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Is it wrong to collect and store IP addresses?

I am developing a PHP analytics program. I am using IP addresses to get its corresponding country. I was wondering if its OK to store both the IP address and Country or if its better if I just store ...
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Is there a Security/Privacy risk in storing computers' hardware thumbprint?

I'm asking this because according to this article , Microsoft collects much less information than actually exists for Windows licensing (e.g. only 10 bits for MAC addresses, 6 for CPU serial number ...
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Improving the privacy of a casual Web user

I am interested in improving the privacy available to me as a casual internet user with a default browser. I think that Tor is too slow and that the "Privacy Mode" in browsers isn't really practical. ...
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Is it a good idea to generate certificate-specific CRLs? What is this technique called?

Suppose I create 3 certificates with the following CRLs Cert1 http://crl.server.com/batch1/root1.crl Cert2 http://crl.server.com/batch2/root2.crl Cert3 ...
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Privacy issues in Peer to Peer networks

In any typical P2P file sharing app, say DC++, the typical operations are search content, push content and pull content. A peer node broadcasts/multicasts its query to fellow peers and receives ...
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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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Is it normal that my new VISA debit card has almost the same number as the old one? Is it secure?

My bank issued me a new debit card (VISA Electron) because the old one expired and to my surprise, the card number is almost the same as on my old card. I don't think there would be much chance that ...
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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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Time zone settings and leakage of location

When you set up your clock in Linux systems and select a timezone: How easily can sites access this information? Can they do it through Javascript? Can they do it if Javascript is blocked? Where ...
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Protect sensitive data from sysadmin prying eyes

I'm thinking about this problem. What if I have to manage sensitive data (i.e. health data), and I use a managed server? I'd use encryption of course, but if they have root access they can see conf ...
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Encryption Question for patient PHI

I am the Compliance Officer for a laboratory. Is it permissible to send an unencrypted email with a patient accession number? It does not include patient name, DOB, SS# or address. It is just an ...
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Data Protection in EU for usage of personal documents

I don't know if this question fits into this forum or not. Is there some template documents that comply with the EU regulations for Data Protection and Privacy that I can reuse / (get them signed by ...
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When is an intermediate page needed before directing a user off my primary website? What is the best implementation?

The NSA has a page that intercepts redirections off the primary site. (click "TLS: "Suite B Cipher Suites for TLS," RFC 5430" for an example). I've seen this used in Exchange Outlook Web Access ...
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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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what is differential privacy?

Currently I have heard a lot about differential privacy but I am unable to find out what exactly it is in a non-mathematicians language. Up-till now my understanding is that it add noise to the answer ...
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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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Is Chrome giving out information about me?

I'm stepping up my privacy online and have recently switched to Google Chrome, which may be a huge step backwards. Chrome pesters the user to sign in with their Gmail account. When I first created my ...
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What is the technique to determine if a user is “reading” a page called? (similar to “infinite scroll”)

When I read an article at Salon.com I notice that the "overflow content" (where I need to scroll down) is loaded on demand. I can't imagine this being a useful bandwidth savings technique, so the ...
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Privacy implications of IDFA/IDFV? (iPhone/iOS)

Apparently, iOS 6 introduced IDFA, "identifier for advertisers", which identifies your device so that advertisers can track you and send you ads. It appears they also introduced IDFV, "identifier for ...
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Are there any anonymous OpenID providers similar to Gawker's “burner”?

Gwaker has an anonymous commenting system called Burner. It is offered as an alternative to Facebook, Twitter and Google. What's the difference between Burner and creating a throwaway Google , ...
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Keeping Whois domain registration details private

Most domain registers offer a service to keep your details private in the Whois database. Usually this works by replacing your email, telephone and snailmail addresses with proxies or P.O. Box ...
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HITECH : New United States Federal Act on Data Security

Has anyone heard of the new HITECH Federal Act? I understand that it is an underscore of the HIPAA Federal Act but am unclear of the requirements that they are requesting. It targets companies that ...
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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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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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How can I protect my domain names without exposing too much personal information?

I guess more specifically I want to know how to ensure I retain ownership by having sufficient contact information in the Administrative, Technical and Billing contact fields, but without exposing too ...
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Does a TMSI change often enough to prevent tracking?

A company called Path Intelligence has a product called Footpath which uses the TMSI, WiFi MAC address, and bluetooth MAC address to track phones as they move through stores. However, I don't see ...
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Facebook changed the default email address for every contact. How do I mitigate the impact and risk?

Facebook created a problem for regulated industries and Registered Investment Advisers (RIAs) by changing the default outgoing SMTP address for every contact to a @Facebook.com address. This is an ...
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Securely storing (email) lookup database

Looking for suggestions on implementing a server-side lookup table, where the key is an email address. Goal: Keep these email address private, even if data on the server is stolen. Assumptions: The ...
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Are there any same origin issues (SOP) with TOR?

Are there any issues with Same Origin Policy (SOP) with TOR or *.onion addresses? I'm thinking of cookies Plugins (Silverlight, Flash, Java, etc) Javascript
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Tor traffic correlation attacks by global adversaries

I recently came across a paper called "Users Get Routed: Traffic Correlation on Tor by Realistic Adversaries" (Aaron Johnson et al) ... which seems to be saying that adversaries (like the NSA) that ...
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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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Encryption key exchange for Tor

I've been studying how Tor works - including the great QA "Why can a Tor exit node decrypt data, but not the entry node?". I understand the concept of onion routing and multiple layers of ...
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How to prevent CAS from leaking user identity to arbitrary visited websites?

Summary evil.example.com could use a hidden frame to request a CAS ticket from corporation.example.net, then validate it to receive the username of the hapless user. This effectively deanonymizes the ...
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How traceable is ATM and point-of-sale credit card use back to you in practice?

A friend said ATM use is traceable easily, while point-of-sale credit card use isn't - this statement goes against my common sense. I searched for the the topic and this is what I have found: ...
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What information will dig leak to an attacker?

What information will the axfr and ixfr commands in DIG provide to an attacker?
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Where and How is data stored in a session?

Where is the information in the fields of a session stored? If I, for instance, store in a session something like $_SESSION['foo'] = 'bar'. Where is "bar" stored? If I store an object of a class, in ...
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Is there an alternative to TCP/IP that encrypts end-to-end?

If there was a communication protocol that encrypts at the very low-level, this would solve the problem of wiretapping entirely and for all.
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What should one do when he/she wants to protect him/her home--computer--?

As you know, deleting a file by pressing shift-delete or by using the Trash doesn't mean that the file is unrecoverable. It's data persists on your computer. In day to day life, adversaries use ...
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Which Wifi encryption method is secure?

you may wonder apple just removed ethernet port from new macbooks which means we have to use wifi! i made a wifi hotspot with my windows laptop to use for my macbook (my modem don't have wifi because ...
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How can a non-technical user verify a message was sent “securely”? …or over TLS?

I have a situation where B2B and B2C communication needs to be sent securely and not visible to most SMTP hijackers. I don't care about conspiracy theories or NSA style attacks, but want to provide ...
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How can I send and receive untraceable emails? [duplicate]

I have been receiving threatening emails from someone, and I don't want them to know my location for my safety's sake, but I need to send them a "Cease and Desist" notice. This person has great ...
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Have the police placed a bug on my line [closed]

As a pretty dedicated anarchist, rule-breaker and malcontent, I often find myself at odds with the British police. I have been the subject of 3 searches (that I know of) over the last 8 months ...
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Torception: An onion within an onion

With the recent takedown of silkroad, I am pondering on how anonymous you actually can be on the Tor Network. Other more legal or moral uses such as anonymity as a right, or avoiding censorship. These ...
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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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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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Is it possible to completely wipe a flash memory? [duplicate]

i have a 64 gb micro SDXC memory card that has sensitive files on it and i want to completely erase it but i heard it was impossible to be sure that your data was erased because of wear leveling ? The ...
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Avoid third party access to system

I need to go through airport security and customs, and its known that at least the German customs (http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/Bundestrojaner) (and I suspect others as well) try to upload software ...
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If a hacker were to compromise a GMail database

Assuming the systems that store the Gmail database is compromised what is preventing them from reading everyone's emails by looking at the data in the database? I assume nothing, and in order for ...
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Security issues with email accounts

I am starting to become wary of giving out my email account to anyone, just by doing reconnaissance it is evident how easy it is to pull so much information from a person just by a email, There is a ...
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How to make database of IP addresses anonymous?

I have to perform ip address connection stats anonymously because the data posses security risk, so how do I do it? Is it just like this, that the ip numbers and networks are replaced by random ...