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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What are the compliance requirements or standards for a non-US firm hosting personal data in the US?

I work for a head hunting company with offices in Canada and Asia. We migrated our custom built CRM system from our own servers hosted in Japan to an Amazon hosting service meaning that all our data ...
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CV to a Suspicious Professor [closed]

Here's the situation: we have this professor this semester who is an excellent teacher and is very friendly, but he has some ego issues. He promised a few of us internships at Princeton, Stanford, etc....
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Resolving an IP address of a Remote machine to its MAC address

I wanted to know whether its possible to get the MAC address of remote node (computer/Access Point) if I know its IP address. I have heard that if someone sends you an email (even through gmail), you ...
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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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Using Private Browsing mode while connected to organization's network

At the workplace I use the organization's network for accessing internet (well that's the only option). I am not sure if the network administrators monitor what I browse, how frequently I access ...
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What issues are most important to cover in Corporate Security Policy?

What about a Privacy Policy? Both internal, and external.
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How to protect against a determined harasser

My girlfriend is an admin on a German speaking site that for some time has been harassed by what we presume is a disgruntled user. At first it was merely an annoyance but a couple of days ago the ...
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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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Ways to monitor someone's internet traffic

If some authority for whatever reason decides they want to monitor your traffic on a wired DSL connection, how would they do it besides exploiting your OS? What are the other ways assuming the OS is ...
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How to securely share files with other individuals?

I have a collection of files I would like to securely share with a small number of other people. The collection is mostly static; no more than one or two new files will be added per month (after the ...
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How safe can connecting to VPN really be?

I would like to make this story as short as possible since my question is not that long, I have worked with journalists previously in war zone where we investigated the involvement of EU IT companies ...
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Mobile phone security eavesdropping based on data transfer

is there an easy way for particular governmental organizations (especially in countries where freedom of speech is a problem) have some technology where they can easily eavesdrop on cellphone internet ...
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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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Is it safe to abandon a free webmail account that has been in use for a significant amount of time?

I have a free webmail account that I have been using for around ten years now. Over the past two years I have almost phased out using this address. I have concerns around accounts that I may have ...
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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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Issues with the use of network surveillance tool in your company?

What issues will we face with the use of network surveillance tool in the company network with respect to the Telecommunication Interception Act and Privacy Act ? And what policies could be ...
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Best practices: Use of a single private key as a person, or multiple to identify self across domains?

Similar to the question here, I'd like to apply the same question to a person. For example, I have implanted a chip in my hand that holds an encrypted private key that serves as my personal unique ...
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What kind of information is exposed during a Firefox private browsing session?

I'm working with Firefox 43.0.1 on Windows 7 Pro 64 bit. I just noticed an odd behavior, and I don't think Firefox used to behave this way. I had a GMail tab open in private browsing mode, and then ...
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What should I store in the case that a user posts a threatening post?

I am building a social-media type website. I am going to have the users create a profile with their name, email and phone number. When a post is created I plan to have a spot in the database that ...
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Stalking and harassment [closed]

I believe my ex wife is redirecting my Yahoo and Google accounts and somehow has access to anything I do online. How can I know if my suspicions are true? She is director of I.T. of a large company, ...
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The history of thumbnails (or just a previous thumbnail) is embedded in an image file?

I was surprised when I cropped an image on Windows Phone, saved it, sent it via e-mail to a PC, and then downloaded it - and the thumbnail in the download folder was the one of original, not cropped ...
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Government/ISP tracking of internet activity trivial to evade?

The recently announced Investigatory Powers Bill in the United Kingdom will mean that ISPs must store the internet activity of everyone for one year. Anyone who wishes to evade such tracking can use ...
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What parts of IPv6 address may I show publicly and safely?

I want to ask question about some network issue, i.e. about printing the IPv6 address correctly. I assume the users expect me to provide some meaningful examples of what I expect and what I have. ...
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Files encryption for flash drive privacy/security

Looking to encrypt files on flash drive (for backup) just in case it gets stolen or lost. Don't want to install any extra software like TrueCrypt but instead just use what's already on most computers. ...
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What are NoScript surrogates and should one disable them for more privacy in browsing?

NoScript has a feature of supplying its own "surrogate" scripts instead of well-known tracking/ad scripts (Google Analytics, for one). Does it matter for my privacy if I do not change the factory ...
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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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Should I be worried if somebody uses my email to sign up for accounts?

I recently received e-mails from two services: Paytm and Uber. They both seem like legitimate services. However I have no idea why I received these e-mails or why somebody would want to create an ...
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How long can I store personal information on unconfirmed subscriptions?

I have a monthly newsletter. In my subscribe form I use a double opt-in method: The visitor subscribes. I send him a confirmation email. If I receive a reply, I add him/her to my system. In the ...
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Are images created with commercial software stamped with identifiers that can be traced back to a serial number?

To the best of your knowledge, do images created with Photoshop and/or other commercial software embed any bits of information that can allow someone (governments, security agencies?) to trace the ...
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What Firefox settings should be changed from factory defaults to ensure privacy vis-à-vis Mozilla?

Besides turning off everything in Edit/Preferences/Advanced/Data Choices and browser.newtabpage.directory.ping browser.newtabpage.directory.source browser.safebrowsing... security.ssl.errorReporting....
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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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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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Should IBAN and bank details be considered private data and encrypted?

To pay off our users, they are asked to enter their IBAN and bank name and bank address. The users are mostly based in Europe. As far as I know (see also this question) these details can not be used ...
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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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What is the ideal anonymous workstation setup? [closed]

My goal is to build a perfect stationary workstation from which I can work anonymously. Most instructions on being anonymous usually involve, at some point, moving around and switching from coffee ...
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Android for the Paranoid

In the case of a rooted phone, what are the various options to stay anonymous and keep your data secure? I've seen the guys at The Guardian Project work towards this: https://guardianproject.info/apps/...
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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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Can I redact by converting PDF to TIFF and back?

Background My boss asked me to come up with a way ordinary users can redact information from PDF files using free software. We get a lot of scanned documents and our client requires that sensitive ...
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Dragnet TEMPEST Surveillance?

Just something I considered recently -- TEMPEST attacks are pretty well known; basically you intercept EM leaks from a computer to discover compromising information (i.e. encryption keys, what's being ...
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Can an iOS 7 app access either device camera without user knowledge?

This statement in the iOS 7 release notes implies that non-China devices do not need user consent: iOS now requests user consent for apps to use audio input on all iOS 7 devices. For devices ...
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Best practice for data security on a web application

I read a couple articles on privacy/security but still cannot get a clear picture of the best practice to ensure that an attacker will not be able to access users' private information. For storing ...
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What are the security challenges encountered with attribute exchange?

OpenID has Attribute Exchange, Facebook has Facebook Connect, and authorization services such as Oauth enable access to user data distributed across a range of content providers. What are the ...
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What countries have laws in place that respect Do Not Track HTTP headers or cookies?

Google offers a Chrome plugin that uses cookies to control privacy, while Firefox offers a HTTP Header to tell websites to not track the users and log the data anonymously. This obviously extends a ...
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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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Could I be defrauded by a website who has my address, phone number, and credit card number?

Exactly what kind of information does a scammer need to scam someone money? For example, if there's a website which wants me to provide my details, Exactly what kind of information can I divulge and ...
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Received a Kindle from a stranger, what are the risks?

While getting a coffee today, a man walked up to me and offered me a kindle. he said he no longer wanted it and that he was looking to give it away. An avid reader, I accepted. It has no accounts on ...
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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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Anonymized Votes

Background Looking to create an anonymous voting system. The system must track whether or not a user voted on an item (public information), but only that user is ever allowed to know whether they ...
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Is there any way of preventing (or punishing) abuse of anonymity networks? [closed]

Anonymity services/networks like Tor, VPNs that don't log etc., seem like very double edged swords. Is there any way to prevent people with bad intentions (like breaking the law) from using them or ...
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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 ...