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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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Can my ISP/MSP read my Whatsapp messages?

I wonder whether the Whatsapp messages are sufficiently encrypted so that the ISP/MSP ( mobile service provider) cannot read what is inside? I will be travelling to some of the most oppressive ...
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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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Skype called someone and connected to them with no action on my part. What do I do?

This happened to me today, September 12, at about 6pm. Any ideas about what happened, what's going on, and what I should do? I was at home alone with my 2 year old -- I was feeding her dinner. All of ...
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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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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 cookies reveal my email address?

When I visit livescore.com, ten seconds later I receive marketing emails from gambling companies. If I don't visit this site, I don't receive these emails. Similar things happen when I visit Twitter ...
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Is connection to keyserver encrypted?

When you retrieve someone's information from a keyserver to add him to your pgp keyring, that is made through unencrypted keyservers, unless the user uploaded it to https://keyserver.pgp.com/. Even ...
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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 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 ...