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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Privacy: why do I have to delete an account instead of simply no longer using it?

I try to avoid big internet companies (big tech) and try to find decentralized and/or open source alternatives. I use a password manager with unique usernames and generated, complex passwords. A lot ...
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My data in popular web apps like Facebook, YouTube [closed]

Why do these companies allow to download your data? Is there some law enforcing them to do so? How complete should these data be?
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Mobile Hotspot, Smartphone or Router?

I am using a laptop with dual boot Windows and Ubuntu. In addition, I am having another Linux distro installed on a usb thumb drive and using it only for certain things. Generally speaking - if ...
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Can my employer surveil me while using “remote desktop”?

My job uses the remote desktop application for us to work at home. I am just realizing that my laptop, and everything on it, can be opened through the file explorer on the remote desktop application. ...
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Is there a way to bypass click-tracking links in emails?

Most newsletters that I receive use mass-mailing software that rewrites links to add tracking information. That is, instead of www.google.com, the email will point to something like links.somecompany....
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Can my employer see what websites I visit at home on my personal devices?

Recently I started working from home (like half of the world these days due to the Corona virus). Work has provided me with a laptop/screen etc. and a VPN to the company network. I only use this ...
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Privacy clean-out [closed]

I want to perform a BIG clean-out regarding my privacy because the situation i describe below is a big concern for me. During a period of 8 years, I registered here and there (about a small five ...
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Is Fetlife Social network secure? [closed]

Is Fetlife Social network secure? from hacking? In other words, can I take pics of me totally naked and write about my fetishes and be sure that no one will access my profile? or know that is me? ...
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Employer-installed root certificate - Is it legit for any site? [closed]

I understand it is fairly standard practice to have the employer install a root certficate which would basically allow them a MITM while browsing the web using the corporate network or VPN. I was ...
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How to difference between essential/non-essential information and mandatory/non-mandatory information? [closed]

PIPEDA (Canada Privacy Act) talks about the 'Essential and non-essential' information in the Principle Identifying Purposes and 'Mandatory and Non-mandatory' information in the Principle Limiting ...
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How does cell triangulation work [closed]

I've heard about cell tower triangulation, how it's done by measuring the signal strength of 3 towers. My question is how do I get that data about signal strengths, which tower was pinged when and by ...
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Firefox: What would be more secure/private: storing session cookies or saving password in the browser?

I am wondering, assuming the latest version of Firefox, which of the following options would be more preferable security-wise (e.g. assess and/or password to user account will be stolen) and which one ...
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What are the various defense mechanisms against audio fingerprinting

L. Cuccovillo in his paper Audio tampering detection via microphone classification talks about identification of the uniqueness in the output generated by the microphones which can act as a ...
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How one can find I am using virtual box Virtual Machine linux through Anydesk remote application?

I recently created a virtualbox virtual machine of Ubuntu 18.04 and installed Anydesk remote desktop app in it. An IT guy accessed my computers desktop via Anydesk app, but he is actually inside the ...
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Is the End-To-End Encryption (E2EE) of Joplin (notes app) secure enough for public Git repo?

Because privacytools.io recommends Joplin I am switching my notes to it. I add the text files to Git, and wonder if I can also use a public Repo and/or a cloud hosted Git server? I will paste ...
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Remote working. Is my employer able to monitor my activity

Due to situation, my employer made a work-from-home policy. And remote administration tool is not installed, since I did clean installation of the system. Is my employer able to see my activity? ...
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Is it secure to use TOR with AVAST antivirus?

Today when I opened an incognito session in Chrome Browser, I got an immediate pop-up from Avast antivirus: Should I be concerned that my antivirus is acting like spyware? I sometimes use the TOR ...
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Github private repo safe from scrapers?

I have a question about the security of private repo's on Github. Assume you use HTTPS authenticated against SAML SSO to fetch and push changes to remote. Could an outside adversary scrape the files ...
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How did YouTube know I watched a locally stored file on my computer?

I ripped a few videos from YouTube (using y2mate) about a week ago of guitar lessons from a player named John Redbourne in case they disappear. I saved them on my local hard drive in a folder called "...
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Help to secure my connection to my company VPN (Cisco AnyConnect)!

I've been searching about VPN for more than an hour, and all the answers I found on this site or others are either confusing or contradicting. My issue is that I usually access my company VPN through ...
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Is there any way to hide my using the internet (or maximize privacy) when connected via router to other computers?

I shall begin my question with the remark that I am not tech savvy at all! The problem is the following: A cluster of computers (laptops, desktops, etc.) A, B, C, D... are all connected to the same ...
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What data about the Tethering Host will endpoints receive?

I have two phones. One "privacy aware" phone (lets call it PA-Phone) with custom rom and without google services but with SIM card and LTE, and one "No privacy" phone (lets call it NP-Phone) that has ...
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Google Timeline: is it encrypted and if so who has the key? [closed]

Google Timeline claims (e.g. here) that "Your Timeline is private, so only you can see it." What does that mean? As a cryptographer I would take that to mean that the Timeline data is encrypted using ...
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Can't access Facebook account registered under my e-mail address [closed]

I have two e-mail addresses: email1@domain.com and email2@domain.com. I have a Facebook account that I can log into using email2@domain.com. I recently got an email on email1@domain.com like the one ...
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What happens if your Skype gets hacked? [closed]

Say that, although you did take into account all the security advices, your account ends up being hacked. Then what happens? Can they "jump" from Skype to the whole device? To steal my contacts, ...
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Youtube/Firefox access to my history

I recently noticed something weird. From time to time I watch on YouTube (Firefox) something political. In my case 'lastweektonight'(left) and 'StevenCrowder'(right), (because it is fun to see, where ...
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How can you hide the usage of an external VPN?

Let's assume we need a VPN to access some site, e.g. for bypassing geo-blocks. But those site doesn't want VPN users. A good example is Netflix. However, I don't want to specify this just on Netflix, ...
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Can my employer see my phone browsing history on my work desktop?

What if I logged in to my work PC using my personal Google account? Can my employer see what I have been googling on my phone under my work desktop's browsing history? What about under “my activity” ...
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Is there a “generally accepted” balance between privacy and convenience when protecting user data?

I am building a system that's going to host medical records for the users. The system needs to be secure, so that only the users with correct auth can access their data (data will be encrypted, so ...
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How exactly does Windows Defender in Windows 10 determine when to upload your local files to Microsoft?

Every time I install Windows 10, I painstakingly go through every setting that can be found in any GUI setting for the OS, disabling everything that sounds creepy. One of the most disturbing things I'...
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Threema: Are received messages exposed, when sender's private key gets compromised?

Note: This question is specific to the Threema Messenger, and relates to their implementation of encryption (using the NaCl ECDH implementation as per their docs). I refer specifically to their "note ...
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Does Tor help us to prevent ISP tracking?

If Tor is able to hide the IP address of the machine and make us anonymous, then does it prevent the ISP from tracking us?
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Is it possible to debunk Intel Management Engine conspiracy theories using a data usage monitor device?

If there would be any backdoor in recent Intel CPU's, then it should send and receive data secretly. Isn't it possible to easily debunk this conspiracy theory by implementing a third physical device ...
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What would be the best course of action if you accidentally paste sensitive information into a medium you don't control?

Ever since the early 2000s, when I was using Linux IRC clients which would paste anything you had in your clipboard when pressing the middle mouse button, I have been scared out of my mind that I ...
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How can I access a website without it being able to determine any information about my device, network or location?

Basically I want to be able to access a website without it being able to determine any of the things it dermined about me (my device, location, connection etc) when I accessed it last, no matter how ...
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Can the GlobalProtect VPN of my company track websites when Disabled?

I just installed the Global Protect VPN from my company on my local machine so I can access our servers remotely. I just "agreed" to the following statement: VPN Connected This system is for ...
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Search for existence of sensitive substring without revealing substring in cleartext

I have a list of very sensitive strings and I want to ensure that these strings do not exist in a set of documents (potentially very large documents). However, these substrings are so sensitive that ...
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Uniquely identify each mobile phone of Android 10 / 9 and below

Background: I have an Android APP with millions of users, but some users are malicious users (robot, fake, privilege escaped, etc). The common solution is to detect & block those "bad" accounts ...
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Would a porn site open in the background generate network traffic?

My friend walked into work with a porn site loaded into incognito in the background. He didn't click it while at work or open chrome it was just a background window. Would it ping it or anything ...
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Can my oppressive government trace my Twitter activity and detect me?

I want to be active on Twitter against our oppressive government. Can my government trace and detect me? Twitter is banned here and we must use VPNs. I use Outline (Shadowsocks) mostly. Is there any ...
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Packaging Python code for github: should I obfuscate author email address from the `setup.py`?

The standard file with packaging instructions (setup.py with setuptools) for Python contains an author_email field. Such a package can then be published to PyPI, but the code is also available ...
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E-Mail privacy proxy for hiding real e-mail?

Do E-Mail proxy services exists to improve privacy and security? Privacy in the sense that one wouldn't need to give a website his/her username (possibly even in the firstname.lastname@domain.tld ...
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Hiding rough whereabouts of a machine with IPv6, without using a proxy

Since I configured my smartphone Access Point Name (APN) of the type APN protocol from including the value IPv4 to including the value IPv4/IPv6, generally all different addresses I got after ...
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Can my employer see my browsing history from my home?

I have a personal phone which I use at work, and connect to the WiFi at work. I also brought my personal laptop to work a couple times and connected to the WiFi. My question is can my employer see ...
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Untraceable software development

My goal is to develop a piece of software which is illegal in my country. Obviously I don't want anyone to be able to trace the code back to me or prove that I developed it after deployment. What ...
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Forced to install certificate on my laptop when using company WiFi. Risk? [duplicate]

My company has a 'bring your own device' policy. You connect your device to the WiFi, and then open a citrix environment through a web portal. Basically, everything inside the citrix env is company-...
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How to prevent my web searches showing up as ads on family members device with same wifi connection?

Today I was shopping for a New Years journal on my desktop and apparently other family members' devices started showing up ads for the same. I feel this could be because we are all on the same wifi. ...
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Is a differentially private SQL database relatively more secure from an SQL injection?

I've been in security for a while now but I'm relatively new to privacy. I've been studying differential privacy and its application to databases. However I'm still a little confused about where ...
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Spying apps: Android mic and camera access

Can android lollipop 5.1.1 apps which have permission to access mic and camera access them when the app is not running? I woke up to the news by the NYT that a popular app I had previously downloaded ...

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