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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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Whether cross cookie sharing between the android apps is potential threat to privacy?

Recently I wanted to buy the particular product from an online website and was just searching that product during my leisure time. after some time suddenly I saw the ad of that product on Instagram ...
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does vBulletin and similar discussion forum CMS store previous email address and password hash in database?

I am in the process of De-Googling myself and use complex passwords. I change my registered Gmail to an alternative mail provider I change my password to a complex one I use mostly vbulletin and ...
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Is information still being sent from a discarded tab in my browser?

I was connected to my workplace wifi via my personal phone for 10 minutes. I did not open anything strange that could get me into trouble. I was doing some work. However, when I finished looking up ...
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Company VPN and privacy. (Cisco Anyconnect) [duplicate]

Straight to the point. Is my employer able to see what websites I visited while I was connected to the VPN of the company? I'm pretty sure that all web internet traffic is routed on my private ISP ...
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Where can I report a program to be reviewed for security vulnerabilities and privacy issues?

After looking for software to store information, I found a program that caught my attention instantly. I purchased a license but after a while, I realized that the program had a big vulnerability. On ...
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Practical ways to permanently disable internal battery in mobile phones [on hold]

I'm relating to this question: Is it possible for a phone to be transmitting even while turned off and the battery removed? In the question above the accepted answer details that mobile phones ...
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Masking configuration of physical workstation

Environment: Physical workstation, HP, Dell, etc Windows 7,8,10, no matter Windows executables Our goal: For additional privacy, is it possible to wipe/change all configuration that can be read by ...
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I am receiving weird emails regarding GDPR from electronicprivacy.eu

Since a week, I am getting some French emails. Since I don't know French I used google translate to know what is this about: Email 1: Bonjour, En application de mon droits d’accès et d’...
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Is Electron-based software reliable in terms of privacy and security?

As part of a small research project, I have to create a program using the Electron framework. The problem is that this program will manage very private information from other people. These people have ...
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Desoldering service for secure phone and/or device [closed]

Looking to find a service or person or persons who can successfully desolder components of a smart phone for me. Any help would be much appreciated, nobody can seem to tell me who to talk to. I'm ...
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How to mitigate the consequences of being tracked by fingerprint2.js?

A webpage of a bank, where I get redirected to make a payment for my ticket, uses fingerprint2.js. The webpage doesn't work at all when I'm using AdBlock extension in my browser and fingerprint2.js ...
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Why can we trust a website with our data? [closed]

On what grounds can we trust a website's privacy policy and how they handle user data? Taking Google for example which has petabytes of user data, who or what makes sure that they don't misuse user ...
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What privacy tools withstand state-level surveillance? [closed]

There's a bunch of privacy tools and discussion about their value for everyday internet users (e.g. HTTPS-Everywhere, NoScript, PrivacyBadger, Signal and PGP, VPNs). These are somewhat oriented toward ...
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Photo vault security

I moved pictures from my stock iOS photos app to an old photo vault app. I used my LTE to move the pictures and was wondering if whenever I opened the app on WiFi, if my school could potentially see ...
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Why is some meta data not encrypted in Proton Mail?

In a different Question, in the first answer is written that some meta data doesn't get encrypted. What you shouldn't forget about encrypted e-mail, is that while the message body is properly ...
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Accessing sensitive database through public analysis to preserve privacy

I'm exploring a solution that would allow large technology companies to allow access to their database for analysis, in a way that would protect the privacy of its users. I would love feedback on the ...
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How does a vpn protect my information? A d other quesions [duplicate]

How does a vpn potect my infomation when i suef the web? Does it work offline from the web? Are tere malicious vpns
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What should I do, if my information has been compromised in the Apollo breach?

I received a message from haveibeenpwned.com that some of my information has been compromised. The link in the screenshot below refers to this article. What should I do as a response to this? I don'...
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Are schools over protective? [closed]

My school says that they can see their students history, but is it possible for them to do so even though you are using your own device?
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Dangers of Sending Onetime Pin numbers over http

Are there any dangers of sending a one time pin number from customer to my server over HTTP? Somebody is arguing that its okay since it will only be used once. So there's no chance of an attacker ...
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Will this setup give better anonymity and hide tor usage?

Computer 1 with IP 1 (traceable to owner) connects remotely to Computer 2 with IP 2 in another country (assume computer 2 and IP2 cannot be traced back to original owner - bought using cash/bitcoin). ...
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How does Facebook Pixel's new first-party cookie work?

Facebook recently announced that they will begin offering a first-party cookie option for the Facebook Pixel. Previously, they only used third-party cookies. From their documentation: You can now ...
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How dangerous is it to verify my account with a photo of my visa, passport, or ID card? [duplicate]

In order to play poker online on some accounts you have to verify your age and identity. And to do that, I need to email the site with a picture of my visa or passport or ID card. How dangerous is it ...
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Why do people redact MAC addresses? [duplicate]

What are the security implications of sharing a MAC address online? How important is it really, to redact this information; and why? I see it a lot, and I'm in the habit of doing it myself. 1. ...
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Is a SSTP-VPN connection enough to hide my internet traffic?

I am currently renting an apartment with shared guest internet and I don't have access to the router. For several reasons (mostly privacy), I don't want others in my apartment to see what I am doing ...
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Privacy consequences of not being able to log out of Microsoft Forms

I am facing some frustrations trying to adopt the Microsoft Forms product within Office 365 and its lack of support for logging out when taking a quiz (a type of form within the application). I am ...
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Surveillance by mobile network provider

I am customer of Vodafone Germany as my mobile network provider. After extension of my RED S mobile contract i realized, that the option "Vodafone Secure Net" is enforced by the company without ...
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How do I know exactly what type of information Github collects from a visitor?

I keep track of the upload bandwidth on every site that I visit, and I've noticed that the most site that uses upload bandwidth is Github.com every single page that I visit uploads 1.06MB of data. ...
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How to securely load data to a database in vendor server such that vendor does not see raw data at all?

Scenario: client will be uploading files with sensitive information to a vendor server for loading into a database. Due to the confidential nature of the files, the client does not want any archiving ...
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public WiFi hotspot-What is leaking at that tiny moment before connecting to a VPN?

When you sign up for a VPN account you also download the service's client,be it for Android, Windows etc but this question is specifically for Android or portable devices connecting through public ...
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Cheap privacy oriented cell phones [closed]

What are cheap (<200 USD) and privacy oriented cell phones ? I am looking for the phones just for calling and sms messaging. I consider phones with and without operating system, or I can buy one ...
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Is there evidence to proof that Windows is spying us ? Are the anti-spy programs works and are they trustable?

Are there any evidences that Windows is spying the users ? Let's focus on Windows 10. I am almost sure it does. The things like telemetry and Cortana... However I never saw a proof like university ...
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Can Windows take data from other OS running on same hardware?

I am looking for the way how to set up the my environments as I need more than one OS at once. I care about privacy and securities the most, that is my priority. But I can't refuse Windows in full. ...
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Can someone get my home address if I click on a link to a IP logger?

So I was going through my email and accidentally clicked on a suspicious link. It was a quickmessage.io link, which I had no clue what it was. When I clicked on it, my anti-virus came up and blocked ...
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How to check if my PC's HTTPS/TLS connection is monitored or a key-logger is installed? [duplicate]

A few days ago, in the office, we were asked by our bosses to install a program. This was supposed to be an Antivirus program. But after installing this program many of our colleagues have been ...
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White screen popped up. All of sudden not able to do anything. Scam or something else?

I have been using this laptop for the last 6 months and never had any issue, but last Friday I was watching a movie and then all of sudden my PC restarted and a white screen (see figure below) showed ...
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Can personal VPN help protecting my behavior on the company laptop?

Update: I don't care if the company knows I'm using a private VPN (this is allowed and confirmed with the IT department). My only concern is if the company knows I visited nba.com (for example). On ...
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Can my company view my PAST browsing history of what I've done at home with *my personal* computer and *my personal* network?

This is if I later on connect my personal computer to the company network? I don't browse anything non-work related using the computer network on my personal computer at work, and I am aware that ...
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Password entropy varies between different checks

I'm massively under-informed when it comes to in-depth security, however my understanding was that password entropy should be somewhat similar between different algorithms. I gave a couple of ...
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Any privacy reasons to not allow software to update automatically?

When installing new software and it gives the option to allow automatic updates, is there any security or privacy reason that it might be preferable not to allow this?
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Bad medical security

I reside in Michigan, U.S.A and just recently took over the IT of a small medical practice. There is no real security in place and I am still undoing the horrific damage and lockouts put in place by ...
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Using a simple 5-character pass for event vs. QR/barcode

I plan on doing a "ticketing" system, where a user would buy a "tour ticket" online. The part that I'm puzzled about is: After they buy, what mechanism to use to verify the ticket? I've been looking ...
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What specific assurances exist about StartPage privacy?

What specific, technical and verifiable information exists to support StartPage’s claims about privacy? For example, they claim in the “Privacy” section of their iPhone app: StartPage does not ...
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Can your cell phone transmissions reveal your identity?

Is it feasible for hackers sitting near you to have some sort of RF listening device that uses your phone's transmissions to identify your name or other information that could be used to determine who ...
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Do cookies violate privacy and should not be used? [duplicate]

Cookies are just a simple text file or DB (some parts encrypted). There is no way to execute them and they cannot access other user data store. Normally cookies keep some data like session ID or ...
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How to make screensavers secure?

For years I've been aware of screensaver bugs on some 3rd-party Android ROMs such that the screenlock can reveal the desktop (wallpapers, possibly with some app icons) even if the user doesn't mean to ...
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Should I let my child's school have access to my kid's personal laptop?

My kid is starting 6th grade and the school requires him to get a laptop and bring it to school. Now the school IT department wants to install some software on the laptop and is asking for ...
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I used a work VPN on my personal computer at home while doing…“non-work” things…am I in trouble/can they see me?

I was using my own home personal computer on a weekend while connected to my work's VPN (it's called pulse secure), and was bored so I decided to look at some "non-work" related websites (possibly/...
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How to make sure your API key cannot just be copied and used

One thing I often struggle with when developing my API's is authentication. I didn't have much trouble with this when I was making them for just a single website and was able to implement the ...
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Why is Firefox trying to connect to an advertising company

My firewall blocked Firefox from connecting to a site with an invalid security certificate, but why would it want to connect to an advertising site in the first place. Isn't Mozzilla and Firefox all ...