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How to store private data both securely and publicly accessible?

The task may not be solvable in as broad a formulation as in the title, but this is my scenario (which is somewhat similar e.g. to newsletter subscriptions and therefore certainly has already been ...
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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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Encrypting the System Infrastructure

The requirements are to Encrypt the data in our servers 'at rest' and the 'database' - in short the whole infrastructure. Threat Model - to protect a possible data-breach by an adversary (or from ...
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How is Swatting (Twitch) streamers possible?

Swatting is when a person calls the SWAT team on a victim as a "prank", by falsely reporting some critical incident at the victim's home address. Swatting seems to be an incident that happen quite ...
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Disclosing too much info over email just to close account?

I have account with a stock option trading platform. They are well known and reputable. I had a couple thousand in the account, bought and sold for a while, and then cashed out and withdrew. So I'm ...
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Are zip codes considered to be personal identifying information?

A public website of a financial firm (falls under SEC) has a HTML 5 map of the US where each point on the map is the 5 digit zip code of their clients. These points are generated from a CSV file that ...
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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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How trustworthy is `sudo apt-get install (package name)` in Ubuntu?

One of the easy ways to install a program in Ubuntu Linux is to type a command in the terminal, but how do I know that the program is coming from a trusted source and not from somewhere dangerous? ...
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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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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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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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Is there use for GPG/PGP for casual people who are simply concerned for their privacy?

GPG seems to be something that would be important to people who communicate to a particular person and have to keep their privacy and/or security. But what if I'm just a casual user who's aware that ...
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Skype called someone and connected to them with no action on my part. What do I do?

This happened to me today, September 12, at about 6pm. Any ideas about what happened, what's going on, and what I should do? I was at home alone with my 2 year old -- I was feeding her dinner. All of ...
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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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Can you use two hardware firewalls?

There is a rule that says "don't use/install more than one firewalls on one computer " (software firewalls to be exact) which means if you have a network and it has five computers you can only ...
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Why did the Papal conclave use a Faraday cage in 2013 when selecting the new pope?

The Wikipedia article about Faraday cages has this anecdote: A Faraday cage was used in 2013 by the Vatican to shield the Sistine Chapel from electronic eavesdropping during the secret papal ...
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Can cookies reveal my email address?

When I visit livescore.com, ten seconds later I receive marketing emails from gambling companies. If I don't visit this site, I don't receive these emails. Similar things happen when I visit Twitter ...
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Is connection to keyserver encrypted?

When you retrieve someone's information from a keyserver to add him to your pgp keyring, that is made through unencrypted keyservers, unless the user uploaded it to https://keyserver.pgp.com/. Even ...
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Is anonymous message delivery feasible? [closed]

I came across two papers written on this topic: Buses for Anonymous Message Delivery and Tokens for anonymous Communications in the Internet I am probably missing a lot of the nuance, and I could ...
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Is VPN the only way to stop my ISP from logging my traffic?

I do know that my ISP is keeping logs permanently, which I'm not comfortable with because I like my privacy. Having said that, is VPN the only option to prevent my ISP from logging my traffic? The ...
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Griefing in the social circles of security experts? [closed]

When I was in college more than 15 years ago, I had some friends who were taking CS degrees with focus on Information Security. These folks knew how to write fuzzers, knew how use ring 0 debuggers, ...
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Unable to access “encrypted.google.com” with “proxy.googlezip.net”

I use Google data compression proxy with Firefox (Abrowser 38). Most websites are loaded without any problem but unable to access encrypted.google.com So, is this is normal? i.e I've to use system ...
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Storing Data Without Knowing Anything About the User

Let me start by stating that this is really my first foray into encryption. I have written username/password systems, and such, and am familiar with salting and hashing passwords... but I have never ...
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How much can the police find about me with only my IP?

So yesterday I had a conversation with a friend. Apparently he had an argument with an other user in a forum, and while both exchanged bad words the other guy told him. I have your IP and mail and ...
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What can be tracked by my boss if I am logged into my work Gmail but using private Wi-Fi at home

Basically, I had the Gmail app on my personal mobile. I was on Google doing a search about coming out as gay and I had only searched on Google, not clicked on any pages yet. I noticed at the bottom ...
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Laptop had a NSFW page open when I got to work, cause for concern?

I use my personal lap top for work. The other day I took it in an opened it, logged in and there was a NSFW page open from when I last used it at home. I immediately closed the (incognito) page, no ...
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How is YouTube able to identify anonymous users?

A few days ago I was searching YouTube and I noticed an "outlier" video poped up in the suggestions list. This video had nothing to do with the topic being searched, but instead it was based on a ...
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how to protect my data from malware/spyware that infected my BIOS?

we all know that some countries do their best to spy on their citizens and the citizen of other countries and that countries maybe have specialized spying agencies wither they are known or not, and, ...
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Pre-Installed Tails OS Flashdrives

I ran across a pretty cool looking dongle that has Tails OS pre-installed, with tutorials on how to use the software. I wanted to ask the community how safe you guys think this kind of technology is? ...
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Are IP addresses used for tracking / advertising?

Many advertisers use tracking cookies or user-accounts (e.g. being logged into facebook or google while web browsing) to create relevant targeted advertising. However, what about IP addresses alone? ...
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Why don't despotic countries simply block all encrypted traffic?

This is a question I often think of when I hear about countries considering blocking just one protocol with encryption, such as tor: How would a resourceful government block tor. Clearly France ...
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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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What do browser VPNs actually do?

Firstly, I am not sure if this is the correct forum to be asking this question so I apologise if not. What I would like to know is, what do VPN browser plug-ins (such as zenmate) actually do and how ...
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Reading mail from GMail with secure access

I recently implemented PHP code with IMAP for reading mails from a GMail account and further executing some command depending on the mail body. I got this to work after consulting the first answer ...
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How to get computer name and ip address when someone logs in to my gmail account? [closed]

Is it possible to get ip address and computer name into my secondary/recovery email when someone logs into my gmail account? Now what happens, when I log in to my gmail account, I receive email with ...
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Can a domain administrator read my search queries? [closed]

Google's privacy policy states that they log your search queries. They also state that domain administrators have access to your Google Account information (e-mail and "other data") as well as ...
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Data Leakage Prevention tips for regular home users

I am a "power user" with a limited knowledge of information security. I frequently store confidential documents on my computer. How can I protect these against a rootkit that gives an attacker ...
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Should I trust Grive2?

I am trying to run Google Drive on LUbuntu 64 bit, but since there isn't an official version yet, I was thinking to follow this tutorial. Since it's not an official software from Google, I am ...
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Prevent snapshots of VPS

Pretend I have a server. Is there anyway to prevent (or make more difficult) the administrator from taking snapshots? Feel free to give me a software way, or suggest if I should change server types; ...
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How am I identifiable when connecting to a site and is it possible to be anonymous? [duplicate]

When I visit a website, they get information about me such as IP address, country etc. What are other ways/other information with that they can identify me/my connection? How can I change/mask this ...
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Pinging a device

Forgive me if any of my terminology is incorrect but I have a question. I have a scan app on my phone to tell me of any network routers or other device are in the area. Usually it will show up with my ...
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Can a random person find me if my location services are turned off?

I was recently asked by a friend if it's possible for someone to find someone else's location if they didn't have the location services on, on their phone. I told him I'm not sure but I didn't think ...
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If someone hacks my wifi connection what if any control do they have over radio waves in my house? [closed]

A couple questions on wifi security. If someone knows my wifi password (be it WEP or WPA) what kind of control do they have over radio waves? Can they emit radio waves from computers on my network? ...
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Connection to Google websites is not secure

When I open Gmail or Google search and leave it opened for a while, I notice this yellow warning triangle, as in these photos: However, when I refresh the page it returns to the usual green lock ...
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How can you be tracked using screen resolution/monitor size in Tor?

Whenever I maximize the Tor browser, it shows a warning: Maximizing Tor Browser can allow websites to determine you monitor size, which can be used to track you... How can screen resolution or ...
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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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Dragnet TEMPEST Surveillance?

Just something I considered recently -- TEMPEST attacks are pretty well known; basically you intercept EM leaks from a computer to discover compromising information (i.e. encryption keys, what's being ...
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With whom does my PC communicate at startup?

I've been reading about Windows 10 and its incessant desire to call home. I've tried putting some firewall rules in place. I am sure they are working but I got to thinking that many events probably ...
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can my internet provider see my communications? [duplicate]

Can my ISP see what i am communicating through Skype, Facebook, Yahoo-Mail and so on? I am not asking this from a legal perspective, but only from a technical one. Also I am not talking about ...