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Where are the anonymous/private domain validation SSL certs?

I have yet to find a CA that doesn't require personal information for DV certificates. Is this because all of the major browsers and operating systems have a policy to reject CAs that don't require ...
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Which is the best way to secure login password and safeguard user data? (even DBAs couldn't connect data to users)

Lets say that I'm building an website and a app which saves the users' secrets. The user logs in and can save into the app his deepest secrets. I'm worried about two things: - Should I save the ...
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How can I encrypt a file using gpg without including the recipient's key ID?

An OpenPGP encrypted file will include the key ID of the intended recipient's public encryption key, as explained in this question. Is there any way to remove that information from the resulting ...
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How do websites tracker cookies and beacon work?

Could someone please enlighten me, either on a technical level or high level if that detail is not feasible, on how tracker cookies and beacons work. Particularly, how information on my browsing ...
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Is a password protected PDF file safe for bank statement attachments?

My bank emails my monthly statement to me in a password protected PDF attachment. Is this a secure method of transmitting something as sensitive as bank statement?
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Taming privacy threats using VPN [duplicate]

For privacy issues, I decided to subscribe in a VPN connection using one of the known VPN providers. However, I am still have some concerns regarding the privacy and the connection security using VPN: ...
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While logged in to Google etc., can a malicious site discover my ID?

If I visited a malicious site while being logged in to Google, Hotmail, Facebook, or Twitter in the same browser window, how hard is it for the site to discover my account IDs without my explicit ...
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Can a website still detect my real MAC address even if I use different virtual machine each time I visit the website?

Suppose I use a proxy and a different virtual machine each time I visit a particular website, will a website still be able to detect my MAC address and/or uniquely identify me? Assume that the website ...
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Completely disabling microphone [duplicate]

Maybe not 100% on topic for this site but it seemed like a good place to ask. All laptops are now sold with webcams and microphones and I have use for neither. Taking care of the webcam is easy; ...
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TextSecure/WhisperPush instant messaging by Open Whisper Systems: End-to-end encrypted or not?

Open Whisper Systems claims that its TextSecure messaging is end-to-end encrypted, but at the same time there are now some rather serious allegations of how it might be betraying its users. If I ...
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How can I keep track of the packages to check any strange behaviour [closed]

I've just realized there was a girl that asked someone to hack my computer and also my telephone (that's why WhatsApp was working strange). Right now I'm trying to protect myself at least on my ...
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making online transactions over proxy

So I went over quite a lot of topics here and on the internet.. but I still can't seem to completely understand this issue. How secure really are services like proxies, VPN or VPS? VPN is promoted ...
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Browser gives access to root directory through “/” [closed]

If I put a '/' on my browser I have full access of my root directory. I have tried the same thing on another computer and it didn't work. So, I'm trying not to be paranoid but this is too strange. I ...
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Using only private non-government resources, how can something be sent such that the NSA will see it? [closed]

Supposing you want the NSA to see something, what does one have to do to guarantee it. This means in their normal data collection it will be swept up, not in a targeted probe of an individual or with ...
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SSL Inspection and privacy

I know my company is testing something called "SSL Inspection" based on Websense, which is our proxy. I can not provide more detail about this, but does this mean that in principle all my SSL traffic, ...
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E-mail tracking countermeasures

I've started using Sidekick to know when an email is opened or one of the links in it is clicked. What I ask now is how to know if an email I received is provided with a similar tracking system. With ...
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Does Google catches and keeps users typing patterns [closed]

Does Google catches and keeps users typing patterns for identifying purposes? for example when I'm logged in my Google account and Searching for things Google records my "Typing Pattern" like typing ...
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99 views

Is the MAC address encapsulated in the Internet packets? [duplicate]

This might be a stupid question, but what is the range of the MAC addresses? Are these somehow leaking to the Internet with packets that a user sends (so they know where to return)?
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Any alternative available for RSA? Is the web still visible to NSA?

After the Snowden revelations, is there any mass change being carried out to HTTPS protocol? As far as I understood, any HTTPS communication is still visible to NSA as they can compromise the RSA ...
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281 views

Privacy of web surfing by Free gate

I am connected to the internet in the university where I don't want the administrator or any organization to find out some of the websites and contents I check in them. I'm afraid that they might ...
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Pop-ups in Private Browsing?

The new Firefox private browsing mode allows for both non/private browsing windows at the same time. So if a website pops up a new window (which will be in non private mode) can it read stored data? ...
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286 views

Best practices for GPG user ids

What is the best practice for choosing GPG user id(s)? I've read various bits of advice, which sometimes even contradict each other. For instance, I've read that one should not use comments, because ...
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423 views

Privacy of Image search with https

I am connected to the internet in the office where I don't want the administrator of the network to find out the contents I check (for example images). First I use a Firefox private browsing window ...
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Secure backup on online Cloudstorage

i own a small private server (@home) with all necessary features for my backup purposes (Owncloud, SVN, GIT). My target now is to ensure the safety of my data in emergency cases like fire/flood. For ...
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Can a company track your browsing history if you are not connected to the company network?

I am using the Internet from my laptop at home, and am not connected to my company's network. I am using my own Vodafone dongle for my Internet connection. I was logged in to Gmail using my work ...
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106 views

How to share sensitive documents with unknown/untrusted parties?

My exact use case is that I'm starting a new job, and I need to transmit sensitive personal documents to support my application. However, the same applies for applying for a loan, buying a house etc ...
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How can I hide proprietary elements of test data in tests that are automatically run?

I am writing automated tests for a web application that will be run periodically over night, and I am running into a moderate security issue. In order to make the tests thorough, I am hoping to ...
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246 views

How can I keep Google from tracking me?

I'm using a VPN service (purevpn) and I notice that google knows my location even when I use noscript and a firefox private window. Is there something I can do to stop this? Remark: I'm living in ...
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Can I keep large encrypted files in my mailbox on mail provider server?

Is there any restriction or policy of large e-mail providers (such as GMail, Yahoo, Hotmail and similar) for keeping/storing large encrypted files by the users within their disk quota in 3rd party ...
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1answer
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What is cleardot.gif next to the senders signature in Gmail? [closed]

I am concerned that my computer has been compromised because I sent an email out - but now I noticed that there is a link in the email I did not insert, and I am worried I have a virus or something. ...
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140 views

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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1answer
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Global user override - Uncomfortable

We have recently started a project with a service provider who is a little old fashioned in their ways. They provide a product but don't market it particularly well, so we (as users of the product) ...
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Could see image of previous session after restarting and switching OS

(I have GNU/Linux and Microsoft Windows installed.) I played a game on Microsoft Windows, quit the game, restarted the PC, and selected GNU/Linux. On the login screen, the background image was ...
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Is it ever safe to publish hashed data?

I'm having a friendly debate with someone who thinks that a website can safely make public sensitive data about it's users as long as that data is hashed (don't ask why, it's a long and hypothetical ...
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Do any tracking networks or ad networks not use JavaScript and only track based on IP address? If yes, how can they be prevented?

Are there any websites that collectively track one computer based on its IP address alone? Browser extensions such as Ad block plus, Do Not Track Plus and Ghostery modify the client side script but is ...
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1answer
2k views

Download Torrents on University network without detection [closed]

I am wanting to download some things using Bittorrent, but I have heard that they can detect when someone is downloading torrents. How can they detect this? And are there any precautions I can do to ...
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3answers
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OpenPGP Master Key Size

Currently the default maximum key size is 4096. I know this can be changed by recompiling the software, and I don't mind doing that. My problem is about compatibility issues. It makes sense that some ...
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Stopping nosey people on Facebook [closed]

I thought I would ask this question here as it as to do with security. There are a few people on my Facebook that are close to me in real life. I don't mind it in real life (considering my real life ...
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Is it safe to use preyproject?

prey project tracks mobile devices and helps to find stolen devices. Is it safe from privacy perspective? How can I know that it doesn't spy on me?
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Can my University see what Stack exchange account I am logged into?

I have to log into an account to use the university internet, so I imagine they can see all the sites I view, but can they see what account I am logged into, and can I do anything to hide this?
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Detect air signals

Is it at all possible to detect all air type signals for a given location? For example, if I wanted to get a list of all air signals (i.e. wifi, bluetooth, radio, 3g, 4g, and all other air type ...
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Email address book stolen

The way I have set up my email system allows me to put the name of a company (that say I am buying a book from) in front of the @ and my domain name.net after it. So, when I get an email from ...
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If someone hacks my wi-fi connnection, what can they see and how?

I have two questions on wifi security: If someone knows my wifi password (be it WEP or WPA) what can they see on my screen? Do they just see URLs I visit, or can they see everything in my ...
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Does a VPN hide what URLs I visit?

It's clear that someone listening on a network could still find out what website I visit over HTTPS (as discussed here) but what about when surfing in a VPN? What exactly can the underlying network ...
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WiFi security from another authorized user (roommate)

I believe we use WPA or WPA2 encryption. To what extent can another user monitor my traffic? Monitor my desktop activity? View documents I've saved on my computer? Tell what sites i visit? Tell ...
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Can my IT department read my Google Hangouts chats while at work?

Is Google hangouts encrypted? Would my work's IT guys be able see pictures and text I send while on a work computer? Yes I know I shouldn't be sending stuff I don't want them to see while at work, but ...
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10k views

Is there a sms authentication that works like 10minutemail? [closed]

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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What was the security vulnerability behind Box and Dropbox and what's different now?

Earlier today I received a number of comments saying that my shared links were disabled. I looked around and saw a number of articles explaining what happened, and Dropbox posted an official statement ...
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Can I find out if my employer is snooping on me? [duplicate]

I work at a large university and have a computer supplied by my employer. I would like to find out whether my employer is snooping or can snoop on my files or activity on my computer. Can I find that ...