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 can be accessed with just the bank account number? [duplicate]

one of my friends wants to deposit money into my other friends bank account. obviously she needs the bank account number to do this. Can she access any other information in with just the bank account ...
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How does the authentication in the new UK £1 coin work?

The UK is getting a new £1 coin. Its designers, the Royal Mint, claim that unlike current coins, it includes built in technology for high speed authentication and verification everywhere from ATMs to ...
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Anonymizing data for applications

I try to design a system which reads events comming from devices, stores them and exposes API to various applications. Originally I wanted to introduce a module Id translator, so I would store only ...
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Fingerprints of my computer

I'm recently interested in having an paranoid level of privacy but there is little question in my mind for which I cannot find an answer. I know there is fingerprint of my browser which it gives away ...
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Is it safe to rely on UUIDs for privacy?

I'm uploading files on S3, where the filename is a UUID. All files uploaded are publicly read/write, however these files are considered private to users. Is it possible for someone to guess a UUID, ...
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Data protection laws and regulation for storing IP addresses for registered users [closed]

I have a website, large amounts of this site can only be accessed if the user logs in. I would like to use the users IP addresses as a means to determine where they are when they access certain pages. ...
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How likely would /var/mail be encrypted in a paid host? [closed]

I pay for a very basic web hosting plan, which includes a personal email address. Would the sysadmin of said host be able to read the content of my messages? How likely would my personal mail folder ...
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Employee Snooping [closed]

I just got hired at this SW tech company with a few IT gurus in it. There is a clever genius that is suspect. He obtained my personal home email address I use. It was obtained from company ...
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How bad is to buy domain name with .ext from another country even if they allow non citizens to own one?

I'd like to purchase a domain name from a country that does not require citizenship, since they can make nice urls, they are more available and sometimes not too expensive too! But few things annoys ...
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How could a third-party know the contents of an email I sent to someone?

Apparently, a third party knew the contents of an email I sent to someone within an hour after I sent it. The following possibilities come into mind: The recipient forwarded the email to the third ...
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How to protect against a determined harasser

My girlfriend is an admin on a German speaking site that for some time has been harassed by what we presume is a disgruntled user. At first it was merely an annoyance but a couple of days ago the ...
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What are the strengths and weaknesses of using a single 'burner' computer vs. many public access computers over a sustained period? [closed]

Assuming that the user is accessing/publishing related sensitive information over this period, and also assuming that they would take additional precautions in both scenarios, such as a Tails live ...
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Does using Google DNS make extensions like AdBlock Plus useless?

As many of you probably do, I am not using my ISP DNS because of very low performance, and I am using Google's primary and secondary DNS (8.8.8.8 and 8.8.4.4) which are good speed-wise but, knowing ...
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Are WhatsApp or Telegram secure enough to use for office communication?

We are thinking about switching from e-mail to instant messaging. Do you think, Apps like WhatsApp or Telegram provide enough security for that?
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Security Consequences of compromised passport data

In light of the recent hack of the EC-Council site, where the hacker makes the point that he has access to passport data a general question arises. What, if any, are the security/privacy consequences ...
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WireShark and Facebook [closed]

Some time ago i try Wireshark at my home local network just for see how it works. I scan the connection of my mac to the router and also to other external ips. The flow of connections were high when i ...
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How can I be sure that my browser does not exfiltrate my passwords to some server?

This is my first question and I dont even know if it is the right place. If this is an off-topic just mark it as off-topic, don't go crazy and downvote. :P But how can I detect if my browser is not ...
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Why is my browsing history visible outside my network?

Whatever I and my family members do at 'Home PC' is visible in the history in Google chrome in my 'Office PC'. The two networks are entirely different! I saw all websites visited on our home PC by my ...
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Gmail, Google, and privacy

I am not sure whether this is the best place to get my concerns addressed, but I hope it is. I went through some earlier questions posted on this site about Gmail and privacy but they don't seem to ...
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Disk Wiping - How can I be sure [duplicate]

I am selling some hard drives but my question is. How can I be sure that the information is gone? Is there a good way to wipe the drives? What are ways I use to attempt to recover the data to ensure ...
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Tor traffic correlation attacks by global adversaries

I recently came across a paper called "Users Get Routed: Traffic Correlation on Tor by Realistic Adversaries" (Aaron Johnson et al) ... which seems to be saying that adversaries (like the NSA) that ...
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Is authentication through proxy sites safer?

usually in office or wherever whenever we are blocked with gmail and facebook websites,we used to browse the site with the proxy sites,we used to pass our login data through proxy sites,my question is ...
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Privacy-preserving authentication with unique user identification for Web applications

Is it feasible to authenticate users such that they should be prevented from creating multiple accounts, and that their privacy is not impaired (i.e., no personal information should be revealed to the ...
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Extracting the GPG userid from the Public key file?

Is it possible to extract userid from GPG public key? I got public key only and want to know to whom it might belong. I find one possible workaround — to publish this information on keyserver — it ...
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Is it proper to be prompted that I entered an old password

I changed my Facebook password a few days ago. Today, I entered the old password chronically, and saw the prompt: Sorry! You Entered An Old Password And even shows the date&time when I ...
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Website doesn’t always log me out – Privacy concern or am I overreacting?

I’ve been applying to for some jobs and use one certain careers page somewhat regularly. I’ve started to notice that I don’t always get logged out even if I do click “log out” and see a message that ...
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what is differential privacy?

Currently I have heard a lot about differential privacy but I am unable to find out what exactly it is in a non-mathematicians language. Up-till now my understanding is that it add noise to the answer ...
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Is there any risk in posting “local info” to the Internet?

Previously when I posted a screenshot online, someone told me to erase out my usernames, computer names, domain names, etc: Is there actually a need to do so? A quick Google search shows that many ...
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Privacy risk in using Google APIs

If I use JQuery from Google APIs: http://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/jquery/1.10.1/jquery.min.js Is there a privacy risk to my site? E.g. does this link enable Google to read my pages, track my ...
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HTTPS Proxy Everwhere?

I am configuring a HTTPS proxy, which I want to use for my laptop wherever I go. The idea is that since its encrypted, I should be safe from eavesdroppers, even on open wireless networks. Think of it ...
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Best practice for data security on a web application

I read a couple articles on privacy/security but still cannot get a clear picture of the best practice to ensure that an attacker will not be able to access users' private information. For storing ...
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Sending messages using OTR & and GPG — is it detectable?

If I send messages using OTR & GPG, will my ISP or some surveillance agencies know that I'm using them? "Look, he's sending an encrypted message. He must have some important secret. Let's go ...
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What information can be gained from an Email Header?

What information is present in an Email Header that can be used to track a sent mail? For example, are some of these present? Web Browser used? Operating system Type of Network (broadband/dial up)? ...
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Internet and Email privacy in an “internet-enemy” country [closed]

Here where I live, it is believed that all the internet traffic goes through the hands of government agencies, and the telecommunication office is actually owned by the government. Given the ...
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Idea for hiding your mobile phones' location, and still be able to place and receive calls. Any suggestions?

The diagram below is a thought experiment that could provide a certain level of privacy to mobile (smart)phone users, beyond what they currently have. Some of it is purely theoretical, but it should ...
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Preventing softwares from leaving traces in Windows | deleting the traces easily

Say I open a .doc file from my UFD. I want to avoid leaving any traces in Windows (e.g. recent files, back-up files, swaps, etc) , or at least be able to delete all easily. So in this case, I want to ...
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When using private browsing can a website view data stored before private browsing was turned on?

If a browser has been used to visit a few sites and has active logins and then the user turns on private browsing, can the sites still access data such as cookies and cached files that were created ...
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Single vs multiple personas? What are the security implications?

I have two email addresses, one for work and one for home. I have have two cellphone numbers, one for work and one for home. But I am just one individual (and only have one social security number ...
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How can I prevent tracking by ETAGs?

An ETAG is a HTTP header that is sent-behind-the-scenes between a web browser and an web server. This value is intended to control how long a particular file is cached on the client side. There is ...
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How to guarantee privacy on files that I store

I want to create an Android app where users from an office (typical use) can upload scanned documents to the app backend service for later use. e.g. A lawyer want to upload a sentence ...
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Protect our payroll data from a legal and moral obligation

We have our payroll software to be installed on our file server. This contains all the details of current and past employees. The data contained in the payroll software includes tax, bank, National ...
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Share certain information only after death

After your death, you want to make sure that a special someone gets a vital piece of information (like the password to your bank account), but: You don't want anyone else to be able to get that ...
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Secure alternative to e-mail

After the announce that NSA conducts extensive metadata and traffic search on e-mail, it is clear that people looking for privacy and security would better abandon the system completely, since, by ...
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Email security and Home Mail Servers

Suppose you're truly paranoid (I assume the majority here identify with this?) and you don't want Google or other email service providers reading your email (to serve ads, etc). You don't want your ...
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What is the full extent of information about my computer that a website can get?

I need to know what all information a random website can get from my computer, and whether a website can tell which of my two computers on the same router I'm using. I know websites can determine ...
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SSL/TLS in-memory data interception after decryption

In a scenario where a client is reading data from a server over SSL/TLS and then encrypts that data using a client-side symmetric key before saving it to the disk, how susceptible is the data to an ...
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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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What steps remain for a robust, neutral and surveillance-proof Internet? [closed]

Recent leaks about widespread NSA surveillance have brought privacy and security to the forefront of the public consciousness as we strive to determine best practices in governance for the Internet ...
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Is my information secure when using Private Tunnel? [duplicate]

I am using Private Tunnel to do some tasks involving sensitive data like logging in to PayPal and online banking. Is my data safe or can it be retrieved by other users of the Private Tunnel service?
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Stolen Laptop - Next steps

My laptop (modded 2007 Macbook Pro) was stolen 2 days ago when I didn't pay attention to my backpack in a tourist spot in Europe and while I'm quite certain they won't have much use for it (the apple ...