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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Why should we focus on protecting root access on a home computer?

I understand why root access should be protected in general, especially in the context of a server environment. An unknown party can essentially control everything you do on a computer remotely ...
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How secure is it to store information in Google products

I think many people have been gradually forking over more and more personal information to Google. I was noticing how I now have details about my doctor appointments stored in Google Calendar and on ...
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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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Securing Laptop's Wireless

When ones goes into a public space, like a train or plane, how does one prevent their previously joined SSIDs from being broadcast? I noticed that my phone and tablet tend to try to join these ...
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Email address book stolen

The way I have set up my email system allows me to put the name of a company (that say I am buying a book from) in front of the @ and my domain name.net after it. So, when I get an email from ...
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Can I find out if my employer is snooping on me? [duplicate]

I work at a large university and have a computer supplied by my employer. I would like to find out whether my employer is snooping or can snoop on my files or activity on my computer. Can I find that ...
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Privacy Policy for Mobile Apps

We are next to launch an iOS app in App Store which is asking us for a privacy policy url as part of process when this app is being uploaded to app store. We and most of our users are outside USA and ...
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For how long ISPs keep record of Internet usage? [closed]

For how long ISPs keep record of Internet usage? Do they keep record of every page we visit? In what form do they keep such records (remote IP, URL, page title, headers, etc.)? Is it possible for an ...
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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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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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what info can web bugs track?

From EFF's Web Bug FAQ(point 6), What information is sent to a server when a Web Bug is viewed? The IP address of the computer that fetched the Web Bug The URL of the page that the Web ...
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How can I block flash from obtaining a list of available fonts in my browser? [closed]

How can I block Flash, at least in Chrome, from obtaining the list of available fonts in my browser? It seems that the combination of fonts available is the easiest way to fingerprint a browser.
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Compromised server with psyBNC - what are our next steps?

One of our VPS servers has an install of psybnc on it. The install has been present for quite some time, and has now been brought to our attention. We have backups, but they also have psybnc on them. ...
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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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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 ...
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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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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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Is it possible for Apple or any other company to create fully encrypted smartphone?

From the latest Apple vs FBI story it's known that Apple is technically capable of changing the boot-loader of the iPhone to provide interface for brute-force finding of 4-digit password. I'm ...
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Does using Ghostery with Privacy Badger impair PB's heuristic learning?

I am running Ghostery and Privacy Badger for FF. From what I have read at eff.org/privacybadger, PB uses a heuristic algorithm to learn what 3rd-party sites are tracking me. If I am running Ghostery ...
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Benefits of injecting antivirus inside browser

Some antiviruses propose you to use their browser plug-ins. For instance, Avast SafeZone propose you reactive defend by checking signatures of keylogers/malware/spyware etc. But, what's the benefit ...
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How does add-on for the Firefox with a custom proxy server prevents info from Google?

I would like to know how does add-on for the Firefox web browser with a custom proxy server prevent Google from collecting information about your browsing? Does it prevent also from your internet ...
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MS Exchange email privacy and Admins

Using the Exchange control panel feature/tool of MS Exchange 2010, you can search all the emails belonging to any domain user and read them. Allowing an Exchange administrator to read the emails of ...
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IP Forwarding question

I am starting to learn a bit about TCP/IP and I have a question about IP forwarding. If someone had access to my home network (WiFi password) what are the possibilities that IP forwarding is being ...
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privacy - Which parts of URL is protected by HTTPS? [duplicate]

Assuming the website I visit uses HTTPS, which parts of the URL is protected from the eyes of my ISP? eg; https://subdomain.domain.com/path/file.php?param=value I know that domain.com (and probably ...
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Snoopers Charter VPN advice needed

With the Snoopers Charter coming soon in the UK, I intend to start using a VPN service. Disregarding issues of the VPN logging user details or leaving my IP address discoverable, what other potential ...
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MUST Share Personal Info with Windows 10?

Just upgraded to windows 10. Had window open in Firefox when I upgraded. Should point out that for some reason Windows 10 would not upgrade on it's own, I went to Microsoft and they used remote ...
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How much information a Flash program (Flash app) can gather about computer when running?

Does anyone know if a Flash web application has access to local hard drive? What about OS information or hardware information? If I allow webcam and microphone access, how much information can it get ...
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In the United States, when can someone legally search my personal laptop? (Government or private security) [closed]

Unlike the United Kingdom, U.S. citizens don't have an explicit right to privacy in the Constitution. Although there are implied privacy rights within "penumbras" of the Bill of Rights this has ...
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Do file hosting services check user data manually by human? [closed]

I wonder if file hosting services like Dropbox, MediaFire, OneDrive, Google Drive, etc. manually check user data for piracy or copyright infringement. Although their terms of service always say that ...
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What TCP-level commands affect the global configuration of the stack?

I'm looking at TCP, and what options may affect the global configuration so that I can detect a repeat visitor. What TCP commands (for lack of a better word) affect the global TCP stack? Or that or ...
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Saving an Id on a cookie. Security point of view?

I'm developing an ASP.NET MVC 5 website, which a user can select some filters, based on those fillers the server process a result, and the user can make a order and pay for it. In my Order table i ...
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What are the pros and cons of using DNS to block unwanted domains?

There are many methods to block unwanted outgoing requests. Examples include browser settings and extensions, and .hosts files. While DNS blocking won't affect direct accesses to a numeric IP address, ...
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Potential worm damage on a physically isolated Tor system

I'm setting up a physically isolated Tor system (with one computer serving as the workstation and another as a Tor gateway), and I'm concerned about methods a worm could use to infect my OS. In the ...
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Cellphone Tracing

Can someone trace where you were a year or two earlier, based on your cellphone? If so, would you have to have been making a call? Or just have your phone on? Or can your past be traced even if your ...
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How to keep database record secret even from developer having access to it?

Imagine a web-based email app, such as GMail. The email should only be readable by the sender and the recipients. No one else, including the developer having access to the database server or ...
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How Fast Flux technique works exactly?

I was reading about botnets and C&C servers and saw this term. I've read this Wikipedia article but I couldn't really understand what and how this is working. I think its some kind of proxy ...
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Dealing with Spam with an unkown party harvesting the email address [closed]

I have a situation where I keep receiving spam from several IT companies (solicitations, marketing etc.). I think I gave away my email to a company in the last couple of years for reading a white ...
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Is CloudKit or iCloud suitable for storing PII?

iCloud is Apple's storage technology that copies data from one iPhone and shares it with every other device. CloudKit is a similar technology that allows (from what I can tell) the partial ...
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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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Can a company track your browsing history if you are not connected to the company network?

I am using the Internet from my laptop at home, and am not connected to my company's network. I am using my own Vodafone dongle for my Internet connection. I was logged in to Gmail using my work ...
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Secure backup on online Cloudstorage

i own a small private server (@home) with all necessary features for my backup purposes (Owncloud, SVN, GIT). My target now is to ensure the safety of my data in emergency cases like fire/flood. For ...
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Is it safe to use preyproject?

prey project tracks mobile devices and helps to find stolen devices. Is it safe from privacy perspective? How can I know that it doesn't spy on me?
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Can my University see what Stack exchange account I am logged into?

I have to log into an account to use the university internet, so I imagine they can see all the sites I view, but can they see what account I am logged into, and can I do anything to hide this?
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Location Obfusication and Email/remote login

Would it be possible for a user of a 3rd party VNC software package and email client to obfusicate/spoof their location, so that an employer would be unable to determine the location from which the ...
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how can I stop someone from watching my internet history? [duplicate]

I use someone's wifi network. Is there anyway to stop him by getting my browsing information or can I somehow hide my browsing history from him?
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How can Facebook use history data in browser

Web is filled up with the recent decision by Facebook to track user browsing history like adage.com andNYTimes. How can a web application use browsing history which is local to that browser? Is it ...
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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 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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service providers and web activity

It is good to know that ISP have legal boundaries for retaining a client's internet activity. Is it possible that individuals can hack the ISP and then have access to someone's web history activity?