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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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How to defeat confirmation-of-a-file attack? [duplicate]

Suppose you want to upload some files to an online storage without the storage provider figuring out what you have uploaded. The obvious thing to do is of course to encrypt the files. However, we ...
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Can a PC without VPN expose the public IP of another PC with VPN on the same local network?

Computer 1 is surfing the internet while using a VPN and at the same time accesses files on computer 2 (this computer does not have VPN) on the same local network. Since computer 2 does not have a VPN ...
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Ipod classic + kokkia Bluetooth transmitter paired to earbuds

If I use an ipod classic 6th or 7th generation and the following transmitter: http://store.kokkia.com/...
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Why do people hide their license plates in the EU?

I often recognise that people blur their license plates on pictures on the internet in Germany. I can't figure out what's the fuss. The information is public nevertheless (I mean it's on your vehicle),...
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What are some secure methods to share pre-created password? [duplicate]

I am working on something that requires me to create and share AAD(Azure Active Directory) credentials with clients. To give some context, Azure automatically creates a secret and then that secret has ...
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Comparing uniquely salted hashes

I have a system which needs to compare hashed identifier values. I want to salt my hashes, to prevent them being cracked with a rainbow table. However, the system needs to be able to compare the ...
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How can I make payments on the Internet without leaving a money trail?

For someone who values anonymity and privacy, what is the recommended way to pay on the Internet? Example: To buy a domain or a VPN or another service I know that we can use cryptocurrencies, but at ...
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What ISP know about my local network when I use their ONU?

I have FTTP (Fibre to the Premises) and a GPON ONU given to me by my ISP. I know they can see hostnames and MAC of devices connected in ONU. If I connect my personal router to this ONU and then ...
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Why does ε-differential privacy protects the subset of 1/ε edges in terms of graphs?

In the book The Algorithmic Foundations of Differential Privacy by Cynthia Dwork, Aaron Roth on page 24, databases that take the form of graphs are discussed. We could on the other hand consider ...
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How can websites know that I accessed them before if I use a VM and different IP?

I created a virtual machine with a clean Windows install on it. On that PC I create a virtual switch and I link it to one of my Wi-Fi boards. I disable IPv4 and IPv6 on that connection so I am not ...
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Hide an app on Android

Is there any way to completely block anyone or anything from detecting an app that is installed on any Android device? Not from physically looking through someone's device but from google or any ...
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Schemes for ID obfuscation like Facebook app scoped IDs

After certain privacy concerns Facebook rolled out a bunch of changes to their APIs, one being "scoping" user identifiers per app. In effect, this means that Alice's canonical facebook user ID is ...
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Is it anonymous to access the dark web from one's home internet, or is it better to do it from a public wifi?

Can any darknet activity be traced (by hackers or government) to oneself if one accesses DW from one's own internet that is provided by an ISP that knows one's identity? What about using Qubes with ...
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Are email systems like Countermail safe?

I am aware of some of the main competitors in this space, including: Lavabit, Countermail, Fastmail, Proton. But, I don't have enough knowledge to differentiate them. Along the same line, I don't ...
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Differential Privacy: understanding sensitivity [closed]

From this link on Differential Privacy, the L-2 sensitivity is defined as follows: Question: Here's my understanding of the above equation: Make a set of D' data sets such that D' is same as D ...
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Storing health data [migrated]

I am working on a bootstrapped side project aimed at digital nomads that lets you input your personal blood test data and track results over time, across countries. My business entity is based in ...
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How to keep track of passwords and avoiding password-reuse

I have lurked for a time on security websites and similar. I came to wonder, with the number of passwords we have (or websites that need a password) how to manage this. Since I have well over 400 ...
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How can Facebook verify my face if it should not have one?

I do not use Facebook but recently I created an account for the purpose of connecting it to an app. I uploaded several photos of myself to Facebook, did what I needed with the app and deleted the ...
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VPN client DNS setup for maximum anonymity

I am installing a pivpn, on my raspberry pi, at my home network and it asks me for the DNS provider for my VPN Clients. I am concerned about the privacy of the DNS. What can I do to ensure the maximum ...
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Google Password Manager or Dedicated Password Manager [closed]

Is it better to use Google Password Manager to store all my passwords or a dedicated Password Manager such as Bitwarden? I have been using the former for years and am wondering if I should make the ...
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Do I have to do any setup if I want to run a VPN with the Tor browser bundle?

I know there will be some votes against this but I want to run a VPN alongside the Tor browser. Can I just open the VPN program, connect to the VPN provider, then open the Tor browser and use it as ...
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Can employer see home network usage on personal device [duplicate]

I am just wondering whether it is possible for an employer to monitor usage on personal device on my home network in circumstances where a work device is also connected to the home network at the same ...
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Receiving Junk Email that is related to Skype conversations

My Microsoft email address and account are linked to Skype, OneDrive and Windows 10 (products I use by Microsoft). This account is not linked to my phone (Android). I don't use this account for Email (...
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Is it possible to spoof the user agent of any application?

I love using .torrent files instead of file hosting sites like Mediafire and google drive because of their lack of support for larger files. However, even with a VPN your User Agent is still ...
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How can we prevent and detect any unauthorized screen capture and recording applications?

We may all have come across capturing and recording our own screen to save some information for ourselves, but how about other people doing so without asking? Let's have an example here: an attacker ...
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Advice on Site-to-Site VPN in China and protecting Intellectual Property

I know the title is an oxymoron, but our manufacturer is based in China, so I need to get as much information as possible so that management are aware of the risk/s and make this as air tight as ...
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Does Windows 10's telemetry include sending *.doc files if Word crashed?

I'm reading through the extensive description on which data is acquired by Microsoft's telemetry 1 including the following paragraph: User generated files -- files that are indicated as a potential ...
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If I delete my router's history can my ISP still provide it to my parents?

If I delete my router's history, is it still visible and can my ISP still provide it to my parents? Or is it deleted from existence?
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Is using simultaneously a VPN on router and another on computer any good?

I know that the use of two VPNs on a machine is generally not advised for multiple reasons (security, stability, etc.) as well explained here : Connect through two VPN clients However I was wondering ...
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3rd Party trackers and online privacy

I don't feel the internet is respecting our individual right to privacy. Why are 3rd party trackers allowed to siphon data from us without our permission? We should selectively be able to reveal what ...
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Data leakage in internet-only services

Nowadays, internet-only services became very popular, for example, direct bank and many others. The advantage of such services is you don't have to spend the time to get to the office in order to get ...
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Loosing internet connection while connected to specific VPN server?

I have noticed a strange behaviour earlier today on my VPN on a specific server. When I run a trace route command while connected to VPN (on a specific countries server) my internet will not work for ...
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Is there always a user notification when smartphones record audio?

Background: With microphones being embedded in all sorts of consumer electronics, there is widespread concern that certain actors (e.g. device manufacturers, ecosystem providers, third-party apps) ...
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Is my VPN leaking or is this normal?

Hi when I am not connected to my VPN and do a route print I get one 0.0.0.0 entry in the Network Destination column. It has a gateway of 192..... When I connect to my VPN and do a route print I get ...
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Confidential phone recording ended up in my voicemail - how?

I received a voicemail on my iPhone of a recording from an organization I am not in any way affiliated with. The voicemail is a recording of the organization's representative and another party with ...
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How can I ensure consistent privacy policy of my DNS server to that of the TLD's privacy policy?

Whenever I query example.com, one of the TLD root servers for .com will be queried for example.com. This query includes my IP address, and in theory could be used to identify my browser session. ...
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How secure will it be to use “Google Docs long url” like authentication scheme for orders in my online shop? [duplicate]

For the sake of simplicity, instead of full-fledged authentication with login and password, I want to create "Google Docs long url" authentication scheme for my internet shop for the users. To let ...
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Understanding which privacy tools provide very similar functionality

https://amiunique.org/tools has a list of recommended privacy tools. uBlock Ghostery HTTPS Everywhere Lightbeam AdBlock Plus Disconnect Privacy Badger NoScript Self-destructing cookies However, aren'...
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How to Best Minimize Damage After Loss of Computer

Myself and the rest of my coworkers on my (former) employer’s dev team were all just laid off from our jobs, and the employer took our MacBook Pros without letting us clear of our personal information ...
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Is it legal to store users searches [closed]

Im developing a webshop and i got a task asking for storing users searches. Is it legal? It will be stored in a db with the fields Date, Search text, userId
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How to analyze and track what data a software sends?

How can i track which program sends data over my network and can i see the contents of it? If we have a AV software installed in a VM , can we see what it's sending from your pc when doing a scan?
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What information can antivirus software collect?

If you take Dr web for example, it lists personal data and statistics, what do those mean? https://free.drweb.com/cureit/send_statistics/
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What privacy considerations are needed when choosing a payment processor?

I'm looking for a payment processor to integrate with my app or website and want to reduce the risk of my purchases being logged, analyzed by artificial intelligence, or have copies of that ...
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Sensitive data transmission over Internet

I was wondering how we should transfer our sensitive data (identity card softcopy, plaintext-password, secret documents, etc) over the internet securely, the following are a few related questions: Is ...
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What data associated with my payment card does a merchant or a payment processor get when I purchase something with it? [duplicate]

If I use a debit or credit card to purchase something online, what data does the party that charges my card get? I understand that there are payment processors like Stripe or PayPal that act as a ...
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Is perceptual hashing feasible to identify users [closed]

I have been shadow-banned on an app (Tinder) and I cannot get around it. I have been doing some background research into how they are able to identify me and have come across device fingerprinting (I ...
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How long do ISPs retain data? [closed]

I recently came across an article informing people about how long major ISP’s store user data such as IP assignments and other user data. On average, companies supposedly stored this data for 6 months ...
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What is going on with my VPN and is it anything to worry about?

When I connect my VPN to certain servers in Europe and go to ping.pe I get an address that is in the UK, even if I am connected elsewhere. I believe this might be the address of the company that hosts ...
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How will social networks (like Facebook) prevent their facial recognition software being abused to render Witness Protection Programs useless?

We're now close to or already at a stage where large social networks can recognize people from photos with facial recognition even without any context such as mutual friends. Facebook announced ...
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What are the risks of installing a root certificate from Facebook on your phone?

I read a TechCrunch article today describing a program Facebook has been running since 2016 where they pay users $20 in exchange for installing a root certificate run by Facebook. This immediately ...