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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Essential things to think about before outsourcing authentication with OpenID, OAuth, or SAML

It's clear there there is no consistent set of features among any of the popular authentication providers. Below is an attempt to aggregate the similarities and differences I've noticed, but I ...
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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 can I prevent tracking by ETAGs?

An ETAG is a HTTP header that is sent-behind-the-scenes between a web browser and an web server. This value is intended to control how long a particular file is cached on the client side. There is ...
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Metadata-free Email: How can SENDER directly, anonymously, and securely ask RECIPIENT’s mail provider to deliver a metadata-free email?

If I want to send emails to friends who use Google, Yahoo, AOL, etc., how can I currently use my local email client to send a metadata-free* email to them? E.g., is it possible to bypass my own mail ...
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How to guarantee privacy on files that I store

I want to create an Android app where users from an office (typical use) can upload scanned documents to the app backend service for later use. e.g. A lawyer want to upload a sentence ...
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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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Share certain information only after death

After your death, you want to make sure that a special someone gets a vital piece of information (like the password to your bank account), but: You don't want anyone else to be able to get that ...
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Secure alternative to e-mail

After the announce that NSA conducts extensive metadata and traffic search on e-mail, it is clear that people looking for privacy and security would better abandon the system completely, since, by ...
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Email security and Home Mail Servers

Suppose you're truly paranoid (I assume the majority here identify with this?) and you don't want Google or other email service providers reading your email (to serve ads, etc). You don't want your ...
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What is the full extent of information about my computer that a website can get?

I need to know what all information a random website can get from my computer, and whether a website can tell which of my two computers on the same router I'm using. I know websites can determine ...
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SSL/TLS in-memory data interception after decryption

In a scenario where a client is reading data from a server over SSL/TLS and then encrypts that data using a client-side symmetric key before saving it to the disk, how susceptible is the data to an ...
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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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What steps remain for a robust, neutral and surveillance-proof Internet? [closed]

Recent leaks about widespread NSA surveillance have brought privacy and security to the forefront of the public consciousness as we strive to determine best practices in governance for the Internet ...
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Is my information secure when using Private Tunnel? [duplicate]

I am using Private Tunnel to do some tasks involving sensitive data like logging in to PayPal and online banking. Is my data safe or can it be retrieved by other users of the Private Tunnel service?
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Stolen Laptop - Next steps

My laptop (modded 2007 Macbook Pro) was stolen 2 days ago when I didn't pay attention to my backpack in a tourist spot in Europe and while I'm quite certain they won't have much use for it (the apple ...
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How to fight browser fingerprinting?

https://panopticlick.eff.org/ , aka "How unique and trackable is your browser". For example it usually gives me a unique score. The biggest entropy values come from navigator.plugins and fonts via ...
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How can I keep another device from being able to see my iPhone messages and documents when they are connected to my wifi

Is there a security app I can download so I can keep another device from being able to see my iPhone messages and documents when they are connected to my wifi
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Did US and UK spy agencies defeat privacy and security on the internet?

This question is meant as a canonical question in regard to the US and UK spy agencies compromising end nodes and encryption between nodes to spy on people they suspect to be terrorists. However, this ...
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How do I deal with companies that call and ask for personal information?

Several times I get a phone call from a company- my bank, utility companies etc. Many times they are just cold calling me, but once or twice they were calling for legitimate reasons (ie, something to ...
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Why does chrome connects to MarkMonitor (always on startup)

While using internet (over Chrome), I noticed that lsof -i returned certain suspicious URL(s). A whois lookup suggested that all of those belonged to MarkMonitor. For example: chrome 3224 ...
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Can too much web searching be a danger to a security professional?

As a junior security professional, I spend a lot of time goggling for things such as 'wpa dictionaries', 'vulnerabilities...' , 'how to crack ...','and so on. I sometimes feel like I am calling for ...
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Why does one need a high level of privacy/anonymity for legal activities?

This question is sort-of spun off of a previous one. How to counter the statement: "You don't need (strong) security if you're not doing anything illegal"? There are a lot of great ...
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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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Privacy/Security with SSH Tunnels and QuickVPN

I currently use QuickVPN, however, it does not seem to route my web browsing traffic through a tunnel. Am I correct? It only opens up a tunnel for accessing windows shares and documents back at the ...
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Hacking through a browser? [closed]

I was looking at this question: How can you be caught using Private VPN when there's no logs about who you are? and everyone who read it and responded seemed to be taking for granted that every ...
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How can you be caught using Private VPN when there's no logs about who you are?

I know there are 2 services of VPN (free and paid). Normally, free VPNs need money from somewhere and sometimes they can sell your information to any agency that needs it. Now, if we are talking about ...
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Can a zero knowledge proof of voting be made using a trusted auth server (without client side crypto)?

Questions: Can one implement a secure voting system having all the features described below? e.g. without disclosing any individual's vote to the government server (or the third party), preserving ...
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Sniffing 3g network Pockethound

I was wondering if its possible to prevent 3g sniffing. Its not about the security of the information sent over 3g, but being able to use your 3g without anyone able to see traffic. There are machines ...
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Online backup : how could encryption and de-duplication be compatible?

A "soon to enter beta" online backup service, Bitcasa, claims to have both de-duplication (you don't backup something already in the cloud) and client side encryption. ...
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How secure is XMPP with self-signed SSL certificates?

I'm looking for an easy way to set up a simple IM infrastructure that protects messages in transit as well as avoids having logs in places that neither I nor someone I trust controls. I'm based in ...
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Ingress collects a lot of data - what impact could this have on my privacy or security?

The Augmented Reality game from Google, Ingress, has players travel to specific GPS locations to destroy and rebuild virtual targets, link locations, and team up with other players in order to carry ...
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Is Gmail showing images by default a good idea for privacy?

Google have decided to show images in Gmail messages accessed via the web, iOS and Android by default: Instead of serving images directly from their original external host servers, Gmail will now ...
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Does an email signature increase security?

I'm using Thunderbird with Enigmail. It has both encrypt and sign options for sending PGP emails -- but why is an email signature needed? It just looks overkill to me! Alice and Bob can use PGP to ...
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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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Efficacy of Chrome incognito mode

I am curious about the true efficacy of the browser private mode. I did a bit of googling and stumbled upon the following page. ...
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How to prevent user's mobile phone position tracked

Trying to follow up this post How to trace a (mobile) phone? , the answers on how to prevent being tracked while you own a mobile phone are: You cant. (even if you use disposable phones etc) 1) Why a ...
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Can a site I browse in private browsing mode tell if I visited it in regular mode before?

I've noticed when updating a blog, that sometimes refreshing the page won't actually fetch it again, because it is still in the cache. Now, even when I open it in incognito in that same browser(say ...
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Can my customer's ISP trace who visited my business website?

I own a private business and a web site with a domain name hosted with Godaddy US. I live in Europe. I want to know if the various ISP of my customers in my country can find out who visited my web ...
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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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Evil maids in the server room [closed]

I am well aware of the fact that physical insecurity in principle means no security. But let´s say I own a root server with full disk encryption which is unlocked/booted via dropbear ssh. In which ...
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How to use clipboard manager software more securely?

I want to minimize the risks using a clipboard manager or clipboard history software. I want to use it because it really eases my work so not using it is not a good option. These programs usually ...
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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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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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Phone Privacy for Small Business

I'm a small business operator and I'm looking for ways to provide security and reasonable privacy for my own business communications and communications of customers. All these businesses operate ...
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Considering that SRP is better than SSH and Basic Auth, how can it be implemented in a website?

SRP is short for Secure Remote Password protocol, and provides a better way for passwords to be sent over the internet. I've read the information at it's Stanford University home page, the Wiki ...
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Anonymous web browser. Is it real?

Do anonymous browsers work? What principles do they use? Can I use them to test access to my web site? Can I detect if a visitor is using one? What is the different between traditional and anonymous ...
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How to create an anti-flood mechanism without leaving VPN's out?

I'm trying to protect my applications from some bots that are either malfunctioning or trying to take my sites down (lots of requests from the same IPs in the logs). Every time someone requests an ...
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ICO compliance and Google Cloud SQL

I have a basic simple question for which I couldn't find anywhere. Is is possible to use Google Cloud SQL services and still retain the regulations from ICO and other similar requirements? I ...
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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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How is a Tor hidden service immune to exit node attacks?

Let me explain with a nifty diagram: IP/RP <-> bunch of Tor clients/node (Tor circuit) <-> Tor hidden service Wouldn't the last Tor client in the circuit knows that the message is for the Tor ...