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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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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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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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Why is Google still using a sha1 certificate on its own site when they are phasing them out in Chrome?

Firefox dev tools shows that https://www.google.com is using a certificate signed with SHA1. Why is Google doing this when they are phasing out the certificate themselves? Shouldn't this only hurt ...
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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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What are the dangers of allowing “less secure apps” to access my Google account?

According to https://support.google.com/accounts/answer/6010255: Google may block sign in attempts from some apps or devices that do not use modern security standards. Since these apps and devices ...
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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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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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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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Attackers of Google DNS hijacking

As we know Google DNS server (8.8.8.8) in 14th and 15th March was hijacked in Sao Paulo. And subsequent to this event, BGPmon.org announced an alert. Now, In a course assignment, we are asked to ...
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Why will Google no longer allow me to end or begin passwords with a space? [closed]

Why won't Google allow me to use a password ending in a space anymore? Backstory: I have memorized a cipher that allows me to generate a different and very strong password across many different ...
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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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Fell for phishing scam. Is my gmail account with 2-step verification vulnerable?

I can't believe it happened to me but I entered Gmail account's user-name and password into a website as part of a phishing scam. I use Gmail's 2-step verification and have changed my password. Is ...
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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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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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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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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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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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How does Google detect new devices for two factor authentication

When you enable two step verification for google accounts, you get sent a code by SMS to enter in addition to your username and password the first time you log in with a new device. How do they ...
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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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How to prove my Gmail has been hacked?

I believed that someone had hacked my Gmail because they were using information contained within my emails in an attempt to try to convince me that they were psychic. I told them that I didn't believe ...
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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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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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where did they get my Gmail address?

I pointed my browser at the website of a web developer I barely know, and the page returned was his home page, with the message "Welcome myname@gmail.com!" Whoa. Where did it get my Gmail address? ...
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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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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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How to fix a repeatedly hacked gmail account (where 2FA is enabled and passwords are changed)?

A friend of mine came to me for help with this issues. Her Gmail account has been hacked and keeps sending out spam emails to her contacts. This is happening to her on a monthly basis. Each time it ...
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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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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 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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Is google saving clear text passwords? [closed]

On your GMail account you have the option to add other POP3 accounts to automatically fetch mail from them; Google Mail Fetcher. When enabled you have to specify your username and password, and the ...
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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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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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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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Google blocks 100000..100000 [closed]

It's a simple question, if you search this string exactly 100000..100000 on Google, you get blocked. That doesn't happen with other search engines which makes me wonder if anybody knows why this ...
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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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Protected excel sheet is unprotected without permission in google spreadsheet [closed]

I created an Excel spreadsheet using Microsoft Excel 2013 with password protected cells (only particular cells. Other cells can be edited). When I open this spreadsheet in Google spreadsheet, I am ...
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Is my Google session safe when my computer is logged out or locked?

I've recently uploaded all the family photos to my Google Drive account. I have a strong password and 2 step verification enabled on my Google account. My home computer is (naturally) trusted and ...
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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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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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Google Account Compromised - Possible Investigation?

This morning, I've not been able to login to my Google Account. Google says, my account has been compromised and I had to walk through account credentials recovery and verify (SMS to verify phone ...