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 am I anonymous and safe with my config?

I have got ThinkPad T400 with coreboot and minimal OpenBSD installation with full-disk encryption. All non-Tor traffic is dropped by pf. Only allowed traffic on the host is torified traffic from ...
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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?

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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Does combination of Tor and VPN result in total security and anonymity?

I want absolute anonymity online without anyone being able to track me down or sites I have visited. Are Tor nodes secure? And if you use a VPN would this mean that eventually if someone wanted to ...
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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 ...
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Is a fake address/info to an ISP/service enough to be untraceable in theory?

It got me thinking recently. Wouldn't a fake/incorrect address be enough to deter investigating/finding a criminal via cyberspace? The reason we know it's so easy to find someone is because they give ...
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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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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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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 ...