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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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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Record IP pseudonymously?

I'd like to be able to ban an IP from my website, but for privacy reasons I would like to not have a record of the IP itself. Hashing the IP would allow for the hash to be brute forced in mere ...
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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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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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Is it safe to rely on UUIDs for privacy?

I'm uploading files on S3, where the filename is a UUID. All files uploaded are publicly read/write, however these files are considered private to users. Is it possible for someone to guess a UUID, ...
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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 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 Is It Possible For Hackers To “Dig Up The Dirt” On People?

Like the title says, I was wondering how its possible for hackers to "dig up the dirt" and get peoples personal information such as address, credit cards, bank accounts, social insurance number, etc? ...
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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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Is blurring face secure?

I'm wondering how secure is to blur face in my photos? Is there any way to re-focus, or re-blur blurred object?
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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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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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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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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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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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How can I get the IP address for a ToR Hidden Service (HSP) with a .onion address?

I'd like to find out the IP address of a given .onion address. Is it possible for me to simply assign an exit node (that I control) to my client and just monitor it to determine what IP address ...
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House owner can see who's connected to WiFi; what more can he see?

I live in a rental house, and use the house-owner's wireless network to connect to the internet. The owner can see who is connected to his wireless network and I had a few questions regarding this ...
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A good privacy policy or pursue encryption for private community?

I am planning to create a private web site where people of a very specific target group would keep private stuff. I am between two major roads for this. Road 1 -Build a trusting and personal ...
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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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WHOIS Contact Details Abused

The system for the internet and the way people can abuse it is getting worse and worse. I am having several issues with people abusing the information within my WHOIS, which if I remember is protected ...
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When using private browsing can a website view data stored before private browsing was turned on?

If a browser has been used to visit a few sites and has active logins and then the user turns on private browsing, can the sites still access data such as cookies and cached files that were created ...
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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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Does Tor browser work with college network? [closed]

I'm in a system where my modem connects to a college network (KotNet) that monitors its internet traffic. Since I'd like some privacy I was wondering if a Tor browser would hide my identity or if it ...
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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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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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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 is YouTube able to identify anonymous users?

A few days ago I was searching YouTube and I noticed an "outlier" video poped up in the suggestions list. This video had nothing to do with the topic being searched, but instead it was based on a ...
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How to (programmaticaly or by other means) encrypt or protect customer data

I am working on a web project and I want to (as far as possible) handle user data in a way that reduces damage to the users privacy in case of someone compromising our servers/databases. Of course we ...
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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 ...
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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 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 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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Are there security or privacy concerns in using YaCy as a substitute for Google or Duckduckgo?

The concept of YaCy of decentralized web search seems smart. Does anyone see any flaws in its design that may lead to additional exposures of privacy or security compared to the usual alternatives or ...
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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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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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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 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 ...