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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Stalking and harassment [closed]

I believe my ex wife is redirecting my Yahoo and Google accounts and somehow has access to anything I do online. How can I know if my suspicions are true? She is director of I.T. of a large company, ...
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Privacy of my company's guest Wi-Fi [duplicate]

I use my company's guest Wi-Fi along with another maybe 1500 other people across our site. On my breaks I access some random chat servers. Can my company see and hear my conversation?
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Just how intrusive IS Cortana? [closed]

According to Microsoft's privacy statement: To enable Cortana to provide personalized experiences and relevant suggestions, Microsoft collects and uses various types of data, such as your device ...
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I'm leaving my job and want to erase as many personal details etc. as possible; any tips?

Obviously this is very open-ended. But, I'm just paranoid about people going through everything on my laptop after I leave my job. Here are the things I'm planning to do: Completely wipe all browser ...
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Can a site I browse in private browsing mode tell if I visited it in regular mode before?

I've noticed when updating a blog, that sometimes refreshing the page won't actually fetch it again, because it is still in the cache. Now, even when I open it in incognito in that same browser(say ...
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How can I keep Google from tracking me?

I'm using a VPN service (purevpn) and I notice that google knows my location even when I use noscript and a firefox private window. Is there something I can do to stop this? Remark: I'm living in ...
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Are kiosk-style, full screen apps possible on iOS, Android, or Windows phone?

A popular car insurance company in the US has an app that displays "digital car insurance" papers. In the commercials, these apps are opened, and the user gives the unlocked phone to police officers. ...
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Real-world applications of Differential Privacy?

Differentially private techniques guarantee privacy while often permitting accurate answers ...this is something I have been reading up on lately as a means of preserving user ...
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Using Tor browser on a Windows machine

Suppose a person is running a Windows 7/8 operating system. If she/he uses the TOR web-browser, can Microsoft see what they are browsing? Would that not defeat the point of using TOR in the first ...
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Browsers root CA accepted, countries and checking fingerprints

This is a question derived from several others, and I can not comment on those, so it is not duplicated, please read: In some related questions some users comment that: "They wouldn't ...
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Is there any way to formally ensure privacy to my clients by technical means?

Imagine you are a software solutions company. One of the solutions you provide are domains, email and forwarding mail to their Gmail accounts. After we have created a domain and several email ...
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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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Resellers and web admins and email privacy

Maybe I'm missing something, but this is "my problem". If you ask some company to create some domain for you and several e-mail account with that domain and forward that information to your gmail ...
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Why do some companies ask last 4 digits of my SSN or a scan of my ID? What are my risks?

Yesterday I found out that some major service provider (online rentals) that I use now requires proof of my identity if I want to continue and make a booking. I was offered 2 options: 1) Enter last ...
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How to keep data private where software requires an online check

When software forces a user to verify online (phone home) before use, it creates an opportunity for private data created with this software to be physically connected to the Internet. This may not be ...
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Best practices for Tor use, in light of released NSA slides

It has been known in the security community that a tool as versatile as Tor is likely the target of intense interest from intelligence agencies. While the FBI has admitted responsibility for a Tor ...
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Freedom method for anonymity

In a book I am reading, a system called Freedom is mentioned as a means to protect user privacy. Though at some point it mentions that it uses multiple proxies, so even if a node behaves maliciously ...
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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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Mobile Phone security - help finding security/privacy review/discussion [closed]

I'm in the market for a new phone, and was wondering which modles/operating systems are the best to protect privacy/security. I don't use social media, so won't have Facebook/Twitter,etc. I am fairly ...
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How can secure email be used while avoiding government attention?

Presumably all unencrypted email is available to federal agencies including IP addresses, header information, and email content (eg, through SMTP with or without SSL and TLS -- thunderbird has an ...
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Is Google intercepting my emails? [closed]

I was recently checking my Recent Activity under the "Details" tab inside my Gmail inbox, and I noticed this IP Address, it's not my IP: I proceeded to look up the IP and it's located in Mountain ...
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Files encryption for flash drive privacy/security

Looking to encrypt files on flash drive (for backup) just in case it gets stolen or lost. Don't want to install any extra software like TrueCrypt but instead just use what's already on most computers. ...
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How accurate the recent activities location provided by Microsoft emails

One of my emails is on hotmail.com provided by Microsoft. Recently, after few suspicious incidents where my computer was hacked and many other accounts, I changed all my passwords including this ...
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Why has there been a complete focus on privacy against the government but not against everybody else? [closed]

Not sure why the concern on privacy has been focused on the government. There has been no mention for people on the ability of their companies, exes, and even the random stalker to snoop their online ...
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How did my network admin identify my iPhone and how can I hide my ID?

I recently got a call from our network admin asking that I stop the app updates on my iPhone to open up bandwidth. It is my personal phone. My question is 2 part: Out of all of the personal devices ...
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Is it dangerous to use the same key (RSA) for both encryption (PGP) and authentication (SSH)?

Alice wants to send an encrypted message to Bob, but she also wants to connect to Carol's server. Are there any dangers associated with using the same RSA key for both PGP and SSH (other than a lack ...
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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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Is someone reported a video to the fbi, would the IP address be traced? [closed]

Supposedly, if someone were to report a video to the fbi, if anyone watched that video, would their ip address be traced down?
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Hushmails “Secure Forms” & HIPAA

I just picked up a job for integrating Hushmail's Secure Web Forms into a medical website. The forms will submit patient's (PHI) data to Hushmail's servers, encrypt the data, and then send it to their ...
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Should a Web Search with Evernote results be a concern?

While using a Chromium based browser (Chromodo) and doing a regular Google search, Evernote is now appearing on the side with "related results in your notes". Does anyone know how they are doing ...
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Which parts of an HTTPS connection can be revealed? [duplicate]

Say, I use a public WiFi connection to load https://google.com in the browser, and then continue browsing on that site for a few more pages (performing searches in Google). Can anyone else (like ...
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What Firefox settings should be changed from factory defaults to ensure privacy vis-à-vis Mozilla?

Besides turning off everything in Edit/Preferences/Advanced/Data Choices and browser.newtabpage.directory.ping browser.newtabpage.directory.source browser.safebrowsing... ...
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Are images created with commercial software stamped with identifiers that can be traced back to a serial number?

To the best of your knowledge, do images created with Photoshop and/or other commercial software embed any bits of information that can allow someone (governments, security agencies?) to trace the ...
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Can the payer of my cell bill listen to my calls? [closed]

I am not an IT person so I'd need a simply-worded answer. I'm considering getting a smart phone, and someone else would be paying the bill, someone I don't necessarily trust. I'd like to know: would ...
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Cryptographic algorithm to anonymise strings in pronounceable fashion?

NB: I originally posted this on SO (link), but then realise Security SE be more suitable, since there's existing questions around Crypto-PAn, which is similar here I have a logfile of database ...
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Why do security experts like Snowden use email services like Lavabit and Hushmail rather than self-hosted email?

Why would anyone like Edward Snowden rely on 3rd party services like Lavabit or Hushmail to host his email? I mean it's very easy to set up a self-hosted email server. What you need: Rent VPS (even ...
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What are the security benefits to block all http referer header requests for web browser?

I would like to know also if you lose site functionality. Is this a security benefit that is beneficial than compromising functionality (if compromising at all)? What I mean by this is one a ...
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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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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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Is it there any effective way to prevent shodan to access my webcams [duplicate]

Recently while browsing using shodan, I came across a search string to explore webcams. Some of the searches I carried out were: webcamxp city:city name webcamxp geo: longitude and latitude ...
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Can my ISP/MSP read my Whatsapp messages?

I wonder whether the Whatsapp messages are sufficiently encrypted so that the ISP/MSP ( mobile service provider) cannot read what is inside? I will be travelling to some of the most oppressive ...
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How is wireless WiFi password cracked?

Let's say I have a wireless network that is password protected. What procedures can an intruder take in order to be able to gain access to my wireless network, or at least be able to decipher the ...
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How 'private' is my setup?

I'm currently running QubesOS (so essentially a virtualized Fedora operating system), which I use to access an offshore VPS through I2P (using garliccat). I then route all my traffic through the VPS ...
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How to monitor kernel mode driver traffic (ESEA client)

E-Sports Entertainment Association (ESEA) is an alternative method of finding players to match up against in (among others) Counter Strike GO. They are known for having the best anti-cheating measure ...
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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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How do I protect myself from the aftermath of the OPM hack?

As a federal employee, I, along with some 4 million other Americans had our information compromised in the recent OPM (office of personal management) hack. Former and current addresses, names of ...
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Online anonymity for a journalist in a dangerous country [closed]

I am a journalist in a corrupt country. I am concerned that my online usage will allow my antagonists to track me down, and it wouldn't end very good. I am aware that I may use TOR and VPNs, and ...
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Theoretical VPN and Tor Encryption Chain

Okay, so I've been looking around at the benefits of using tor to access you vpn and vice versa. Here's what I've come up with: VPN -> Tor Pros: Hides Tor usages from isp Hides your activities ...
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Is a Tor router really safer than a proxy?

If I use a Tor router to browse the regular internet that it has to leave the Tor network through an exit node. Apparently the exit node has all the information from the original user it came from on ...
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Minds.com : Can we trust it on privacy terms? [closed]

The Minds.com social networking offers: Open Source encryption algorithms for all communications and data storage. Open Source code for their associated tools (as for now: Android and iOS). How ...