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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Can address details be “googled” from the whois information, without knowing the domain name?

As above - if I register a domain name, will my postal address become "googleable" via WHOIS by someone that doesn't know what the domain name is? (Say I have a fairly distinctive first and last name)
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How to send sensitive data through an email?

Many times I have been in situation where I needed to send something sensitive, like my personal data, medical report, or something else over the email. In my country governmental institutions do not ...
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Listening to phone calls as user profiling for marketing [closed]

I had a landline phone call about xyz with an xyz-expert (also on landline) for about an hour, for the first time. After couple of days I started getting suggested links on websites as an ad exactly ...
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What are the requirements of becoming a WHOIS Proxy or Privacy service (not a registrar)?

This question was put on hold as off-topic at Webmasters, so I'm hoping it's ok to ask here. I've read up on the (outrageous) costs of becoming, maintaining and operating a registrar, but I cannot ...
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Keeping Whois domain registration details private

Most domain registers offer a service to keep your details private in the Whois database. Usually this works by replacing your email, telephone and snailmail addresses with proxies or P.O. Box numbers....
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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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Company's right to insist on personal info [closed]

I have a maintenance contract with Scottish Hydro for my boiler. Whenever I call them, or they call me, about a repair or service, they demand my name, DOB and address (even when I provide them with ...
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What to do when a connection to a government website for submitting personally identifiable data is not encrypted?

I need to apply for a new passport, but my government's official website for submitting applications containing personally identifiable data does not use HTTPS — http://passport.gov.in/nri/Online.do ...
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Should it considered a risk if an organization's server OS and version information is leaked? [duplicate]

I am assuming that it should be considered a risk because there may be several security issues of various OSes known to hackers. If a hacker gets access into the victim's network, the extra knowledge ...
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If someone hacks my wi-fi password, what can they see and how?

If someone knows my wifi password (be it WEP or WPA) what can they see? Do they just see URLs I visit, or can they see everything in my browser, or even everything I do on my computer? Does using ...
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Does WhatsApp disclose the sender's IP address?

Does WhatsApp disclose the sender's IP address? Is it possible to get it by running netstat -a or via Wireshark?
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How would iOS or Android app “firewall” for extended permissions (location, etc) work?

I'm interested in blocking or reporting any application's usage of extended permissions, regardless if they are granted those rights, such as: GPS / Location / Wifi Radio signal data Telemetry My ...
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How to properly use PGP for e-mail encryption/signature (key generation, key rollover, etc.) [duplicate]

To improve my privacy, I would like to use PGP to encrypt/sign my e-mails. How should I proceed to use PGP in a secure fashion? I am trying to think about how to do it properly. From what I found, ...
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How do private photos get stolen?

I'm not referring to any of the below: A spiteful partner sharing private photos of the other after editing themselves out. Someone stealing photos from a professional photographer/artist without ...
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How can I prevent private data from being disclosed outside of my organization?

I'm not looking to secure my internal network. Our company keeps sensitive customer information. How can I prevent this information from spreading outside of the company? How do big companies ...
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Security requirements of storing ID numbers in database EU/USA?

I am dealing with a client (an official organization in one EU country) who is storing all clients' ID numbers in an Excel spreadsheet. They need those numbers to present their clients once per year i....
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Using an e-mail service anonymously [closed]

What are the options, to use an e-mail service anonymously without exposing yourself (your private info, name etc.) ?
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Multiple email addresses connected to same PGP identity [duplicate]

I am setting up PGP (using GPGTools GPG Suite for OS X) and I use multiple email addresses daily. It appears I have several choices on how to do this, and I am wondering what is most secure/most ...
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Has Anyone Published the Typical Netstat Profile for TAILS Linux?

Using TAILS, and with concerns typical of anyone security conscious enough to be drawn to it in the first place, I was wondering if boum.org or anywhere else has put the typical netstat profile for ...
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Someone called my cell phone offering services about something I have been looking for in the web

I recently started gathering information about poker and poker online. I had no idea about it and I have spent about a week surfing the web (mainly using Google) and consulting different web pages ...
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Is knowing someone's card expiration date a means of finding info about them?

Card as in debit or credit cards. I heard that even showing someone your debit/CC can be considered an exploit not because of the number or name, but because of the date of expiration. He said that ...
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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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using home wifi for telegram messaging app [duplicate]

If I use telegram messaging app on my phone using my home wifi, can other members of my family see my texts or my files on their devices?
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working from home, can they monitor my other computers [closed]

I work from home on my own desktop. The company I work for has me use a keyfob and six digit number to synchronize with their servers. they can monitor me and warned me they do monitor as well as the ...
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Is there a way to secure a Linux machine in a way that no one else (but me) can access its contents? [closed]

And I mean, even if someone tries rooting with a Live CD, even if one takes the HDD away and plug it in somewhere else, etc... I want to be able to give a client a machine with a service running, but ...
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Whatsapp decryption by government agencies

I would like to know why government agencies need the help of WhatsApp for decryption. As can be seen in this article. They asked for WhatsApp help to decrypt the messages. They did more complicated ...
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Can a rogue DNS server see my passwords?

Recently I've been testing a couple DNS servers to see which one performs the fastest because I need a really fast connection. On to my point, if I were to use a malicious DNS, could they see my ...
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Detect PC Boot from Live CD

is it possible to detect a boot-up via live CD (eg. Ubuntu, Debian, Tails ...) that happened in the past? If yes, where can this information be obtained? I suspect my PC has been booted through a ...
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What are the privacy implications of using Yubico OTP with YubiCloud?

I am considering purchasing Yubikey devices (made by Yubico) to add two-factor authentication when my users ssh to our various servers. I figured I would configure the device to use Yubico OTP with ...
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How to host application monitoring and administration dashboards?

I'm in the middle of completing a web app for production. This is my first one. I'm at the point where I have to put together an administrator dashboard for comprehensive monitoring and administration ...
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Can I dis-identify myself if I use VPN on sites?

This is for irc site. but identification mechanism is what I need to know. On IRC (since it's the kinpin of tracking,identifying) if I use a different IP, can I still be identified if someone is ...
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Is there a way to create separate environments on your computer with no way of detection?

I would like to know if there is a way to create two different systems/environments on your PC (Windows OS) that you will enter each by different username and password. When someone enters your ...
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The history of thumbnails (or just a previous thumbnail) is embedded in an image file?

I was surprised when I cropped an image on Windows Phone, saved it, sent it via e-mail to a PC, and then downloaded it - and the thumbnail in the download folder was the one of original, not cropped ...
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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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Gmail password on another device. [closed]

I sold my android phone. I had account saved for google apps. When I change my password of gmail account, can it be possible to log in from previous phone by buyer?
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What are the privacy and security implications of Windows Telemetry

There have been quite a few news stories relating to the use of "Telemetry" in Windows 10 (and also now Windows 7/8) with suggestions that users would want to disable or remove these updates due to ...
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Adblock browsing history security [closed]

A lot of people use adblock. From a security aspect, ad blocking would involve intercepting and parsing HTML contents and URL's. Hackers attacking adblock servers could gain access to that valuable ...
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School installs something on my Mac in order to connect to the school network. Should I be concerned?

Recently my school started a program which allowed us to bring our own laptops to school. Previously we were given laptops (owned by the school) to use. I'm still currently using the laptop given by ...
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How can someone know technically if antivirus provider tracks him? [closed]

Is there a technical way to make sure that your antivirus provider doesn't send any information from your computer? Is there a reliable list of antivirus providers that this issue was checked and it ...
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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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Erase broken external Hard Drive before returning to store

I've seen similar questions out there but not the same. I have a broken Seagate hard drive that I want to return to the store. It has a lot of private data on it. I can't access it through the ...
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Is there a way when using WIFI to know the specific users computer ids?

When you use WIFI is there a way to know the other users computer ids and MAC addresses? What other WIFI users can know about you when you share same WIFI?
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How can I protect my internet-connected devices from discovery by Shodan?

There's been a lot of buzz around this recent CNN article about Shodan, a search engine that can find and allow access to unsecured internet-connected devices. Shodan runs 24/7 and collects ...
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Is there any risk in placing a scan of a diploma online?

I wonder whether there is any risk in placing a scan of one's diploma online.
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What are the potential privacy issues in using a TPM chip with GNU/Linux

I'm planning to buy a TPM module to bring more security in my system (GNU/Linux, dm-crypt/LUKS, SED) but I'm not sure with the big debate around it. What are the (possible) privacy concerns in using ...
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Why is Tor safer than a proxy?

If I use a Tor router to browse the regular internet, my traffic must leave the Tor network through an exit node. Apparently the exit node can see the data originally sent. Is this true? If an ...
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Can a WiFi access point operator tell that I'm streaming video to my phone?

I work at an office typing numbers into a computer. It gets quite boring sometimes, so I go on Netflix while using their WiFi on my phone. Can they tell what apps I'm using, based on network traffic?
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Does using Ghostery with Privacy Badger impair PB's heuristic learning?

I am running Ghostery and Privacy Badger for FF. From what I have read at eff.org/privacybadger, PB uses a heuristic algorithm to learn what 3rd-party sites are tracking me. If I am running Ghostery ...
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How to only let end user to access data in a web app

I've been read a lot about common encryption methods used in a django app. However, my requirements are very different. I am looking for a way to encrypt my web app data so only the owner of the data ...
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What personal information, if any, can be gleaned from a Microsoft APPCRASH problem signature?

I am trying to debug an "APPCRASH" problem event for a program running on Microsoft Windows 7. When this happens a problem signature is presented, like this example from SuperUser: Problem Event ...