Questions tagged [anonymity]

The state of being anonymous. Meaning: not identified by name and not having outstanding, individual, or unusual features that enable identification.

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How to make proxyxhains work as transparent proxy server

my proxychains is configured to use several proxy server and its work fine in local-host, but i need to route all traffic of other host's to routed through proxychains-host! something link this: my-...
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Can my isp see the (non-https) websites I visit if I use browser VPN extension?

Can my isp see the (non-https) websites I visit if I use browser VPN extension? Chrome notices non-secure connection for them but I use browser based VPN extension and different country (VPN server).
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Untraceable software development

My goal is to develop a piece of software which is illegal in my country. Obviously I don't want anyone to be able to trace the code back to me or prove that I developed it after deployment. What ...
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Are password managers the best way to achieve identity compartmentalization online?

I've been using a well-known password manager to create several identities for use on each web service I sign up to. I had the idea of creating 3+ email addresses with strong passwords consisting of ...
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Could you anonymously upload a file on the internet if the threat model was the entire world trying to find your identity after you do so? [closed]

Thought experiment: You need to upload a file, and the threat model is the entire world trying to find out who you are after you do so. I know this is absurd, but bear with me, it's a thought ...
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Would my IP be recorded when I visit a website

Could the website owner (admin) determine whether to record users IP? If the website owner (admin) doesn’t want to record users IP, will the host provider or domain name provider still get and record ...
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Practicality of Direct Anonymous Attestation [closed]

DAA (Direct Anonymous Attestation) is not the only scheme to achieve anonymous attestation. In general, these schemes allow an entity to stay anonymous throughout the attestation process. The concern ...
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Good ways to secure yourself on Reddit and other social media sites? [duplicate]

I would like to prevent websites like Reddit from having access to information about my devices, my IP, personal information, etc. I have began using Nord VPN and cleared my cache on both safari and ...
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Do browser notifications threaten privacy/anonymity when using a VPN? [closed]

These: Do they threaten privacy/anonymity on a VPN? In this particular case, I'm using Opera VPN, which I thought might bear mentioning because it's a browser-based VPN, but I am asking about ...
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How to change the browser canvas html hash for fingerprinting?

building on this previous post Can canvas hash be used to track me and ruin my anonymity? I want to ask: Is there any way a user can affect this canvas html hash generation, a way to make the hash ...
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Can canvas hash be used to track me and ruin my anonymity?

I have heard there is a fingerprinting method that traces internet users based on browser data. I believe it is called "canvas HTML hash". This hash is unique, as I understand? Or does it change ...
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Is a USB dongle with an active 3/4G data SIM trackable?

Let's say I buy a second-hand USB dongle and put in a pre-paid and unregistered data SIM card. At the time of the purchase of both items, my face was covered, I paid cash and I live 500 miles from the ...
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Access control to anonymous users

What is the formal name -- and description -- of the problem of giving users access to a resource exactly once each while not requiring them to identify themselves? In other words, to have a system ...
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Sell ebook online without disclosing my identity

I write short erotic stories that I want to sell safely online. Is it possible to sell an ebook while protecting my true identity from the buyers? Say I use a free Wordpress + Stripe + SimpleGoods. ...
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How can I avoid getting exposed while travelling to Russia?

UPDATE: There is a similar question, but my question is different because it is very narrow and about a very specific security concern. In short, I used a laptop to make posts on a Russian social ...
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Can you cut up frames/packets and combine them anonymously?

Is it possible to somehow cut up a packet and send it from multiple IPs into parts and send them to one IP address to reconstruct a semi-anonymous packet/frame? Can frames have their source faked? ...
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Anonymizing IP addresses using (sha) hashes; how to circumvent rainbow table attacks?

Under GDPR, IP addresses are personal data. I have no need to trace back IP to specific users, but I would like to limit downloads to one per IP.* I do not want to store plain IPs. My first solution ...
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Attacks on decentralised networks by running a fleet of nodes with modified software

At least some decentralised networks purported to provide anonymity are vulnerable to this attack: the original software is modified to allow tracking/logging/whatever, and a large amount of nodes ...
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Exchange sensitive information through public chat

Is there a way to exchange phone numbers/email addresses through public chats with a person without giving them or other communication information away to all the other people in the public chat? ...
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Anonymity: standardization or randomization?

I wonder if it's better to standardize or randomize data for anonymity. For example, think of browser fingerprinting. If you standardize every parameter, you would have all browsers returning the same ...
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Using proxy over VPN? [duplicate]

If I setup a firefox browser with proxy settings, then I launch NordVPN, and start browsing through firefox with the proxy, will my data be encrypted? So in basic terms, will my proxy traffic also go ...
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How can I publish text and video without revealing my identity?

Let's I want to publish online a fiction book and a series of videos for promoting it. Let's further assume that the book challenges some widely held views and it is possible that people will hat me ...
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How well can Tor + VPN secure my anonymity on the internet?

I want to be as anonymous as possible online without anyone being able to connect me to my online activity. Assume that the people trying to track me have lots of resources and can even use the legal ...
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SIM cards - Keeping my phone calls secret

I'm traveling in Canada and I don't want to use my company phone for private calls. I am also interested in minimizing costs but I am more concerned about relative anonymity. So I bought a SIM card ...
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What information for identification does a WiFi router get from a connecting device (Android)? What information can be spoofed?

When I want my device to connect to a WiFi router and make the router not recognize the device I have to change the MAC and the hostname. Is this right? And what information will also be usually ...
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What is the best way for high-level anonymity and privacy via Tor?

I am newish to security but I have looked a lot for the perfect way to stay fully anonymous while all data is encrypted. Let's say someones a whistleblower or trading government secrets, how could he ...
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How do hacking groups get a license anonymously for threat emulation software like Cobalt Strike?

I've seen that a lot of hacking groups replicate techniques and attacks from red teams using software like Cobalt Strike and Powershell frameworks for offensive security and red teaming like Nishang ...
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How can one preserve file uploader anonymity in the context of IPFS?

I am struggling to find the most reasonable methodology to use when attempting to preserve user anonymity for those uploading files to IPFS.
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Why it bothers if someone can de-anonymize anonymous network (like Tor)?

So we all know that NSA has the ability to track down Tor, I2P and all those anonymous networks. I know it's a piece of old news, but the question always shows up in my mind. Which is why bother it? I ...
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How to check if all PC programs are using the VPN's IP?

With browsers you can go to websites that specifically check your IP to see if your VPN's IP is there. But how do you check if all the other programs or applications on your computer are going through ...
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Can a PC without VPN expose the public IP of another PC with VPN on the same local network?

Computer 1 is surfing the internet while using a VPN and at the same time accesses files on computer 2 (this computer does not have VPN) on the same local network. Since computer 2 does not have a VPN ...
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How can I make payments on the Internet without leaving a money trail?

For someone who values anonymity and privacy, what is the recommended way to pay on the Internet? Example: To buy a domain or a VPN or another service I know that we can use cryptocurrencies, but at ...
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Burp Suite's keeps my ip safe?

I am starting to learn how to use Burp Suite, but since it is kind of (tho I know it does more) automatic way of plugging information into a website/form, should I still use proxychain/vpn to keep my ...
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Stopping “phone home” applications in VM with TBB

I have a VM with Linux and the TBB installed on it. What I am trying to do is to make sure that other applications like for example operating system applications cannot "phone home" while I am using ...
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Is it anonymous to access the dark web from one's home internet, or is it better to do it from a public wifi?

Can any darknet activity be traced (by hackers or government) to oneself if one accesses DW from one's own internet that is provided by an ISP that knows one's identity? What about using Qubes with ...
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How do you safely research dangerous websites? [duplicate]

A university course has tasked my wife with researching websites that would, I imagine, get her placed on an FBI watchlist. Their advice is to not provide any PII, do not interact with anyone, and do ...
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Does load balancing multiple WAN connections improve anonymity?

I would like to understand the advantages and disadvantages of load balancing outbound connections for anonymity. Scenario 1: My router (ip A) > VPN router (ip B) > VPN router (ip C) > web host ...
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VPN client DNS setup for maximum anonymity

I am installing a pivpn, on my raspberry pi, at my home network and it asks me for the DNS provider for my VPN Clients. I am concerned about the privacy of the DNS. What can I do to ensure the maximum ...
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How to determine where an attack came from? [duplicate]

I've noticed sometimes that I'd receive very random requests coming to a live server that I'd be hosting in realtime through my log. It would usually look something like: [14/Mar/2019 02:05:36] "GET /...
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How can I stay anonymous in a LAN without Internet access?

I need to perform attacks (SQL injection) on a server. I thought of using a proxy to be anonymous, but the topology is a LAN without Internet access. I have no idea of the protocols used in the ...
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Do I have to do any setup if I want to run a VPN with the Tor browser bundle?

I know there will be some votes against this but I want to run a VPN alongside the Tor browser. Can I just open the VPN program, connect to the VPN provider, then open the Tor browser and use it as ...
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GDPR data minimisation session cookies

I have a research study being run. Participants are asked to; Fill out a consent form (contains personal information as per GDPR) Complete a questionnaire. My hopes was that the questionnaire ...
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Hashing email addresses for GDPR compliance

UPDATED We have a very unique scenario: We have several old databases of user accounts. We'd like a new system to be able to connect these old accounts to new accounts on the new system, if the user ...
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Are there researches about the anonymity friendliness of distributed version control systems?

This question may qualify as wiki, because it is a bit broad. I accidentally discovered that fossil repositories, that are in fact sqlite databases, may contain sensitive data. I opened a repo ...
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Do VPNs have upstream ISPs that log traffic (making VPN claims of having strict no-log policies pointless)? [duplicate]

Most VPNs claim to adhere to a strict no-log policy, but these claims are typically unproven and/or even downright false. For instance, if the VPN says they collect absolutely no logs, how will they ...
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What's the most anonymous way of severing IP from actual physical location? [closed]

There are a number of layers that need to be secured. There's the network layer, for which we have Tor and other anonymizing applications and the physical layer. I don't see how one can be concerned ...
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Does Google Analytics maintain a database of IP addresses that visited a webpage? [closed]

I am attempting to balance my need for analytics with privacy concerns. I know that Google Analytics offers an IP anonymization feature to remove the last octet of visitors' IP addresses, should a ...
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Deanonimizing VPN/tor traffic [duplicate]

What a VPN does is take the encrypted traffic from the client, decrypt it and forward it to the server, while tor bounces the traffic in multiple nodes decrypting a layer at each node. I have some ...
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How effective is the ProxyGambit at allowing access to the internet without revealing true location and IP?

I'm very interested in purchasing or manufacturing this device on my own and maybe using it in conjunction with Tails/Tor: https://samy.pl/proxygambit/ According to the site: ProxyGambit is a ...
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How does DNS over TLS prevent your ISP from seeing the websites you visit?

For example, I'm using DNS over TLS in Android Pie. This happens: I visit a website (google.com). I send a DNS query to the DNS server, and the response is the IP address of google.com. The ISP knows ...