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How to prevent sysadmins tampering with code?

Let's say you have some sensitive user data you need to protect (e.g., for PCI compliance) and you have done this by having the server code encrypt it before storing it in a separate server where no ...
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Is there a way to use public mail and not to enable the provider to see its content?

I'm looking for a way to use the common public emails such as Google and Yahoo and to prevent them from reading the content of the emails either by application that scans the emails and offer ads or ...
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Is there a risk that file shredders and free space wipers steal our confidential data?

I was wondering how secure are the file shredding software and free space wipers? Lets say we are using PC Windows, and software CCleaner (from piriform) or File Shredder (found here) to securely ...
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What techniques do advertisement companies use to get my browsing information, and how can I stop them?

In the past year, I've noticed a strangely increasing incidence of advertisements on various web sites being for products that I was browsing for elsewhere. This makes me extremely uncomfortable. It ...
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Personal Cloud Storage vs. File Sharing Services

In terms of maintaining Confidentiality, Integrity, and Availability, what are the risks and benefits associated with setting up a personal cloud storage device on your home network versus using a ...
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Benefits of injecting antivirus inside browser

Some antiviruses propose you to use their browser plug-ins. For instance, Avast SafeZone propose you reactive defend by checking signatures of keylogers/malware/spyware etc. But, what's the benefit ...
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SafeZone: keyloggers/malware/spyware protection

As part of Avast free updates you have a chance to use SafeZone browser. Among features of SafeZone browser I found that SafeZone protects you from keyloggers/malware/spyware. I'm interesting ...
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What kind of information is exposed during a Firefox private browsing session?

I'm working with Firefox 43.0.1 on Windows 7 Pro 64 bit. I just noticed an odd behavior, and I don't think Firefox used to behave this way. I had a GMail tab open in private browsing mode, and then ...
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How can a non-technical user verify a message was sent “securely”? …or over TLS?

I have a situation where B2B and B2C communication needs to be sent securely and not visible to most SMTP hijackers. I don't care about conspiracy theories or NSA style attacks, but want to provide ...
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The problem I have with wikipedia showing IP addresses to the world? [closed]

I went on wikipedia, then went to the edit history of an articles I edited. To my surprise, my IP address, along with other people's IP addresses are on the articles edit history page. Why would ...
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How trustworthy is Firefox? [closed]

I looked at different password managers, to swap my user-generated, more or less predictable passwords for automatically generated, secure passwords. I stumbled upon KeePass and FeeFox (for Firefox ...
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What parameters define information sensitivity?

Since information is generally consumed by different parties for various reasons, what parameters define information sensitivity? For example marketing may define "customer" data such as name and ...
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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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Computer Security vs Privacy

Probably this is a redundent post but in fact I have been searching online about a precise clear distinction between computer security and privacy. I'd like to know the difference of between them ...
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937 views

What can an iOS app tell about you?

We all know while using a new iOS app it might ask for information like location or access to the camera. Those are both features we can deny to the app. There are, however, features apps can access ...
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What unique device fingerprinting information can an iOS8 app collect?

As a follow-on to this question: What unique fingerprinting information can an iOS7 app collect? What remaining device fingerprinting privacy / security vulnerabilities still exist as of iOS 8? Can ...
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How can changing your DNS protect your online privacy?

Looking at a Unblock-US Features (a DNS provider) on their website it states the following: Stay out of the radar of prying eyes. With Unblock-us, you’ll have peace of mind knowing that your ...
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SpriteKit Level Data Security Handling

I have been reading many different posts, threads, etc. regarding the best practices to store level data to be used throughout a game application (level boundary data, images, characters, time, etc.). ...
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Why would a website want to know what operating system you are using?

As per this question, websites can learn what operating system a client is running by examining the HTTP headers. There are some addons that prevent this from working. What is a legitimate use of ...
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How does the “Privacy Protection” option from domain names registrars work?

Some domain names registrars are offering a "Privacy Protection" option to hide your registrant details. Your whois infos will then refer to the "privacy company" providing this service instead of the ...
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My email hacked

Someone has definitely gained access to two of my alternate emails. I know this by looking at the login activity. By looking at the email logs I discovered that the IP that is always gaining entry to ...
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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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Cleaning metadata of documents

For an organization working mainly with xls, pdf and doc files (but also other MS Office tools), how should it deal with metadata? How can we scan all documents and strip the metadata from them?
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Surveillance in the Workplace? [closed]

Auditing, surveillance and logging are typical and common place in the workplace, understandably so. These actions are crucial to establishing metrics and performance of the network and its resources. ...
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Using stingray against police (idea) [closed]

This is focusing on UK mainly, where police radios are similar to mobile phones. Pretend it's possible to buy Stingray, the IMSI scanner. Pretend Jimmy is a criminal, waiting for a police raid at any ...
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Is using Skype safe on a computer with sensitive information? [closed]

Does Skype client in some way harm the privacy of information not submitted over it? For example, by capturing the contents of the screen, scanning the disk, the memory of the system and submitting ...
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Why do most browsers store browsing history by default?

Why do most browsers store browsing history by default? It seems like people often have to go to the hassle of manually deleting their history or using incognito mode. Are there some major advantages ...
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For how long ISPs keep record of Internet usage? [closed]

For how long ISPs keep record of Internet usage? Do they keep record of every page we visit? In what form do they keep such records (remote IP, URL, page title, headers, etc.)? Is it possible for an ...
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How are logs stored with ISP?

When dynamic IP addresses are assigned to users, how do ISPs store the logs? Do they just store the time and address of the websites visited or do they store the whole URL like we see in our browsers? ...
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How secure/private is the browsing history on browsers?

I've been using Aviator secure browser for a while which insists that you run private mode by default (cookies and history wiped after every session), which makes me wonder how secure the history is ...
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What does my iPhone see/track when connected to my macbook PC?

Recently hooked up my work iPhone to my personal MacBook to charge the phone. I viewed some websites that would be questionable on the MacBook using the hotel WiFi. What does the iPhone track when ...
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What browsing history exactly would police have under proposed UK law change? Plain english

It's very unclear what '12 months' browsing history being kept by network provider' actually means to an uninformed person. Thunderbird? VPN? Startpage searches? Bit-torrent downloads? Epic browser ...
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How Tor, Privoxy, Vidalia and Polipo are getting together?

I realized that these applications are frequently used together. What is the role of each software in the mission of anonymity and privacy on the web? While I understand Vidalia is a GUI provider, I ...
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In CitizenFour, what was Edward Snowden mitigating with a 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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Deleted files and their traces

Lets say we delete various files , from hard disk A, with shift - delete , windows 8 . Then we copy new files to the same hard disk A. Then those new files we just copied there to hard disk A, we ...
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Is it bad practice to use your real name online?

On some accounts I use my real name on-line (Google+/Facebook/Wikipedia/personal blog), others (Q&A/Gaming) I use an alias. My question is: Security and privacy wise, what can people do with my ...
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How to completely remove all traces of a file in Windows 7?

I'm curious to know how to completely erase all possible traces of files in Windows 7. For example, let's say I have a subfolder containing five different files at work deemed sensitive (A document, ...
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What informations leaks during send mail programatically from google account [closed]

Imagine if you are sending an email by the gmail.com using web online interface so entering the website of google, then compose mail and send it. In this case your ip address is not revealed to the ...
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How do you find out if a phone is secretly sending private data to a remote server?

I read a recent article on a Chinese phone manufacturer on Wall Street Journal that says: The rumors had begun when a user posted online in mid-July that his RedMi Note smartphone was ...
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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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What is the difference between Wireshark and Ettercap for man in the middle attacks!

I know of the two programs, one is Wireshark (a packet sniffing program) and the other is Ettercap (a man in the middle attack program). I tried doing a MITM attack before, legally on my own home ...
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Is there a secure way to transfer data outside the Internet?

Since, recently, it has been proven that transferring data through the usb port is fundamentally flawed, I'm wondering if there are 100% secure ways to transfer data without using the Internet. ...
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Should Android apps for communication encryption and security require permissions like identity, device ID, contacts, etc.?

There is a Android application Threema for communication encryption and that says it does not collect user data, but it requires the following permissions: identity, contacts and device ID. Can ...
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Printing and deleting as a security measure

I have an anonymous online community whose posts are deleted from the server after 21 days. In order to provide evidence against bullying and illegal activity, I'd like to keep logs without leaving my ...
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How to store private data both securely and publicly accessible?

The task may not be solvable in as broad a formulation as in the title, but this is my scenario (which is somewhat similar e.g. to newsletter subscriptions and therefore certainly has already been ...
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Real-world applications of Differential Privacy?

Differentially private techniques guarantee privacy while often permitting accurate answers ...this is something I have been reading up on lately as a means of preserving user ...
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Encrypting the System Infrastructure

The requirements are to Encrypt the data in our servers 'at rest' and the 'database' - in short the whole infrastructure. Threat Model - to protect a possible data-breach by an adversary (or from ...
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How is Swatting (Twitch) streamers possible?

Swatting is when a person calls the SWAT team on a victim as a "prank", by falsely reporting some critical incident at the victim's home address. Swatting seems to be an incident that happen quite ...
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Disclosing too much info over email just to close account?

I have account with a stock option trading platform. They are well known and reputable. I had a couple thousand in the account, bought and sold for a while, and then cashed out and withdrew. So I'm ...
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Are zip codes considered to be personal identifying information?

A public website of a financial firm (falls under SEC) has a HTML 5 map of the US where each point on the map is the 5 digit zip code of their clients. These points are generated from a CSV file that ...