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making online transactions over proxy

So I went over quite a lot of topics here and on the internet.. but I still can't seem to completely understand this issue. How secure really are services like proxies, VPN or VPS? VPN is promoted ...
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ISPs are now adding unique header identifiers to web traffic. Can this be avoided? If so, how?

I'm a security-conscious Verizon user, and it has recently come to light that Verizon is now serving up my web traffic to ad partners while en route. I understand that once my data has left the ...
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Browser gives access to root directory through “/” [on hold]

If I put a '/' on my browser I have full access of my root directory. I have tried the same thing on another computer and it didn't work. So, I'm trying not to be paranoid but this is too strange. I ...
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Data protection on DVD's

I would like to encrypt data on a dvd such that one can read but not write the dvd. Ive tried Nero 15 but it requires that I send a public key to the user which I find counter-productive. Any ideas
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Identity Theft: should I shred documents with only name and address details?

I routinely shred documents with any personal information on them to protect myself and others against identity theft. I have no doubts that shredding any documents with ID numbers, account details ...
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How did he get my telephone number? [closed]

Earlier this year a neighbour of a friend of mine passed her their telephone. It was a man calling, claiming that she had talked to him once 5-6 years earlier. The man frankly gave her the creeps, ...
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Does Google catches and keeps users typing patterns [closed]

Does Google catches and keeps users typing patterns for identifying purposes? for example when I'm logged in my Google account and Searching for things Google records my "Typing Pattern" like typing ...
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How do services like reputation.com work?

A service found at [https://manageurid.com/][1] promises to remove personal information from "unauthorized sites". Reputation.com offers a similar service. My question is this: how does this work? ...
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What unique device fingerprinting information can an iOS8 app collect?

As a follow-on 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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Is the MAC address encapsulated in the Internet packets? [duplicate]

This might be a stupid question, but what is the range of the MAC addresses? Are these somehow leaking to the Internet with packets that a user sends (so they know where to return)?
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Mentioned On A Blog By A “Hacker” - Should I Care?

Some (insert noun here) who seems to be a black hat hacker thinks that I am his #1 enemy and has posted some of my information on his blog. He is mad because I am advertising for others. The ...
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E-mail tracking countermeasures

I've started using Sidekick to know when an email is opened or one of the links in it is clicked. What I ask now is how to know if an email I received is provided with a similar tracking system. With ...
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Privacy of web surfing by Free gate

I am connected to the internet in the university where I don't want the administrator or any organization to find out some of the websites and contents I check in them. I'm afraid that they might ...
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Privacy of Image search with https

I am connected to the internet in the office where I don't want the administrator of the network to find out the contents I check (for example images). First I use a Firefox private browsing window ...
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Can a company track your browsing history if you are not connected to the company network?

I am using the Internet from my laptop at home, and am not connected to my company's network. I am using my own Vodafone dongle for my Internet connection. I was logged in to Gmail using my work ...
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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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Secure backup on online Cloudstorage

i own a small private server (@home) with all necessary features for my backup purposes (Owncloud, SVN, GIT). My target now is to ensure the safety of my data in emergency cases like fire/flood. For ...
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How to share sensitive documents with unknown/untrusted parties?

My exact use case is that I'm starting a new job, and I need to transmit sensitive personal documents to support my application. However, the same applies for applying for a loan, buying a house etc ...
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How can I hide proprietary elements of test data in tests that are automatically run?

I am writing automated tests for a web application that will be run periodically over night, and I am running into a moderate security issue. In order to make the tests thorough, I am hoping to ...
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How can I keep Google from tracking me?

I'm using a VPN service (purevpn) and I notice that google knows my location even when I use noscript and a firefox private window. Is there something I can do to stop this? Remark: I'm living in ...
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Can I keep large encrypted files in my mailbox on mail provider server?

Is there any restriction or policy of large e-mail providers (such as GMail, Yahoo, Hotmail and similar) for keeping/storing large encrypted files by the users within their disk quota in 3rd party ...
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Is address information sensitive for companies or individuals during registration?

I am designing a web site that contains external suppliers to register and keep their information with the company up to date. We already have a db with EIN, SSN numbers and their addresses. One of ...
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Global user override - Uncomfortable

We have recently started a project with a service provider who is a little old fashioned in their ways. They provide a product but don't market it particularly well, so we (as users of the product) ...
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Is it dangerous to post my MAC address publicly?

When posting questions, it is often quite useful to include debug output. However, it sometimes include the MAC address of my laptop, router, or both. What are the possible dangers of releasing these ...
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Is it ever safe to publish hashed data?

I'm having a friendly debate with someone who thinks that a website can safely make public sensitive data about it's users as long as that data is hashed (don't ask why, it's a long and hypothetical ...
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Download Torrents on University network without detection [closed]

I am wanting to download some things using Bittorrent, but I have heard that they can detect when someone is downloading torrents. How can they detect this? And are there any precautions I can do to ...
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Skype called someone and connected to them with no action on my part. What do I do?

This happened to me today, September 12, at about 6pm. Any ideas about what happened, what's going on, and what I should do? I was at home alone with my 2 year old -- I was feeding her dinner. All of ...
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What private information is stored in a cache db wal file from android mobile device

I have just found a cache db wal file from android mobile device. I would like to know what private information of mine is stored in it. I did not make this file. Can I find out who made it?
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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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Stopping nosey people on Facebook [closed]

I thought I would ask this question here as it as to do with security. There are a few people on my Facebook that are close to me in real life. I don't mind it in real life (considering my real life ...
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Is it safe to use preyproject?

prey project tracks mobile devices and helps to find stolen devices. Is it safe from privacy perspective? How can I know that it doesn't spy on me?
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Can my University see what Stack exchange account I am logged into?

I have to log into an account to use the university internet, so I imagine they can see all the sites I view, but can they see what account I am logged into, and can I do anything to hide this?
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Detect air signals

Is it at all possible to detect all air type signals for a given location? For example, if I wanted to get a list of all air signals (i.e. wifi, bluetooth, radio, 3g, 4g, and all other air type ...
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Email address book stolen

The way I have set up my email system allows me to put the name of a company (that say I am buying a book from) in front of the @ and my domain name.net after it. So, when I get an email from ...
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What is the risk of installing Facebook Video Calling jar file?

I'm trying to talk with somebody on Facebook, but after many Facebook privacy scandals, it's a big question. Secondly on OSX, it's giving me the error that “FacebookVideoCalling_v1.6.jar” can’t be ...
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Real-world applications of Differential Privacy?

Differentially private techniques guarantee privacy while often permitting accurate answers ...this is something I have been reading up on lately as a means of preserving user ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 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 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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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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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 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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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 ...