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Google is an American multinational corporation which provides Internet-related products and services, including Internet search, cloud computing, software and advertising technologies.

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Why does WhatsApp not encrypt Google Drive backups?

WhatsApp has end-to-end encryption, promising privacy to users. However, it becomes useless if backups to Google Drive are unencrypted. Our supposedly private data goes to the control of Google. No ...
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Should Google User ID's be hashed when stored in the database

I'm currently developing an auth backend that allows for both Google and Email/Password as authentication methods. I'm basically treating the Google ID and Password as credentials here. I'm already ...
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What are the risks of redirecting my email with Google Domains?

I have bought a domain from Google Domains. One of the features they offer is to redirect all email sent to that domain to any other email address of my choice. Now I'm wondering; is it secure and ...
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What's the difference between using duckduckgo with !google bangs and using google directly?

Is there any security advantage in searching on duckduckgo using !google? Or is it effectively the same as searching directly on google?
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is it possible that an attacker catch a page name from history?

like if an attacker sets a dns rebinding would he be able to get the router name from the history so he can make his attack more accurate .
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Is it possible to track/save Google searches that were never submitted?

When you start typing out a google search, it lists a bunch of options to autocomplete your search. This made me wonder how that autocomplete works. Is there a cache stored somewhere in the browser? ...
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Repercussions on Google account used to access a compromised service

Suppose the following scenario: A cloud service reports a breach in which user account information (usernames and password data, e.g. password hashes) was accessed. The attacker has sufficient ...
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Can SS7 attacks intercept SMS sent to a Google Voice number?

Hackers are able to steal 2FA SMS messages by exploiting SS7. As far as my understanding goes, this means gaining access to the SS7 system and then broadcasting a message akin to "This number is ...
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How did Google “decode” my Gsuite password? [closed]

Google has recently admitted they were storing "G Suite" users' passwords un-hashed on their systems. But if a hashed password was transmitted to Google when I logged in to my account then how did ...
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How Recaptcha Detect Fake User-Agent

I'm trying to understand how can recaptcha__en.js detect fake User-Agent, for the test you can try the demo here with addon User-Agent switcher installed, for logged in user it will get score 0.9 no ...
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How did Instagram know the content of my WhatsApp conversation and Google searches?

My friend forwarded me some information about a business via WhatsApp (on mobile). I did some Google searching on that business on a desktop. I've deactivated my Facebook account for almost a year ...
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How to set LastPass to verify before opening my vault and viewing all passwords [migrated]

I am new to LastPass and I was shocked when I realised that, once I logged in to LastPass browser extension, I could open my vault and view all the passwords even after I had exited my browser and ...
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Why does Google 2FA not display the correct location when behind proxy?

I'm on my corporate proxy and using Google 2-factor authentication to log into my machine. When I get the notification on my phone, it says that I'm trying to connect from Moscow, Russia, even though ...
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Google Drive and GDPR [closed]

I can't seem to find much information on this online, and forgive me if this is obvious to other folks in the info-sec community but would storing documents such as CVs of applicants, letters written ...
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Why can't I share a one use code with anyone else?

I noticed in some cases when I get a verification code from Google it may say something along the line of: "You should not share this code with anyone else and no one from Google will ever ask for ...
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How are one-time password generators like Google Authenticator different from having two passwords?

Google Authenticator uses the TOTP algorithm to generate your One-Time Password (OTP). TOTP works like this : The server generates a secret key and shares with the client (you) when the client ...
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Why do so many websites use third-party sites for hosting JavaScripts?

Why do so many websites serve JavaScripts from ajax.googleapis.com and other third-party sites? Wouldn't it be securer for these sites to host these scripts themselves?
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Hundreds of empty-username logins in Wordpress site

A Wordpress site I manage has the WordFence security plugin installed. Legitimate users occasionally get blocked by the Brute Force protection aspect of the plugin, even though they haven't made any ...
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What if the Google account login screen is spoofed [duplicate]

I am talking about the apps that allow using my google account for login. Nothing against Postman, just using its login screen for example - My concern is that an app could be spoofing this whole ...
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How does Google locate me from my laptop?

From this question I learned how Google locates me over BSSIDs. But how does Google retrieve my WLAN-access-point-BSSID when I use Google's services (maps.google.com for example) in Firefox from a ...
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What accounts for file accessed immediately after including link in Gmail?

Less than 60 seconds after sending an email w/ Gmail that contained a pasted https link to a .zip file, that file was accessed by two non-Google servers. Neither server belongs to the email recipient. ...
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Why does Google still use SHA-1 for securing API keys if its been compromised?

If you read Google's best practices for use account you'd see them warning against using SHA-1. They have even purposefully cracked it in 2017. If that's the case, then why when you restrict google ...
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False 'Security alert' from Google - every login generates mails from 'no-reply@accounts.google.com'

Every time I log in to Google with the same MacBook I get this email: New device signed in to example@gmail.com Your Google Account was just signed in to from a new Mac device. You're getting ...
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Should I report this Google API key disclosure issue or not?

I have been asked to perform a pentest on a website from a company. I was analyzing the javascript files they were using, and I found a link pointing to: https://www.googleapis.com/customsearch/v1/...
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Google's recommendation of server-side authentication over client-side [duplicate]

I'm currently building an Android application that utilises some Google APIs. I have also created a back-end using Flask, to which my Android application makes calls to. One main problem I ...
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Has it been proven, that Google Home & Alexa do not record before their respective key phrases?

The way Alexa & Google Home should work, is that they listen for a specific trigger word, after which they start sending data to their servers. However, there have been some court cases, in which ...
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Weird Google Redirect Bug?

So I was recently show by a friend something that is happening to a real estate website. It seems that when their website is accessed from a regular URL request in browser it is fine however when ...
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Is my Google Drive still secure if Chrome was heavily compromised?

I use an Apple eMac desktop computer. I formerly used Safari as my main browser. I migrated to Chrome as it is integrated with Google products. I use Google Drive very extensively as my main ...
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Google Home Hub Network Traffic on Port 8009

I noticed my desktop, that has never been used for anything related to google home or signed into the google account used to manage the Home Hub, that is on the same subnet was sending traffic to the ...
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On The Use Of Unsanboxed Plugins In The Chrome Browser

The following questions relate to unsandboxed plugins under Settings > Advanced > Content settings > Unsandboxed plugins. The first thing I'd like to know is whether this setting is basically for ...
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Payment Handlers In Google Chrome

Are there any privacy/security risks associated with using payment handlers in Google Chrome? Somehow, the idea of having my financial information stored in a browser makes me feel uncomfortable. I ...
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Automatic Downloads in Google Chrome [closed]

The questions I have relate to automatic downloads in Google Chrome, under Settings > Advanced > Content settings. For starters, are there any security risks associated with allowing sites to ask ...
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Private Google account at work

I have an old private tablet at work with my private Google account on it .It's connected to our WiFi, where i logged in with my personal working code. Never use it much as I just play some music on ...
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Friend got a spam mail with my name and location, after a google drive invite

Right after I sent an invite to a shared drive folder to said friends email adress, she received a spam mail featuring my name (the name I got on google account and my location (city). How does this ...
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Why can I cast to my neighbour's TV on my Wi-Fi?

I've recently noticed that a new device shows up as available to cast to from my android phone when I'm logged on to our home Wi-Fi. It's an LG Sk8100 TV, but as we own no such TV. I'm assuming it's ...
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Do you need to validate compensating controls of a certified organization?

Our web application uses Google's G Suite Single Sign-on for authentication into our application. As part of writing documentation around compensating controls, the PCI DSS requires "Validation of ...
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How to disable obsolete/insecure TLS_RSA ciphers to harden Chrome? [closed]

Multiple vulnerabilities have basically obsoleted TLS_RSA, CBC and QUIC implementations. February 9, 2019: "Seven researchers from all over the world found --yet again-- another way to break RSA ...
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How is someone accessing my google account? [closed]

Two weeks ago I got a notice from Amazon that there was a suspicious charge on my account. My Amazon password is randomly generated, and not used anywhere else so my assumption was my Google Account ...
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Using Google Authentication with Lambda@Edge and S3 Static Sites

I am looking to set up authentication on an S3 hosted static site. The configuration is: S3 bucket configured to allow access via cloudfront AWS Cloudfront distribution with HTTPS configured and a ...
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Why is it recommended to use GCP service accounts vs user accounts?

I've recently started some work on Google Cloud Platform (GCP) and while developing the auth strategy for my company, I've repeatedly come across the recommendation to use service accounts for ...
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How would google know someone has the password for my web host email?

I received a confusing email from Google today. It had the subject 'Critical security alert' and the body said in part 'Google has become aware that someone else knows your password, and we've taken ...
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'Critical security alert for your linked Google Account ' but I don't recognize the account

I received an email entitled : 'Critical security alert for your linked Google Account' .. The body says: Someone knows the password to your linked Google Account ----------@gmail.com ...
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why does google.com redirect if URL contains /amp followed by a schemeless domain name and optional resource?

Google recently announced a 'quiz' - more of a tutorial - on identifying phishing email: https://phishingquiz.withgoogle.com It includes a sample URL: https://google.com/amp/tiny url.com/y7u8ewlr ...
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A (spoofed?) trusted device has logged in from an unrecognized location

Recently my google account was hacked. I have 2-factor authentication turned on. 2-factor authentication was not required for the hacker to gain access to my account, nor did the hacker trigger Google'...
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How to check Google SSL certificate?

I encountered this error on Google Chrome on my Windows 10. I solved it by installing the certificate and now it is working fine. I wonder, how do I know the certificate I have is legit? That is, ...
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When pasting sensitive links or text on Google Chrome bar - does Google store it?

When I paste some links or sensitive information by mistake on the Google Chrome URL Bar, that might trigger a search on Google. Does Google store all of them, including that sensitive information?
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How does Google Authenticator interact with apps on an iPhone?

I am clear on how Google Authenticator works when logging on to a website and I am clear on that. However, these days everyone is using apps for everything. The Twitter app, the Facebook app, the ...
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How does Google crawl pages which require login?

I queries a phrase on Google, and when I clicked on the first result, it asked me to login, and wasn't allowing me to proceed without login. If it matters, the query that I searched was "how to exit ...
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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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Can a limited permission Chrome extension access multidomain cookies?

Can a Chrome extension that's only allowed to "read and modify all data on youtube.com" access or modify data related to my Google account? (Background: The sign in window is hosted at a different ...