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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Do VPNs really mask your identity or is it a facade? [duplicate]

Disclaimer: This is NOT intended to educate myself or others on carrying out illegal activities. I am interested in security topics and as a craftsman I pride myself on continued education. THAT ...
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Rationale behind hiding originating IP address in emails?

Gmail has been hiding originating IP addresses for quite some time now. Hotmail and Yahoo have started doing this too. Apart from obvious privacy implications of revealing the sender's IP address, is ...
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Can web sites detect whether you are using private browsing mode?

Most modern browsers support "private browsing mode" (also known in Chrome as "Incognito mode"), where the browser does not save any information to disk about your browsing while in this mode. In ...
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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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Should I use my trusted VPN for all my traffic? [closed]

I use my trusted VPN primarily for the sake of anonymity (to avoid data being collected about my Internet browsing), although I am aware of its security benefit -- traffic encryption. My question, ...
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How much can I trust the “factory restore/reset” on a(n) (potentially compromised) android?

This question is a simple one: how much can you trust the "factory restore/reset" option on an android device? If the device has possibly been compromised, is it possible the "factory reset" will ...
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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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Can I use a VPN to disguise internet traffic at work? [closed]

I have seen this question asked before; I want to know if I can use a VPN to disguise my internet traffic so my employer can't see what websites I'm visiting while at work. However, unlike most ...
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What is the difference between https://google.com and https://encrypted.google.com?

Is it there any difference between the encrypted Google search (at https://encrypted.google.com) and the ordinary HTTPS Google search (at https://google.com)? In terms of security what were the ...
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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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Does this list every Chrome extension/addin that may leak privacy?

I am looking for a simple list of all extensions, preference, custom processes, and "flags" that may disclose a user's privacy or other details to a 3rd party. To that end, I discovered: ...
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What are NoScript surrogates and should one disable them for more privacy in browsing?

NoScript has a feature of supplying its own "surrogate" scripts instead of well-known tracking/ad scripts (Google Analytics, for one). Does it matter for my privacy if I do not change the factory ...
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How does my browser detect my location, even via proxy?

How does my browser detect my location even via proxy? I have tried this code via VPN and got the same result as without it. According to the specification my browser should detect it from: ...
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What is the best setup to keep my email private from both attackers and government agencies?

I am attempting to setup a secure and private email account for my company. we currently use gmail which actually requests the emails from a hosting service provider that is configured with our ...
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What is an SSL certificate intended to prove, and how does it do it?

If I get an SSL certificate from a well-known provider, what does that prove about my site and how? Here's what I know: Assume Alice and Bob both have public and private keys If Alice encrypts ...
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Why does one need a high level of privacy/anonymity for legal activities?

This question is sort-of spun off of a previous one. How to counter the statement: "You don't need (strong) security if you're not doing anything illegal"? There are a lot of great ...
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Bring your own phone to a (new) job: Consequences?

I am starting a new job, and I have the choice to receive a phone from the company, or bring my own phone. I am considering using my own phone, to avoid having an extra device, but I want to better ...
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How secure is VirtualBox for privacy/anonymity? [closed]

Is it possible that Oracle places backdoors in VirtualBox that compromise a user's privacy/anonymity? For example, is running Whonix through VirtualBox a secure set up if your host OS is unencrypted? ...
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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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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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Mentioned On A Blog By A “Hacker” - Should I Care?

Some (insert noun here) who seems to be a black hat hacker thinks that I am his #1 enemy and has posted some of my information on his blog. He is mad because I am advertising for others. The ...
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Security benefits of hosting your CMS on localhost

If I host the CMS for my online website on localhost, will that mean that no one online can access it? If not, what is the most secure way to store your CMS?
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Is it dangerous to post my MAC address publicly?

When posting questions, it is often quite useful to include debug output. However, it sometimes include the MAC address of my laptop, router, or both. What are the possible dangers of releasing these ...
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How can I stop an account I don't control from sending spam email in my name to my contacts?

Recently I received an email from a friend with "My" email to them attached. The email "I" sent them was obviously spam, one of those "You have to see this..." emails. The email had been sent to ...
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What are the implications of NSA surveillance on the average internet user?

It would appear as though the tinfoil hat-wearing were vindicated today, as news broke of the true scale of the U.S. government's surveillance of its citizens' online activities, conducted primarily ...
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What are analytics APIs accessing when they run, and how do you block or spoof them?

What are analytics APIs accessing when they run, and how do you block or spoof them? Usually all apps from desktop or mobile app stores, MMO clients, Steam and many utilities, and many games and ...
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Is all encryption compromised? [closed]

Assuming that what I read about the Nazi enigma encryption being broken in ww1 and ww2, where the code breakers hid the fact that they had broken the code, allowing the world to feel that the code was ...
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Should IBAN and bank details be considered private data and encrypted?

To pay off our users, they are asked to enter their IBAN and bank name and bank address. The users are mostly based in Europe. As far as I know (see also this question) these details can not be used ...
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Can free email provider's partners and affiliates read your emails? [closed]

I read that if you use free email, these entities have access to your very personal info!: "Your email provider company itself, like Google Their partners and affiliates Your ISP Various ...
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Do search engines give searcher's IP address to sites that come up in search? [closed]

Ok so for example, I search "stackexchange" and a bunch of pages come up in the search result - of course most of them from this very site, and many other ones talking about stackexchange. Would this ...
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Foolproof way to hide your IP when browsing [closed]

is there a fool proof-ish way to hide your IP from websites you visit? I heard even if you use VPN, there can be 'leaks'? And one step more secure is Anonymizer or Tor? Can they have 'leaks', too? ...
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How did Google Map know it was me on my mother's hardwired desktop? [closed]

Here is the situation. I signed into my mother's desktop using her password. So I should not be detected as different user. But as you will see later on, the map knew it was ME???? I opened her ...
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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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Establishing a Reputable Pseudonym with PGP Key

This has become a bit of a thought experiment for me. Suppose someone would like to establish a pseudonym along with a corresponding PGP Key, how could other people verify the correspondence between ...
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What is the risk of installing Facebook Video Calling jar file?

I'm trying to talk with somebody on Facebook, but after many Facebook privacy scandals, it's a big question. Secondly on OSX, it's giving me the error that “FacebookVideoCalling_v1.6.jar” can’t be ...
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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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Anonymity on Facebook - how do they suggest people I should know?

I want to know how Facebook discovers the people who you know in real life or who know you. I tried the following to see if Facebook can still discover my acquaintances in real life and suggest them ...
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Is chaining multiple VPNs a good way to reach anonymity on the internet?

I would like to chain a couple, say 6 or 7, VPNs together to create a sort of "super" encrypted lane on the internet. I'm not too concerned about speeds, all I want is privacy and anonymity. I've ...
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Does any DNS Recursive resolver accept a “DNSSEC-only” option under DNSCurve?

I want to use DNSCurve (for privacy) to a trusted DNSSec resolver (for integrity), and want to ensure that I can tell a recursive resolver (like 8.8.8.8, or OpenDNS) that I only want DNSSec queries. ...
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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 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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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 to avoid leaving any local trace that I went to a website?

I want to visit a web site, but I want to ensure there is no trace left on my computer that I did so. How do I do that? This question is not concerned with anonymity or detection on the network ...
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Store which parts of an IP address, for user to remain anonymous?

I'm thinking about building a very anonymous forum, where people can comment and upvote each other's comments anonymously. People are supposed to remain anonymous even if the forum's database contents ...
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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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How much of your web browsing behavior is VISIBLE to the administrators when you're behind HTTPS or VPN? [closed]

For example. If you're behind a VPN and want to get on on facebook and youtube. Will all outgoing traffic need to make a request to the firewall first? I don't really know extensively how well a ...
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How do I convert a GPG certificate to a CRT certificate that can be imported into Windows Certificate Manager?

I have a GPG certificate from someone used for email -----BEGIN PGP PUBLIC KEY BLOCK----- Version: GnuPG/MacGPG2 v2.0.14 (Darwin) I would like to import that into Windows Certificate Manager So ...
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Can 'cracked' product keys harm the user in any way?

If a user download commercial software through the official, corresponding website, but use a product key which you did not legitimately purchase (e.g. websites that offer a list of product keys for ...
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Might Google log every website I visit using Chrome?

I wanted to start using Chrome for quite some time now, but I really don't want to tell Google about whatever sites I visit. So I was wondering if Chrome sends any data to Google telling them what ...
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Anti-virus anonymity question

Many people pay for VPNs and select the VPN based on whether or not that VPN keeps logs of the user's activities and if so for how long. The motivation is privacy- they don't want their surfing habits ...