Questions tagged [privacy]

The attribute of a system that prevents the release of data to unauthorized individuals. The ability or expectation of an individual or group to reveal information about themselves selectively or not at all.

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How can you detect AI running on a device? [closed]

As machine learning and AI become more accessible, and more resource-efficient, using AI models to make predictions locally on device hardware ("on-device inference") is becoming a more ...
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Is it safe to install extension/addon “Privacy Redirect” for “Tor Browser” [closed]

I know that every addon might decrease your privacy while using Tor Browser. I would like to install Privacy Redirect: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/privacy-redirect/ which redirect ...
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What technical challenges prevent non-centralized messaging apps from servicing billions of users? [closed]

The most popular messaging apps to date (e.g. telegram), even those that are "privacy by design" (e.g. signal, threema), are centralized. What technical challenges prevent peer-to-peer (e.g. ...
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Internet privacy, VPNs, etc. Am I anonymous? [duplicate]

I am a member of a forum that recently disabled my account because their system picked up another account from my household. Anyways their terms of rectifying the situation are pretty invasive to my ...
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Someone hacked my phone how do i protect it [closed]

I fell asleep at a youth center the other night and someone went through my pockets. I woke up and my phones acting weird. I think they copied my phones information and did something to sim card ...
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If Whatsapp media messages are e2e encrypted, what is the point of storing popular messages on the server?

There is something I don't understand about whatsapp's privacy policy. Your Messages. We do not retain your messages in the ordinary course of providing our Services to you. Once your messages (...
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When you do a search for something on a search engine do the websites that the search engine retrieves know your IP address and browser fingerprint?

Without actually clicking on those websites does the website know your ip address/ browser fingerprint?
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How can people be expected to know about security/privacy issues that are actively silenced or never talked about? [closed]

I grew up with computers. I had no life as a kid, and none today. In many ways, I'm a stereotype. I'm now eerily rapidly approaching 40. Yet it was only in the last 5-7 years or so that I started to ...
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What data does TikTok web collect? [closed]

The TikTok app has been shown to collect a lot of user data, including but not limited to accessing other apps and copying from clipboard (if I'm not mistaken). Recently I checked out the website, ...
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Can the primary operating system be hacked when using another one on an external drive?

I have Kali Linux on an external flash drive that is 128GB. I would like to build a PC with my friend but I don't know which operating system to put on it. I want to be able to play games and I know ...
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Is it possible for someone to “peel back” an image layer? [duplicate]

I am on a Windows 10 machine using Chrome (latest updates). I took a screenshot of Instagram, because I was having problems logging in, and then using Paint 3D applied a black rectangle to hide my ...
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Following the new WhatsApp data privacy update, why does WhatsApp ask from users, even if they didn't, who is going to check their source code?

New WhatsApp data privacy update, that it will share our data with Facebook, we all know Facebook owns WhatsApp and this is obvious Facebook can always access users of WhatsApp as well. So why to ask ...
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Does it make sense to create a Facebook account so I can tell them not to track me?

Not sure this is the right site to ask this, but here it goes. I've never created a Facebook account, because I don't want people to know about me more than I know about them. But I do have an ...
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Is my activity on discord server X discoverable by those on discord server Y?

I join discord X, and set my nickname to AX. I join discord Y, and set my nickname to AY. Without themselves joining Y, can anyone on X know that I've joined Y? If someone from X were to join Y, do ...
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Can your internet provider monitor your data (passwords, etc?)

Was typing in my password into an HTTPS website when I started to wonder if my home WiFi (whether a neighbor could have hacked into and monitoring it) is secure. When I type in Username123 Password123 ...
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Why is an IP address in a different city? [duplicate]

Someone lives in city A, but their IP address from home always displays as belonging to city B, 50 miles away in the same country. Both cities are the largest in the country, so this is not about one ...
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I have a college laptop. Can they see my search history? [duplicate]

I have a school laptop bag which has an admission lock in it. I can use it for my school work but when I’m logged into my personal browser I’m worried they can still see my activity. That could get me ...
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How do you socialize online and avoid facial recognition and other privacy breaching-tactics

What are some techniques to socialize online, while still maintaining privacy, specifically avoiding facial recognition? The main goal here is to make it to where only humans can recognize/track you, ...
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Why is email often used as the ultimate verification?

In many services, email can be used to reset the password, or do something that is sensitive. Sensitive data is also quite often sent to you by email, e.g. long links that enable access to your ...
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Can Bluetooth earphone leak data between phones?

I have a Bluetooth earphone connects to both iPhone and android. I forgot to switch off the connection of android when using iPhone. So I am wondering if the sound of iPhone or even the iPhone data ...
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secure Microphone Blocker for Apple devices (macOS and iOS)

Quote from Hardware for Protecting Privacy and Security Microphone Blocker A microphone blocker is a device that prohibits audio hacking, in the form of a hardware accessory for a smartphones, ...
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If I use my school's access key to activate Windows 10 Education on my personal computer (at home) will the school be able to monitor my activity?

I downloaded Windows 10 Pro (unactivated) when I first built my PC, but was given an activation key from my school's IT website after logging in. I entered the key which activated windows and now I am ...
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Employer access to personal icloud email and photos when using company credential on chrome [duplicate]

I was checking my icloud email using chrome signed in with my company credentials on my personal Windows computer at home on my own network. I downloaded an image which turned out to be NSFW and it ...
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According to GDPR, does privacy decision made on website legally affect mobile app settings also? [migrated]

we're implementing EU's GDPR regulations on a certain project and I'm wondering about the following. Company A develops an App, which also has a website version available to customers. The website ...
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Could QR Code Generators be passing info “over my head”?

I am aware of several ways QR code generators could pass "hidden" information "around" the QR spec. For example, if you can use the masking in a spec to ignore an area where you ...
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Privacy implications of static IP addresses (for home connections)

All the other questions I have seen here focus on the security implications of IP addresses. I'm interested about the privacy implications. In my opinion, static IP addresses for home connections (...
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My school said they can track what websites we visit and games we play via online learning. is this true or just a way to scare us? [duplicate]

So my teacher caught someone playing a game in my online class and warned us that they have installed a new program so they can track "everything we do using our ip address" now im quite ...
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What are the privacy implications of the “Your Phone” app on Windows?

I'm trying to decide whether or not to use the Your Phone app on Windows, and not finding much information on it. It requires a Microsoft account, but I don't really see why that should be necessary ...
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Impact of the System Information Leak

Our application stored **e.printstacktrace()** in a log file, which is accessible to a specific user group. We need such detailed information for debugging purposes. As per the security team, they are ...
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Do websites ever delete data about me and my activities? [closed]

I wanted to know for how long Porn websites retain data about visitors' IP addresses and the specific pages they visit. I wanted to check it for Pornhub, xnxx, and xvideos. However, my country ...
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What (aside from the law) prevents cloud-hosting owners from eavesdropping on servers/code?

Given a server hosted on a cloud platform, what would stop the cloud platform owner from stealing the server's data and/or code? As far as I can tell, a motivated cloud owner could retrieve the data ...
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Why does Pale Moon fetch remote images when loading a “file:///” HTML page?

When I order groceries, I get an e-mail receipt. I save this HTML file and save it. Then I load it in Pale Moon some other time, so that its URL is file:///C:/blablablabla/receipt.html. When I do this,...
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Any NFC readers (Android or iOS) able to access the ePassport raw (still encrypted) data e.g. without the Basic Access Control (BAC)?

Firstly, I assume it's possible to passively read the encrypted data from a ePassport NFC chip? All of the NFC scanning apps fail to load anything without the BAC. We are not interested in the ...
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Can my ISP know these things?

I am a novice about digital things (imagine the antonym for "tech savvy"). Can my ISP know my yahoo email address? I have signed in on yahoo more than a million times. Yahoo is https. Can ...
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Internet Access for a company laptop

My roommate asked me to share my internet connection with him for his company laptop. I have the option to give him wireless (WiFi credentials) and wired access (ethernet). If I do decide to share, ...
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What is the difference between active and passive Digital Footprints?

I was learning about Digital footprints. What is the difference between active digital footprints and passive digital footprints?
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Isn't Youtube supposed to forget what I did during an incognito session?

When I go into incognito session and then use Youtube, I always thought that it's like coming to the site as a totally new person. How surprising it was when one day I watched a cabaret (not a very ...
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Why do bots visit my website even though it hasn't been shared with anyone yet?

Is this usual? These bots hit my website every 15 minutes and they're the only visitors I get since I haven't shared the website with anyone yet... How do they even know about my website? What is the ...
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securely using Nextcloud on raspberry pi

I like data privacy, so I would like to set up a system that allows me to exchange data such as photos with family and friends. I have a raspberry pi (version 4 I think? the one that was new in the ...
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What mitigations are there against a timing attack done to find which devices are communicating on a set of devices?

I know the title isn't good at all but allow me to explain. In this model I have n devices on different networks that are able to communicate with each other. A supervisor is able to see every packet ...
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Is the video/audio traffic from WebRTC TURN relay servers encrypted end-to-end? As with the applications Signal and Jitsi Meet

Today I found a video on YouTube that surprised me (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pkc3sE6iKV4). It is by Rob Braxman, a privacy advocate with a lot of expertise. He talks about all kinds of video ...
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Can I trust opera browser free VPN?

When traffic leaves the VPN, the operator of the VPN server can see the websites I'm accessing. Opera browser has a free VPN. Can I trust this VPN? https://www.opera.com/features/free-vpn
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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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Risks of Providing a Passport Number

Company A pays company B for enterprise software. Company A hosts it internally. An employee from company B needs access to servers at company A in order to manage said software Company A 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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Save encrypted data in server . With no way for server to read actual data

Hello i am developing an app that collects some private data from my clients. My clients wont like it if i am able to read the data. So the data is encrypted in cleint side with a key say "xyz&...
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Why does Tor browser use POST method for DuckDuckGo?

I noticed that the default behavior of Tor browser is to use POST method for all DuckDuckGo searches even when that's not the default DuckDuckGo setting. At first I thought it'd be to protect the ...
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Best ways to store private keys on a client?

I am currently writing a program that sends an encrypted file to the client, and I don't want the user to be able to access the file directly (though the client program will operate on it). Since the ...
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Why do people, even programmers and geeks, seem to almost feel the urge to “give hackers a fair chance” at stealing their data? [closed]

I once heard that the author of the early NES emulator "Nesticle", clearly a very intelligent person, baffingly used some kind of exploitable "Samba" or "SMB" server ...

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