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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When using a shared / public VPN, can others on the same IP address log into your accounts?

I know browsers use cookies so that, for example, if I log into Facebook on a public computer and forget to log out, the next person who opens up a new browser can go into my account. Does this work ...
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Deterministic private entropy from OAuth2

On web-cryptocurrency-wallet some users don't want to store private keys for small sums of money and want to authorize via google/twitter. As far as I understand the typical way is to have some sort ...
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Can I2P traffic be identified?

If one is using Tor, the network administrator or ISP will be able to know that one is using Tor (reference). What about for I2P? If one uses I2P, can the network administrator find out that one is ...
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What are security/privacy implications when using WeChat as OAuth provider?

Account information of the chinese WeChat service can be used to authenticate on other websites/services (like discussion forums) by the OAuth protocol. Since WeChat plays a major role in surveillance ...
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How to prevent police from tracing Instagram account? [closed]

I created this fake Instagram account on my phone while using TunnelBear VPN without any links to my ‘real’ account. Now I’m wondering if the police are still able to trace my true location? If so, ...
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“We noticed you’re browsing in private mode.” — how do they know? [duplicate]

I sometimes get messages such as the following from newspapers' web sites (Washington Post and New York Times): We noticed you’re browsing in private mode. Private browsing is permitted exclusively ...
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DAB+ (Digital audio broadcasting) privacy

Soon FM radio will be switched-off in Europe. I wish to buy a DAB+ device and read in Wikipedia about it. I really don't understand what consumer privacy DAB+ offers me. Does the radio channel know ...
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Is it safe to use Giphy API keys in public Github repo?

I am making a game of which one of the hidden features is displaying a GIF from Giphy at a fixed command. For this, I am using Giphy API, hosting the game as a website on Github Pages with a public ...
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Can Google deduce the visited URLs from Safe Browsing reports?

The Google Chrome Privacy Whitepaper has a part about Safe Browsing, which says (emphasis mine): If you navigate to a URL that appears on the list, Chrome sends a partial URL fingerprint (the ...
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What unique device fingerprinting information can an iOS 12 or iOS 13 app collect?

As a follow-on to these questions: What unique fingerprinting information can an iOS7 app collect? What unique device fingerprinting information can an iOS8 app collect? What unique device ...
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How does “Fides” from the German Bundesdruckerei work?

I'm no security or cryptographic expert, just an interested computer scientist - so this question may be at the wrong place, or contain wrong assumptions. Nevertheless: The German Bundesdruckerei ...
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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 hide my platform from a browser to keep my privacy? [duplicate]

I just visited https://amiunique.org/fp in order to try to understand what makes a web page realize what platform it is running on, aside from User-Agent request header. So I learned about window....
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Can company corporate building guest wifi track my sites visited on my phone

To give context, I'm not too familiar with computers an IT terminology, so please excuse my mistakes. I work in a building where they provide guest Wi-Fi. Before you log in, you have to sign their ...
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Can websites detect if visitors are logged in to mainstream ID providers and collect their IDs?

Logging in to websites using mainstream IDs (Google/Facebook/Github etc.) by means of OAuth (or similar) has nowadays become a feature that people expect. Not that long ago the corresponding user ...
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How to prevent router identification [closed]

How to prevent my router (D-Link AC1200 LTE Router DW-953) which is using a 4G sim card for data from being identified by an ISP? The router has the current Firmware Version V01.02.3.045, with no VPN ...
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Does “Restore Factory Defaults” Wipe Out My Data Completely?

I used to have a IBM Thinkpad (Lenovo) T440. I have been using that laptop for over 8 years. This device has been reset to factory default multiple times (probably up to 6-10 times if not more) ...
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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 I use never remember history in Firefox effectively? [duplicate]

Under Firefox - Privacy and Security, I can change my history settings to never remember, remember, or use custom settings. Right now, I have it set to remember history, under what circumstances is ...
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Zip files and metadata

I want to send a zip of some files. The files themselves don't contain anything sensitive but I'm wondering if zip files contain metadata that could identify me or something about me? It seems that ...
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Is it possible to stop webcam surveillance by having an always running camera application?

Blocking the camera isn't something new, using a piece of tape. When I try to create or launch or run multiple programs which take a feed from camera, only the first one gets access, others don't ...
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Android leaking app analysis

In my thesis I'm trying to analyze leaking private data on Android apps. I noticed that the vast majority of data is encrypted. How can I analyze this data without decrypting it?
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Reproducible method to generate an anonymous identifier?

I've been working on a web application that needs to provide a way to create an anonymous identifier that can be used to identify one or more rows in a database that refer to a person who has called ...
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Addressing security issues for documenting internal systems

The Situation I'm presently a member of a healthcare records team that is sorely understaffed and has an incredibly low bus factor, with only two people with the majority of system knowledge, myself -...
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Employer Self Signed Root Certificate

I don't have knowledge into programming/cybersecurity so I stumbled upon this site and figured I'd ask a quick question. I worked for about 3 years at company and left as of last week. I don't know ...
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Can neighbour hear my bluetooth headset?

I'd like to buy a wireless bluetooth headset to not disturbing others by my TV sound but I'm wondering how private the transmission will be? Can a neighbour with a bluetooth headset hear my TV's ...
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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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How to defeat confirmation-of-a-file attack? [duplicate]

Suppose you want to upload some files to an online storage without the storage provider figuring out what you have uploaded. The obvious thing to do is of course to encrypt the files. However, we ...
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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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Why do people hide their license plates in the EU?

I often recognise that people blur their license plates on pictures on the internet in Germany. I can't figure out what's the fuss. The information is public nevertheless (I mean it's on your vehicle),...
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What are some secure methods to share pre-created password? [duplicate]

I am working on something that requires me to create and share AAD(Azure Active Directory) credentials with clients. To give some context, Azure automatically creates a secret and then that secret has ...
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Comparing uniquely salted hashes

I have a system which needs to compare hashed identifier values. I want to salt my hashes, to prevent them being cracked with a rainbow table. However, the system needs to be able to compare the ...
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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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What ISP know about my local network when I use their ONU?

I have FTTP (Fibre to the Premises) and a GPON ONU given to me by my ISP. I know they can see hostnames and MAC of devices connected in ONU. If I connect my personal router to this ONU and then ...
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Why does ε-differential privacy protects the subset of 1/ε edges in terms of graphs?

In the book The Algorithmic Foundations of Differential Privacy by Cynthia Dwork, Aaron Roth on page 24, databases that take the form of graphs are discussed. We could on the other hand consider ...
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How can websites know that I accessed them before if I use a VM and different IP?

I created a virtual machine with a clean Windows install on it. On that PC I create a virtual switch and I link it to one of my Wi-Fi boards. I disable IPv4 and IPv6 on that connection so I am not ...
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Hide an app on Android

Is there any way to completely block anyone or anything from detecting an app that is installed on any Android device? Not from physically looking through someone's device but from google or any ...
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Schemes for ID obfuscation like Facebook app scoped IDs

After certain privacy concerns Facebook rolled out a bunch of changes to their APIs, one being "scoping" user identifiers per app. In effect, this means that Alice's canonical facebook user ID is ...
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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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Are email systems like Countermail safe?

I am aware of some of the main competitors in this space, including: Lavabit, Countermail, Fastmail, Proton. But, I don't have enough knowledge to differentiate them. Along the same line, I don't ...
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Differential Privacy: understanding sensitivity [closed]

From this link on Differential Privacy, the L-2 sensitivity is defined as follows: Question: Here's my understanding of the above equation: Make a set of D' data sets such that D' is same as D ...
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How to keep track of passwords and avoiding password-reuse

I have lurked for a time on security websites and similar. I came to wonder, with the number of passwords we have (or websites that need a password) how to manage this. Since I have well over 400 ...
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How can Facebook verify my face if it should not have one?

I do not use Facebook but recently I created an account for the purpose of connecting it to an app. I uploaded several photos of myself to Facebook, did what I needed with the app and deleted the ...
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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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Google Password Manager or Dedicated Password Manager [closed]

Is it better to use Google Password Manager to store all my passwords or a dedicated Password Manager such as Bitwarden? I have been using the former for years and am wondering if I should make 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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Can employer see home network usage on personal device [duplicate]

I am just wondering whether it is possible for an employer to monitor usage on personal device on my home network in circumstances where a work device is also connected to the home network at the same ...
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Receiving Junk Email that is related to Skype conversations

My Microsoft email address and account are linked to Skype, OneDrive and Windows 10 (products I use by Microsoft). This account is not linked to my phone (Android). I don't use this account for Email (...
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Is it possible to spoof the user agent of any application?

I love using .torrent files instead of file hosting sites like Mediafire and google drive because of their lack of support for larger files. However, even with a VPN your User Agent is still ...
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How can we prevent and detect any unauthorized screen capture and recording applications?

We may all have come across capturing and recording our own screen to save some information for ourselves, but how about other people doing so without asking? Let's have an example here: an attacker ...