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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How To Keep Data Private Where Software Requires An Online Check

When software forces a user to verify online(Phone Home) before use, it creates an opportunity for private data created with this software to be physically connected to the Internet. This may not be ...
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How can I stop an account I don't control from sending spam email in my name to my contacts?

Recently I received an email from a friend with "My" email to them attached. The email "I" sent them was obviously spam, one of those "You have to see this..." emails. The email had been sent to ...
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What are the implications of NSA surveillance on the average internet user?

It would appear as though the tinfoil hat-wearing were vindicated today, as news broke of the true scale of the U.S. government's surveillance of its citizens' online activities, conducted primarily ...
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How to find out if somebody is spying on my private browsing data in the same WiFi network? [closed]

I live in a hostel and eight people including me, are using the same WiFi network. One of my friends is a "computer wizard". I would like to know if he is secretly checking my browsing history and ...
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What are analytics APIs accessing when they run, and how do you block or spoof them?

What are analytics APIs accessing when they run, and how do you block or spoof them? Usually all apps from desktop or mobile app stores, MMO clients, Steam and many utilities, and many games and ...
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Is all encryption compromised? [closed]

Assuming that what I read about the Nazi enigma encryption being broken in ww1 and ww2, where the code breakers hid the fact that they had broken the code, allowing the world to feel that the code was ...
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Should IBAN and bank details be considered private data and encrypted?

To pay off our users, they are asked to enter their IBAN and bank name and bank address. The users are mostly based in Europe. As far as I know (see also this question) these details can not be used ...
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Copyright Issue? [closed]

Few months ago, I have created a few icons for my app and after copyrighting them, I published them on my website. I clearly stated on my website that it is illegal to use my icons for commercial or ...
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Can free email provider's partners and affiliates read your emails? [closed]

I read that if you use free email, these entities have access to your very personal info!: "Your email provider company itself, like Google Their partners and affiliates Your ISP Various ...
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Security of SoftEther service [closed]

I have some VPN servers but I want to run a new one. What I have heard about the security of SoftEther is not really good. It logs many things on the server It is really heavy to load on client side ...
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Do search engines give searcher's IP address to sites that come up in search? [closed]

Ok so for example, I search "stackexchange" and a bunch of pages come up in the search result - of course most of them from this very site, and many other ones talking about stackexchange. Would this ...
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Foolproof way to hide your IP when browsing [closed]

is there a fool proof-ish way to hide your IP from websites you visit? I heard even if you use VPN, there can be 'leaks'? And one step more secure is Anonymizer or Tor? Can they have 'leaks', too? ...
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How did Google Map know it was me on my mother's hardwired desktop? [closed]

Here is the situation. I signed into my mother's desktop using her password. So I should not be detected as different user. But as you will see later on, the map knew it was ME???? I opened her ...
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Is CloudKit or iCloud suitable for storing PII?

iCloud is Apple's storage technology that copies data from one iPhone and shares it with every other device. CloudKit is a similar technology that allows (from what I can tell) the partial ...
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Is it dangerous to use the same key (RSA) for both encryption (PGP) and authentication (SSH)?

Alice wants to send an encrypted message to Bob, but she also wants to connect to Carol's server. Are there any dangers associated with using the same RSA key for both PGP and SSH (other than a lack ...
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Establishing a Reputable Pseudonym with PGP Key

This has become a bit of a thought experiment for me. Suppose someone would like to establish a pseudonym along with a corresponding PGP Key, how could other people verify the correspondence between ...
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What is the risk of installing Facebook Video Calling jar file?

I'm trying to talk with somebody on Facebook, but after many Facebook privacy scandals, it's a big question. Secondly on OSX, it's giving me the error that “FacebookVideoCalling_v1.6.jar” can’t be ...
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What Firefox settings should be changed from factory defaults to ensure privacy vis-à-vis Mozilla?

Besides turning off everything in Edit/Preferences/Advanced/Data Choices and browser.newtabpage.directory.ping browser.newtabpage.directory.source browser.safebrowsing... ...
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Anonymity on Facebook - how do they suggest people I should know?

I want to know how Facebook discovers the people who you know in real life or who know you. I tried the following to see if Facebook can still discover my acquaintances in real life and suggest them ...
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Is chaining multiple VPNs a good way to reach anonymity on the internet?

I would like to chain a couple, say 6 or 7, VPNs together to create a sort of "super" encrypted lane on the internet. I'm not too concerned about speeds, all I want is privacy and anonymity. I've ...
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What are NoScript surrogates and should one disable them for more privacy in browsing?

NoScript has a feature of supplying its own "surrogate" scripts instead of well-known tracking/ad scripts (Google Analytics, for one). Does it matter for my privacy if I do not change the factory ...
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Does any DNS Recursive resolver accept a “DNSSEC-only” option under DNSCurve?

I want to use DNSCurve (for privacy) to a trusted DNSSec resolver (for integrity), and want to ensure that I can tell a recursive resolver (like 8.8.8.8, or OpenDNS) that I only want DNSSec queries. ...
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Cellphone Tracing

Can someone trace where you were a year or two earlier, based on your cellphone? If so, would you have to have been making a call? Or just have your phone on? Or can your past be traced even if your ...
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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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How to keep database record secret even from developer having access to it?

Imagine a web-based email app, such as GMail. The email should only be readable by the sender and the recipients. No one else, including the developer having access to the database server or ...
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How to avoid leaving any local trace that I went to a website?

I want to visit a web site, but I want to ensure there is no trace left on my computer that I did so. How do I do that? This question is not concerned with anonymity or detection on the network ...
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Store which parts of an IP address, for user to remain anonymous?

I'm thinking about building a very anonymous forum, where people can comment and upvote each other's comments anonymously. People are supposed to remain anonymous even if the forum's database contents ...
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How to prevent Fingerprinting via Font Enumeration [migrated]

I don't mean using Noscript or just not installing fonts, I'm trying to find a way of outright denying Flash, Java, and JavaScript the ability to look at my fonts. I've checked the fonts folder and it ...
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How Fast Flux technique works exactly?

I was reading about botnets and C&C servers and saw this term. I've read this Wikipedia article but I couldn't really understand what and how this is working. I think its some kind of proxy ...
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How much of your web browsing behavior is VISIBLE to the administrators when you're behind HTTPS or VPN? [closed]

For example. If you're behind a VPN and want to get on on facebook and youtube. Will all outgoing traffic need to make a request to the firewall first? I don't really know extensively how well a ...
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How do I convert a GPG certificate to a CRT certificate that can be imported into Windows Certificate Manager?

I have a GPG certificate from someone used for email -----BEGIN PGP PUBLIC KEY BLOCK----- Version: GnuPG/MacGPG2 v2.0.14 (Darwin) I would like to import that into Windows Certificate Manager So ...
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How to find a reliable private mail drop or ghost address provider? (Not CMRA)

A mail drop or ghost address is an entity that can receive mail in your name. For a little more on why would you want to do this, see JJ Luna. A CMRA stands for a commercial mail receiving agency. ...
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How much can I trust the “factory restore/reset” on a(n) (potentially compromised) android?

This question is a simple one: how much can you trust the "factory restore/reset" option on an android device? If the device has possibly been compromised, is it possible the "factory reset" will ...
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Can 'cracked' product keys harm the user in any way?

If a user download commercial software through the official, corresponding website, but use a product key which you did not legitimately purchase (e.g. websites that offer a list of product keys for ...
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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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Might Google log every website I visit using Chrome?

I wanted to start using Chrome for quite some time now, but I really don't want to tell Google about whatever sites I visit. So I was wondering if Chrome sends any data to Google telling them what ...
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What is the best way to manipulate the browser fingerprint? [migrated]

The test here worries me: http://panopticlick.eff.org/ and I'd like to know if there is a good way to manipulate the browser fingerprint?
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Anti-virus anonymity question

Many people pay for VPNs and select the VPN based on whether or not that VPN keeps logs of the user's activities and if so for how long. The motivation is privacy- they don't want their surfing habits ...
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Policy Privacy Italian / EU and anonymous blog [closed]

I would like to write a personal blog without making my real identity public. It's not a "war blog" or similar, I would like to write about several personal problems and give (if possible) some ...
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Dealing with Spam with an unkown party harvesting the email address [closed]

I have a situation where I keep receiving spam from several IT companies (solicitations, marketing etc.). I think I gave away my email to a company in the last couple of years for reading a white ...
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A person knows my IP address: how to save my data and address? [duplicate]

I was chatting to a guy on a site, and the chat went wrong when I wrote a few wrong words by mistake. He then threatened that he will send my every detail to the vigilant team and soon my address will ...
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Is it unwise to use Redis to store PII, private keys, and other secrets?

I'm reviewing a system that is using Redis to store all client secrets, private keys, and other things. The problem is that Redis loads the entire DB into RAM Since SSL's heartbleed, Rowhammer, and ...
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Does the browser still stores the website you visited Private Browsing [incognito Firefox]?

As they clearly state in their website they mention that What does Private Browsing not save? Visited pages: No pages will be added to the list of sites in the History menu, the Library window's ...
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Help understanding VPN

I've been reading about VPNs lately, and I'm struggling to understand what they do and how they're essential components to upholding anonymity online. The basic idea I have is that a VPN allows two ...
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Are there different degrees of “confidentiality”? What is the best way for a psychologist to maintain confidentiality of communications with patients?

A non-tech savvy friend of mine is a psychologist. She has many patients who constantly invite her to communicate through all sorts of mediums such as text, email, voicemail, and other mediums. But ...
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Can DNS servers log users requests for commercial use (e.g. track direct access to websites)?

How does it work? For example, could OpenDNS be tracking everything (source ip + requested url) and then selling it to who have the necessary information to correlate the ip addresses with people ...
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What are the risks in using a VPN tunnel

I live in a small town and I know my ISP in person. I don't like the idea he can read all my unsecured communication (if he wanted to do so). I know I can use a VPN tunnel such as SecurityKISS.com to ...
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Which things can facebook access like contacts etc

I had two incidents . I added john to my skype account and i exchaged few messages. Then i went home and was checking facebook . Then at right side i saw Do you know john and it was his acoount ...
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Why should we focus on protecting root access on a home computer?

I understand why root access should be protected in general, especially in the context of a server environment. An unknown party can essentially control everything you do on a computer remotely ...
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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 ...