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Is Google spying on all of us?

I am curious because, I experienced something bizarre recently. About a month ago, someone asked me to find out a price for a T-shirt printing machine, and probably for the first time, I pressed these ...
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Is Google overreaching by forcing me to use TLS?

Gmail was recently changed to require HTTPS for everyone, whether they want to use it or not. While I realize that HTTPS is more secure, what if one doesn't care about security for certain accounts? ...
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How does Google Authenticator work?

Google Authenticator is an alternative to SMS for 2Step verification, installing an app on Android where the codes will be sent. It works without any connectivity; it even works on plane mode. This ...
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Can my IT department read my Google Hangouts chats while at work?

Is Google hangouts encrypted? Would my work's IT guys be able see pictures and text I send while on a work computer? Yes I know I shouldn't be sending stuff I don't want them to see while at work, but ...
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What are some considerations before moving personal data to Google Drive?

I am considering uploading some (all) of my digital personal data to Google Drive. I guess this would instantly grant access for NSA to my data. (Is that right?) Who would have access to my data on ...
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Why does Google cripple the 2FA Google Authenticator PAM module?

If you enable 2FA for Google Apps the shared secret is 160 bits. The google_authenticator PAM module on the other hand seems to use 80 bits for the shared secret. According to RFC 4226: R6 - The ...
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How does Google Maps know where I am, when I'm using a VPN?

How does Google Maps determine my location? I've gotten some understanding of Google Maps' geolocation methods from here: http://friendlybit.com/js/geolocation-and-google-maps/ In the newer ...
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Google Account: implications of using application-specific passwords

In the wake of the recent Mat Honan story I decided to try out two-factor authentication on my Google account. But in order to keep using it with Exchange, the Android OS, Google Talk and Google ...
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Which SSH security is stronger? 2 Factor or Public key

For SSH authentication, which is more secure? 2 Factor Authentication using a USB token/Google Authenticator(time based) OR Public/private key with password Or could they be both used at the same ...
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Can robots.txt for your face be made effective?

As Google Glass slowly starts shipping, I've recently came across an article on stopthecyborgs.org that mirrors my anxieties that Google Glass currently does not feature a robots.txt for my face. It ...
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Does two-factor authentication reduce the need for a long password?

I've recently enabled 2-factor auth on a number of web apps, mostly using Google Authenticator. Does this mean that the importance of a strong password on each site is reduced? I would prefer to use ...
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Encrypting files on Google Drive

It's my understanding files kept on Google Drive are not protected. I would like to have them encrypted so that to be able to view or modify them one must enter a password. I foresee a potential ...
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Encrypting email for gmail

My friend who is an accountant was asking me what the best way to exchange documents with clients. He was trying to tell me that just sending via email was sufficient and I told him he was insane. I ...
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Downsides to using HTTPS [duplicate]

Recently Google has indicated that a HTTPS certificate will be used as a positive signal in it's search rankings. This has caused some discussion within our company as to if we should apply a HTTPS ...
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What is the use of the “secret” displayed when setting up 2 Factor Authentication?

What is the purpose of the "secret" that is displayed when you take the picture of the QR code to set up 2 Factor Authentication on a non-Google site? Why would you need it? If you save it, doesn't ...
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Using google dorks for a specific site?

I need to see if a site I am testing is vulnerable to any of the multiple Google dorks that are available at sites like this and this. Traditionally, one uses a 'dork' by searching "Index ...
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How does Google not care about “spaces” in Application-specific passwords?

I have recently setup "2-step verification" for my Google account. One of the features is the ability to create "Application-specific passwords " for devices that do not support the 2 step process. ...
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Anyone know of security tools utilizing google's prediction API?

http://code.google.com/apis/predict/ From google: What is the Google Prediction API? The Prediction API enables you to make your smart apps even smarter. The API accesses Google's machine ...
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Why does Android mix phone state with phone identity?

The "Phone State" permission on Android is widely requested by many apps. The explanation often given by the developer is that the app needs it in order to determine when you're on the phone, to stop ...
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Can the Gmail password be recovered from the Android Gmail app?

I have an Android device with the Gmail app installed. This app can access the mailbox so there must be some kind of authentication data stored on the device (possibly an application specific ...
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Privacy risk in using Google APIs

If I use JQuery from Google APIs: http://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/jquery/1.10.1/jquery.min.js Is there a privacy risk to my site? E.g. does this link enable Google to read my pages, track my ...
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Is it ethical to use ReCAPTCHA to decode house addresses? [closed]

I noticed recently that ReCAPTCHA is using house numbers and street numbers as images for humans to decode. How ethical is it for Google to do this to this? Does it hamper privacy of an ...
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Does Gmail 2-factor auth increase security on smartphones?

So I have enabled 2-factor authentication on Gmail, which means that if I log in on a new machine, it sends a token to my phone. Now, if I access Gmail from my phone, it seems like I have only one ...
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With Google's new Privacy Policies going into effect soon, how can I better protect myself using their services?

From what I can tell, the gist of the new Privacy Policy from Google is that they're making a blanket policy to allow using your data between all their services, however they see fit. So now one ...
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Will reporting phishing emails cause problems for the victim?

On GMail, I've received a phishing email from someone I know, and the email has been sent to other people the victim knows. One of the emails is claiming to be from their GMail address, while the ...
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Does Google log my activity on service A when logged in to service B or by IP address?

Now that Google's new Privacy Policy will combine data from their various services... Will Google associate me to my activity on one service even if I am not logged in to that service? Did they ...
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Telemedicine on Google+ Hangouts or Skype. Is it encrypted?

Would one be able to have a telemedicine conversation with a patient with google+ hangouts the way one can over a telephone? In other words does the security satisfy the HIPAA regulations that say ...
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How do I protect my Gmail account when accessing it via an Android smartphone?

I have a Gmail account that I also access via an Android smartphone. The mail account could be used to reset passwords for other online accounts, so I want to tighten up the security around this ...
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Why is Google trying to communicate with svchost.exe

First off - I usually target my questions to StackOverflow since they're programming related, and I usually login with my work account - so this will be my first post from this account, as well as my ...
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What are the privacy pros and cons of using a public DNS server vs. your own?

Whether I'm using a normal internet connection setup, or tunnelling it through an anonymizing VPN or through TOR, what information of mine is revealed to whatever DNS server that I choose (e.g. Google ...
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google certificates correct CA [closed]

I view certificates of https://www.google.com.ua/ So I thought, when requesting via cURL, if I point by CURLOPT_CAINFO to those certificates (GeoTrust Global CA and Google Internet Authority G2 in ...
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Does Google record search / source IP [/ user] pairs?

Does Google record search / source IP [/ user] pairs? What if my Search History is off?
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Does Google's SSL encryption for searches thwart NSA spying?

Given everything that is suspected about NSA (and GCHQ, DGSE, etc.) access to user data: Avoiding speculation, can and do we know whether Google's recent action to make all searches use SSL ...
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How does automated query compromise other Google users?

Sometimes when using TOR browser / tor proxy, Google refuses to process the request you issue, especially if it's in a different language (e.g. searching for Arabic word while using German proxy). ...
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Authenticate users through Google using only an OAuth2 access token

I have a question about having users logon to my service using their Google Credentials. I've gone through the Using OAuth 2.0 for Login documentation provided by Google. The documentation mentions ...
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Google Authenticator Error on Reboot

I have set up an SSH server to accept only login using codes generated by Google Authenticator (I have disabled all other forms of authentication on that port). After having rebooted my remote ...
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Should I change password after servicing a tablet?

Recently I had problems with my android tablet. I sent it for repair, and they replaced it because it was not possible to repair it. But, before sending I forgot to disable my accounts. Are people ...
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What should I do if I type my password in the address bar, or type password in google search?

When someone accidentally types his or her password in one of the following three locations and presses enter, what should they do? username text box address bar Google search What do you suggest, ...
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Google App Engine Security

I am writing a master thesis concerning security of certain applications, and as a part of it I want to write a web app on Google App Engine and test how secure it is. Does anyone know if there was ...
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What is chrome.googleechotest.com?

I use chrome (dev channel) on mac osx lion and every now and then it tries to access chrome.googleechotest.com on port 80 (EDIT: and other ports!). Anybody knows what is the deal with ...
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Amavisd-New and Google safe browsing

I am studying the Google Safe Browsing. How do I know that it is possible to intercept a content of an email via amavis, I wonder if I can, for each url found, consult the Google safe browsing? Do ...
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Is Chrome giving out information about me?

I'm stepping up my privacy online and have recently switched to Google Chrome, which may be a huge step backwards. Chrome pesters the user to sign in with their Gmail account. When I first created my ...
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Application communication monitoring

I am seeking a way to monitor communication between Android applications in order to detect their suspicious behaviour but I am not sure where to start the development process from. As far I have ...
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How does “Google password monitoring” work?

Google Apps has a feature to monitor users' password strength and notify administrator about it. Google help says: View the length of each user's password along with a graph showing its relative ...
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3000 new contacts being added to gmail after receiving an email

Recently I realized that there are three thousand contacts with same name and email address in my Google contacts. The name belongs to an email that I have recently received and responded to, nothing ...
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A Google owned IP address accessed my outlook account [closed]

Today I got a warning from Microsoft saying that there was unusual activity on my account. Diving deeper I saw that there was a successful sign in from a Google owned IP address (according to ARIN). ...
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Is it safe to sign in to Google with password from desktop app like BlueStacks? [closed]

BlueStacks is an android simulator for desktop. After installation it will ask you to login with your Google account to download and install android app from play-store. My question is "Is it safe to ...
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Where to keep key file used as composite key for Keepass 2

I used to use a master password and "Windows User Account" to get into my password datasbase with Keepass 2. Then I realized the "Windows User Account" option is garbage because if you ever want to ...
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How strong are google's Application-specific passwords? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Google Account: implications of using application-specific passwords In 2-step verification of google accounts, we need to use the Application-specific passwords ...
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If a hacker were to compromise a GMail database

Assuming the systems that store the Gmail database is compromised what is preventing them from reading everyone's emails by looking at the data in the database? I assume nothing, and in order for ...