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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Does an ethical hacker need to stay anonymous?

so I am currently following a few online courses about ethical hacking and really want to become a bug bounty hunter/penetration tester but most of them do not teach anything about stay anonymous ...
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I got a call from a contact on What'sApp and that person says they didn't call me even by accident. Should I be worried about using What'sApp?

I got a call from a contact on What'sApp, and when I picked up there was no audio. The person says they weren't even holding their phone when it happened, and it even took a minute for the call to ...
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Does unsubscribing from an email actually remove my details? [closed]

I get quite a few emails from valid companies and organisations in my inbox. Unfortunately most of these emails are marketing-type emails which don't have any value for me. As a result I tend to ...
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What can my Telco / ISP learn from my Signal (secure messaging app) communications?

To preface this question, I use Signal messaging app for voice, video and text. I understand that the content of all these messages are encrypted and no-one but the sender and recipient can see/hear ...
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Is there any reason to not use my real name in my email address?

Somewhat of a privacy/security question here. I'm looking to get away from Google services, especially email, and I'm wondering if there's a reason not to use my real name in the email address. The ...
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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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The Israeli MOH databases on Covid patient numbers have a lower cutoff value on published numbers of patients. How does this protect privacy? [migrated]

The Israeli ministry of health reports many statistics on Covid patients (Numbers of confirmed cases, hospitalizations, people in quarantine - Divided by age and other demographics) available here (...
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What can my device administrator see when I am connected to a private WiFi?

I use a device that has access to things like incognito mode. However, it warns me that the device administrator can see what I do even when in incognito. I know that this is true when connected to an ...
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How does Google save our passwords on their server?

My friend recently told me that: Google doesn't have our passwords saved on their database. Instead they put our password when typed on browser, through an algorithm and it'll produce a unique ...
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Why is cell phone reverse lookup still so impoverished?

Often you get a call from a non-business number and your phone's filter app doesn't know who it might be. You might Google it, and find a thousand sites promising to tell you its owner, but they only ...
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Security implications of protecting private data with a long URI exclusively [duplicate]

A website hosts private/personal information at a very long and unpredictable URI, yet access to this URI is completely unauthenticated. Are there any major security issues with this? I can think of ...
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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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How do I serve a webpage on a local PC without revealing my IP-address to end users? [closed]

Are there any ways to serve a webpage locally without revealing IP to end users?
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Can I determine whether my phone probes base transmission station (BTS) without a SIM card?

This question is related to another inquiry on this site: Can Android phone running without SIM card be tracked (localized) by police? Accepted answer claims that: Without a SIM, your cell phone ...
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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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SAML and privacy: does the Identity Provider have to know about the Service Provider?

Does the SAML Identity Provider have to know which Service Provider the User is trying to authenticate with, during a Single Sign-On? By looking at the specs, I see references to various elements that ...
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What could be the threats faced by decentralized payment platform and users as server

Platform Description: I was planning to build a prepaid based global wire transfer platform that focuses on user privacy and security by using Payment API like Rapyd with using endpoint encryption, ...
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Are the sticks of RAM in my desktop computer volatile? Is it safe to sell them?

I have two sticks of RAM in my computer that I would like to sell or donate. From what I understand some RAM is volatile, losing all its contents when power is gone for a few minutes, and some is non-...
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Suspicious login alerts vs customer privacy

I would like to implement a "Login from a suspicious location" email for my users. The first thing that came to my mind was to use a GeoIP Latitude Longitude and a k-d tree to compare the ...
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Does viewing a shared link when logged in to my Google Account reveal my email address to an owner of files?

Does viewing (not editing/adding files/adding folders) of a publicly shared link on Google Drive (not Google Docs) reveal my: email address; avatar; account name; to the publisher? Files I've viewed ...
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How to prevent mobile data from being viewed when leaving VPN server?

Please correct me if i'm wrong. As far as i know, when we use vpn service, our datas are only encrypted from us to vpn server. After leaving the server to intended recipient, our data is decrypted and ...
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If an IP address is known, can all of its browsing activity be viewed by an outsider? [closed]

Internet service providers (ISP) can choose to have full information on the browsing activity of one of its subscribers. Can an outsider, who is not the ISP, but who simply knows someone's IP address, ...
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Work-at-home surveillance software: How do they install on Android devices?

Surveillance software allows employers to monitor all activity on PC and Android devices including screen, voice and chat. All of them, like FlexiSPY and Neatspy (compared here), endlessly list all ...
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Protect IP Address and location from Twitter

Is there a way to protect IP Address and location from Twitter after having logged in ? All I want Twitter to know is my email and password and nothing else. No IP Address, no location. Is that ...
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Are my devices and information vulnerable in a public network? what are some solutions?

I'm Studying at a University that has a public network around campus that all students use. This network is even available at the dorms. Since all devices are connected to the same network, is my ...
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How to protect a vulnerable Family Member?

I apologize if this isn't the best exchange to be asking in, but I'm a little new at this. Problem: A close relation outside my local area with declining cognitive function is demonstrating ...
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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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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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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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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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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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