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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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Is Verizon Still Injecting Perma-Cookies into Customer Traffic?

This article was published in 2014. Is Verizon still doing this to customer data? It makes sense to assume they are, but I'm hoping for some kind of official news article or something to validate its ...
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Can a VPN server be traced through Tor?

I was wondering that if my data was intercepted by Tor by an exit node, would they be able to see which VPN server is being used to encrypt the data. I am asking because I planned on making an OpenVPN ...
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Routing through Tails OS

Is it possible to route all my traffic of Kali Linux through a virtual machine or laptop that is using Tails OS in the same network? This question is related to anonymity I guess someone can help me ...
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What tools to use when researching possibly illegal topics?

I am a web developer who has an assignment to make a web shop for something that is in a bit of a legal grey area for my country but not in the country where the client resides. I was wondering what ...
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How can I choose the IP sites see from me?

I'm wondering how can I change and select the IP address sites see from me so I can create multiple accounts from the same device?
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What are some ways to anonymize your writing style?

I imagine that if someone suspected an anonymous online persona of being a specific real person who also had writing samples available online (like a blog or social media) they'd be able to compare ...
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Can I hide the key pair from the issuing authority?

Let's say I want to issue certificates to create a network of machines authorized to communicate based on my authority as the issuer. But, I want the new key pair to be completely and permanently ...
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Masking configuration of physical workstation

Environment: Physical workstation, HP, Dell, etc Windows 7,8,10, no matter Windows executables Our goal: For additional privacy, is it possible to wipe/change all configuration that can be read by ...
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Is it enough to change only the MAC address of a VM to enhance anonimity?

I'm learning a bit about Kali linux, and I heard that it is a good practice to change the MAC address of your Kali VM so that no particular action can be traced to you (at the link level). However, as ...
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Hiding the identitiy of an author

I would like to share some sensitive information in a PDF document that I created, but I'm afraid that my identity can be traced back. I installed a trial Microsoft Word on a Windows 7 (guest OS on ...
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Accessing sensitive database through public analysis to preserve privacy

I'm exploring a solution that would allow large technology companies to allow access to their database for analysis, in a way that would protect the privacy of its users. I would love feedback on the ...
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Will this setup give better anonymity and hide tor usage?

Computer 1 with IP 1 (traceable to owner) connects remotely to Computer 2 with IP 2 in another country (assume computer 2 and IP2 cannot be traced back to original owner - bought using cash/bitcoin). ...
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How to leak an email without revealing my identity?

I'm a faculty member at a university and I want to leak to students an email sent between the administration and faculty members concerning ethical transgressions against the student body as a whole. ...
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Can a school find my personal computer if I'm on their wifi? [closed]

I know that they can find my search history on their wifi and some websites (reddit etc) are blocked, but will they be able to know it was my computer specifically?
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Achieve total anonymity on public wifi using Android [closed]

Would this be enough to achieve total anonymity on public wifi with an Android device: use Orbot spoof your MAC address turn off location services turn off cellular data Are there any other services ...
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Do real-name email adresses hurt the anonymity provided by torbirdy?

Scenario: Someone uses thunderbird to manage her various email addresses. All of those contain her real name (work, university, ...). One day, she has need of an anonymous email account and so creates ...
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Why do VPN's need a “killswitch” in their clients? Why is it not simply implemented at the OS level?

I have used a few VPN services in the past, and one thing I have noticed in their clients is that they often feature a "killswitch", in order to kill your internet connection in case the VPN ever goes ...
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Using a smartphone off the grid

I am planning to use a smartphone as a media player and maybe to read the occasional ebook or pdf. If I were to turn off all connectivity, e.g., bluetooth, wifi, gps, then remove the sim card and/or ...
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Is it possible to come close to complete anonymity for bittorrent traffic?

Some ways I can think of is to use a VPN, disable DHT, PEX and local discovery of peers options in the BitTorrent client and to route torrent traffic through the Tor network (people say that it's not ...
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Identify anonymous mobile phone user by network participants

I have wondered this for quite some time but have not found any references. In the TV series "The wire" they use disposable prepaid mobile phones as a counter-surveillance technique. However if ...
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Is there a way to fool google with wrong location information [closed]

Google maps tracks our mobile location accurately using multiple ways: gps, cellular network, nearby wifi networks etc. It knows the hotels, banks and other places I have been to. Recently, when I ...
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Are MAC addresses of hosts always visible to other hosts on a WLAN?

Is there a way of completely hiding one's MAC address so it does not appear in the ARP caches of other hosts? Or is periodically changing it the only solution to achieve anonymity with regards to a ...
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Could a VPN server hide all user's information? [closed]

I'm trying to access some server using VPN(Or generally say, proxy). But sometimes the server could detect that I'm behind a proxy(And sometimes not). So I'm wondering what information could be ...
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What is the difference between these DNS? Which one is more NSA-proof? [closed]

What is the difference between these DNS servers: 8.26.56.26/8.20.247.20 vs 156.154.70.22/156.154.71.22 Main purpose of using is top anonymity and privacy and security. thnx
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Can SSL/TLS compromise anonymity (e.g. when using HTTPS via Tor)?

If I understand correctly, SSL/TLS doesn't just encrypt traffic, but also offers a framework for (optionally?) authenticating servers and clients. So, if I, for example, open an HTTPS connection ...
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Why have some criminals moved from Tor-based forums to Telegram and similar services?

A quote from Checkpoint Research Migration to Telegram Telegram, an encrypted instant-messaging application first introduced in 2013, experienced a meteoric rise in subscribers (five million ...
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Should we use different usernames for each website, to achieve better anonymity?

I have big problems trying to remember different usernames for each site. Chrome remembers only passwords, so I should install a password manager, however it's crazy you have to do that in order to do ...
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How to handle emails as usernames under GDPR?

Using emails as usernames for webapps is a convenient way to avoid the "yet another online username" problem. As such, by using this approach, the emails should be easily available in the backend to ...
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How to create a proxy so that no website or web service can know that I am connecting through a proxy?

I want a proxy, preferably my own but I would be glad if there is a reliable service already, that is undetectable. Obviously, it does not send X-Forwarded-For. But it has to be much more than that to ...
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Is Chrome + SOCKS5 anonymous enough to bypass second registration protection [duplicate]

Which level of ansonymyzation is enough if I'm not going to commit a crime but want to bypass a second registration rule at a general purpose site? Is Chrome + SOCKS5 enough for this? Which ...
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What information does a private DNS prevent my ISP from seeing? [duplicate]

Forgive me for the simple question, I have very little knowledge about networks. The new DNS service from Cloudflare claims to offer a "more private" connection but I don't understand if/how it can ...
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How can I use a VPN connection on Eduroam? [closed]

I'm an italian student. I recently bought a VPN from Private Internet Access. Everything works fine from home and my mobile but it does not on University's WiFi Eduroam. Does anyone know if there's a ...
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Highly anonymous proxies vs anonymous proxies

From this link about highly anonymous proxies: There’s another type of anonymous proxy called Highly Anonymous Proxy. The main difference with this one is the fact that aside from hiding your IP, ...
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Username visibility on network

People in the security world recommend changing the hostname of a computer to something that is not connected to the user. For example: "don't name it: MacbookPro Erica." This way IT staff and '...
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How identifiable is a caricature made from a photo?

I accept that to some degree this will depend on the software/exact processes used, but I'd like a general idea as to how "risky" it is, and get a better understanding of how biometrics simplifies ...
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Preserve privacy on company Wi-Fi? [duplicate]

How can one remain anonymous on secure company Wi-Fi in which you can only login in with company issued password?
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Google Account collecting browser history and cookies?

I am using some random site in Microsoft Edge. There are no account associate neither with the site nor the browser. Now, What will happen if I login in Google Account and keep it logged in. Will it ...
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Which of these configurations is better to stay anonymous on the internet? [duplicate]

MyPC > RDP > Windows VPS > Tor > Socks5 > Internet or MyPC with Tor sandboxed > socks5 > Internet. Which is better? Any better idea that doesn’t compromise on network speed?
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100% Anonymity? [duplicate]

So, I've been reading about anonymity recently and I'm interested in learning the next step on anonymity, I know the basics like what a VPN does and what not, but take this... If I'm connected to a ...
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How hackers hide their identity while hacking?

It is may be a simple question, but I was wondering how hackers hide their identity while hacking? For instance, consider an attacker who wanna hack a website which has SQL injection vulnerability. If ...
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User identity anonymization

I want to do an anonymization for user data in my simple system. Each user have two files, for example <id-number>-1.json and <id-number>-2.json. I want to store them in some repository ...
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Naming anonymous accounts

Suppose I want to register several accounts. (They could be multiple accounts on one website or one account on each of several websites.) I want the names of my accounts to be dissimilar from each ...
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How can I change system and browser setting to achieve anonymity?

I have read on multiple websites about an Anti-detect browser used to anonymize web surfing better. Can I achieve a similar level of anonymity without installing the software and just changing system ...
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VPN + HTTPS = 100% anonymous?

Let's say I visit Twitter using HTTPS and a VPN First, I know that HTTPS is end-to-end encrypted, so no one except Twitter can know what data is sent, not even the VPN provider. Second, I know that ...
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Is it still possible to run an online dictionary attack from a single machine, without anonymisation?

This question concerns dictionary attacks conducted: Over the Internet, using programs like THC Hydra Via protocols such as HTTP, FTP and SMTP I believe I'm right in thinking that: a) due to the ...
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Accessing over a VPN both sites that know your real identity and sites you want to stay private from

Goal 1: access certain "anonymous" sites that you don't want to provide your real identity, IP or location to. Goal 2: access "regular" sites that do require or have your real identity, such as your ...
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Web Proxy through browser vs through system - is there a difference?

I read that when using a web proxy - your ISP can still see the DNS queries so it knows which site you're visiting, just not which pages and the pages' content assuming you're using HTTPS. But what ...
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Could logless VPNs be traced?

Logless VPNs, such as ExpressVPN, claim that they can't tell authorities your real IP even if asked. They claim: No connection logs. Never logs connection timestamps, session duration, your ...
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How to ensure reasonable anonymity when submitting information to a platform?

An important boss in the company I work for has initiated a platform that allows any employee to submit questions to be answered in a periodical meeting which is broadcast to all employees. This is ...
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How can a network admin uniquely identify machines on their network?

My network admin might have a record of my default MAC address tied with some mischievous doings as well as my currently used address that they've likely collected after I started accessing using ...