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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understanding where tor interferes (screenshot)

with just goal to better understand where tor interferes and where it hides my browsing from ISP, please look at this picture which just explains how to computers communicate. You can check on step ...
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How does a website know my location? Checked with ipleaks and VPN seems to work correctly

Recently I have been using a VPN to watch a free web series available only in the US -- on a website called https://go90.com. Until a few days ago everything was running smoothly with just Hola VPN. ...
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Hiding my activity from mobile service provider [duplicate]

Ok there is mobile service provider which also happens to be providing mobile internet. Now, I am interested to hide my activity from that provider. e.g. it can't see my browsing habbit. Basically ...
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How can I trust a mobile app? [on hold]

Nowadays we are putting a lot of trust in mobile apps in order to survive in a globalized society. We are even under a kind of peer pressure which madly drives us to use these new applications. One ...
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Is the story about getting a visit by police for googling pressure cookers true? [closed]

Its from The Guardian and it was not published in April. I know Google was always collecting data about me and I have so far decided to let it slip as a compromise in light of their contributions to ...
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Can someone trace me from mobile phone IP?

I have mobile phone, on which I am using internet. My phone number is registered under name of my employer, because they give you services like cheaper call fares, etc. I also purchase internet ...
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Using old router as wi-fi extender/extra security on shared network?

I just moved into a building with three apartments, all of which split an internet subscription. There is only one router, however, in one of the other apartments. For security/privacy purposes, I'd ...
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Can my phone be located (e.g. by emergency personnel) when I use a VPN?

I have actually been learning on my own just by reading about VPN and how to protect myself from Big Brother so to speak. I just happened to discover that if I turn off my location option on my cell ...
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How can I find out if someone is using their device to look at things on my device [closed]

I would like to know about this information because I think my girlfriend is spying on my phone
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Can Microsoft access all private data if a user installs Windows 10?

According to this Forbes article by Gordon Kelly, a condition of using Microsoft's Windows 10 operating system is to agree to the following: [Microsoft] will access, disclose and preserve personal ...
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What information can be seen when I'm using SRTP via XMPP?

Just as the title goes, basically what data/information can be tracked when using SRTP via XMPP? As client I'm using Jitsi. If things works in some aspects similar to HTTPS, I guess that maybe it ...
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Employee privacy when using company iPhone on own Wi-Fi

If I use a company iPhone on my own home Wi-Fi, does the employer still have visibility on activity? If so, how much assuming there are no hidden keylogging programs.
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Why does the ProtonMail Android app require Identity permissions?

The ProtonMail Android app is supposed to be a privacy-centered alternative for data-mined email services such as Gmail, Yahoo, and Outlook. If this is truly the case, why does the Android app require ...
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What are the risks of providing my fingerprint to a theme park?

I recently visited Epcot Center and was surprised that they asked to scan one of my fingerprints before I entered the park, even though I already had my ticket in hand. I don't believe they require a ...
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Any solutions out there to counter shoulder surfing?

I'm talking about an unknown or undetected physical presence who may be looking over your shoulder as you view or type in sensitive information or passwords. Most likely to happen when you are ...
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What are the privacy and security risks associated with Intel's Management Engine and AMD's Platform Security Processor?

And also as an everyday user who mostly just surfs the web, are these risks a huge concern for me? Edit: Also on the similar note, are there any substantial evidences of Intel or AMD purposely ...
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What does “probability space is over coin flips of algorithm M” mean?

In the book The Algorithmic Foundations of Differential Privacy by Cynthia Dwork, Aaron Roth on page 16 (actually page 20 in the pdf viewer) it says at the very bottom of the page: Definition 2.2 (...
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How to secure communications between a web front-end and the web server when/where the HTTPS protocol is compromised?

A country in the Central Asia has issued a law enforcing all the ISPs to decrypt the transit HTTPS traffic and encrypt it with a special certificate issued by the government. Every client is to ...
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Can duct tape prevent hackers from watching me?

Since hackers can hack into my mobile phone/computer and use its camera to watch over me, Q1: Can I know if my mobile phone/computer camera has been hacked? Q2: If I was hacked, does putting duct ...
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What should I store in the case that a user posts a threatening post?

I am building a social-media type website. I am going to have the users create a profile with their name, email and phone number. When a post is created I plan to have a spot in the database that ...
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What policies and agreements regarding information security are a must have for every self respecting company?

I assume that it's a good idea to supply the users of a system (or employees) with policies and agreements regarding information security. What kind of documents should be considered? For example (...
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Microsoft support asking me for my phone IMEI?

I just contacted Microsoft support on my Lumia phone via the preinstalled "Contact Support" app, about an issue of the language of comments on apps in the Store being in the wrong language (different ...
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How should I handle a spam account I don't control from sending spam emails with my username?

A family member contacted me yesterday saying their email has been hacked and that some other family members received spam emails from their account. For this example, lets say the hacked family ...
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Software intrusion via sweeping firmware updates? [closed]

I have a lot of different hardware ranging from smart phones and smart TVs to Unix servers and everything in-between. Within the last few weeks everything I own has needed an update or upgrade. ...
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Is it possible to overwrite a phone through physical means?

I am currently doing some research into the Apple vs FBI controversy. During my research, I found a Edward Snowden comment that claimed that the government can actually override a phone's data, ...
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Does Skype use audio watermarking?

Today on CNN they conducted an interview with a career criminal, who spoke by Skype on condition of anonymity. It occurred to me that, if Skype uses digital watermarking to embed identifying ...
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How can VPN providers end violating accounts when “they don't log any data”?

VPN providers can end accounts which violate their terms of use. If you look at https://nordvpn.com/terms-of-service/ for example, you see that they will terminate accounts violating their ToS. The ...
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How are SSDs different from HDDs from the privacy point of view? [duplicate]

How are SSDs different from HDDs from the privacy point of view? Is it easier or harder to recover traces of deleted and/or wiped (overwritten) files from an SSD than from a HDD?
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Can my employer see my activity over their WiFi if I'm using the Tumblr app? [duplicate]

I have a great relationship with my employer and I don't think anyone is spying on me and I don't care if they read my email. But if I'm logged into their WiFi and I'm using the Tumblr app on my ...
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Hardening Linux desktop machine against people from my household

I am looking to make a clean install of a Debian system on my home desktop. To clarify, I am switching from Windows and wish to use it as my day-to-day home OS - I'm not going to be running any ...
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What is vulnerable in this comprehensive browser setup to avoid fingerprinting/tracking?

What is vulnerable in this browser setup to avoid fingerprinting/tracking for general browsing that is still easy to use? The setup is as follows: Firefox on my personal machine with several ...
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Does rotating proxy provide better privacy?

We have anonymous rotating proxy service like ProxyMesh. ProxyMesh provides 14 rotating IP address proxy servers, each with 10 IP addresses rotating twice per day, giving you a total of 280 IP ...
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Is storing an encrypted zip file to an insecure cloud service an admissible way of securing privacy?

Consider the following scenario: I use a cloud service that is not considered secure (meaning no encryption whatsoever) i.e. Dropbox, OneDrive, Google Drive etc. In my account I have a .zip or .7z ...
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Closed source binary blobs in chipsets - privacy threat?

I wanted to buy a Librem Purism 13 because I care about my privacy and generally wanted a laptop to test Linux on. However, I was advised against it because it uses Intel i5 processors which contain ...
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Do Social Network Mobile Apps Track Your Browsing?

Facebook are known to track you even after you have logged out of your Facebook account. With mobile apps being given permission to access so much information on the devices, is it possible for ...
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OpenVPN Client Id appearing in emails

I use OpenVPN to connect to a server. I just found that in a series of emails I sent and received to and from the same person the following line appeared after every message I sent: [cid:{a long ...
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Tell browser my site has no scripts

I have created a Tor hidden service site which has absolutely no JavaScript or other types of client side scripts. The page is HTML, CSS, images, and some JSP for handling user input. I encourage ...
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Firefox security certificate issues: FUD or truth?

I was doing a little reading over at gHacks, and came across this comment attributed to Joey Spinosa regarding certificates in Firefox: These certificates are installed automatically by the ...
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Can my employer see the actual video chat if I use Facebook messenger on work WiFi?

I used my personal iPad over work WiFi (Verizon jetpack) to have a video chat with a friend over Facebook messenger. Can my employer actually see the video or just that I used messenger?
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Are VPN tunnels really completely private? [duplicate]

I've been considering a VPN tunnel, specifically PIA. These types of companies make bold claims of complete anonymity and privacy, with no one in the world (ISP's, governments, school or corporate ...
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What information about a user can wireless carriers access?

What is the maximum amount of imformatiom about a user and the user's phone that can be obtained by a wireless carrier on a GSM network? Here is a list of the things I know, but are there more? IMEI,...
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Are deleted offline calendar events in Android actually deleted?

When an Android app deletes a calendar event in a local (offline / non-synced) calendar, does Android's Calendar Storage (com.android.providers.calendar) actually delete the event or does it just flag ...
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Why is data quality important for privacy?

"Outdated personal data" is number 8 on the OWASP Top 10 Privacy Risks, and also the OECD Privacy Principles mention that data should be kept up to date: Personal data should be relevant to the ...
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Hidden service security SSH

Pretend I have a Tor hidden service. For ultimate security I would firewall the internet entirely, except for Tor, to try to reduce IP address leakage and other security risks. My problem is how ...
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Security of the shared secret key for a smart meter (Linky) [closed]

Reading the specs of a new electricity smart meter (called Linky in France), I was surprised about the chosen encryption method (128 bits symmetric key AES), based on a single secret key (called CCC ...
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What information is collected because of signing into Windows 10 with a Microsoft account?

The question is specifically as stated - "because of signing into Windows 10 with a Microsoft account". Not including what is collected even when using a local account. And not including what is ...
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Can VPN provider see my data?

I have a 2 questions: If I use a VPN and I go to any websites via HTTP - does VPN provider will be able to see the traffic? Those. logins, passwords, all the texts that pass through the channel (in ...
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Will the ISP know what sites I visit if I use a VPN? [duplicate]

If I use a VPN, and visit any site on HTTPS, will the ISP know what sites I have visited? Because IP-addresses of websites are not encrypted? And if the answer is yes, are there any ways to solve ...
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Can my iPhone photos be viewed by the person I got it from?

I got my phone from a friend, and I wanted to know if anything can be viewed by him. Can he see my photos (and other stuff of course) when he knows the IMEI (and maybe other things) of the phone?
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How did my browsing choices reach an Alibaba seller?

Events, spaced about evenly over 2 months: Repeatedly ordered small amounts of webbing on a rather reputable Polish site (Allegro.pl, much like ebay). Got targeted ads in Skype for webbing on ...