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Is there a difference between GET and POST for web application security?

I have 2 choices in sending data between 2 web applications. I encode the data in Base64 and append to the URL and retrieve these parameters at my destination application and decode the parameters. ...
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If someone hacks my wi-fi connnection, what can they see and how?

I have two questions on wifi security: If someone knows my wifi password (be it WEP or WPA) what can they see on my screen? Do they just see URLs I visit, or can they see everything in my ...
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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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Received a Kindle from a stranger, what are the risks?

While getting a coffee today, a man walked up to me and offered me a kindle. he said he no longer wanted it and that he was looking to give it away. An avid reader, I accepted. It has no accounts on ...
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What day-to-day activities can compromise a person's information security [closed]

Recently a car was stopped next to me at the traffic lights. The driver had his phone connected to the car's bluetooth and the conversation could be heard by me crystal clear in the next car - the ...
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Can p2p use be traced by targeting a known individual rather than an offending IP Address?

My understanding of most filesharing lawsuits initiated by copyright holders is as follows: The monitoring agency will connect to a torrent swarm and collect the ip addresses of people downloading ...
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how Cookie tracking threat works?

as explained here and lots of other cases , what is this tracking story ? browser vendors say we have same origin policy and for example google.com can only read cookies saved by google.com or read ...
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Is Chrome giving out information about me?

I'm stepping up my privacy online and have recently switched to Google Chrome, which may be a huge step backwards. Chrome pesters the user to sign in with their Gmail account. When I first created my ...
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Can law enforcement track a criminal through dynamic IP address?

I ask because a week ago my home was broken into and, among other things, my iMac computer was stolen. I am desperate to get it back because it has all the pictures of my daughters from the last ...
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Privacy in torrents?

It seems that if you download a file via torrent, each downloader can see other downloaders IP addresses. I also noticed that my (windows) pc's name was sometimes displayed briefly. How does one keep ...
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Protecting peers communicating with WebRTC

For reference: WebRTC Homepage I've been really interested in these new RTC technologies that are coming out, specifically the fact that use the PeerConnection API to establish a connection between ...
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What is the technique to determine if a user is “reading” a page called? (similar to “infinite scroll”)

When I read an article at Salon.com I notice that the "overflow content" (where I need to scroll down) is loaded on demand. I can't imagine this being a useful bandwidth savings technique, so the ...
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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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Best practices for operating a Bitcoin-Qt client regarding netwok privacy?

As privacy is part of security, I know there is a Bitcoin SE here but they couldn't answer my question so I hope it's appropriate to ask it here. I don't ask about how to secure my wallet on my ...
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Is privacy a part of security? (Bruce Schneier) [closed]

From this talk: http://vimeo.com/8053634, around 35 minutes he argues that privacy is part of security. What is your take on that? Are privacy questions on topic on this board?
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Privacy laws' right-to-amend (and right-to-delete) requests and archived data/backups

Under HIPAA and some privacy laws (in US, EU and other countries), the user has the right to amend (under some laws even delete) his/her data. What is the right way to handle a request to amend/delete ...
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How traceable is ATM and point-of-sale credit card use back to you in practice?

A friend said ATM use is traceable easily, while point-of-sale credit card use isn't - this statement goes against my common sense. I searched for the the topic and this is what I have found: ...
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Can an employer access Whatsapp messages if you are using their servers?

Does anyone know if an employer can access whatsapp messages if you are using their servers? Whatsapp apparently say the messages are encrypted, but I'm not sure about this.
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Can other customers on shared hosting see requests from/to my site?

I installed a wiki on my shared webhosting (using Apache) account. This wiki is set to private (no read/edit/create rights for unauthorized users) and I'm the only one with an account. The wiki ...
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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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Is it a good idea to generate certificate-specific CRLs? What is this technique called?

Suppose I create 3 certificates with the following CRLs Cert1 http://crl.server.com/batch1/root1.crl Cert2 http://crl.server.com/batch2/root2.crl Cert3 ...
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GPG-encrypted mailing list and other approaches to safe communication

What is the best way to communicate privately on a mailing-list? Requiring each member of the list to have the public key of each other member, and encrypt their messages with those, is cumbersome to ...
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Can Microsoft monitor my computer because of Windows 8 email sign in

Because Windows 8 uses an email sign in/cloud profile, do they have access to view my data and what I am doing with it? I am always wary that one of the EULAs is signing away the rights to my soul (or ...
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How to use clipboard manager software more securely?

I want to minimize the risks using a clipboard manager or clipboard history software. I want to use it because it really eases my work so not using it is not a good option. These programs usually ...
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Youtube & Google Services that ID you based on stuff on your computer - what is the risk?

If I'm on a VPN and accessing sites like Youtube or other's using Google services, am I still at risk for being located geographically via scripts in content I am viewing? Like I think some scripts ...
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Secure risks of online chat for customer service

Some merchants provide the ability to chat over the web for customer service or help. Are there any risks in using these online chat channels? If so, what are the primary risks? Can the chat ...
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Is it likely that security authorities track downloads of pen-testing related software? [closed]

Lots of security related software, like backtrack and metasploit, can be used for illegal purposes. Is it likely that national security organisations (e.g. federal police) track the downloads of such ...
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What's most standard way to secure internet connections and protect privacy?

It's common knowledge that Wi-Fi, or other Internet connections, should be encrypted via a VPN to be secure, and to hide our real IP address from intermediary network observers. However, one can't ...
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Which Wifi encryption method is secure?

you may wonder apple just removed ethernet port from new macbooks which means we have to use wifi! i made a wifi hotspot with my windows laptop to use for my macbook (my modem don't have wifi because ...
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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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Secure file sharing, instead of attaching files to emails?

Allow me to give some background information, so you may understand my situation better. We have been prone to sending emails to unintended recipients, many of which contained confidential data. ...
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How can I encrypt a file using gpg without including the recipient's key ID?

An OpenPGP encrypted file will include the key ID of the intended recipient's public encryption key, as explained in this question. Is there any way to remove that information from the resulting ...
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Does a TMSI change often enough to prevent tracking?

A company called Path Intelligence has a product called Footpath which uses the TMSI, WiFi MAC address, and bluetooth MAC address to track phones as they move through stores. However, I don't see ...
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Is Google spying on all of us?

I am curious because, I experienced something bizarre recently. About a month ago, someone asked me to find out a price for a T-shirt printing machine, and probably for the first time, I pressed these ...
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Securing a laptop against attacks (article)

I came across this article when looking for ways of hardening my laptop, and this guide seemed extremely thorough. It is perhaps overly paranoid, but it will be good to have a guide I can trust should ...
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GPS tracking device [closed]

Could anyone please tell me if there exists a GPS tracking device that is light, small and safe (e.g., does not cause harmful radiation) and can be tracked back via say an app on a phone?
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Is my email client violating my privacy?

There are many ways that emails can be used to violate the privacy of the recipient (Return-Receipt-To:, web bugs, iframes loaded from an external page, and other email tracking methods). It may be ...
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What user information does Wikipedia retain when a page is viewed?

People worry about privacy issues of Facebook and Google, but Wikipedia, being the nice and not-for-profit guys that they really are, does not receive much attention. However, if access logs are not ...
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Are there security or privacy concerns in using YaCy as a substitute for Google or Duckduckgo?

The concept of YaCy of decentralized web search seems smart. Does anyone see any flaws in its design that may lead to additional exposures of privacy or security compared to the usual alternatives or ...
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Keyboard sniffing through audio recorded typing patterns

I've been thinking about this for a while; I know people are aware of wireless wiretapping of keyboards. However, has there been research on how to wiretap keyboards based on typing patterns? I'm ...
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Repudiation in Copyright Infringement (BitTorrent)

Seeing this question : How can alleged illegal downloading be detected? sparked a question I have had for a long time. How does repudiation/non-repudiation work in such cases ? Argument: It is known ...
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Studies on Android users' attitude to security

I'm a final year BSc. student of Computer Security & Forensics at the University of Bedfordshire (UK). I'm investigating perceptions of security on Android platforms, and how to educate users of ...
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How to fight browser fingerprinting?

https://panopticlick.eff.org/ , aka "How unique and trackable is your browser". For example it usually gives me a unique score. The biggest entropy values come from navigator.plugins and fonts via ...
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How does the Copyright Alert System work? Who has implemented it?

Some ISPs are participating in a Copyright Alert System that notifies content authors of violations of their copyright. I'm concerned how this oversight relates to my private traffic, and what laws ...
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Whats the probability of a personal computer being hacked?

For a normal computer user following these practices: Have an up to date anti-virus with a firewall installed (Norton). Do not install cracked software. Do not open suspicious links or download ...
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Privacy implications of IDFA/IDFV? (iPhone/iOS)

Apparently, iOS 6 introduced IDFA, "identifier for advertisers", which identifies your device so that advertisers can track you and send you ads. It appears they also introduced IDFV, "identifier for ...
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Privacy issues in Peer to Peer networks

In any typical P2P file sharing app, say DC++, the typical operations are search content, push content and pull content. A peer node broadcasts/multicasts its query to fellow peers and receives ...
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Silent (no user interaction) utility to clear cached credentials on Windows [closed]

Is there any way to clear cached credentials on Windows, that doesn't require: user interaction (e.g. a confirmation window); administrator access; or making a persistent change to the ...
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How to secure data before returning Macbook Air?

I am returning my MacBook Air to Apple and want to know the best way to ensure my data is not recoverable from the flash storage. I currently have Filevault 2 enabled, however before I enabled it I ...
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Are tracking cookies illegal?

I have a merchant website. When a user visits the website, a cookie is set. Then when the same user visits the site again, we provide him with suggestions, content that he may enjoy based on what ...