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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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Who Leaked My Data? [closed]

I am trying play with _IntelligenceX and SNUSBase. So fun. I see documents that list me. But do not show who leaked or where did leak come from. Is such a source exist to look at my Twitter handle or ...
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Programmatically Scrape iPhone Messages For Spam With Python/Ruby [closed]

I would like to start an intelligence Data Base for the spam messages & calls that I receive on my iPhone with the primary goal of figuring out 1) What they want and 2) How they got my contact ...
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Is a VPN effective when connected to WiFi network that requires authentication?

I pay monthly for a VPN. However, I browse online while connected to my university WiFi which requires authentication to use. The WiFi is open (no password directly) but when someone connects to it a ...
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How can I hide my internet usage? [closed]

This can be seen as a rather dubious question but let me explain. I'm a 22 year old still living with my father and his wife (my stepmother). I've been living here for over a year now and ever since ...
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Storing sensitive data partially in the cloud using the blockchain and on the private IPFS cluster on-premises?

Our threats are: PHI (Protected Health Information) potentially being stolen and used to blackmail the corresponding gov bodies and persons by either a man in the middle or an internal malicious cloud ...
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Has a VPN actually logged where I've been?

I have been using Touch VPN for a few months to view social media accounts because I worried I was viewing them too much and would be flagged or something. I just learned, however, that VPNs keep logs ...
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AirTag may be trackable over Bluetooth when battery is low

My Apple AirTags are low on battery. At the bottom of the warning it tells me "When AirTag battery is low, privacy protections are temporarily adjusted and AirTag may be trackable over Bluetooth&...
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Android secure folder/second space for trusted or untrusted apps

Any opinions on whether to use virtual env Secure Folder or Second Space for trusted - bank app, sensitive info etc or rather to use it for untrusted apps and limit exposure to your sensitive data? My ...
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How secure is the Wyze Cam? How easily could an attacker gain access to it? [closed]

I recently put up a Wyze Cam, a brand of Wi-Fi security camera, and I am curious as to how (in)secure it is. I heard that the Wyze company servers got breached once before. How easily could an ...
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Need to leave computer in repair shop. How can I secure solid state drive contents?

I need to take my desktop into a PC repair shop and leave it for a few days. It would be easy for them to copy the drives without me knowing. I am running Windows 10 with a password but this doesn't ...
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What's the advantage of connecting to an onion address over a regular domain through Tor?

Many websites offer both standard domains that you can access through any browser and onion addresses only accessible via Tor. I wonder what is the privacy advantage (if any) for the end user when ...
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Can my ISP know that I have more than one Google Drive account?

So, I have 2 Google Drive accounts. Let's say Drive A and Drive B. If one day I login/upload to Drive A then log out, then login/upload to Drive B, can they notice that I have 2 different accounts? Or ...
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What are some of the ways of identifying trade-offs between security & privacy? [closed]

Privacy can mean different things to people. Protecting one's identity from autocratic regimes to ex-boyfriend/girlfriends/partners. Threat modeling goes some way in understanding actors and the ...
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Hashing to protect privacy

I like to know if hashing protects privacy enough, i.e., if a hash of PII is still considered to be personally identifying information (PII). I found this article: https://www.johndcook.com/blog/2019/...
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Can Google see the screen when using Chrome Remote Desktop?

I was wondering if Google can see my computer screen while I'm using Chrome Remote Desktop. Let's assume there's my main PC named A and my other PC named B. PC B will have the Chrome extension ...
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How does UberMedia work?

This news article (cited in this other question) shows that the company UberMedia (now rebranded Near) can retrieve the location of people's home from persons attending an event. How does this company ...
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Are computers exposed when software is installed on a system?

As a neophite in security, I'm very curious to understand if companies can audit computers that their software is being installed on during the installation process, and report back to their servers? ...
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How to securely hash sensitive data and make the hash public, while preventing an attack by someone who know the structure or some part of the data?

In a nutshell, I need: to hash a file and to make this hash public, to be able to prove data integrity when sharing the data privately with a trusted third party. to choose the right hashing method ...
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Possible rogue admin monitoring my online activities

I teleworked for a medium-sized software company. We had a network architect who offered me a firewall to install so I could securely access on-premises resources and play around with some ...
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TLS ClientHello leaks http Host header

As already discussed on this Platform, TLS Client Hello messages are not encrypted, since they contain "no sensitive data". When sniffing HTTPS requests with wireshark, I can see the Domain ...
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How to prevent XS-Leaks while maintaining usability?

The methods presented in https://xsleaks.dev/ are based on the fact that malicious Javascript can use Cross-origin requests to infer data by means of faulty status codes, time required, mime type etc. ...
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I clicked a IP logger link

I clicked an IP logger link. I am worried someone might send CP with my IP address and I would get wrongfully arrested. Will this happen? Or am I relatively safe?
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Can my ISP or government listen to my Skype calls?

Is the call encrypted with something like HTTPS to prevent a corrupt government (or ISP) from messing with the DNS routing, sniffing, snooping etc? Can my ISP or government listen to my Skype calls? I'...
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How do you protect your online identity from background checks?

This site is the only piece of online presence I have in my own name. I also have two gmail addresses in my own name. If a background check is to be made on my online activities, would there be a way ...
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Personally identifiable information in a PDF bank statement?

I have got to upload a sample bank statement PDF online which is going to accessible to everyone. I have obviously edited out all account details, names, codes, transaction particulars and the ...
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Can my school see what I searched for while logged in?

I'm on my laptop at home and I wasn't logged into any Google account but I was on my school's Microsoft account. Can the school still see my searches?
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Is WireGuard fixed IP address obtainable by LAN clients if VPN is running on the router? WebRTC/STUN risk?

WireGuard does not assign dynamic IP addresses, which may be a privacy risk. It is known that while WireGuard may offer advantages in terms of performance, by design it is not ideal for privacy, ...
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Privacy - If I get a new IP from my ISP (home network), can websites infer the new IP is me?

Let's say I am a member of a website. I always sign in from computer A, which is not linked at all with computer B, and I have always signed in from my home network. Now let's say my ISP releases the ...
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Javascript based attacks when not having JIT

Some browsers like Chromium and recently Edge have a flag to disable JIT. What attacks/threats does this protect against and what JS based attacks are not prevented?
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What's the point of blocking third party cookies in incognito?

When using incognito, any data will be cleared when the session is closed. Then why do browsers have the option to disable them?
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If I am using a VPN, what does the website or app (like Netflix) see when I am downloading or uploading?

If I am using a VPN, what does the website or app (like Netflix) see when I am downloading or uploading? For example, if I upload an image, will they see that I am uploading from VPN's IP or my IP?
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Why do some password fields allow users to see what they type while others do not?

When I type a password somewhere, I see placeholders (black dots) in place of characters. But sometimes, there is also a toggle button to view the password like in a regular input field (typically an ...
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Should bank details such as bank bic code, bank swift code, bank cc, bank code be considered as personal data and does it need to be encrypted?

I wanted to understand what elements of financial information need to be protected/encrypted. Understand that information like IBAN, bank account name, bank account number are personal data and need ...
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TikTok tracking - no account

I downloaded TikTok once - about 2 years ago. I never created an account, and I deleted it about a week later. About a month ago my youtube feed started getting TikTok reccomendations. I'm curious as ...
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Can a pill be used to track a person's location?

In 2017, the FDA approved a pill with a digital sensor that can transmit information accessible by a web portal. If a patient takes such a pill, can it be used by hackers to track the location of this ...
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Is typed text stored somewhere? [closed]

All the things we type (like usernames, passwords, text in a text file etc.) are saved somewhere in some log files? If yes, formatting and initializing the drive, will delete them? I am asking because ...
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All private subdomains found and listed, including those from my home IP

It's been my understanding in the past years that it's not easily possible to find out all the subdomains of a domain (unless these are used publicly, like in hyperlinks, etc), and likewise not easily ...
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How do "track a phone location by IMEI" websites and apps work

There are some websites and apps promising (I have not tested their claims, just accidentially saw such a service on some website about phones and apps for them) to show phone location on a map given ...
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Is there any risk installing and using WeChat in phone or computer [closed]

Is there any legitimate concerns of using WeChat in phone or computer? Is it possible they expose message data to others or for their own use? Also, will the installation of the official WeChat app ...
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Does Microsoft scan the contents of documents uploaded to onedrives personal vault?

Specifically do they, but not "Can they" only because I'm fully aware that they are, and always have been, capable of intruding on any/all personal/sensitive data that isn't encrypted on a ...
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How does Windows password protect my data?

As far as I know, Windows computers are not encrypted by default in case you are not signed into a Microsoft Account. Considering the aforementioned fact I cannot understand the purpose of the login ...
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Does Windows 10 log network activity?

I've been thinking a lot about private browsing recently. Here's a scenario I've been thinking about: Let's say I have a browser installed on my Windows 10 PC called "ChromeFox" (made up, it'...
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Are alternative and open source front-ends for "surveillance capitalism" services better for privacy?

I think in 2021 everyone knows how harmful surveillance capitalism is for society. The biggest corporations are Facebook and Google. But still, most people want to use social media and other services. ...
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What's the risk of keyboard languages being sent via Content-Language header?

The Android versions of Firefox and Chrome/Chromium and all derivatives (Ungoogled Chromium, Bromite, Brave) by default insert all the user's configured keyboard input languages into the Accept-...
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Is packet sniffing or other manipulation possible at a DSL or cable wire between my modem and the ISP?

Can a DSL or cable wire between my modem and the ISP be manipulated in any way at the hardware level to sniff the traffic data? For example by neighbours with physical access to the wires in a big ...
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Which information is disclosed to a merchant when paying online with a credit card?

Several sites require me to input far too many personal details in order to register. This now includes phone numbers, which they have zero legitimate uses for - they are never used after the initial ...
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Best practices against mass surveillance for everday internet usage? [closed]

Corporations and governments use a variety of de-anonymization techniques to identify and profile users. All aspects of our personal lives are now consolidated online (banking, medical, academic, ...
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Privacy across search engines

a while ago I checked results associated with my name on duckduckgo. The name I am referring to is the first name and surname, which is associated with a google account. Scrolling through the results, ...
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Is it possible for someone to get my personal information if I log in with their google mail id in my device for some work related thing?

I was working on an app for a client which had a premium subscription with play store with their mail id, so I had to log in with their email on my device to test the application. But right after I ...
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How compromised will I be by allowing location services while using a VM that is connected to a VPN?

I'm currently using a browser in my virtual machine. My host machine (laptop) is connected to a VPN. I've just been prompted by a website to allow location services in order to use the site. Would the ...
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