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Is there a sms authentication that works like 10minutemail?

I remember reading on this site a user recommending 10minutemail.com as a way to register or give email address to non-trusted websites. Is there any similar site for disposable phone number for ...
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Imei and phone number given to unknown sources. What are the risks?

The facts: A friend put his phone number (and possibly the IMEI) for his android device into some kind of hacking PC software that promised to (and actually did) extend his Whatsapp account that was ...
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Using Private Browsing mode while connected to organization's network

At the workplace I use the organization's network for accessing internet (well that's the only option). I am not sure if the network administrators monitor what I browse, how frequently I access ...
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What is the most secure way for two people to communicate?

There are various services on the internet that offer secure communications. Typically in the past if I want to share some sensitive information with someone, I will do so over a Cryptocat chat ...
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Does chatting over Skype expose my IP address?

Is there a way to identify a person's IP address in Skype, when you're chatting with them? Does this depend on their Skype settings? And if you've recorded chat messages, can they lead to the actual ...
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Ways to monitor someone's internet traffic

If some authority for whatever reason decides they want to monitor your traffic on a wired DSL connection, how would they do it besides exploiting your OS? What are the other ways assuming the OS is ...
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How does dnsleaktest.com find my DNS provider

Can't see how they find this over the web. I'm on Windows, its in my network config. It changes when I use a VPN provider, but not when I use a local socks proxy connected to a remote server over ...
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Is PGP combined with a regular web-based email service secure?

With the disappearance of private email services like Lavabit and Tormail (http://www.dailydot.com/news/email-anonymous-hushmail-lavabit-nsa/) it seems that we will need to resort back to standard ...
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How to avoid leaving any local trace that I went to a website?

I want to visit a web site, but I want to ensure there is no trace left on my computer that I did so. How do I do that? This question is not concerned with anonymity or detection on the network ...
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What's the safest way to access my US-based bank's website from within Mexico? VPN vs SSH vs HTTPS?

I will soon be moving to Mexico and living there for an extended period. During that time I will need to occasionally access my US-based bank's website. I'll always be connecting using my own laptop, ...
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Mobile phone security eavesdropping based on data transfer

is there an easy way for particular governmental organizations (especially in countries where freedom of speech is a problem) have some technology where they can easily eavesdrop on cellphone internet ...
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Is it safe to abandon a free webmail account that has been in use for a significant amount of time?

I have a free webmail account that I have been using for around ten years now. Over the past two years I have almost phased out using this address. I have concerns around accounts that I may have ...
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Workarounds for :visited CSS History reconnaissance

Several years ago it was possible to use a:visited { background: url('/log.php'); } to figure out on what website user has been previously. But now it is restricted by browsers. Is there any ...
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Can Heartbleed expose a TOR user's IP address?

It is interesting to observe, that TOR exit nodes with out-of-date OpenSSL implementations can themselves be affected by the Heartbleed bug. Can Heartbleed expose a TOR user's IP address merely by ...
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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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What are the privacy pros and cons of using a public DNS server vs. your own?

Whether I'm using a normal internet connection setup, or tunnelling it through an anonymizing VPN or through TOR, what information of mine is revealed to whatever DNS server that I choose (e.g. Google ...
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Single vs multiple personas? What are the security implications?

I have two email addresses, one for work and one for home. I have have two cellphone numbers, one for work and one for home. But I am just one individual (and only have one social security number ...
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How long can I store personal information on unconfirmed subscriptions?

I have a monthly newsletter. In my subscribe form I use a double opt-in method: The visitor subscribes. I send him a confirmation email. If I receive a reply, I add him/her to my system. In the ...
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Can an iOS 7 app access either device camera without user knowledge?

This statement in the iOS 7 release notes implies that non-China devices do not need user consent: iOS now requests user consent for apps to use audio input on all iOS 7 devices. For devices ...
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What are the security challenges encountered with attribute exchange?

OpenID has Attribute Exchange, Facebook has Facebook Connect, and authorization services such as Oauth enable access to user data distributed across a range of content providers. What are the ...
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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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Could I be defrauded by a website who has my address, phone number, and credit card number?

Exactly what kind of information does a scammer need to scam someone money? For example, if there's a website which wants me to provide my details, Exactly what kind of information can I divulge and ...
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What issues are most important to cover in Corporate Security Policy?

What about a Privacy Policy? Both internal, and external. From another Area51 proposal.
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How to protect against a determined harasser

My girlfriend is an admin on a German speaking site that for some time has been harassed by what we presume is a disgruntled user. At first it was merely an annoyance but a couple of days ago the ...
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Does using Google DNS make extensions like AdBlock Plus useless?

As many of you probably do, I am not using my ISP DNS because of very low performance, and I am using Google's primary and secondary DNS (8.8.8.8 and 8.8.4.4) which are good speed-wise but, knowing ...
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Company computer use from home - how much can they see on the desktop?

I have a company supplied computer that I use from home. I log into VPN (cisco AnyConnect) when i need to access company email or internal company sites. In the past the company has been able to ...
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Is silverlight and Java running on the web browser capable of saving “state” into the user's local machines?

I am aware that even after we have cleared our cache and cookies, websites can still save files/information into our computer using Flash (Flash ever cookies), I was wondering does other plugins like ...
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Received a Kindle from a stranger, what are the risks?

While getting a coffee today, a man walked up to me and offered me a kindle. he said he no longer wanted it and that he was looking to give it away. An avid reader, I accepted. It has no accounts on ...
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How to securely share files with other individuals?

I have a collection of files I would like to securely share with a small number of other people. The collection is mostly static; no more than one or two new files will be added per month (after the ...
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Further potential problems with Windows 8 SmartScreen

Some research was recently published that showed that Windows 8's SmartScreen feature sends certain details about every single application that you install to Microsoft. Ignoring the obvious privacy ...
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Are there security (esp. privacy) benefits to deleting cookies?

As the title says, I'm wondering if there are any security/privacy benefits to managing cookies - that is, managing by deleting cookies you don't want or need. I deleted all my cookies about a week ...
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How to refute “don't use internet if you don't like it” answer?

I hope it is legit question, similar to, for example, Why do law-abiding citizens need strong security?, et al. and it is tightly conected with user's security, privacy, etc. The response I always ...
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Does Google record search / source IP [/ user] pairs?

Does Google record search / source IP [/ user] pairs? What if my Search History is off?
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When storing private identifying information in a web application, what is “industry standard” best practices? [closed]

I am building a hosted (SaaS) web application that stores PII like name, email address, and employer of the user. As of right now, I don't intend to ever store credit card numbers or bank account ...
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Issues with the use of network surveillance tool in your company?

What issues will we face with the use of network surveillance tool in the company network with respect to the Telecommunication Interception Act and Privacy Act ? And what policies could be ...
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Does Java applets reveal the real IP address, even when using proxy or vpn?

Can a Java applet reveal the original client IP address, when browsing through a proxy or a VPN? Why?
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P3P HTTP Headers and Session ID's

Is there any chance that Session ID's can be shared between different websites (one in other IFRAME of others) through P3P Headers?
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Internet and Email privacy in an “internet-enemy” country [closed]

Here where I live, it is believed that all the internet traffic goes through the hands of government agencies, and the telecommunication office is actually owned by the government. Given the ...
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Protect our payroll data from a legal and moral obligation

We have our payroll software to be installed on our file server. This contains all the details of current and past employees. The data contained in the payroll software includes tax, bank, National ...
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Does Google's SSL encryption for searches thwart NSA spying?

Given everything that is suspected about NSA (and GCHQ, DGSE, etc.) access to user data: Avoiding speculation, can and do we know whether Google's recent action to make all searches use SSL ...
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Secure file sharing, instead of attaching files to emails?

Allow me to give some background information, so you may understand my situation better. We have been prone to sending emails to unintended recipients, many of which contained confidential data. ...
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Computational Feasibility of finding 'Good Links' of the following format

I recently stumbled upon this and am checking here to see if what I am proposing is indeed feasible and can be considered a breach of privacy. For obvious reasons I am not revealing the website ...
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Security Consequences of compromised passport data

In light of the recent hack of the EC-Council site, where the hacker makes the point that he has access to passport data a general question arises. What, if any, are the security/privacy consequences ...
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To What Extent does an Attacker Have Access to the Browser History through the CSS Pseudoclass :visited Styles?

I have read this article on how a scripted web page is able to obtain the visited history of a user browsing the page. However, I can't find any clear information in the article describing the extent ...
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Can SIP registrars and VOIP providers eavesdrop?

An e-mail provider provides people with usernames for e-mail accounts. That normally means that they have access to your e-mail if it is unencrypted. Likewise, do sip registrars have access to ...
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What is a good email site that doesn't mine your personal data? [closed]

I am becoming less and less ok with Google and Facebook collecting data on me based on my online activities and then selling that to companies. Is there a good email service out there that respects ...
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How do I use DuckDuckGo securely?

The Privacy Policy of DuckDuckGo.com mentions using HTTPs and POSTs affects the privacy of the search requests. Since HTTPS is disabled by default, and POSTs is enabled by default, how does this ...
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What are the consequences for deceptive practices against stated privacy policy

Disclaimer: I'm aware my question is a bit far from IT security practices but here is the most appropriate place I can think of to post my question within the whole stackexchange. Let's say, many ...
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How can browser select suggestions for my private searches?

I use a VPN service that provides a pool of IP addresses, I clean history/cookies/etc - all the browsing data before a session. Regardless, when I type in the search of one particular search engine, ...
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Could TOR nodes collect IPs and filter them to unmask .onion url IP addresses?

I feel that I generally understand TOR onion routing. From what I understand, the node knows the IP it is receiving data from and the IP it is sending data to. So surely a node can collect the IP ...