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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Is it secure to have an “email no longer available” feature on your registration form?

I was just implementing a new feature on the registration form of my site that checks if an email address is still available to register an account with. I am wondering if it is secure to show a user ...
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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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untangle server at work place privacy

When I am browsing in an environment where Untangle server is installed, can the network admin track everything I do? for example: Skype chat messages Personal emails (Gmail, Yahoo)
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Is there any way of preventing (or punishing) abuse of anonymity networks? [closed]

Anonymity services/networks like Tor, VPNs that don't log etc., seem like very double edged swords. Is there any way to prevent people with bad intentions (like breaking the law) from using them or ...
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How to make database of IP addresses anonymous?

I have to perform ip address connection stats anonymously because the data posses security risk, so how do I do it? Is it just like this, that the ip numbers and networks are replaced by random ...
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ISPs are now adding unique header identifiers to web traffic. Can this be avoided? If so, how?

I'm a security-conscious Verizon user, and it has recently come to light that Verizon is now serving up my web traffic to ad partners while en route. I understand that once my data has left the ...
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Why users want to disable cookies?

I just started to create a new web application. In the documentation, it is written that I have to prepare for the situation where users have disabled cookies. This is not the first time I have read ...
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What is the difference between ATA Secure Erase and Security Erase? How can I ensure they worked?

I'd like to wipe a stack of drives (spinning and SSD) securely. I'm familiar with the ATA Secure Erase (SE) command via hdparm, but I'm not sure if I should use the Security Erase (SE+) command ...
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How to improve the security and privacy of Firefox

What would be a sensible approach to enhance the security and privacy of Firefox? I did not find a question about this and I feel that some guidelines for casual web users would be handy. Currently ...
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Gmail disclosing your account name to recipients? [closed]

My Gmail setting has forever been set to send emails with just my Gmail address as the identifier, so it should not send out my account name (first or last name)... or so I thought! Recently I got a ...
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Is address information sensitive for companies or individuals during registration?

I am designing a web site that contains external suppliers to register and keep their information with the company up to date. We already have a db with EIN, SSN numbers and their addresses. One of ...
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Does a random number after the login name in the public members section of a website increase security or privacy?

http://forum.example.com/users/username-3723484 vs http://forum.example.com/users/username where username is specific to each user, as is its salt. My hypothesis is that it makes it harder for ...
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What are these unknown visits to my private, unlisted webpage?

Greetings this is my first time to post a question here so please be forgiving if I do something wrong or did not follow proper etiquette. Here is my situation: I created a private, totally locked ...
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How to defend against auto-scanning license plate cameras? (computer vision) [closed]

I just read a very interesting article in Popular Science about repo trucks and their new auto-scanning license plate cameras. The cameras are mounted on all four corners of their trucks, as as ...
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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 to communicate securely

What is the proper way for two parties, say A and B, to communicate securely where: Communication between A and B must be secure so that only they know the content of the communication. A isn't ...
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Does chatting over Skype expose my IP address?

Is there a way to identify a person's IP address in Skype, when you're chatting with them? Does this depend on their Skype settings? And if you've recorded chat messages, can they lead to the actual ...
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Email “privacy” when sending within same domain

Scenario: email is hosted third party (think Outlook, Gmail etc.) I am sending email to another person with an email account on the same domain (think from user1@example.com to user2@example.com) ...
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How safe can connecting to VPN really be?

I would like to make this story as short as possible since my question is not that long, I have worked with journalists previously in war zone where we investigated the involvement of EU IT companies ...
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Who is responsible for leaking my personal information to companies? [closed]

Lets say I have a couple of friends who I have in my address book and of course they saved me in theirs. There might be the obvious information about me like my phone number and my email address but ...
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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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HTTP/S <-> HTTP/S cross-site requests: what do third-party websites know about where their objects are being referenced from?

There are four general cross-site request combinations security-wise, and I want to know whether ysite.com, in each case, knows that the reason I downloaded one of its resources was because I was ...
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Does HTTPS encryption on a site prevent the NSA from knowing you visited its domain / the URL?

The reason I ask whether HTTPS protects the metadata of your Internet activity from a wiretapping entity on the backbone like the NSA or not, is the following scenario: Say I am browsing the ...
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Advanced techniques for detecting a proxy/getting original IP

In what manner can a website detect my original IP address, even though I'm using a proxy server? I've noticed this with a few sites. There are four proxy methods I've used: Firefox with a proxy ...
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Two-way PGP email without publishing your key / address to a key server?

If I want to have some privacy and avoid the attention of publishing my email address to the public key server web of trust, yet have a secure two-way email conversation with one recipient, what are ...
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Are there any ways to track mobile phones like shown on television? [duplicate]

Are there really some ways to get the Geo-Location of a mobile phone? I've seen in many TV crime shows (like "Sawdhan India" and "Crime Patrol") where the Police Force catches a criminal through ...
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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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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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Where do you store your personal private GPG key?

So, I want to start using pass, but I need a GPG key for this. This application will store all of my passwords, which means it's very important that I don't lose my private key, once generated. Hard ...
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Can BitTorrent clients be fingerprinted?

As https://panopticlick.eff.org/ demonstrates, web browsers are very prone to fingerprinting, both active and passive (often you can fingerprint a web browser by simply monitoring the wire). My ...
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Privacy violation even when queries with too few results are rejected

I was reading a Computing security book1 and saw a question regarding database security and privacy. I can't quite figure out the answer, so I thought I will ask here. One approach to ensure ...
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What real world benefits does PGP have over sending email with SSL/TLS such as with HTTPS?

I've been learning about PGP, and I asked myself, "Why?" For example, if I'm using https://mail.google.com, then what benefit would adding PGP offer that would justify it being used? I can ...
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How to fake a browser fingerprint?

I'm developing a browser based on Google Chromium and keeping in mind that privacy is freedom; but I need to know how to protect my browser's users against fingerprinting. I was thinking about ...
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Do I have to hash users' IP addresses when I log them?

I have read a lot of users saying that you have to hash IP addresses - and a lot of others who say I don't have to because it is not private information. I use IP addresses for identifying users, ...
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Embedded devices with storage for sensitive data

I'm looking for some embedded device that will be able to store sensitive data like certificates, private keys, etc. It should comply with following requirements: Sensitive data, stored in protected ...
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What's the best way to transform sensitive account numbers

I work on a web application that manages information about transmission setups and processes client transmission statistics to generate billing charges for the services used by these clients. The team ...
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How are computers identified across networks?

IP addresses are assigned to computers when they connect to the internet and change depending on your location. However, I read that your computer also has an address that doesn't change. So, when ...
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Anything more i can do to be more safer? [closed]

Wi-fi security: WPS disabled WPA2-PSK + AES + 54.000 SECONDS(15h) Group Key Update Period UpnP disabled Spi firewall enable All ALG enable Ignore ping packet from WAN and Lan to router Default ...
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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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How to hide my ip and browsing history from others on my network?

I need to hide my activity and IP address from those I share this network with. I'm unsure if a VPN will serve my needs, because I'm not concerned about the sites I access tracking me. I'm concerned ...
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Why would someone trust DuckDuckGo or other providers with a similar privacy policy?

DuckDuckGo is a search engine that claims it will not share your results with others. Many of my skeptical coworkers think it may be a scam. Is there any proof that any web search engine will ...
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Can you get someone's IP if you have their Skype number?

I was reading about capturing packets during skype sessions to get the other person's IP address... sounds like you can do this mainly while in a live skype chat / call between skype to skype, but Is ...
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Can a virtual machine be used instead of the host?

I was thinking of using a Debian guest as my main 'host' instead of my actual host (Ubuntu). Do you think this will have any advantages in terms of making it difficult for digital forensics to ...
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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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Websites visited on a VPN network

My residence provide wifi and I'm using my personal computer to connect to it. I use a login and password to have access to internet. Some websites are blocked on it. Sometimes I log into VPN(using ...
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What private information is stored in a cache db wal file from android mobile device

I have just found a cache db wal file from android mobile device. I would like to know what private information of mine is stored in it. I did not make this file. Can I find out who made it?
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Teamviewer-who can see me? [closed]

Here at my school teamviewer was installed in all faculty computers. My question is, when I access another teacher's computer via teamviewer, are they able to see that I am doing so? Can they see and ...
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What is the risk of leaking IMEI / IMSI numbers over a network

Should I worry if a developer programmed an app to send IMEI / IMSI number of the phone where the app is installed back to him? What can an attacker do with such information?
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I am worried because my college asks students to confirm their credit card number, location, SSN and full name on signup. What do I do?

When a user logs in with their username (Their public ID number) and a password (Their birthday, by default) their name, full social security number, partial credit card number/Expiration date, and ...
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Can prism know even data outside the US Data centers?

I would like to know whether the US Prism can know even the data outside of the US Data centers. For example, If I have my own servers and all the data in Indian servers but I have been using some ...