Identity is the property of an object which allows it to be uniquely specified.

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Find out the identity of the person that called you

I once heard that if a number that you don't know called you, you can access a website (that I don't remember now) that will call the number and make a recording of what the person said and send it to ...
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How can I uniquely identify an user when cookies are not an option?

In web application development, how can I uniquely identify an user when cookies are not an option and IPs are dynamic? Are the patterns which I can combine and then created a hash to be used as a ...
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Why do some companies ask last 4 digits of my SSN or a scan of my ID? What are my risks?

Yesterday I found out that some major service provider (online rentals) that I use now requires proof of my identity if I want to continue and make a booking. I was offered 2 options: 1) Enter last ...
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How to steganograph ownership information into members uploaded images?

Considering a social website where members upload images which at times can be very similar - is there a way that images can be 'branded' steganographically with (salted+encrypted) text that ...
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Nation-state digital signatures - how is my public key linked to an identity? [duplicate]

A bitcoiner trying to understand the nation-states. When I use my eID (I'm swedish and I have 'BankID'), and I sign something with my private key that's in the 'eID-file' that I've got on my laptop, ...
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Do any nation-states provide an API for its citizens to verify their legal identity online? [closed]

An official nation-state institution, like the Swedish Skatteverk, could easily let their citizens verify themselves online. O-auth tokens could be created by the nation-state institution, generated ...
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Electronic identity and digital signatures - why they are different?

It seems (to me at least) that is is generally accepted that "electronic identity" and "digital signatures" are a different thing. For example, in the Estonian ID card there are two certificates - one ...
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Does the modulus of a TLS certificate uniquely identify the client?

I'm working on a project using a trusted-peer setup. I want a way to uniquely identify each actor in the system, ideally across certificate re-issues as well. In my understanding, the modulus of a ...
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Email confirmation techniques in major sites

The way I understood traditionally for email confirmations to work is the user registers to the site with their email and then to login they must verify their email. If they have not verified ...
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VPN multiple IP users anonymity

During a support conversation with my VPN provider, I asked specifically: "is it impossible to filter out a single VPN user since your IPs are in use by many?". The answer was yes, it is impossible. ...
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Identicon for SSL certificate

I have a few self-signed certificates that I use, and I find it tedious comparing the entire hex value of the hash when accepting it in a new location. To be honest I usually just look at the first ...
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Deal with number changes in a phone number based authentication/login system

Twitter Digits (https://get.fabric.io/digits) provides an authentication/login system based on phone numbers for mobile apps, and several other mobile apps (e.g. Square Cash, ...
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Sharing sensitive information across servers on visits from the same browser

I have this scenario: Webserver domain A. Generates sensitive information when a request from a browser is received but this information is not disclosed to the browser. Webserver domain B. ...
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Why do websites ask for the last four digits of your social security number?

Quite a few websites, Coinbase and Stripe most notably, ask for the last four digits of your social security number to 'verify your identity'. Assuming these websites are not trying to fraud you, how ...
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Is there a reason why IMEI is stored in EEPROM?

I've heard that IMEI numbers are stored on an EEPROM, essentially letting them be erased and rewritten. Thieves misuse it to make stolen phones untraceable. Is there a reason why manufacturers don't ...
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How good is confidentiality with physical mail forwarding companies? [closed]

I want to use a mail forwarding company that can receive mail for me and forward it to another address. I found many places that do this, but I am worried that eventually my stalker would find out ...
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Is there any College, State or Government ID that transmits a offline verifiably encryptable data blob?

I'm looking for any way to digitally verify a user, ideally with a photo and link PII to that user. My use case is that a user will extract and send an encrypted data blob (say from a passport) to my ...
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Drawbacks of using ADFS for SSO for external users

Is there any drawback for creating a separate AD forest for external users of organization to authenticate them to access some web applications? Is there any performance and synchronization issues ...
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Generating token for email validation and registration security

My boss gave me a list of 8K users in csv format and asking me to create accounts for them. The list have users with gmail, hotmail, and organization email addresses. I am using MVC 5 and ASP.NET ...
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SAML Assertion to Windows Identity (Kerberos token?) transformation

This is the scenario I need to cover: A WebService that trusts on an IdP using Ws-Trust or any thing like that, receives a SAML token to authenticate the user, and we need to call some SQL Server or ...
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Gmail disclosing your account name to recipients? [closed]

My Gmail setting has forever been set to send emails with just my Gmail address as the identifier, so it should not send out my account name (first or last name)... or so I thought! Recently I got a ...
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What are proper security precautions when enabling multiple connected social accounts or login/authorization methods?

It is popular today for frameworks and social sites to enable multiple authorization options when creating websites. For example, allowing a user to login with GitHub, Twitter, Facebook, etc. In ...
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How does WebID fit in the SAML picture?

How does WebID fit in the SAML picture? Are they related or completely unrelated? Can they work together? If yes, what are the benefits?
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Can we have https without certificates?

I apologize in advance if I am fundamentally misunderstanding something, but is it possible to have encrypted communication protocols (https, I suppose) without resorting to a certificate system? ...
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User IDs containing URIs

When adding a User ID to your OpenPGP key, you are typically asked (for example by GnuPG) to provide a name, a comment, and an email address (where each part is optional). This format (Name (Comment) ...
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Why do I need to hide my phone's IMEI

If it is a secret then why is it visible on the box, invoice and the back of the phone? If it is not a secret then why does it have to be blurred when it gets posted online?
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Is there a term for Authorizing before Authenticating? Is it even common?

In most scenarios a person identifies who they are (authentication/AuthN) via something like a username and password. Afterwards a system would likely evaluate what that validated identity can perform ...
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Person has no persona on the internet yet runs a business [closed]

Original Question: There is this older person (60+yrs) who is runs a business with internet presence yet when I do am internet search on him nothing pops up, not even photos!! How do I find out if he ...
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Lock a website login to a certain computer

I've got a web based system where a specific site only shall be available on a certain computer. On that computer I have a desktop application. The desktop application and the website communicate ...
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What is the name for “imperfect” verification options?

Let's say users log into a system using a voice-print. Software can read the input from the microphone, compare it to the stored sample, and tell the user "There is a 97.5% similarity to the ...
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Having a consistent “dont reveal email addresses of members” policy [duplicate]

Developers are dogmatic on having "invalid username or password" on login screens; our applications should not reveal if somebody is a member given an email address. But there are two other ways our ...
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Ensuring an HTTP request is coming from my program

Is there a way to ensure that an HTTP request to my REST server is coming from my application? I'm guessing no because whatever I do on the client side, as people have access to that code, they can ...
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Best practices for GPG user ids

What is the best practice for choosing GPG user id(s)? I've read various bits of advice, which sometimes even contradict each other. For instance, I've read that one should not use comments, because ...
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Encrypting using the private key in Identity-Based Cryptography

In normal asymmetric crpyto like RSA, if Alice encrypts something using her private key, Bob can decrypt it using Alice's public key. Is the same possible in Identity-Based Cryptography, where the ...
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How can I verify that an organization is what they say they are online?

I'm creating a website that only allows nonprofits and government organizations (parks, etc) to sign up and post service project listings. The accounts posting the listings must be verified to protect ...
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Appropriate response to 2014 Russian Security Breach (CyberVor)

The report from Hold Security says that 1.2 billion sets of credentials are in the possession of this party. I have a feeling that this report may be a hoax or a partial hoax due to grammatical errors ...
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How to prove flyer was (not) authored by specific person?

Let's say we create a flyer in some desktop publishing software (e.g., InDesign, Illustrator), physically print it and post it somewhere. We don't want inauthentic claims of authorship. Is there a ...
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Recommendation for identity system

I want to develop a system, something like a comment system for a website, that ensures I know who is posting comments. The content that is exchanged is not valuable and does not need to be encrypted, ...
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What are some cards that are vulnerable to RFID theft?

I heard that some credit cards are vulnerable to RFID scanning and thus identity theft. I am concerned about my cards and I would like to learn which cards are vulnerable to such abuse? Are any of ...
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Is 'Bring your own Identity' as the only authentication option a valid practice?

This question is mainly aimed at OpenID Connect, when it is fully realized. I understand the aversion to signing in with a social networking site, but from what I understand about OIDC, its supposed ...
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A manual function for hasing identity?

I hope you won't close the question. Even though there are no computers involved, it is still about information and security, and I think that security experts are the ones who will be able to help ...
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Why do file storage sites have a long unique id for their download links?

I'm creating a file storage site and what I would do is just have the download links format as: https://www.domain.com/[id]/[file name] //id would just be 1, 2, 3 etc. Dropbox and many others have ...
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Passport copy is being used to defraud others - what can I do?

I was an idiot and sent my passport and address to a scam artist I was hoping to rent an apartment from abroad. Luckily, I realized the trickery before sending anything else or any money. ...
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Paypal sent an email addressing me with one of my old passwords as my name

I got this email from service@intl.paypal.com, with the title: Your account has been limited until we hear from you. I think this is a scam / spoof email because I don't see any notification in my ...
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Is there any mail service accepting real id? [closed]

Most webmail services like gmail, facebook, yahoo,.. allow anonymous to create a mail address. If there is a security breach, user may lost important information on that address. They may add phone ...
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Any known protocol for establishing trust between an inherently untrustworthy source and a server without a 3rd party?

Is there any kind of protocol, scheme, or theoretical paper out there that implements or examines the problem of establishing trust between two parties (communicating, listening) where the ...
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Should every SAML identity provider provide a unique public certificate to the service provider?

When accepting public keys from someone setting up an identity provider for access to resources protected by a service provider using SAML 2.0, do you absolutely need to have a unique certificate? Is ...
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Is there a way to prevent software from accessing hardware IDs?

I think this is related to this question, but I would like to know if there's also a way to prevent "third party" applications from seeing hardware IDs (motherboard, hard disks, and others), or giving ...
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Is it safe to recycle unshredded credit card receipts?

Is it safe to recycle unshredded paper credit card receipts? Can identity theft be helped by data disclosed on most vendor's receipts?
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Someone keeps using my email address. What to do?

I have had a GMail ever since it was created, so it's an email address that is easy to remember, but also easy for somebody else to get confused with. Since I'm not going to post my email address ...