operating system that allows this?
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How can I prevent private data from being disclosed outside of my organization?

I'm not looking to secure my internal network. Our company keeps sensitive customer information. How can I prevent this information from spreading outside of the company? How do big companies ...
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Securely erase personal data from android phone before selling

I have just sold online my old Nexus 5 (Android Lolipop) and need to post it tomorrow morning. I would like to make sure the new owner can't access my files. What should I do?
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Preventing information disclosure from browser back button/history?

I have sensitive data that will be hosted on a website, and I would like to prevent the data from being exposed in this scenario: The primary user logs off the application, but does not close the ...
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Is it possible to prevent unauthorized copying or recording of data by photographing screens?

I am thinking on a way which would prevent unauthorized copying or recording of data by photographing screens. I also think, if the content of a screen is understable for an eye of a living human, it ...
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Best method of retiring hard drives [duplicate]

What are some typical ways you guys retire hard drives? We have a hard drive that won't mount anymore (makes clicking sounds when it tries to mount). The data on it isn't necessarily sensitive (no ...
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Are powerline ethernet adapters inherently secure?

I have 2 Zyxel PLA407 powerline adapters. Router is downstairs connected to one adapter, other adapter is upstairs about 30 feet away connected to a desktop. I have a house, not an apartment or ...
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Wordpress Brute Force Attacker knows real admin Username -

I've noticed a brute force attempt on several different Wordpress installs that know the right admin user name for those respective sites... It seems very strange that the hacker would be able to ...
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Secure wiping of EEPROM and flash memory

Older magnetic storage exhibited some data remanence, so a recommendation emerged to wipe data by overwriting it multiple times with varying patterns — the “Gutmann wipe”. More recent hard disk ...
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Is it a good practice to show 403 unauthorized access error to user?

Whenever we see a 403 forbidden access error page we think we have got to a place where some secret or private data is present. Now at this point bad guys know that this might be of interest and start ...
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Swap file may contain sensitive data

Is it possible that the swap file will contain chunks of data by a file you have accessed, and could this be detected during a forensics analysis? How could you prevent this situation ? Is using ...
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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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Ways to protect source code from theft [duplicate]

I just want to know better ways to protect source code from theft on Windows by Removable Devices like CD,Pendrive. Here is what I know: Windows Disk Encryption: Pretty nice to protect from offline ...
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Why don't banks get hacked?

From reading a lot of info on this website I came to the conclusion that if someone with enough skill really badly wants to gain access somewhere, then there is absolutely nothing stopping them from ...
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The Creation of Secure Software Development Environments

[Edit] I did complete an analysis and framework of concepts that were included into my thesis for extensions to existing frameworks. All of the information in this thread was useful. The direct link ...
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Is there a secure way to transfer data outside the Internet?

Since, recently, it has been proven that transferring data through the usb port is fundamentally flawed, I'm wondering if there are 100% secure ways to transfer data without using the Internet. ...
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How to securely, physically destroy a hard drive at home?

Hard drive in question has sensitive unencrypted data but has failed and no longer responds so can't be wiped. I'd like to physically destroy the said hard drive (3-1/2" desktop, spinning platter ...
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Can you recover original data from a screenshot that has been 'blacked out'?

Is there a threat from screenshots with blacked out info? That is can someone take out that after market addition so to speak? For instance I take a screen shot (using MS snipper) Then I 'blur/...
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Is it feasible to encrypt customers personal data? (name, address etc…)

Seeing the Sony Personal data kerfuffle unfold has gotten me thinking about the encryption and securing of personal data - obviously credit cards can (and should) be encrypted, making data breaches of ...
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How would you detect whether customer data has been leaked?

I'm a very security conscious (bordering paranoia) freelance web developer and I place a lot of emphasis on security with my clients, alas I've found this doesn't seem to be the case for the average ...
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How to destroy old credit card?

What is the best (in terms of security) way to destroy old (but still working) credit card?
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Data remanence on mobile devices

The methods in which data should be deleted is strictly enforced by the DoD as well as others security sensitive organizations. However, there are complications with deleting data on an SSD. Given ...
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How bad is the leaking of Internal IP addresses through external DNS

If an external DNS server is leaking internal IP addresses are there any significant security threats associated with this information leakage? Apart from most the obvious - gaining an understanding ...
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How can I secure my log files?

I have a cool tool that displays my syslog and kernellog on my mac's desktop. This has me concerned about what is written in them - I'm staring to feel like they are creating a hole in my privacy. I ...
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Does reboot clear RAM?

How can I ensure that the whole RAM was zeroed-out? Does a reboot (Power On Self Test) clear whole memory before system is booted? Or does a Linux kernel zero memory before proceeding? I am familiar ...
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Data Retention Laws for ISPs in North America

I was reading an article on TorrentFreak where Private Internet Access claims the United States "is one of the only countries without a mandatory data retention law." According to the linked article ...
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Trying to get rid of hackers who have access to all my devices [closed]

What is the best way to go about getting rid of hackers that have gained access to all my personal computers, (both old and recently purchased) phones, and even random computers I use to simply get ...
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Data loss protection in software artifacts

Data loss protection is a major concern to every industry. The software engineering process involves multiple points for potential data loss, as a number of parties are involved other than the client ...
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Is running an erase tool after an OS install sufficient to ensure no data from the old install is recoverable?

How secure do you consider this process? A drive has data from a previous OS installation. A new OS installation is made on the drive, and Heidi Eraser is run on free space. What are the chances ...
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Do I have a IP leak if I use Tor and Skype/UDP?

I configure my OS so that it sends all traffic over the Tor (assume that, I configure Tor like proxy). I use Tor (which does not support UDP) and Skype (which uses UDP). My questions are: Does ...
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Tools for Verifying Secure Deletion [closed]

It is recommended to verify the zeroing-out was done properly when you try to secure delete a HDD. From this post, some drives with firmware bugs prevent secure erase from working properly. What are ...
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How to prevent user from recovering my iPhone data?

If I'm about to sell my iPhone 5, is there a way to make sure that the buyer won't be able to recover anything from my data? Both data that has been recently deleted and data that has been deleted ...
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Twitter.com in private browsing leaks data to normal browser. Other sites as well? Bug or feature?

This is the first time I encountered similar thing. When I log into the Twitter web site in Chrome (namely, the Iron version which is said to be security enhanced, but that does not matter here) in ...
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VCS to manipulate returned trees to prevent leaks? [closed]

I am wondering if there is any system that would change source code trees in subtle from version control systems in ways that are hard to discover (i.e. whitespaces at the ends of lines, perhaps even ...
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Does non-persistent data ever need to be encrypted?

Does non-persistent data ever need to be encrypted? If I had a project with confidential data stored in non-persistent class variables should I be doing anything to protect this data? I am developing ...