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Interesting article on a vulnerability found in Tor

This article describes how French researchers compromised users using Tor. I'm not sure I fully understand or agree with it. I don't see what Bit Torrent has to do with anything? I mean they start out ...
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Are there any addons that disable only some functionality of scripts?

Tor comes bundled with NoScript. Correct me if I'm wrong but that's because client sided scripts can determine the originating IP address regardless of who the traffic is passed through. But NoScript ...
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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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Facebook changed the default email address for every contact. How do I mitigate the impact and risk?

Facebook created a problem for regulated industries and Registered Investment Advisers (RIAs) by changing the default outgoing SMTP address for every contact to a @Facebook.com address. This is an ...
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If a hacker were to compromise a GMail database

Assuming the systems that store the Gmail database is compromised what is preventing them from reading everyone's emails by looking at the data in the database? I assume nothing, and in order for ...
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Are there any anonymous OpenID providers similar to Gawker's “burner”?

Gwaker has an anonymous commenting system called Burner. It is offered as an alternative to Facebook, Twitter and Google. What's the difference between Burner and creating a throwaway Google , ...
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Privacy issues with email providers [closed]

I am looking for an email provider (or for a way to do it myself) that will not divulge my personal information under no circumstances. I found out that getting this information with a order for ...
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Improving the privacy of a casual Web user

I am interested in improving the privacy available to me as a casual internet user with a default browser. I think that Tor is too slow and that the "Privacy Mode" in browsers isn't really practical. ...
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Are there any same origin issues (SOP) with TOR?

Are there any issues with Same Origin Policy (SOP) with TOR or *.onion addresses? I'm thinking of cookies Plugins (Silverlight, Flash, Java, etc) Javascript
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How do governments carry out computer surveillance?

If https is really secure as companies tell us, how do governments manage to eavesdrop on terrorist and criminal communications? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Computer_surveillance
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What's a good way to trigger a hidden 'distress signal' in instant messaging?

Here's the scenario: Alice and bob use Off-the-record messaging to communicate over IM. The have: Encryption Authentication Deniability Perfect forward secrecy They communicate after ...
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What is an SSL certificate intended to prove, and how does it do it?

If I get an SSL certificate from a well-known provider, what does that prove about my site and how? Here's what I know: Assume Alice and Bob both have public and private keys If Alice encrypts ...
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Verifying physical address via a verification service provider. Are there any threats?

The idea is to send address information to a service provider to see if the address actuall exist or will kick back not valid. If done over an unencrypted connection across the internet, are there ...
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Securely storing (email) lookup database

Looking for suggestions on implementing a server-side lookup table, where the key is an email address. Goal: Keep these email address private, even if data on the server is stolen. Assumptions: The ...
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Clearing IE temp files don't erase CRL history. How can this be purged?

Even after I purge all my Internet temporary files, I still see information when I type certutil -urlcache How do I purge this information?
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Why is security across a network “hard” to achieve?

This may be a naive question. If it is, I'm fine with just a link to outside information. I studied RSA encryption about 2 years ago, but that's about it. I'm just wondering: is it a matter of ...
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How to build a secure socks tunnel?

I was using a socks proxy to access websites blocked by my ISP, now it don't work any more in an strange way. Using the proxy is same as not using it! (i.e. I can access open sites but filtered sites ...
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What's the safest way to access my US-based bank's website from within Mexico? VPN vs SSH vs HTTPS?

I will soon be moving to Mexico and living there for an extended period. During that time I will need to occasionally access my US-based bank's website. I'll always be connecting using my own laptop, ...
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Storing US employer identification number (EIN / FEIN) in a database

What are considerations for storing a United States Employer Identification Number (EIN / FEIN) in a database? Is this considered sensitive information along the lines of an SSN? Are there legal ...
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Are there privacy implications with ESET Web Protection?

I got the most recent ESET Cyber Security Beta for Mac. It offers a mode called “Web Protection” and “Email Protection”. The documentation don’t really explain what these two modes does, and I’m ...
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secret key compromise in SSL vs in Kerberos

Consider the consequences of compromise of a secret key in the Kerberos system vs. in SSL. For example, suppose your individual shared secret key (for your user account) becomes compromised (i.e. it ...
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How can I protect content distributed on a linux virtual machine?

What assets am I trying to protect? An unofficial pre-alpha software prototype provided as a reproducible example for evaluation during the scientific peer-review process. The software will be ...
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How important is user acceptance when deciding whether to deploy biometric authentication?

I've been browsing through several studies on user acceptance of biometrics, and I've been noticing that they all focus on attitudes and beliefs about biometrics. While it's important to know a ...
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Could I be defrauded by a website who has my address, phone number, and credit card number?

Exactly what kind of information does a scammer need to scam someone money? For example, if there's a website which wants me to provide my details, Exactly what kind of information can I divulge and ...
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Does Facebook merge accounts? In what circumstances? [closed]

I have two different Facebook accounts with two different passwords and two distinct online personalities, one as myself and one as someone else. Since the last one week, to my horror, both accounts ...
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What actions should be taken by site according to Data Protection legislations?

Many countries have data protection legislation: Data Protection Directive in EU Data Protection Act 1998 in UK privacy laws in USA Web application may have registration form where fields for ...
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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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Encryption Question for patient PHI

I am the Compliance Officer for a laboratory. Is it permissible to send an unencrypted email with a patient accession number? It does not include patient name, DOB, SS# or address. It is just an ...
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Do burned DVDs contain trackable information?

I'd like to know if it's possible to burn a video DVD (not just a regular CDFS DVD with video files in it; I mean a DVD that you can play the video of using regular DVD players), without the ...
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What countries have laws in place that respect Do Not Track HTTP headers or cookies?

Google offers a Chrome plugin that uses cookies to control privacy, while Firefox offers a HTTP Header to tell websites to not track the users and log the data anonymously. This obviously extends a ...
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Would people object my website just because I use Google Analytics, +1, or FB Connect?

Are there people who will refuse to use a website just because that site sends browser information to Google Analytics? Could the +1 button be a red flag? Should I expect that there would be ...
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Are there security (esp. privacy) benefits to deleting cookies?

As the title says, I'm wondering if there are any security/privacy benefits to managing cookies - that is, managing by deleting cookies you don't want or need. I deleted all my cookies about a week ...
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What Gmail features should be Opted-Out to prevent PII from being indexed?

The Massachusetts and Nevada PII laws require all email with SSNs or other personally identifying information to be encrypted (TLS or otherwise). Of the free email providers, GMail does support TLS ...
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Where to find papers / information about spyware, tracking and cookie problems?

I am right now working on a problem and looking for some papers / information about spyware, tracking and cookie problems. I am no expert in that area, so I lack the knowledge where to find material ...
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How does preventing automatic download of pictures help to protect my privacy?

When viewing some emails in Microsoft Outlook, if the sender has included images, I get the following option appear at the top of the email: "To help protect your privacy, Outlook prevented ...
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How do I use DuckDuckGo securely?

The Privacy Policy of DuckDuckGo.com mentions using HTTPs and POSTs affects the privacy of the search requests. Since HTTPS is disabled by default, and POSTs is enabled by default, how does this ...
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How to refute “don't use internet if you don't like it” answer?

I hope it is legit question, similar to, for example, Why do law-abiding citizens need strong security?, et al. and it is tightly conected with user's security, privacy, etc. The response I always ...
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Different strategies for online anonymity and their +/-s?

I saw this question about anonymous web browser, but I wanted to go a little bit more in depth. I prefer answers that take into account how a connection would be traced back, time it would take to ...
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How to prevent private data being disclosed to unwanted audience over internet?

Everyday, in order to subscribe to certain services on the Internet we are almost forced to disclose private data even though those services don't necessarily require it. For example, I need to ...
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Mobile phone security eavesdropping based on data transfer

is there an easy way for particular governmental organizations (especially in countries where freedom of speech is a problem) have some technology where they can easily eavesdrop on cellphone internet ...
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How can I use a VPN to protect my privacy

How should I configure a VPN in order to access blocked websites and to hide my identity? Usually I use SSH tunneling to protect my privacy and to escape censorship. I know nothing else about VPNs ...
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With Google's new Privacy Policies going into effect soon, how can I better protect myself using their services?

From what I can tell, the gist of the new Privacy Policy from Google is that they're making a blanket policy to allow using your data between all their services, however they see fit. So now one ...
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Android for the Paranoid

In the case of a rooted phone, what are the various options to stay anonymous and keep your data secure? I've seen the guys at The Guardian Project work towards this: ...
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Security issues with email accounts

I am starting to become wary of giving out my email account to anyone, just by doing reconnaissance it is evident how easy it is to pull so much information from a person just by a email, There is a ...
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When storing private identifying information in a web application, what is “industry standard” best practices? [closed]

I am building a hosted (SaaS) web application that stores PII like name, email address, and employer of the user. As of right now, I don't intend to ever store credit card numbers or bank account ...
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Should anyone support / implement P3P policies? Do they matter? Are they legally binding?

Google and Facebook authentication both have fake P3P policies in the HTTP headers that link to a webpage that explains why they don't support it: CP="This is not a P3P policy! See ...
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P3P HTTP Headers and Session ID's

Is there any chance that Session ID's can be shared between different websites (one in other IFRAME of others) through P3P Headers?
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Privacy policy about links to other sites

In many of the privacy policies, I noticed there is one section as a disclaimer mainly talking about "our websites contain links to other websites, and it is your own risk/responsibility to familiar ...
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Creating a Private Key using Human Intervention

In a hypothetical system, lets say that a design requirement is that people who snoop around the database of a web application (sysadmin gone rogue, or what have you), do not have access to the plain ...
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How does IE's Privacy options affect javascript's ability to save cookies?

I'm looking at IE's privacy options screen and am trying to figure out how it breaks javascript, workarounds to that, and how I can gracefully degrade my user experience. Is there a guide that ...