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Depending on the applicable data privacy law in your country, you might have the right to request a company to send you all the personal information it collected about you. This usually works fine, though you have to send this request to each company you think is storing some data. Also, data privacy authorities often provide standard letter for this. There ...


Here is what I have done, and still do in some specific cases: I use a machine with no swap. In my case, an old Asus EeePC with the famously horrendous proto-SSD; you really do not want to use it for swap space. Instead, I replaced the RAM chip, up to 2 GB. I configure /tmp to be a RAM-based filesystem (search for "tmpfs" in the man page for "mount"). When ...

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