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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Could see image of previous session after restarting and switching OS

(I have GNU/Linux and Microsoft Windows installed.) I played a game on Microsoft Windows, quit the game, restarted the PC, and selected GNU/Linux. On the login screen, the background image was ...
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Are Internet Explorers “Tracking Protection” able to prevent AddThis canvas fingerprinting?

A paper on web tracking mechanisms identifies the web-tracking company AddThis as a major user of canvas fingerprinting. Are IE:s Tracking Protection, provided Tracking Protection Lists including ...
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Get the browser history without using a browser

I would like to get the browsing history of a computer in my network (without running that web browser), is it possible?
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Concerned with Tails vulnerabilities

Regarding this: http://www.forbes.com/sites/thomasbrewster/2014/07/21/exploit-dealer-snowdens-favourite-os-tails-has-zero-day-vulnerabilities-lurking-inside/ Apparently, even the version of Tails ...
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How do websites tracker cookies and beacon work?

Could someone please enlighten me, either on a technical level or high level if that detail is not feasible, on how tracker cookies and beacons work. Particularly, how information on my browsing ...
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Are these precautions sufficient for scam baiting?

I'm a tired of these stupid scammers trying to rip off fellow university students desperate for housing, so as for some free time activity I thought I'd try and do some scam baiting, and send him to ...
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Should I let a user know they have entered an unknown username or email address?

On my website I have a password reset page that users can use if they have forgotten their password. On this page they can enter their username or their email address and hit "reset" which will send ...
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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 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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What are some considerations before moving personal data to Google Drive?

I am considering uploading some (all) of my digital personal data to Google Drive. I guess this would instantly grant access for NSA to my data. (Is that right?) Who would have access to my data on ...
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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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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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Is blurring face secure?

I'm wondering how secure is to blur face in my photos? Is there any way to re-focus, or re-blur blurred object?
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What is the technical rationale behind intermediary email servers?

EFF's Survelliance Self-Defense (SSD) project has an illustration of how email over SMTP goes through intermediate mail exchange servers: AFAIK each intermediate servers is expected to add its own ...
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What is the likelihood of a government organization having a copy of the major .COM private keys? [closed]

This is a bit of a vague question, but it seems relevant these days with the information on all those "mass spying" programs getting leaked. I will describe the scenario and I just want to know if it ...
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Can DNS servers log users requests for commercial use (e.g. track direct access to websites)?

How does it work? For example, could OpenDNS be tracking everything (source ip + requested url) and then selling it to who have the necessary information to correlate the ip addresses with people ...
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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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Voicemail PIN reset - what is a DDN? [closed]

Here is a recording of Glenn Mulcaire using social engineering to reset the PINs to voice mailboxes to which he did not have authorised access. (At least, that's my understanding.) He appears to say ...
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How to safely show some text on a webpage?

I want to display some very sensitive information on a web page and I want to make sure that nobody, except the user in front of the browser, is able to access this information. I'm aware that in ...
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265 views

how can I stop someone from watching my internet history? [duplicate]

I use someone's wifi network. Is there anyway to stop him by getting my browsing information or can I somehow hide my browsing history from him?
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How secure is split tunneling on a VPN?

What protocols get encrypted and go through the VPN? Is it just port 80 and DNS traffic that does not go through the VPN? Does this impose any security risks by running a split tunnel? Making the ...
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How to know if firmware is stealing my information?

The recent news item Chinese Star N9500 Android smartphone contains factory-installed Trojan, says security firm has prompted me to think about firmware security. The news mentions the spyware is part ...
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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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How to respond to Cyber Bullying? [closed]

I am trying to learn about Cyber Bullying and I was thinking that if in future I get bullied, then what I can do? I have learned how to use Maltego, but if someone damages your reputation, then is ...
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How does Network Discovery OFF protect my computer?

Yes, it seems that the computer will not respond to pinging. But any computer with a packet sniffer will be able to see my ip once I send any packet to the router. So basically, if I'm surfing the ...
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Can I prevent my neighbors, whom I pay for shared internet (wifi), from seeing the sites I've visited?

I pay my neighbors to use their wifi. They have listed me as "guest" with a separate password from theirs. Is there any way to prevent them from seeing the sites I've visited? My browser history ...
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Can webpages using the Google plus button get my name?

When I'm logged into my Google account, and I visit a web page that contains the Google Plus "+1" button, does a script have access to my name, even if I don't interact with the Google Plus widget?
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How to (programmaticaly or by other means) encrypt or protect customer data

I am working on a web project and I want to (as far as possible) handle user data in a way that reduces damage to the users privacy in case of someone compromising our servers/databases. Of course we ...
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How can Facebook use history data in browser

Web is filled up with the recent decision by Facebook to track user browsing history like adage.com andNYTimes. How can a web application use browsing history which is local to that browser? Is it ...
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Is it ethical to use ReCAPTCHA to decode house addresses? [closed]

I noticed recently that ReCAPTCHA is using house numbers and street numbers as images for humans to decode. How ethical is it for Google to do this to this? Does it hamper privacy of an ...
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Is the lack of https reason enough to abort form submission?

Preamble: Am in awe about the quality of both questions and answers on https / SSL on this site. My humble question below pales in comparison. Both on professional and amateur websites I've ...
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1answer
188 views

Are legal notices in a login banner legally significant in terms of computer misuse?

Is there any case-law where having or not having a legal notice (example here) in the login banner of a system of nay kind made a difference in prosecution? The question is in consideration both of ...
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How does Google track a user?

Some days ago, I was studying Web Programming for academic purposes. So I was learning SQL Injection by applying it on a sample website sqlzoo.net/hack/ But soon after it, in the Google ads on every ...
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Can one scan multiple websites for tracking cookies and beacons?

Do you know of any tools or techniques that allow one to scan multiple sites for the use of tracking cookies, beacons, web bugs, or offsite javascript includes? As far as I can tell, major web ...
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Can teleworking let my boss to sniff my network traffic? What else could he do?

My boss proposed me to code from home on the their machines via internet, in two possible ways: I would connect to their computer and work on their machine, as if I was in front of the computer(from ...
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How to block web-sites from viewing browsing history within firefox?

How can I block websites in Firefox from viewing my browsing history within my browser cache? For example; I've done some Google searches that Amazon is now starting to use to target advertise; the ...
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How can I separate two OS's files with encryption without using TrueCrypt?

I want to create a dual-boot such that the content of each OS is separated from the other using encryption. The main point point would be to to test out potentially harmful software on one OS, and ...
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What companies drive around recording license plates? What do they do this for and on what grounds are they able to do so, legally speaking?

A friend shared a "security service" he just read about. Apparently the product is in beta and can thus be tried by anyone right now. I found it very interesting and surprising. I'm curious to know ...
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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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Will my method for managing account data work?

I'm looking at whats nessecary to create a small accounts server for a video game I'm programming in my spare time. User privacy is a very important topic for me, and I don't want to keep anything ...
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WHOIS Contact Details Abused

The system for the internet and the way people can abuse it is getting worse and worse. I am having several issues with people abusing the information within my WHOIS, which if I remember is protected ...
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Create live USB that hides IP address from foreign government

I may have to visit family in a few months overseas. Unfortunately, the local government of the area my family is from has gotten more corrupt and vicious. I am compelled to go here and may need to ...
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Are random URLs a safe way to protect profile photos?

I would like to move from sequential to random user-ids so I can host profile photos publicly. i.e. example.com/profilepics/asdf-1234-zxcv-7890.jpg How long must user-ids be to keep anyone from ...
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Privacy Policy for Mobile Apps

We are next to launch an iOS app in App Store which is asking us for a privacy policy url as part of process when this app is being uploaded to app store. We and most of our users are outside USA and ...
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Record IP pseudonymously?

I'd like to be able to ban an IP from my website, but for privacy reasons I would like to not have a record of the IP itself. Hashing the IP would allow for the hash to be brute forced in mere ...
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What was the security vulnerability behind Box and Dropbox and what's different now?

Earlier today I received a number of comments saying that my shared links were disabled. I looked around and saw a number of articles explaining what happened, and Dropbox posted an official statement ...
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How could an attacker have gained remote access to my laptop? [closed]

I have a 15 yr old daughter who's become not only a certified Microsoft Expert, but by pure accident, it came to my attention she'd long ago created a SPLIT network connection on our internet, HIDDEN ...
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Does Skype compromise my system (beyond the scope of calls/chats)?

First of all, please don't shout at me for wanting to use Skype. I know that it's evil and I fully expect all the calls and text chats going through it to be stored permanently in govt data centers, ...
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Indexing of URLs over IM protocols

Recently, I scanned a physical document for a friend, put it on my web server so that he could download it, and sent him the URL over the MSN chat network. I removed the file again shortly afterwards, ...
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I work for a company from home online, using my own laptop. Privacy issues [closed]

I work for a company from home online, using my own laptop. To work, I have to login to their network through a web browser, Google Chrome. The URL begins with: https:// . I use a User ID and ...