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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Why does the ProtonMail Android app require Identity permissions?

The ProtonMail Android app is supposed to be a privacy-centered alternative for data-mined email services such as Gmail, Yahoo, and Outlook. If this is truly the case, why does the Android app require ...
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Hiding my activity from mobile service provider [duplicate]

Ok there is mobile service provider which also happens to be providing mobile internet. Now, I am interested to hide my activity from that provider. e.g. it can't see my browsing habbit. Basically ...
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understanding where tor interferes (screenshot)

with just goal to better understand where tor interferes and where it hides my browsing from ISP, please look at this picture which just explains how to computers communicate. You can check on step ...
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How does a website know my location? Checked with ipleaks and VPN seems to work correctly

Recently I have been using a VPN to watch a free web series available only in the US -- on a website called https://go90.com. Until a few days ago everything was running smoothly with just Hola VPN. ...
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Can a random person find me if my location services are turned off?

I was recently asked by a friend if it's possible for someone to find someone else's location if they didn't have the location services on, on their phone. I told him I'm not sure but I didn't think ...
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Ingress and Pokemon Go collect a lot of data - what impact could this have on my privacy or security?

The Augmented Reality games from Niantic, Ingress, (where players travel to specific GPS locations to destroy and rebuild virtual targets, link locations, and team up with other players in order to ...
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How can I trust a mobile app? [closed]

Nowadays we are putting a lot of trust in mobile apps in order to survive in a globalized society. We are even under a kind of peer pressure which madly drives us to use these new applications. One ...
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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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Surveillance: blocking laptop's microphone from spying on you?

It is a known fact that your laptop camera can be hacked to spy on you. While the most often mentioned remedy is very low tech yet effective, everyone seems to omit the fact that the microphone can be ...
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How to detect self destructing emails? How to prevent from self destruction?

Recently I came across a gmail extension for Chrome browsers which claims to send self destructive emails. I tested by sending self destructive emails to my email account and it works fine Now my ...
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Is the story about getting a visit by police for googling pressure cookers true? [closed]

Its from The Guardian and it was not published in April. I know Google was always collecting data about me and I have so far decided to let it slip as a compromise in light of their contributions to ...
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Using old router as wi-fi extender/extra security on shared network?

I just moved into a building with three apartments, all of which split an internet subscription. There is only one router, however, in one of the other apartments. For security/privacy purposes, I'd ...
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Can someone trace me from mobile phone IP?

I have mobile phone, on which I am using internet. My phone number is registered under name of my employer, because they give you services like cheaper call fares, etc. I also purchase internet ...
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Can Microsoft access all private data if a user installs Windows 10?

According to this Forbes article by Gordon Kelly, a condition of using Microsoft's Windows 10 operating system is to agree to the following: [Microsoft] will access, disclose and preserve personal ...
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Does WhatsApp disclose the sender's IP address?

Does WhatsApp disclose the sender's IP address? Is it possible to get it by running netstat -a or via Wireshark?
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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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Is blurring face secure? [duplicate]

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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Can my phone be located (e.g. by emergency personnel) when I use a VPN?

I have actually been learning on my own just by reading about VPN and how to protect myself from Big Brother so to speak. I just happened to discover that if I turn off my location option on my cell ...
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Can my ISP/MSP read my Whatsapp messages?

I wonder whether the Whatsapp messages are sufficiently encrypted so that the ISP/MSP ( mobile service provider) cannot read what is inside? I will be travelling to some of the most oppressive ...
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How can I find out if someone is using their device to look at things on my device [closed]

I would like to know about this information because I think my girlfriend is spying on my phone
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What unique device fingerprinting information can an iOS8 app collect?

As an addition to this question: What unique fingerprinting information can an iOS7 app collect? What remaining device fingerprinting privacy/security vulnerabilities still exist as of iOS 8? Can ...
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What information can be seen when I'm using SRTP via XMPP?

Just as the title goes, basically what data/information can be tracked when using SRTP via XMPP? As client I'm using Jitsi. If things works in some aspects similar to HTTPS, I guess that maybe it ...
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Employee privacy when using company iPhone on own Wi-Fi

If I use a company iPhone on my own home Wi-Fi, does the employer still have visibility on activity? If so, how much assuming there are no hidden keylogging programs.
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Allowing WhatsApp data through specific bundle

My mobile network provider recently released a new GPRS bundle, it consist of 50 MB per month for WhatsApp data only! First, how do they identify WhatsApp data, and more important to me, isn't that ...
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What are the risks of providing my fingerprint to a theme park?

I recently visited Epcot Center and was surprised that they asked to scan one of my fingerprints before I entered the park, even though I already had my ticket in hand. I don't believe they require a ...
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How can VPN providers end violating accounts when “they don't log any data”?

VPN providers can end accounts which violate their terms of use. If you look at https://nordvpn.com/terms-of-service/ for example, you see that they will terminate accounts violating their ToS. The ...
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Where are the anonymous/private domain validation SSL certs?

I have yet to find a CA that doesn't require personal information for DV certificates. Is this because all of the major browsers and operating systems have a policy to reject CAs that don't require ...
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Any solutions out there to counter shoulder surfing?

I'm talking about an unknown or undetected physical presence who may be looking over your shoulder as you view or type in sensitive information or passwords. Most likely to happen when you are ...
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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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With Google's new Privacy Policies going into effect soon, how can I better protect myself using their services?

From what I can tell, the gist of the new Privacy Policy from Google is that they're making a blanket policy to allow using your data between all their services, however they see fit. So now one ...
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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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What are the privacy and security risks associated with Intel's Management Engine and AMD's Platform Security Processor?

And also as an everyday user who mostly just surfs the web, are these risks a huge concern for me? Edit: Also on the similar note, are there any substantial evidences of Intel or AMD purposely ...
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How did my browsing choices reach an Alibaba seller?

Events, spaced about evenly over 2 months: Repeatedly ordered small amounts of webbing on a rather reputable Polish site (Allegro.pl, much like ebay). Got targeted ads in Skype for webbing on ...
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Closed source binary blobs in chipsets - privacy threat?

I wanted to buy a Librem Purism 13 because I care about my privacy and generally wanted a laptop to test Linux on. However, I was advised against it because it uses Intel i5 processors which contain ...
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What does “probability space is over coin flips of algorithm M” mean?

In the book The Algorithmic Foundations of Differential Privacy by Cynthia Dwork, Aaron Roth on page 16 (actually page 20 in the pdf viewer) it says at the very bottom of the page: Definition 2.2 (...
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What information is collected because of signing into Windows 10 with a Microsoft account?

The question is specifically as stated - "because of signing into Windows 10 with a Microsoft account". Not including what is collected even when using a local account. And not including what is ...
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How to secure communications between a web front-end and the web server when/where the HTTPS protocol is compromised?

A country in the Central Asia has issued a law enforcing all the ISPs to decrypt the transit HTTPS traffic and encrypt it with a special certificate issued by the government. Every client is to ...
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How can mom monitor my internet history from a distance?

This might sound like a funny question from a twelve-year-old. The less funny part is that I am 21 and currently studying at university (I don't live at University, although I am 15 minutes away. I do ...
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Can duct tape prevent hackers from watching me?

Since hackers can hack into my mobile phone/computer and use its camera to watch over me, Q1: Can I know if my mobile phone/computer camera has been hacked? Q2: If I was hacked, does putting duct ...
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Should I allow browsers to remember my passwords and synchronize them?

I wonder, how wise is it to allow Chrome and Firefox to a) remember the passwords b) synchronize them? My gut tells me that if it's not man in the middle who can intercept them, but Google and Mozilla ...
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How to minimize your fingerprint, or become invisible on the web? [duplicate]

With all of these news stories about the government reading emails and snooping information from other sources, what are ways to minimize or eliminate an organization's ability to actually track and ...
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What policies and agreements regarding information security are a must have for every self respecting company?

I assume that it's a good idea to supply the users of a system (or employees) with policies and agreements regarding information security. What kind of documents should be considered? For example (...
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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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Hidden service security SSH

Pretend I have a Tor hidden service. For ultimate security I would firewall the internet entirely, except for Tor, to try to reduce IP address leakage and other security risks. My problem is how ...
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Hardening Linux desktop machine against people from my household

I am looking to make a clean install of a Debian system on my home desktop. To clarify, I am switching from Windows and wish to use it as my day-to-day home OS - I'm not going to be running any ...
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IMEI and phone number given to unknown sources. What are the risks?

The facts: A friend put his phone number (and possibly the IMEI) for his android device into some kind of hacking PC software that promised to (and actually did) extend his Whatsapp account that was ...
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Microsoft support asking me for my phone IMEI?

I just contacted Microsoft support on my Lumia phone via the preinstalled "Contact Support" app, about an issue of the language of comments on apps in the Store being in the wrong language (different ...
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Software intrusion via sweeping firmware updates? [closed]

I have a lot of different hardware ranging from smart phones and smart TVs to Unix servers and everything in-between. Within the last few weeks everything I own has needed an update or upgrade. ...
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How should I handle a spam account I don't control from sending spam emails with my username?

A family member contacted me yesterday saying their email has been hacked and that some other family members received spam emails from their account. For this example, lets say the hacked family ...
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Is it possible to overwrite a phone through physical means?

I am currently doing some research into the Apple vs FBI controversy. During my research, I found a Edward Snowden comment that claimed that the government can actually override a phone's data, ...