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what info can web bugs track?

From EFF's Web Bug FAQ(point 6), What information is sent to a server when a Web Bug is viewed? The IP address of the computer that fetched the Web Bug The URL of the page that the Web ...
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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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Open source video conferencing software with encryption [closed]

A couple of friends and I are looking for an open source video conferencing software. We'd like to run the server on a Debian box, but the clients are Windows machines. Most importantly, it should ...
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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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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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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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How can I block flash from obtaining a list of available fonts in my browser? [closed]

How can I block Flash, at least in Chrome, from obtaining the list of available fonts in my browser? It seems that the combination of fonts available is the easiest way to fingerprint a browser.
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Browser Extension to show how your session is being shared

A while back I came across a browser extension (was available for Firefox and Chrome, maybe others) that showed you through a graphical 'node' interface how your browser session was shared with so ...
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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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How did these websites see through the VPN tunnel? [duplicate]

I'm using privateineternetaccess to VPN my internet connection. Recently I've noticed some web sites appear to know my real location and IP address. The most alarming incident I've seem to have been ...
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Using Cain and Abel to capture traffic of machine in the same network

I have installed Cain and Able in machine A, which is connected to another machine B via a LAN. Now I want to analyze all the traffic of machine B. Is this possible by installing Cain and Abel on ...
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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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Security Standards for storing private customer data

A certain government regulation in my country mandates all non-resident donors to provide a copy of their identification (usually, the passport). So, we ask the donors to upload a copy of their ...
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What is cleardot.gif next to the senders signature in Gmail? [closed]

I am seeing an invisible image called cleardot.gif appearing next to the sender's name at the bottom of their email. (immediately to the right after "Sincerely, [their name"]). It only happens with ...
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Does a OS manufacturer have permission to access your computer unauthorized? [closed]

Many services such as email and online storage have stated in their Terms of Service that they have the right to view and delete your files at any time. I'm wondering if they same applies to software ...
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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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Are there any reasons why browsers should block mixed passive content by default?

Most browsers block "active" content that's being loaded over HTTP on HTTPS pages. This includes stuff like javascript which can be modified with an MITM and compromise the security of the entire ...
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Privacy of Gmail for business?

Considering the recent litigation in which Google apparently claimed that all the emails, all the data in them, are Google's property and can do with the data whatever they want, I get frequent ...
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Securely transferring data from service provider to client

Suppose a client C wants to transfer form a service provider P, who collected data on behave of C using a web-application. Additionally, suppose the amount of data is larger than 100 MByte and ...
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Germany: Privacy Protection Regulations and Response [closed]

Do privacy protection laws within Germany/EU protect students from gross invasions of privacy? I have reason to believe that through some either permitted or unsanctioned channel my teacher was able ...
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Gaining sensible information from advertisement displayed in web pages

As we all know, JavaScript loaded inside a website A gets restricted to access the domain itself [same origin policy]. Unfortunately, same origin policy does not apply to newly created DOM nodes, ...
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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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Are kiosk-style, full screen apps possible on iOS, Android, or Windows phone?

A popular car insurance company in the US has an app that displays "digital car insurance" papers. In the commercials, these apps are opened, and the user gives the unlocked phone to police officers. ...
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In which country can you host a service which honors privacy?

Recent events like the Lavabit case have shown that it is no loger possible to host a server in the United States and guarantee your users that you will keep their data confidential, because the US ...
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How is wireless WiFi password cracked?

Let's say I have a wireless network that is password protected. What procedures can an intruder take in order to be able to gain access to my wireless network, or at least be able to decipher the ...
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Windows user: Is having many active TCP connections normal?

Is this normal? Can any ports be "dangerous"? I have 9 tcp's in a listening state, 4 in a close_wait state, and 4 in an established state. Some of them route to odd procceses using PID such as ...
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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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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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Atm/Debit card Security [closed]

Is it possible for a person who has your ATM/debit card number and PIN, to withdraw your money? If so, how?
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Is Google spying on all of us?

I am curious because, I experienced something bizarre recently. About a month ago, someone asked me to find out a price for a T-shirt printing machine, and probably for the first time, I pressed these ...
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Why is JavaScript disabled in the Tor Browser Bundle?

Didn't Tor create a local socks proxy? Why doesn't all the Web traffic go over this local socks proxy and why is JavaScript disabled in the Tor Browser bundle? If you would connect with firefox for ...
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Is it possible to respect a user's privacy while collecting phone MAC addresses?

In London, there are trash bins that track a phone's MAC address and monitor the users movement from one location to another. I want to see if there is any best practice for collecting private ...
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What expectation of privacy is there with US-based vendors with the LavaBit and SilentCircle shutdown?

Lavabit hosts a secure messaging service that was recently shut down. Likewise SilentCircle has preemptively done the same thing with their email-based service. It seems that the justification for ...
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Is it possible to War Drive for specific Bluetooth devices? What is the range?

Is it possible for someone to remotely/covertly scan for Bluetooth devices? If so, what is the operational range of this scanner? My concern is that a Bluetooth based door lock will emit a signal ...
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A thought experiment about obfuscating the location of a smartphone when it is in use, is it possible? [closed]

I was thinking about how smartphones are very difficult to use in a way that does not transmit your location, with all the networks it has to connect to (and let's say a 'burner phone' is too ...
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Do obscure image URLs prevent image harvesting?

On a Web site which requires user login, and all content is viewable by any registered user, is there any point in making obscure image URLs like "1mh9cr2m78234bc23-32xy4723nxy12.jpg" to protect the ...
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How can i protect myself from tor vulnerablity on windows

Recently I came across an article regarding Tor. According to article there is speculation that the uncovered malware was used by a law enforcement agency to harvest the IP addresses of users ...
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Alternative Email Provider [closed]

As a continuation to Why would someone trust DuckDuckGo or other providers with a similar privacy policy? it seems like we already have a secure way to make a search without writing history and etc. ...
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What is the best practice: separate ssh-key per host and user VS one ssh-key for all hosts?

Is it better to create a separate ssh-key for each host and user or just using the id_rsa key for all host to authenticate? Could one id_rsa be a malpractice for the privacy/anonymity policies? ...
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Does excluding Tor nodes by country improve privacy? [closed]

Here's the situation: the government of West Nauru is known to run a lot of TOR exit nodes and to collect a lot of data on the traffic, using extra large arithmometers to collate & correlate ...
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Twitter.com in private browsing leaks data to normal browser. Other sites as well? Bug or feature?

This is the first time I encountered similar thing. When I log into the Twitter web site in Chrome (namely, the Iron version which is said to be security enhanced, but that does not matter here) in ...
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How to download data anonymously? [duplicate]

How to download data anonymously, were to store the data. I was reading a post on a forum and a guy was asking how do you download data anonymously and he asked how do hackers do it ,everybody started ...
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Can a VPN avoid the Prism Surveillance Programme?

This is causing me major concern and i can understand it is for a lot of users as well. I have nothing to hide but it's the moral aspect of snooping which has ticked me off. Can a VPN avoid the ...
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Client-side encryption, but cloud service can still decrypt data in the event of a death? Is this possible?

I've been worried about this password manager, PasswordBox that seems to be gathering quite a bit of steam lately. They seem to have raised VC funding and are offering a free password management and ...
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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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When a browser extension or user script pulls a JS file from Google's CDN, how does this compromise the user's privacy in terms of Google's reach? [duplicate]

The context from which my question has arisen is this user script which locally removes ads from Ixquick.com, which is an anonymizing 'proxy' search engine that gives the results from Google's index ...
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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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Is a Tor router really safer than a proxy?

If I use a Tor router to browse the regular internet that it has to leave the Tor network through an exit node. Apparently the exit node has all the information from the original user it came from on ...
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Besides IP addresses, how else could one be identified? [closed]

OP: I'm curious how else an actor seeking to identify someone online could accomplish this task besides just using an IP address. What methods would they employ? What knowledge must they have of the ...
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What are the performance and security tradeoffs when selecting “ECC” or “Subgroup” in a U-Prove token?

In one of the U-Prove documents, I remember reading something that compared Subgroups versus ECC and it went something like this (paraphrased): Subgroups Requires a bigger key to achieve equivalent ...