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 is a good email site that doesn't mine your personal data? [closed]

I am becoming less and less ok with Google and Facebook collecting data on me based on my online activities and then selling that to companies. Is there a good email service out there that respects ...
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Is there a sms authentication that works like 10minutemail? [closed]

I remember reading on this site a user recommending 10minutemail.com as a way to register or give email address to non-trusted websites. Is there any similar site for disposable phone number for ...
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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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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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How long can I store personal information on unconfirmed subscriptions?

I have a monthly newsletter. In my subscribe form I use a double opt-in method: The visitor subscribes. I send him a confirmation email. If I receive a reply, I add him/her to my system. In the ...
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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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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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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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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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Does Google log my activity on service A when logged in to service B or by IP address?

Now that Google's new Privacy Policy will combine data from their various services... Will Google associate me to my activity on one service even if I am not logged in to that service? Did they ...
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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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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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TrueCrypt dataleaks that might betray the “Deniable File System” option

Reading into "Operation Satyagraha", one would have to believe give all the resources used that the investigators had some reason to believe there was data to decrypt, even though in theory and in ...
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Does Google record search / source IP [/ user] pairs?

Does Google record search / source IP [/ user] pairs? What if my Search History is off?
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Available alternative DNS protocol not another dark-net [closed]

Hi does any one knows any DNS alternative Protocols ? If so what is the most used ? Is easy to setup ? Is easy to have two DNS protocols one where you connect to the Common Internet and the other ...
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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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What are the pros and cons of a VPN for privacy

Recently I have been getting more and more interested in the security (privacy and anonymity) issues of my online life. Not that I have anything to hide, or that what I do online is so interesting to ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Safe harbor in USA, EU, and Russia

I am doing research on Google's Blogger service and its privacy protection features. They say that Google complies with the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor Framework and the U.S.-Swiss Safe Harbor Framework. I've ...
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Can too much web searching be a danger to a security professional?

As a junior security professional, I spend a lot of time goggling for things such as 'wpa dictionaries', 'vulnerabilities...' , 'how to crack ...','and so on. I sometimes feel like I am calling for ...
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HITECH : New United States Federal Act on Data Security

Has anyone heard of the new HITECH Federal Act? I understand that it is an underscore of the HIPAA Federal Act but am unclear of the requirements that they are requesting. It targets companies that ...
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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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How can I prevent my kids from bypassing my computer restrictions?

My son has a downloaded copy of Ubuntu that he uses to "break" into my computer, bypassing Vista. I have two questions: Can this damage my computer or corrupt my files? (I have lots of pictures) Is ...
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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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Can web sites detect whether you are using private browsing mode?

Most modern browsers support "private browsing mode" (also known in Chrome as "Incognito mode"), where the browser does not save any information to disk about your browsing while in this mode. In ...
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How can you remove your presence from the Internet? [duplicate]

How can you remove your presence from the Internet? For example from social networks, from email servers, from forums etc. Problem is how records of you are identified on the internet? We have well ...
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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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Should I ask a user to re-authenticate if the browser thumbprint changes? Is a server side library available?

Is there a security benefit to using the browser's thumbprint in addition to a session identifier to identify a unique session? Would it then be advisable to ask the user to reauthenticate (or simply ...
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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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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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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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What are the consequences for deceptive practices against stated privacy policy

Disclaimer: I'm aware my question is a bit far from IT security practices but here is the most appropriate place I can think of to post my question within the whole stackexchange. Let's say, many ...
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Is silverlight and Java running on the web browser capable of saving “state” into the user's local machines?

I am aware that even after we have cleared our cache and cookies, websites can still save files/information into our computer using Flash (Flash ever cookies), I was wondering does other plugins like ...
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Data Protection in EU for usage of personal documents

I don't know if this question fits into this forum or not. Is there some template documents that comply with the EU regulations for Data Protection and Privacy that I can reuse / (get them signed by ...
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Patient Hashes for Compression and Security

Are there any front-running approaches to using server-generated hashes to encapsulate patient condition in a concise manner while maximizing security? For example, a system to represent current med ...
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When is an intermediate page needed before directing a user off my primary website? What is the best implementation?

The NSA has a page that intercepts redirections off the primary site. (click "TLS: "Suite B Cipher Suites for TLS," RFC 5430" for an example). I've seen this used in Exchange Outlook Web Access ...
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Check photos for geotagging and remove lat/long data

I like to upload photos to various internet services, but I prefer not to share my geographic location. I understand Facebook and other services strip out the geolocation data, but they still have ...
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Essential things to think about before outsourcing authentication with OpenID, OAuth, or SAML

It's clear there there is no consistent set of features among any of the popular authentication providers. Below is an attempt to aggregate the similarities and differences I've noticed, but I ...
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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 ...
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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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Server side data de-duplication + client-side encryption with private key. Possible with “convergent encryption”? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Online backup : how could encryption and de-duplication be compatible? I just saw an article on Techcrunch wherein a startup company was describing their new cloud ...
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Online backup : how could encryption and de-duplication be compatible?

A "soon to enter beta" online backup service, Bitcasa, claims to have both de-duplication (you don't backup something already in the cloud) and client side encryption. ...
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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 ...