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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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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What kind of privacy leakage do stuff printed to stdout pose?

1- When a program outputs to stdout, is that normally logged anywhere else? 2- When is it an issue to make a command verbose in printing to stdout instead of working quietly or redirecting to a file? ...
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What is the “about:blank” context for browser security and privacy?

This blog is describing a way to hide the referer header in various situations. Specifically he is referring to things that run in the about:blank context. What is the about:blank context? How does ...
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Secure Development Environment for University dealing with private data

We are a development team within a state public university. Much of our development deals with working with private student and employee data. Some applications push data from internal databases out ...
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How do private photos get stolen

I'm not referring to any of the below: Spiteful partner sharing private photos of other after editing oneself out. Someone stealing photos from a professional photographer/artist without permission. ...
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Pedometer with strong privacy (no data in cloud, local analysis software, no iOS) [closed]

I wish to do 10,000 steps a day. Now searching for an accurate pedometer. I don't wish a cloud solution, data must be local and a nice analysis software. What do you recommend me? I am using a Mac.
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Is there an anti-proxy detection available?

Sites like Wikipedia and Google (among others) don't let you sign up through a proxy or TOR (at least with Google, you have to provide SMS verification if you sign up through proxy.) Somehow they ...
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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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Is it still possible to sign up for a Google account without SMS verification? (March, 2013) [closed]

Non of these two methods worked: http://googlesystem.blogspot.com/2012/01/new-google-accounts-require-gmail-and.html
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OTR encrypted chatroom or IM [closed]

I need a secure, encrypted environment for conducting text based interviews online. It's for academic research purposes where data protection is paramount so there cant be any data stored on 3rd ...
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Device fingerprinting & Mass Computer Surveillance

Device fingerprinting is one of the biggest privacy problems as explained because people think cleaning cookies, using proxy servers or blocking domains can protect them (when blacklisted trackers ...
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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 risk in posting “local info” to the Internet?

Previously when I posted a screenshot online, someone told me to erase out my usernames, computer names, domain names, etc: Is there actually a need to do so? A quick Google search shows that many ...
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How can I ensure privacy when outsourcing authentication to an IdP (Identity Provider)

I need to outsource authentication to an IdP (Identity Provider) but I don't want that IdP to know of the calling site. The two major issues are the callback URL and the referer header. Is there any ...
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What is the difference between https://google.com and https://encrypted.google.com?

Is it there any difference between the encrypted Google search (at https://encrypted.google.com) and the ordinary HTTPS Google search (at https://google.com)? In terms of security what were the ...
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What certification would be considered equivalent to the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor Framework?

The Safe Harbor website says the following: The European Commission’s Directive on Data Protection went into effect in October of 1998, and would prohibit the transfer of personal data to ...
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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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Basic Algebra and How it Applies to Information Security? [closed]

I'm an undergraduate student at Kaplan University and one of my projects in my Algebra class is to be able to identify two concepts that we've learned thus far and how they might apply towards my ...
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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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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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Compromised server with psyBNC - what are our next steps?

One of our VPS servers has an install of psybnc on it. The install has been present for quite some time, and has now been brought to our attention. We have backups, but they also have psybnc on them. ...
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Google Chrome stores recent items I've opened in my computer?

Is it normal or legal for chrome to have a list of recent items I've opened in my computer? I have an old version of chrome installed in my PC. Then recently, I downloaded a newer version. But before ...
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When connecting to internet through VPN what precautions should be taken?

I've read this similar question and it has some very good information. Can a site that has personal information about you be accessed by another site to determine who you are/where you are? For ...
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Could TOR nodes collect IPs and filter them to unmask .onion url IP addresses?

I feel that I generally understand TOR onion routing. From what I understand, the node knows the IP it is receiving data from and the IP it is sending data to. So surely a node can collect the IP ...
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How can I protect against email tracking services?

Recently a free service came out for email tracking, bananatag. It's able to track the fact that the email was read in gmail without any notice or strange inclusions in the email body. In this case ...
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Is there a difference between GET and POST for web application security?

I have 2 choices in sending data between 2 web applications. I encode the data in Base64 and append to the URL and retrieve these parameters at my destination application and decode the parameters. ...
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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 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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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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What day-to-day activities can compromise a person's information security [closed]

Recently a car was stopped next to me at the traffic lights. The driver had his phone connected to the car's bluetooth and the conversation could be heard by me crystal clear in the next car - the ...
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Can p2p use be traced by targeting a known individual rather than an offending IP Address?

My understanding of most filesharing lawsuits initiated by copyright holders is as follows: The monitoring agency will connect to a torrent swarm and collect the ip addresses of people downloading ...
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how Cookie tracking threat works?

as explained here and lots of other cases , what is this tracking story ? browser vendors say we have same origin policy and for example google.com can only read cookies saved by google.com or read ...
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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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Can law enforcement track a criminal through dynamic IP address?

I ask because a week ago my home was broken into and, among other things, my iMac computer was stolen. I am desperate to get it back because it has all the pictures of my daughters from the last ...
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Privacy in torrents?

It seems that if you download a file via torrent, each downloader can see other downloaders IP addresses. I also noticed that my (windows) pc's name was sometimes displayed briefly. How does one keep ...
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Protecting peers communicating with WebRTC

For reference: WebRTC Homepage I've been really interested in these new RTC technologies that are coming out, specifically the fact that use the PeerConnection API to establish a connection between ...
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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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How to find a reliable private mail drop or ghost address provider? (Not CMRA)

A mail drop or ghost address is an entity that can receive mail in your name. For a little more on why would you want to do this, see JJ Luna. A CMRA stands for a commercial mail receiving agency. ...
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Best practices for operating a Bitcoin-Qt client regarding netwok privacy?

As privacy is part of security, I know there is a Bitcoin SE here but they couldn't answer my question so I hope it's appropriate to ask it here. I don't ask about how to secure my wallet on my ...
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Is privacy a part of security? (Bruce Schneier) [closed]

From this talk: http://vimeo.com/8053634, around 35 minutes he argues that privacy is part of security. What is your take on that? Are privacy questions on topic on this board?
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Privacy laws' right-to-amend (and right-to-delete) requests and archived data/backups

Under HIPAA and some privacy laws (in US, EU and other countries), the user has the right to amend (under some laws even delete) his/her data. What is the right way to handle a request to amend/delete ...
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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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Can an employer access Whatsapp messages if you are using their servers?

Does anyone know if an employer can access whatsapp messages if you are using their servers? Whatsapp apparently say the messages are encrypted, but I'm not sure about this.
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Can other customers on shared hosting see requests from/to my site?

I installed a wiki on my shared webhosting (using Apache) account. This wiki is set to private (no read/edit/create rights for unauthorized users) and I'm the only one with an account. The wiki ...
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What is the most secure way for two people to communicate?

There are various services on the internet that offer secure communications. Typically in the past if I want to share some sensitive information with someone, I will do so over a Cryptocat chat ...
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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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GPG-encrypted mailing list and other approaches to safe communication

What is the best way to communicate privately on a mailing-list? Requiring each member of the list to have the public key of each other member, and encrypt their messages with those, is cumbersome to ...
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Can Microsoft monitor my computer because of Windows 8 email sign in

Because Windows 8 uses an email sign in/cloud profile, do they have access to view my data and what I am doing with it? I am always wary that one of the EULAs is signing away the rights to my soul (or ...
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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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Youtube & Google Services that ID you based on stuff on your computer - what is the risk?

If I'm on a VPN and accessing sites like Youtube or other's using Google services, am I still at risk for being located geographically via scripts in content I am viewing? Like I think some scripts ...