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 information about a user can wireless carriers access?

What is the maximum amount of imformatiom about a user and the user's phone that can be obtained by a wireless carrier on a GSM network? Here is a list of the things I know, but are there more? ...
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ISPs are now adding unique header identifiers to web traffic. Can this be avoided? If so, how?

I'm a security-conscious Verizon user, and it has recently come to light that Verizon is now serving up my web traffic to ad partners while en route. I understand that once my data has left the ...
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What steps should one take to provide “reasonable” levels of privacy from a government?

I'm highly uncomfortable with the recent news surrounding government snooping in the UK. If we define a typical user to mean somebody who: Browses web sites such as BBC News and Stack Overflow Uses ...
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Monitoring what is being done on your PC when TeamViewer is used? [on hold]

How can I watch what someone is doing on my PC while they are logged in on TeamViewer?
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Privacy concerns for personal data shared between Facebook and Amazon

I was looking for a tablet from my home PC on Amazon and sometimes I find Amazon ads on Facebook which contain suggestions related to my search criteria; I never worried too much as I thought the ...
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Are deleted offline calendar events in Android actually deleted?

When an Android app deletes a calendar event in a local (offline / non-synced) calendar, does Android's Calendar Storage (com.android.providers.calendar) actually delete the event or does it just flag ...
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What's most standard way to secure internet connections and protect privacy?

It's common knowledge that Wi-Fi, or other Internet connections, should be encrypted via a VPN to be secure, and to hide our real IP address from intermediary network observers. However, one can't ...
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Why is data quality important for privacy?

"Outdated personal data" is number 8 on the OWASP Top 10 Privacy Risks, and also the OECD Privacy Principles mention that data should be kept up to date: Personal data should be relevant to the ...
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Hidden service security SSH

Pretend I have a Tor hidden service. For ultimate security I would firewall the internet entirely, except for Tor, to try to reduce IP address leakage and other security risks. My problem is how ...
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Difference between card replacement / renewal / reissuance [closed]

I want to know exact Difference between card replacement / renewal / reissuance when card is reissue but not renew or replace which are the fields get change in above 3 scenario
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How to fight browser fingerprinting?

https://panopticlick.eff.org/ , aka "How unique and trackable is your browser". For example it usually gives me a unique score. The biggest entropy values come from navigator.plugins and fonts via ...
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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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Should I shred documents with only name and address details?

I routinely shred documents with any personal information on them to protect myself and others against identity theft. I have no doubts that shredding any documents with ID numbers, account details ...
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Open VPN has DNS leak

Since using www.dnsleaktest.com I have found that any VPN service using Open VPN will leak my DNS through the tunnel. I have tried and tested several VPN providers, even those who say that they have ...
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Security of the shared secret key for a smart meter (Linky) [closed]

Reading the specs of a new electricity smart meter (called Linky in France), I was surprised about the chosen encryption method (128 bits symmetric key AES), based on a single secret key (called CCC ...
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What information is collected because of signing into Windows 10 with a Microsoft account?

The question is specifically as stated - "because of signing into Windows 10 with a Microsoft account". Not including what is collected even when using a local account. And not including what is ...
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Can VPN provider see my data?

I have a 2 questions: If I use a VPN and I go to any websites via HTTP - does VPN provider will be able to see the traffic? Those. logins, passwords, all the texts that pass through the channel (in ...
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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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Is it normal that my new VISA debit card has almost the same number as the old one? Is it secure?

My bank issued me a new debit card (VISA Electron) because the old one expired and to my surprise, the card number is almost the same as on my old card. I don't think there would be much chance that ...
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How do I deal with companies that call and ask for personal information?

Several times I get a phone call from a company- my bank, utility companies etc. Many times they are just cold calling me, but once or twice they were calling for legitimate reasons (ie, something to ...
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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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Will the ISP know what sites I visit if I use a VPN? [duplicate]

If I use a VPN, and visit any site on HTTPS, will the ISP know what sites I have visited? Because IP-addresses of websites are not encrypted? And if the answer is yes, are there any ways to solve ...
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Can my iPhone photos be viewed by the person I got it from?

I got my phone from a friend, and I wanted to know if anything can be viewed by him. Can he see my photos (and other stuff of course) when he knows the IMEI (and maybe other things) of the phone?
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How did my browsing choices reach an Alibaba seller?

Events, spaced about evenly over 2 months: Repeatedly ordered small amounts of webbing on a rather reputable Polish site (Allegro.pl, much like ebay). Got targeted ads in Skype for webbing on ...
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On Mozilla's Add-ons site (AMO) what is happening with external links?

On Mozilla's Add-ons site (known as AMO), all external links are directed through: https://outgoing.mozilla.org/v1/[UUID]/[destination URL] As a random example, see the link in the Description ...
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Find matching phone numbers without actually knowing them

We have a mobile app that, given two users, needs to let them see what common contacts they have based on their phone numbers. How can we do this in a cryptographically secure way and respecting the ...
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Is Facebook allowed to sell/give your information away to anyone willing to buy it?

Is Facebook allowed to sell information about their users to other companies? For example selling name, address and IP information on a specific geographic location could be very valuable ...
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How can meta data be used to identify users through chained VPNs?

Online privacy is a big issue for many people nowadays. Using VPNs is the usual suggestion as a means to stay anonymous. More often than not, somebody comes up with the point "just chain multiple VPNs ...
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What is the best practice: separate ssh-key per host and user VS one ssh-key for all hosts?

Is it better to create a separate ssh-key for each host and user or just using the id_rsa key for all host to authenticate? Could one id_rsa be a malpractice for the privacy/anonymity policies? ...
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Can you trace someone through picture header information?

I learned that jpg, png, bmp and most image files contain headers and plain text in them. I decided to open a jpg file in Notepad and saw a bunch of information and I was wondering if there was a way ...
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Is there a point to Dnscrypt when using VPN?

If a computer is already connected to the internet through VPN, is there point in encrypting DNS queries? From DNScrypt: DNSCrypt is a protocol that authenticates communications between a DNS ...
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Can webpages using the Google plus button get my name?

When I'm logged into my Google account, and I visit a web page that contains the Google Plus "+1" button, does a script have access to my name, even if I don't interact with the Google Plus widget?
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Can canvas fingerprinting be prevented?

How can canvas fingerprinting be prevented in web browsers? The site Panopticlick said I had a hash of WebGL fingerprint of 5 bits of entropy. I installed CanvasBlocker addon and tested again and it ...
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Why do web services keep asking me about my phone number?

They say it's for my own safety and that somehow my account is more "secure" if I link it with my phone number, but I don't understand why - they already have my e-mail address through which I can ...
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How to prevent illegal file transfer or copying of video files from a PC? [closed]

I have developed a windows desktop application using VB.NET. My applications main purpose is to play videos. I have some videos which has copyrights on them, that are not suppose to be distributed or ...
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Work wants to create an admin account on my system that I don't have access to? [closed]

This is on a Windows 10 system, and they want to create an administrator account that only my manager will have the password to. This is apparently to enforce some new "security policies" that haven't ...
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Best practices for Tor use, in light of released NSA slides

It has been known in the security community that a tool as versatile as Tor is likely the target of intense interest from intelligence agencies. While the FBI has admitted responsibility for a Tor ...
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Can they tell which individual computer was torrenting on shared internet connection?

I live in a shared house where multiple people use the same wi-fi (actually, there’s two: the normal frequency and 5GHz one). The internet is included in the rent. The other day I received a complaint ...
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What can be derived from someone else's Google Analytics id?

A web page, which I'd expect to respect users' privacy, contains Google Analytics tracker. I consider it to be a wrong thing; before raising this to the site owner, I'd like to do minimal "research". ...
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Can government query company, such as Google, to get list of accounts associated with some information, such as IP address or phone number? [closed]

UPD: My naive thought was that government requests should explicitly point account for which they requesting information. And that a broad requests like getting list of accounts logged during some ...
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Best practices: Use of a single private key as a person, or multiple to identify self across domains?

Similar to the question here, I'd like to apply the same question to a person. For example, I have implanted a chip in my hand that holds an encrypted private key that serves as my personal unique ...
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Does Skype compromise my system (beyond the scope of calls/chats)?

First of all, please don't shout at me for wanting to use Skype. I know that it's evil and I fully expect all the calls and text chats going through it to be stored permanently in govt data centers, ...
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Google DNS query pointing at ISP instead of Google

I am not sure if this is actually an issue or not or if I am just being too paranoid, but I noticed this upon arriving home to Alaska recently (location is important as you'll see shortly). In short, ...
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How to hide my ip and browsing history from others on my network? [duplicate]

I need to hide my activity and IP address from those I share this network with. I'm unsure if a VPN will serve my needs, because I'm not concerned about the sites I access tracking me. I'm concerned ...
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Why does privacy matter? [closed]

I've yet to find a comprehensive and compelling list of reasons for why people should care about their privacy, why bother defending it from the likes of Google, Microsoft, Facebook and the like. I ...
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Is DNS leak really an issue?

I'm reading about DNS leak and what threat it can pose to VPN users, for instance, this question. But generally, there's tons of similar topics on the internet. But what are people afraid of? I just ...
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How can you be caught using Private VPN when there's no logs about who you are?

I know there are 2 services of VPN (free and paid). Normally, free VPNs need money from somewhere and sometimes they can sell your information to any agency that needs it. Now, if we are talking about ...
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Does posting my computer name publicly make my system vulnerable?

I am wondering if it is paranoia and/or privacy overkill to block out one's computer name when posting terminal output in public forums? I don't know enough about networking to know if it's possible ...
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How can mom monitor my internet history from a distance?

This might sound like a funny question from a twelve-year-old. The less funny part is that I am 21 and currently studying at university (I don't live at University, although I am 15 minutes away. I do ...
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Using your full name as your work email address? [closed]

Standard practice in the workplace appears to be using your full name as your email address. This presents some privacy concerns to me. Even though we all grew up being told it's advisable to use a ...