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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Does chatting over Skype expose my IP address?

Is there a way to identify a person's IP address in Skype, when you're chatting with them? Does this depend on their Skype settings? And if you've recorded chat messages, can they lead to the actual ...
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How safe can connecting to VPN really be?

I would like to make this story as short as possible since my question is not that long, I have worked with journalists previously in war zone where we investigated the involvement of EU IT companies ...
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Who is responsible for leaking my personal information to companies? [closed]

Lets say I have a couple of friends who I have in my address book and of course they saved me in theirs. There might be the obvious information about me like my phone number and my email address but ...
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How do shared IP addresses work and do they give privacy?

I assume "shared IP addresses" work by NAT, because obviously two devices with the same IP address need someway to distinguish them. I've seen some privacy advocates boast they have "shared IP ...
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HTTP/S <-> HTTP/S cross-site requests: what do third-party websites know about where their objects are being referenced from?

There are four general cross-site request combinations security-wise, and I want to know whether ysite.com, in each case, knows that the reason I downloaded one of its resources was because I was ...
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Does HTTPS encryption on a site prevent the NSA from knowing you visited its domain / the URL?

The reason I ask whether HTTPS protects the metadata of your Internet activity from a wiretapping entity on the backbone like the NSA or not, is the following scenario: Say I am browsing the ...
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Advanced techniques for detecting a proxy/getting original IP

In what manner can a website detect my original IP address, even though I'm using a proxy server? I've noticed this with a few sites. There are four proxy methods I've used: Firefox with a proxy ...
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Two-way PGP email without publishing your key / address to a key server?

If I want to have some privacy and avoid the attention of publishing my email address to the public key server web of trust, yet have a secure two-way email conversation with one recipient, what are ...
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Are there any ways to track mobile phones like shown on television? [duplicate]

Are there really some ways to get the Geo-Location of a mobile phone? I've seen in many TV crime shows (like "Sawdhan India" and "Crime Patrol") where the Police Force catches a criminal through ...
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Can BitTorrent clients be fingerprinted?

As https://panopticlick.eff.org/ demonstrates, web browsers are very prone to fingerprinting, both active and passive (often you can fingerprint a web browser by simply monitoring the wire). My ...
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Privacy violation even when queries with too few results are rejected

I was reading a Computing security book1 and saw a question regarding database security and privacy. I can't quite figure out the answer, so I thought I will ask here. One approach to ensure ...
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Do I have to hash users' IP addresses when I log them?

I have read a lot of users saying that you have to hash IP addresses - and a lot of others who say I don't have to because it is not private information. I use IP addresses for identifying users, ...
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Embedded devices with storage for sensitive data

I'm looking for some embedded device that will be able to store sensitive data like certificates, private keys, etc. It should comply with following requirements: Sensitive data, stored in protected ...
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What's the best way to transform sensitive account numbers

I work on a web application that manages information about transmission setups and processes client transmission statistics to generate billing charges for the services used by these clients. The team ...
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How are computers identified across networks?

IP addresses are assigned to computers when they connect to the internet and change depending on your location. However, I read that your computer also has an address that doesn't change. So, when ...
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Anything more i can do to be more safer? [closed]

Wi-fi security: WPS disabled WPA2-PSK + AES + 54.000 SECONDS(15h) Group Key Update Period UpnP disabled Spi firewall enable All ALG enable Ignore ping packet from WAN and Lan to router Default ...
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Why would someone trust DuckDuckGo or other providers with a similar privacy policy?

DuckDuckGo is a search engine that claims it will not share your results with others. Many of my skeptical coworkers think it may be a scam. Is there any proof that any web search engine will ...
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Can you get someone's IP if you have their Skype number?

I was reading about capturing packets during skype sessions to get the other person's IP address... sounds like you can do this mainly while in a live skype chat / call between skype to skype, but Is ...
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Can a virtual machine be used instead of the host?

I was thinking of using a Debian guest as my main 'host' instead of my actual host (Ubuntu). Do you think this will have any advantages in terms of making it difficult for digital forensics to ...
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Why is my IP address not my own?

When I search the geographic location of my IP address why does it show multiple cities and states that are not my own? Does this indicate someone else is sharing my IP address?
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Websites visited on a VPN network

My residence provide wifi and I'm using my personal computer to connect to it. I use a login and password to have access to internet. Some websites are blocked on it. Sometimes I log into VPN(using ...
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What private information is stored in a cache db wal file from android mobile device

I have just found a cache db wal file from android mobile device. I would like to know what private information of mine is stored in it. I did not make this file. Can I find out who made it?
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Teamviewer-who can see me? [closed]

Here at my school teamviewer was installed in all faculty computers. My question is, when I access another teacher's computer via teamviewer, are they able to see that I am doing so? Can they see and ...
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I am worried because my college asks students to confirm their credit card number, location, SSN and full name on signup. What do I do?

When a user logs in with their username (Their public ID number) and a password (Their birthday, by default) their name, full social security number, partial credit card number/Expiration date, and ...
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Can prism know even data outside the US Data centers?

I would like to know whether the US Prism can know even the data outside of the US Data centers. For example, If I have my own servers and all the data in Indian servers but I have been using some ...
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Metadata-free Email: How can SENDER directly, anonymously, and securely ask RECIPIENT’s mail provider to deliver a metadata-free email?

If I want to send emails to friends who use Google, Yahoo, AOL, etc., how can I currently use my local email client to send a metadata-free* email to them? E.g., is it possible to bypass my own mail ...
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What do the various browser “private modes” do?

Recently there has been some disagreement as to what "private mode" means when it comes to various browsers. Primarily I am referring to... IE's "InPrivate Browsing" Google Chrome's "Incognito ...
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Relationship between Anonymity and Untraceability

Anonymity means that nobody knows your real identity (on the Internet). Untraceability means that nobody is able to trace back your actions to you. It appears to me that Anonymity and Untraceability ...
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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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What is the most secure way for two people to communicate?

There are various services on the internet that offer secure communications. Typically in the past if I want to share some sensitive information with someone, I will do so over a Cryptocat chat ...
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Does Tor browser work with college network? [closed]

I'm in a system where my modem connects to a college network (KotNet) that monitors its internet traffic. Since I'd like some privacy I was wondering if a Tor browser would hide my identity or if it ...
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Is it possible to restrict email accounts within one computer?

can emails(e.g gmail)can be configured to open-up only in my laptop ,my operating system is windows 8 and is it possible to restrict my gmail account to be opened up only in my computer?Usually we ...
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How to protect user privacy when sharing photos?

I have a web site that lets users upload a profile picture that is then visible to other users of the site. What steps should the site take to protect user privacy? For example, some Jpeg files may ...
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Which is the best way to secure login password and safeguard user data? (even DBAs couldn't connect data to users)

Lets say that I'm building an website and a app which saves the users' secrets. The user logs in and can save into the app his deepest secrets. I'm worried about two things: - Should I save the ...
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How do websites tracker cookies and beacon work?

Could someone please enlighten me, either on a technical level or high level if that detail is not feasible, on how tracker cookies and beacons work. Particularly, how information on my browsing ...
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Is a password protected PDF file safe for bank statement attachments?

My bank emails my monthly statement to me in a password protected PDF attachment. Is this a secure method of transmitting something as sensitive as bank statement?
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While logged in to Google etc., can a malicious site discover my ID?

If I visited a malicious site while being logged in to Google, Hotmail, Facebook, or Twitter in the same browser window, how hard is it for the site to discover my account IDs without my explicit ...
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Can a website still detect my real MAC address even if I use different virtual machine each time I visit the website?

Suppose I use a proxy and a different virtual machine each time I visit a particular website, will a website still be able to detect my MAC address and/or uniquely identify me? Assume that the website ...
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Completely disabling microphone [duplicate]

Maybe not 100% on topic for this site but it seemed like a good place to ask. All laptops are now sold with webcams and microphones and I have use for neither. Taking care of the webcam is easy; ...
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TextSecure/WhisperPush instant messaging by Open Whisper Systems: End-to-end encrypted or not?

Open Whisper Systems claims that its TextSecure messaging is end-to-end encrypted, but at the same time there are now some rather serious allegations of how it might be betraying its users. If I ...
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How can I keep track of the packages to check any strange behaviour [closed]

I've just realized there was a girl that asked someone to hack my computer and also my telephone (that's why WhatsApp was working strange). Right now I'm trying to protect myself at least on my ...
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making online transactions over proxy

So I went over quite a lot of topics here and on the internet.. but I still can't seem to completely understand this issue. How secure really are services like proxies, VPN or VPS? VPN is promoted ...
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Browser gives access to root directory through “/” [closed]

If I put a '/' on my browser I have full access of my root directory. I have tried the same thing on another computer and it didn't work. So, I'm trying not to be paranoid but this is too strange. I ...
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Using only private non-government resources, how can something be sent such that the NSA will see it? [closed]

Supposing you want the NSA to see something, what does one have to do to guarantee it. This means in their normal data collection it will be swept up, not in a targeted probe of an individual or with ...
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SSL Inspection and privacy

I know my company is testing something called "SSL Inspection" based on Websense, which is our proxy. I can not provide more detail about this, but does this mean that in principle all my SSL traffic, ...
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E-mail tracking countermeasures

I've started using Sidekick to know when an email is opened or one of the links in it is clicked. What I ask now is how to know if an email I received is provided with a similar tracking system. With ...
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Does Google catches and keeps users typing patterns [closed]

Does Google catches and keeps users typing patterns for identifying purposes? for example when I'm logged in my Google account and Searching for things Google records my "Typing Pattern" like typing ...
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Is the MAC address encapsulated in the Internet packets? [duplicate]

This might be a stupid question, but what is the range of the MAC addresses? Are these somehow leaking to the Internet with packets that a user sends (so they know where to return)?
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Any alternative available for RSA? Is the web still visible to NSA?

After the Snowden revelations, is there any mass change being carried out to HTTPS protocol? As far as I understood, any HTTPS communication is still visible to NSA as they can compromise the RSA ...
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Privacy of web surfing by Free gate

I am connected to the internet in the university where I don't want the administrator or any organization to find out some of the websites and contents I check in them. I'm afraid that they might ...