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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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 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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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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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 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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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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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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MS Exchange email privacy and Admins

Using the Exchange control panel feature/tool of MS Exchange 2010, you can search all the emails belonging to any domain user and read them. Allowing an Exchange administrator to read the emails of ...
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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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IP Forwarding question

I am starting to learn a bit about TCP/IP and I have a question about IP forwarding. If someone had access to my home network (WiFi password) what are the possibilities that IP forwarding is being ...
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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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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 ...
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Why did the Papal conclave use a Faraday cage in 2013 when selecting the new pope?

The Wikipedia article about Faraday cages has this anecdote: A Faraday cage was used in 2013 by the Vatican to shield the Sistine Chapel from electronic eavesdropping during the secret papal ...
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Can you use two hardware firewalls?

There is a rule that says "don't use/install more than one firewalls on one computer " (software firewalls to be exact) which means if you have a network and it has five computers you can only ...
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How trustworthy is `sudo apt-get install (package name)` in Ubuntu?

One of the easy ways to install a program in Ubuntu Linux is to type a command in the terminal, but how do I know that the program is coming from a trusted source and not from somewhere dangerous? ...
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Is anonymous message delivery feasible? [closed]

I came across two papers written on this topic: Buses for Anonymous Message Delivery and Tokens for anonymous Communications in the Internet I am probably missing a lot of the nuance, and I could ...
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Is there use for GPG/PGP for casual people who are simply concerned for their privacy?

GPG seems to be something that would be important to people who communicate to a particular person and have to keep their privacy and/or security. But what if I'm just a casual user who's aware that ...
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Is VPN the only way to stop my ISP from logging my traffic?

I do know that my ISP is keeping logs permanently, which I'm not comfortable with because I like my privacy. Having said that, is VPN the only option to prevent my ISP from logging my traffic? The ...
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Griefing in the social circles of security experts? [closed]

When I was in college more than 15 years ago, I had some friends who were taking CS degrees with focus on Information Security. These folks knew how to write fuzzers, knew how use ring 0 debuggers, ...
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Unable to access “encrypted.google.com” with “proxy.googlezip.net”

I use Google data compression proxy with Firefox (Abrowser 38). Most websites are loaded without any problem but unable to access encrypted.google.com So, is this is normal? i.e I've to use system ...
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Storing Data Without Knowing Anything About the User

Let me start by stating that this is really my first foray into encryption. I have written username/password systems, and such, and am familiar with salting and hashing passwords... but I have never ...
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How much can the police find about me with only my IP?

So yesterday I had a conversation with a friend. Apparently he had an argument with an other user in a forum, and while both exchanged bad words the other guy told him. I have your IP and mail and ...
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What can be tracked by my boss if I am logged into my work Gmail but using private Wi-Fi at home

Basically, I had the Gmail app on my personal mobile. I was on Google doing a search about coming out as gay and I had only searched on Google, not clicked on any pages yet. I noticed at the bottom ...
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Laptop had a NSFW page open when I got to work, cause for concern?

I use my personal lap top for work. The other day I took it in an opened it, logged in and there was a NSFW page open from when I last used it at home. I immediately closed the (incognito) page, no ...
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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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Pre-Installed Tails OS Flashdrives

I ran across a pretty cool looking dongle that has Tails OS pre-installed, with tutorials on how to use the software. I wanted to ask the community how safe you guys think this kind of technology is? ...
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Are IP addresses used for tracking / advertising?

Many advertisers use tracking cookies or user-accounts (e.g. being logged into facebook or google while web browsing) to create relevant targeted advertising. However, what about IP addresses alone? ...
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privacy - Which parts of URL is protected by HTTPS? [duplicate]

Assuming the website I visit uses HTTPS, which parts of the URL is protected from the eyes of my ISP? eg; https://subdomain.domain.com/path/file.php?param=value I know that domain.com (and probably ...
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Why don't despotic countries simply block all encrypted traffic?

This is a question I often think of when I hear about countries considering blocking just one protocol with encryption, such as tor: How would a resourceful government block tor. Clearly France ...
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Can a domain administrator read my search queries? [closed]

Google's privacy policy states that they log your search queries. They also state that domain administrators have access to your Google Account information (e-mail and "other data") as well as ...
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Data Leakage Prevention tips for regular home users

I am a "power user" with a limited knowledge of information security. I frequently store confidential documents on my computer. How can I protect these against a rootkit that gives an attacker ...
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Should I trust Grive2?

I am trying to run Google Drive on LUbuntu 64 bit, but since there isn't an official version yet, I was thinking to follow this tutorial. Since it's not an official software from Google, I am ...
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How am I identifiable when connecting to a site and is it possible to be anonymous? [duplicate]

When I visit a website, they get information about me such as IP address, country etc. What are other ways/other information with that they can identify me/my connection? How can I change/mask this ...
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What do browser VPNs actually do?

Firstly, I am not sure if this is the correct forum to be asking this question so I apologise if not. What I would like to know is, what do VPN browser plug-ins (such as zenmate) actually do and how ...
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Pinging a device

Forgive me if any of my terminology is incorrect but I have a question. I have a scan app on my phone to tell me of any network routers or other device are in the area. Usually it will show up with my ...
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Connection to Google websites is not secure

When I open Gmail or Google search and leave it opened for a while, I notice this yellow warning triangle, as in these photos: However, when I refresh the page it returns to the usual green lock ...
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If someone hacks my wifi connection what if any control do they have over radio waves in my house? [closed]

A couple questions on wifi security. If someone knows my wifi password (be it WEP or WPA) what kind of control do they have over radio waves? Can they emit radio waves from computers on my network? ...
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can my internet provider see my communications? [duplicate]

Can my ISP see what i am communicating through Skype, Facebook, Yahoo-Mail and so on? I am not asking this from a legal perspective, but only from a technical one. Also I am not talking about ...
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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 ...