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 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 ...
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In a monitored network, can the admins tell if Tor is being used?

I'm not asking if Tor is secure, I'm asking if an observer can know you are using Tor? For example if a persons ISP or company network monitors traffic would they be able to determine with certainty ...
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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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What issues are most important to cover in Corporate Security Policy?

What about a Privacy Policy? Both internal, and external.
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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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Authenticating Hotmail's certificate and connection security

I've recently received the following error message from hotmail.com (or live.com) after I have logged in using Chrome browser, consistent using different accounts and computers (regardless of 2FA or ...
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Court order and domain + hosting privacy [closed]

I'm receiving legal threats from a law firm that wants me to remove information from my website that one of their clients are unhappy with. Specifically they threaten me with a court order forcing me ...
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How can two parties compare whether a simple (5 letter) shared word matches, without disclosing their word to each other?

I'm having some trouble with this scenario, some advice would be great. The context is that a group of people have each been give a simple 5 letter word - for example: Alice: ACTOR Bob: JEANS Dan: ...
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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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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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In CitizenFour, What Was Snowden Mitigating with Head Blanket?

A scene in the documentary, CitizenFour, showed Snowden using a blanket to cover his head and the laptop screen. When asked by Greenwald about this, he answered affirmatively, but I couldn't really ...
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Defeating Browser Fingerprinting by spoofing the browser user agent and VPN

I don't want any website to identify me and to know what is my geographical location. As far as a website is concerned, I am always a new visitor who never visits it prior. If I leave the website, ...
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Privacy and VPN - does employer's VPN still log activity when I am connected by wifi?

A company I work for wanted to use a VPN client called Junos Pulse to connect to their file server. I am on my personal computer, and connected to my personal wifi. I was not using their VPN for ...
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I abused my VPN, what are realistic privacy consequences? [closed]

Ok let me give you a small background of my problem. I am using a (very good) VPN service as I am trying to hide the fact that it is me (ip:....,name:....,etc) who is managing a particular website. I ...
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Can other people monitor my internet activity in the same WiFi network? [duplicate]

I have a tablet that I share the same WiFi with two other people/computers. I have installed the CM Security anti virus app, and also a cleaning app. I think that my activities are being monitored by ...
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Practical implications of 2014's android SOP vulnerability

For a project at university I have done research about all kinds of security issues, especially privacy-related ones, that have come up on mobile OS and applications over the last few years. One of ...
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What is the best formal method to prove the privacy (anonymity) of a security protocol

I am studying about TOR. I require to formally verify that the involved protocols provide anonymity. However, I could not find a suitable formalism of anonymity. If there exist any ...
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What is the importance of an ISP maintaining IP-Assignment logs?

I was reading an article which explained that there is a growing movement to force ISP's to store IP-assignment logs for DHCP connections for longer periods of time in order to fight cyber-crime. ...
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How to find out if somebody is spying on my private browsing data in the same WiFi network? [closed]

I live in a hostel and eight people including me, are using the same WiFi network. One of my friends is a "computer wizard". I would like to know if he is secretly checking my browsing history and ...
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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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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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How to detect self destructing emails? How to prevent from self destruction?

Recently I came across a gmail extension for Chrome browsers which claims to send self destructive emails. I tested by sending self destructive emails to my email account and it works fine Now my ...
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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 ...