The attribute of a system that prevents the release of data to unauthorized individuals. The ability or expectation of an individual or group to reveal information about themselves selectively or not at all

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What are the privacy and security implications of Windows Telemetry

There have been quite a few news stories relating to the use of "Telemetry" in Windows 10 (and also now Windows 7/8) with suggestions that users would want to disable or remove these updates due to ...
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What is a “roving” backdoor?

What is a "roving" backdoor? I understand the general concept of a backdoor. Emphasis on keyword qualifier: "roving"...
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Does WhatsApp disclose the sender's IP address?

Does WhatsApp disclose the sender's IP address? Is it possible to get it by running netstat -a or via Wireshark?
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Tracking a specific computer from an online enquiry form

The optical fiber cable that supplies a business is used for clients and staff. The business has an online enquiry form for bookings on its web page. It also provides free WiFi access to clients and ...
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How much information a Flash program (Flash app) can gather about computer when running?

Does anyone know if a Flash web application has access to local hard drive? What about OS information or hardware information? If I allow webcam and microphone access, how much information can it get ...
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How does the Copyright Alert System work? Who has implemented it?

Some ISPs are participating in a Copyright Alert System that notifies content authors of violations of their copyright. I'm concerned how this oversight relates to my private traffic, and what laws ...
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What happens if an attacker steals my phone's IMEI number?

I have some questions regarding IMEI numbers and data and identity theft. While searching online I have found many conflicting answers regarding this topic and would like some clarification if ...
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any information about en.quiente.info who has visited your account website

I ran across this site http://en.quiente.info, my friends tried it and they say it worked for them. It asks for most of the privileges on Facebook even sending messages on behalf of you. Any one has ...
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How would iOS or Android app “firewall” for extended permissions (location, etc) work?

I'm interested in blocking or reporting any application's usage of extended permissions, regardless if they are granted those rights, such as: GPS / Location / Wifi Radio signal data Telemetry My ...
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How traceable is ATM and point-of-sale credit card use back to you in practice?

A friend said ATM use is traceable easily, while point-of-sale credit card use isn't - this statement goes against my common sense. I searched for the the topic and this is what I have found: ...
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Webrtc privacy issues?

I've been reading about WebRTC, and I'm interested in using it for a drawing web application that uses real-time collaboration. However, as I understand, WebRTC communication requires all parties ...
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What are the compliance requirements or standards for a non-US firm hosting personal data in the US?

I work for a head hunting company with offices in Canada and Asia. We migrated our custom built CRM system from our own servers hosted in Japan to an Amazon hosting service meaning that all our data ...
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GPG: Can't encrypt DSA 3072 keys

I would like to ask this question as I'm not the first person which has this behavior. I'm trying to encrypt a simple message using GnuPG using a public key I've received from a friend, he's using ...
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Is there a list of web technologies, and the corresponding privacy risks and mitigations? [closed]

I'm looking for a consolidated list of web technologies, the risks, and mitigations. Does such a thing exist? For example, the basic stuff would be Javascript, IP address, proxy header information, ...
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Confidentiality and privacy

I understand that the confidentiality aimed at protecting access to the system data, while privacy aimed at protecting access to the person data. Now, could we consider anonymity as a ...
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Private Security Interference Programs? [closed]

To what extent are Gmail 'plug-ins', used in Private Security Interference Programs? Do Private Security Companies get a bit excited and 'inadvertently', break the law running interference in the VIP ...
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Is this legally reverse engineering - unsecured API [migrated]

Is it (in a legal sense) reverse engineering to 'hack' into a completely unsecured API? Simple REST API used in Android app No SSL (just strait HTTP) Passwords are sent in plain text over this ...
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Should I regularly erase cookies?

Cookies really do make for a better experience on the web but do they also create a vulnerability? How often should I clean them out and what benefits are gained by doing so?
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Is there any point to opting out of interest-based ads?

There are various browser extensions for opting out of interest-based ads, e.g.: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/iba-opt-out-by-google/gbiekjoijknlhijdjbaadobpkdhmoebb ...
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What is the new searchdefaulthash in the Firefox profile search metadata?

During a recent review of changes to the Firefox profile (I'm version controlling it) there turned out to be a new property searchdefaulthash in search-metadata.json: "[global]":{ [...] ...
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Should I be worried if somebody uses my email to sign up for accounts?

I recently received e-mails from two services: Paytm and Uber. They both seem like legitimate services. However I have no idea why I received these e-mails or why somebody would want to create an ...
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Is It Good or Bad Practice to Fake User Agent

I'm using a browser on Mobile. I found a program that can fake my User Agent (UA), so I changed to something else. Is this good practice or bad practice in terms of preserving privacy? The way I ...
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airgap a smartphone?

I'm looking to use my smartphone purely as a portable computer, with no network functionality in order to protect my privacy. Is removing the sim cards from it enough to airgap it or do I need to go ...
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Can a website detect my local WIFI network I am in?

I have two computers, both of them locate at the same local WIFI network ( ie: connected to the same router). I use VPN on a computer to visit a website, and don't use VPN on another to visit the ...
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Bring your own phone to a (new) job: Consequences?

I am starting a new job, and I have the choice to receive a phone from the company, or to bring my own. I am considering using my own phone, to avoid having an extra device, but I want to better ...
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Any real-world examples of root certificate store compromises?

Apart from the infamous Superfish/Lenovo case this year, are there any other known cases of a malicious root certificate being installed on a target machine to allow transparent MITM attacks, whether ...
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Windows 10 privacy concerns for other accounts on same computer [closed]

What are the privacy concerns for a local account on a Windows 10 computer, which has all settings set to "private", if an additional "Microsoft" account is being used on the same computer with ...
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What parts of IPv6 address may I show publicly and safely?

I want to ask question about some network issue, i.e. about printing the IPv6 address correctly. I assume the users expect me to provide some meaningful examples of what I expect and what I have. ...
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How is Skype showing ads from my Google search history?

I can understand when I see the same ads across websites, and ads similar to my search history. Some tracking magic through cookies - fine. But Skype has been showing me ads for exact terms I ...
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Twitter phone verification while on Tor [closed]

Twitter locked me out of my account. I can log in but I can't do anything with it until I give them a phone number. I've had the account for years but they've decided now there's "suspicious ...
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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 do you find out if a phone is secretly sending private data to a remote server?

I read a recent article on a Chinese phone manufacturer on Wall Street Journal that says: The rumors had begun when a user posted online in mid-July that his RedMi Note smartphone was ...
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1answer
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Why Skype discloses my IP address to anybody? [closed]

Apparently there is a Skype exploit that allows people to obtain your IP address through your Skype username if you're online. The problem has existed since 2012. There exists countless websites which ...
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How can an organization know my age based on my IP address?

My teenage daughter was recently banned from a teen forum. The response we got from the forum administrators explained that she was banned because the IP address revealed that she was "over age" (too ...
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Should Android apps for communication encryption and security require permissions like identity, device ID, contacts, etc.?

There is a Android application Threema for communication encryption and that says it does not collect user data, but it requires the following permissions: identity, contacts and device ID. Can ...
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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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Can a “client-initiated” session cookie provide more privacy and security than existing session alternatives?

There are several uses for a cookie, and I would like to offer some kind of guarantee that a cookie is being used for a specific, limited purpose and scope. In my case, I want to prove that a cookie ...
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Privacy implications of IDFA/IDFV? (iPhone/iOS)

Apparently, iOS 6 introduced IDFA, "identifier for advertisers", which identifies your device so that advertisers can track you and send you ads. It appears they also introduced IDFV, "identifier for ...
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What are the best ways for an iOS 9 user to protect against device fingerprinting?

In response to this series of questions: What unique device fingerprinting information can an iOS9 app collect? and as an update to this question: What are the best practices for maintaining privacy ...
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Facebook and people you may know suggestions [duplicate]

I know all the conspiracy theories about if how you search for someone on it they can find out etc but I have a question. We all know Facebook likes to keep its mining secret. Both mine and my ...
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how to protect my data from malware/spyware that infected my BIOS?

we all know that some countries do their best to spy on their citizens and the citizen of other countries and that countries maybe have specialized spying agencies wither they are known or not, and, ...
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What unique device fingerprinting information can an iOS9 app collect?

As a follow-on to these questions: What unique fingerprinting information can an iOS7 app collect? What unique device fingerprinting information can an iOS8 app collect? Apple has apparently ...
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What unique fingerprinting information can an iOS7 app collect?

I'm interested in unique information that is beyond typical user knowledge or control. As of iOS 7, users can easily protect local physical tracking by controlling radios (cell, WiFi, Bluetooth) in ...
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What unique device fingerprinting information can an iOS8 app collect?

As a follow-on to this question: What unique fingerprinting information can an iOS7 app collect? What remaining device fingerprinting privacy / security vulnerabilities still exist as of iOS 8? Can ...
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How can I verifiably demonstrate that steganography or hidden partitions do not exist?

I want to verifiably demonstrate that there are no hidden partitions, or hidden messages in a given message. In this scenario, assume the subject is being monitored (consensually) and agrees to align ...
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Solution to remain anonymous on a website that dismiss tor users?

I want to access to a website who recognize tor users and dismiss them. I have read that if you connect to a proxy after your tor exit node, the website wouldn't know that you are a tor user and ...
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How secure are the passwords stored at Google Passwords? [closed]

It seems Google activated central place for storing app/website passwords which is accessible at https://passwords.google.com/ and all the remembered Chrome passwords are synched there. In what ...
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In the United States, when can someone legally search my personal laptop? (Government or private security) [closed]

Unlike the United Kingdom, U.S. citizens don't have an explicit right to privacy in the Constitution. Although there are implied privacy rights within "penumbras" of the Bill of Rights this has ...
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What are specific use cases for anonymity?

There are various technologies for anonymity online, most notably TOR, but also I2P and VPNs, as well as simply using one-shot email addresses. What are the specific use cases for anonymity? I'm not ...
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Configuration panel videotron [duplicate]

At the moment I am living in an apartment with some other people. We are students and we will start school in Canada. One guy took internet with Videotron, he manages the internet and we just give ...