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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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What is using timing and cryptotext length for deanonymization called?

Alice and Bob are communicating frequently via an encrypted overlay network. Eve can observe the timing and length of Alice's and Bob's incoming and outgoing ip traffic, but cannot read their ...
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How can Tor be modified to circumvent traffic correlation attacks for voting and web browsing?

I have two sets of data that I plan to send in multiple cron jobs in which the anonymization use case for Tor is otherwise defeated by traffic correlation ("timestamp-matching" to be ...
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Is a one-time, paper wallet Bitcoin transaction anonymous if you never link personal info? Can one begin with anonymity/end with anonymity too?

Say I buy bitcoins from someone with cash (no bank, name, trace, etc.) and have them send it to a paper wallet/offline address. Yeah, there's a "trace" but to WHAT/WHO? It's bought with cash,...
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Is a VPN effective when connected to WiFi network that requires authentication?

I pay monthly for a VPN. However, I browse online while connected to my university WiFi which requires authentication to use. The WiFi is open (no password directly) but when someone connects to it a ...
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How does the --os-shell parameter in Sqlmap work? Is it still anonymous over Tor?

How does the --os-shell parameter in Sqlmap work? I know its uploading a backdoor, but how is sqlmap uploading it and is the file just a normal reverse shell trojan? And is it still anonymous when ...
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Is it safe to use AnonAddy or SimpleLogin for email address security?

I was intrigued with AnonAddy and SimpleLogin. They provide an email address forwarding service to prevent leakage of your real email address. I just want to ask if they really hide my real email ...
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How secure and anonymous is the --tor parameter in Sqlmap?

How secure and anonymous is the --tor parameter in Sqlmap? Does it really send every request over Tor and does it have any IP/DNS/STUN requests leak loopholes?
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Can Tor bridges really prevent ISPs from knowing the fact that you are using Tor?

Using Tor bridges for censorship circumvention routes your traffic to a bridge before an entry node. If the IP of the bridge is constant, isn't it abnormal that you are always connecting to the same ...
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Broadcast message anonymity and untraceability

The difference between anonymity and untraceability is clear for me in the context of e.g. voting (you have to identify your self but your vote can not be traced back to you guaranteeing ...
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Should you use encrypted DNS before connecting to a VPN?

The ISP would still see the IP address of the VPN you're connecting to, but it would not be in plaintext compared to normal DNS from what I understand. Should one even bother or just let it be as it ...
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Before Tor, VPNs and proxy services, how did cybercrimals remain anonymous?

I have read that they used previously breached machines, but to try to gain access to those machines they also needed some kind of protection right? How did they do it then?
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Anonymity setup criticism

My current setup up is for pseudonymous communication on a smartphone. I need help to know if I am doing anything wrong. GrapheneOS all traffic over tor using (orbot) using Signal with anonymous ...
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Privacy - If I get a new IP from my ISP (home network), can websites infer the new IP is me?

Let's say I am a member of a website. I always sign in from computer A, which is not linked at all with computer B, and I have always signed in from my home network. Now let's say my ISP releases the ...
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Does it make sense to not use a VPN while consuming some services such as Internet Banking?

I have recently watched an interview with a guy discussing how to drastically diminish your digital footprint. One of the points argues that VPNs should be used all the time: DO NOT use a VPN when ...
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Securing home network when not controlling the router

I have just moved to a new place and the router is controlled by the managing company, what can I do to improve my security and my anonymity under this constraint?
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can virtualbox be used to access a locked website without being tracked and without getting detected of using a virtual machine?

I need to open a website where access is denied in my country. I would like to know if virtualbox can be used to solve this issue. my concern is if they can detect that I am using a virtual machine. ...
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How can someone using public wifi be deanonymized?

Say someone wants to send a document overseas while living in a hostile country. He uses tor over public wifi. What are some ways he can be tracked if he uses a burner laptop and public wifi? Few ways ...
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Best practices against mass surveillance for everday internet usage? [closed]

Corporations and governments use a variety of de-anonymization techniques to identify and profile users. All aspects of our personal lives are now consolidated online (banking, medical, academic, ...
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How do hackers use C&C servers without revealing their identity and keep them up?

I recently watched a couple of YouTube videos about malware analysis and in most of the cases, the reverse engineer easily found out which IP address the malware connects to. Usually, there is a link ...
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How can one avoid being identified by facial recognition in a public setting?

Facial recognition is ubiquitous and methods like disguises, surgical masks and makeup are becoming ineffective owing to the improvement in algorithms. In light of these advances, what are some ...
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How to prevent DNS leaks without using a VPN

I use Windows 10, and I've configured my network to use Quad9 in Windows settings. I've also enabled DoH. Now, when I go to ExpressVPN DNS Leak Test webpage to know whether I have DNS leaks or not, it ...
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Can voice analysis be used to determine if voice samples converted in two different ways are from the same person?

Suppose we have two voice samples, A and B, which are converted from the same person's voice into different voices respectively by a voice changer. In addition, let us assume that the voice conversion ...
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Anonymous video uploading on an internet host

How much video uploading could be trackable for some person who uses the Tor Browser for uploading video on YouTube or other video hosting services with low authorization and sign-up processing, like ...
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Nym Perfect Forward Secrecy

I recently heard about the Nym mixnet and am researching it and the Sphinx packet format. So far it looks promising, but there is one thing I'm unsure of. Networks like Tor use ephemeral keys to limit ...
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How to maximize anonymity in a monero payment to a VPN service?

So first, I know that VPN isn't exactly useful for anonymity. Did my homework about TOR and Tails. However, I still want to use VPN, NordVPN to be precise. I want to avoid causing a paper trail ...
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How to calculate the posterior belief in bayes-optimal-privacy?

The paper "L-diversity: privacy beyond k-anonymity" (DOI: 10.1109/ICDE.2006.1) introduces the concept of bayes-optimal privacy and the idea of prior and posterior belief. A formula for ...
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Is saving a dark web page locally and reloading it in another browser a security risk?

Say I have Tor running and am browsing the dark web with the Tor browser. If I were to save a local copy of a web page and render it into another browser, like Chrome (with JS enabled), would I then ...
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What uniquely identifies my device to my ISP?

Something like the Hong Kong protests for example. If a protestor wanted to use his personal computer on a network that is monitored, how can he change its properties enough so that it is not traced ...
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sending an email without being traced (IP, identity) [duplicate]

I want to send an email through Gmail without the other side being able to trace me. I actually want to report something. I opened up a new Gmail account with a fake name (I used Tor to log in). I did ...
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What’s the point in using proxychains for an nmap scan when you could use Tor?

I always hear on YouTube and other places on the internet that Tor is the best option to stay anonymous. Tor is used by many activists, journalists etc. hiding from oppressive governments and so on. ...
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How choose a k for k-anonymity?

I have manually scraped multiple pages of search results on Google and haven't found a single suggestion as to how to find an optimal k when you are trying to "k-anonymize" your dataset. All ...
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Could an OS or app store and send my old IP after I start using a VPN?

If I connect to a VPN, go to some websites, post something or browse something, is it possible for my OS (Windows 10) in this case to: Store my IP before I connected to the VPN, say "old IP"...
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What is the definition of "sensitive attribute" in the context of k-anonimity?

I have encountered the term "sensitive attribute" multiple times when reading up on the concept of k-anonimity -- but the texts never formally define what this term means. Take this example ...
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How many people would need to answer a survey of 1000 questions before the aggregate data from the survey is sufficiently anonymous?

Websites release statistics on their user base all the time and it’s not considered a breach of privacy because their user bases are so large that it’s impossible to pick apart who thinks or watches ...
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How do I prevent my Facebook and Instagram acccount from appearing in "people you may know" recommendations?

Facebook tends to "recommend" your account based on IP and collected data. How do I keep it hidden from people that are geographically related to me? I want to create a pseudo-anonymous ...
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What makes this cellphone (and the weird instructions) so privacy-friendly?

I stumbled upon this weird product in a webstore primarily selling Cannabis-related products (not the actual herbs): https://smoketower.com/nyheter/Anonym-3310-mobiltelefon I've manually translated ...
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Preventing facebook from recognizing me [closed]

First of all I am not a "computer person" and I'm not going to spend a year learning more about computer stuff so I don't have to ask questions here. I've searched for similar questions, and ...
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ssh and anonymity?

According to the man page, ssh by default sends multiple public keys from files in the ~/.ssh folder, one by one, until authentication success. Does that mean that the server side could know multiple (...
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Staying anonymous vs a Five Eyes adversary?

If you were in a Five Eyes country and you wanted to contact someone else anonymously, without this person or the government finding out who you are or your location, how would you do it? The person ...
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Hiding client IP from a VPN server

VPNs can often be useful for obscuring personably identifying information (IP, geolocation, etc.) from remote destination servers. Traffic is routed through a VPN server and forwarded to the ...
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Why is end-to-end encryption not used in regular web browsing? [closed]

Normal web browsing has slowly been shifting towards HTTPS from HTTP, but this still allows the ISP to view one's traffic. What the downside to using e2e encryption for regular web browsing? Why are ...
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Why does my IP being leaked with system-wide proxy through webTRC, but it doesn't happen when I use system-wide VPN

WebRTC manages to leak my IP when I use proxy, but when I use VPN it only shows VPN server's IP (both proxy and VPN were system-wide). What's the key difference? Google Chrome was used in both tests (...
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Hiding Tor traffic to prevent deanonymization

I am trying to figure out what is the best way to hide Tor traffic in order to improve anonymity. While Tor is pretty good at hiding users’ IP addresses, its traffic stands out. This can be ...
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How can I access a website without it being able to identify me as a previous visitor?

Phone is rooted Basically I want to be able to access a website without it being able to determine any of the things it dermined about me (my device, ip address etc) when I accessed it last, no matter ...
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Preserving anonymity with ring 0 malware infected PC

I am attempting to determine whether it would be possible to maintain your anonymity while using an internet-connected PC infected with ring 0 malware. The threat model assumes the adversary is ...
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Is mutually private protocol negotiation possible?

Say I have two peers that wish to engage in a protocol with multiple sub-protocols. Naturally, it is necessary for them to negotiate which sub-protocol they should use. But what if the peers wish to ...
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Client Fingerprinting Resistant Protocols

It's well known that web clients are easy to fingerprint, and you can see that the same is true for other protocols like email and BitTorrent. This begs the question: which protocols aren't easy to ...
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How VPN works internally [closed]

The VPN is used to establish a secure connection (creating a tunnel) to another network over the Internet. It masks our IP address and geographical location and also when the information enters the ...
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How to check if you are navigating anonymously

I have been reading a bit about the deep web and the dark web, and that you need to connect to the onion network through a VPN to navigate anonymously. I'm currently using Tails and its default system:...
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'New vintage' Nokias privacy/anonymity

I have read that devices such as the old Nokia 8310 are used because the privacy/anonymity they provide (for instance for drug dealers) I have tried to find out if the 'new' vanilla Nokias, such as ...
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