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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WiFi security from another authorized user (roommate)

I believe we use WPA or WPA2 encryption. To what extent can another user monitor my traffic? Monitor my desktop activity? View documents I've saved on my computer? Tell what sites i visit? Tell ...
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Can my IT department read my Google Hangouts chats while at work?

Is Google hangouts encrypted? Would my work's IT guys be able see pictures and text I send while on a work computer? Yes I know I shouldn't be sending stuff I don't want them to see while at work, but ...
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Is there a sms authentication that works like 10minutemail? [on hold]

I remember reading on this site a user recommending 10minutemail.com as a way to register or give email address to non-trusted websites. Is there any similar site for disposable phone number for ...
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What was the security vulnerability behind Box and Dropbox and what's different now?

Earlier today I received a number of comments saying that my shared links were disabled. I looked around and saw a number of articles explaining what happened, and Dropbox posted an official statement ...
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Have multiple email addresses on multiple domains [on hold]

A single mail address is often linked to the entire digital life, most people use one email address for every service they use. Facebook, twitter, public forums and even the bank account. Every ...
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Can I find out if my employer is snooping on me? [duplicate]

I work at a large university and have a computer supplied by my employer. I would like to find out whether my employer is snooping or can snoop on my files or activity on my computer. Can I find that ...
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Why would someone trust DuckDuckGo or other providers with a similar privacy policy?

DuckDuckGo is a search engine that claims it will not share your results with others. Many of my skeptical coworkers think it may be a scam. Is there any proof that any web search engine will ...
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How vulnerable am I on a unencrypted public WiFi network? [duplicate]

I am enrolling myself into a college. College provides a Public WiFi Access Point, to access internet through its network, which is unencrypted (No password). As being a programmer for last one and a ...
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Browsec - VPN and anonymizer

According to Browsec's website this application can be used to Bypass firewalls. So in countries like Iran it seems a useful tool to bypass censorship and filtering. For start using this application ...
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Securing a laptop against attacks (article)

I came across this article when looking for ways of hardening my laptop, and this guide seemed extremely thorough. It is perhaps overly paranoid, but it will be good to have a guide I can trust should ...
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Location Obfusication and Email/remote login

Would it be possible for a user of a 3rd party VNC software package and email client to obfusicate/spoof their location, so that an employer would be unable to determine the location from which the ...
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How to maintain validity of user credentials?

In an example scenario consider that; I am a customer of organisation and I have two separate accounts with two different departments X and Y. I can login in to each department's website by using ...
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Is it bad if one uses the same email address on different sites/forums?

Is it bad practice if one uses the same email address on different sites and forums?
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How can i protect myself from tor vulnerability 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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Anonymity on Facebook - how do they suggest people I should know?

I want to know how Facebook discovers the people who you know in real life or who know you. I tried the following to see if Facebook can still discover my acquaintances in real life and suggest them ...
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How do you find out if a phone is secretly sending private data to a remote server?

I read a recent article on a Chinese phone manufacturer on Wall Street Journal that says: The rumors had begun when a user posted online in mid-July that his RedMi Note smartphone was ...
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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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How do websites tracker cookies and beacon work?

Could someone please enlighten me, either on a technical level or high level if that detail is not feasible, on how tracker cookies and beacons work. Particularly, how information on my browsing ...
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Fingerprinting the webpage content

I'm moderating a closed section of a forum - think 'covered by NDA' (not actually, but it's a good equivalent of the situation), with restricted access. Sometimes we find screenshots from that forum ...
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What are some considerations before moving personal data to Google Drive?

I am considering uploading some (all) of my digital personal data to Google Drive. I guess this would instantly grant access for NSA to my data. (Is that right?) Who would have access to my data on ...
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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 ...
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Is it bad practice to use your real name online?

On some accounts I use my real name on-line (Google+/Facebook/Wikipedia/personal blog), others (Q&A/Gaming) I use an alias. My question is: Security and privacy wise, what can people do with my ...
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Can Someone monitor my phone if they share internet?

Now I share internet with my family. I have a feeling my phone is being monitored. My smartphone is a Nokia Lumia 928. Now you can't record the screen so I think that helps. But is there anyway a ...
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What is the ideal anonymous workstation setup? [on hold]

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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Best practices for Tor use, in light of released NSA slides

It has been known in the security community that a tool as versatile as Tor is likely the target of intense interest from intelligence agencies. While the FBI has admitted responsibility for a Tor ...
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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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Establishing a Reputable Pseudonym with PGP Key

This has become a bit of a thought experiment for me. Suppose someone would like to establish a pseudonym along with a corresponding PGP Key, how could other people verify the correspondence between ...
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TOR: I'm repeatedly being connected to a couple of Entry Nodes!

I'm using TOR (Orbot for Android), and when I look at the log of the connection establishment phase, I see that I'm repeatedly being connected to familiar nodes, especially the Entry Nodes which 3 out ...
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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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What is the difference between ATA Secure Erase and Security Erase? How can I ensure they worked?

I'd like to wipe a stack of drives (spinning and SSD) securely. I'm familiar with the ATA Secure Erase (SE) command via hdparm, but I'm not sure if I should use the Security Erase (SE+) command ...
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What Does Putting Each Subscriber of ISP in One Subnet of His Own Mean?

I've noticed that I used to be assigned an external IPv4 from my ISP and a 24 bit mask (255.255.255.0), then it changed to 255.255.255.255, today I was studying IPv4 subnetting and I understand that ...
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VPS Privacy: OpenVZ vs KVM vs Xen

Considering OpenVZ, KVM and Xen: Which VM technology is the most difficult for the host's administrators to access given an encrypted root partition? Can I have a reasonable expectation that rogue ...
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Secure file sharing, instead of attaching files to emails?

Allow me to give some background information, so you may understand my situation better. We have been prone to sending emails to unintended recipients, many of which contained confidential data. ...
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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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Virtual Desktop & Virtual Machine

What is the difference between virtual machine and virtual desktop? KOMODO Internet Security, for example, offers virtual desktop, and there's a stealth program there. If software sends the same ...
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How does Network Discovery OFF protect my computer?

Yes, it seems that the computer will not respond to pinging. But any computer with a packet sniffer will be able to see my ip once I send any packet to the router. So basically, if I'm surfing the ...
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Are Internet Explorers “Tracking Protection” able to prevent AddThis canvas fingerprinting?

A paper on web tracking mechanisms identifies the web-tracking company AddThis as a major user of canvas fingerprinting. Are IE:s Tracking Protection, provided Tracking Protection Lists including ...
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Could see image of previous session after restarting and switching OS

(I have GNU/Linux and Microsoft Windows installed.) I played a game on Microsoft Windows, quit the game, restarted the PC, and selected GNU/Linux. On the login screen, the background image was ...
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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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Get the browser history without using a browser

I would like to get the browsing history of a computer in my network (without running that web browser), is it possible?
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Concerned with Tails vulnerabilities

Regarding this: http://www.forbes.com/sites/thomasbrewster/2014/07/21/exploit-dealer-snowdens-favourite-os-tails-has-zero-day-vulnerabilities-lurking-inside/ Apparently, even the version of Tails ...
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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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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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How can I prevent my kids from bypassing my computer restrictions?

My son has a downloaded copy of Ubuntu that he uses to "break" into my computer, bypassing Vista. I have two questions: Can this damage my computer or corrupt my files? (I have lots of pictures) Is ...
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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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Are these precautions sufficient for scam baiting?

I'm a tired of these stupid scammers trying to rip off fellow university students desperate for housing, so as for some free time activity I thought I'd try and do some scam baiting, and send him to ...
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Should I let a user know they have entered an unknown username or email address?

On my website I have a password reset page that users can use if they have forgotten their password. On this page they can enter their username or their email address and hit "reset" which will send ...
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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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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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Can webpages using the Google plus button get my name?

When I'm logged into my Google account, and I visit a web page that contains the Google Plus "+1" button, does a script have access to my name, even if I don't interact with the Google Plus widget?