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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can disconnect all phone contact to computer via cmos script? [closed]

I have a computer from which I have removed the wi-fi card, antenna, all software/firmware to wi-fi and Bluetooth. My info is that CMOS can be used to hack a computer via telephone. Is there any way ...
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What uniquely identifies my device to my ISP?

Something like the Hong Kong protests for example. If a protestor wanted to use his personal computer on a network that is monitored, how can he change its properties enough so that it is not traced ...
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Is Tor Private/Secure?

I have had Tor for a bit, I do not use it that often. But I am wondering if anyone knows if it is secure. How safe are onion connections?
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Is Brave private?

I have been using Brave for a long time now. Lately, I realized it uses Chromium. I really dislike using Google because of my data privacy. So I am starting to wonder if Brave does the same thing.
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How is it possible for boss to know I am finding a job?

Today, when my boss talking with me, he suddenly said: No you don't need to worry about it, everyday you have 3 or 4 messages with agent in Linkedin right? I am very very surprised, because : I work ...
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Can a compromized browser know your ISP's IP even if using a VPN?

Let's say you use a reliable VPN like ProtonVPN to browse the Internet. In theory, can a compromized browser betray you? Does it has access to your ISP's IP? As a bigger picture, if you want to upload ...
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Can my school website see my other tabs and/or applications on my desktop?

When I am at home taking an online exam through my school website (they use Blackbaud which allows teachers to set up assessments through a website), on my personal laptop, can that school website see ...
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Send a Picture of my ID and a selfie of me holding it to a Questionable Website

Some website asked for the verification of my identity to make a purchase of online goods. I didn't think twice and send them a picture of both sides of my country's ID (not USA) and a selfie holding ...
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In which case would one use the Modrian algorithm for (minimal) k-anonymization over SQL?

The Modrian algorithm has no knowledge of the inherent hierarchies and structures of data. By using manual SQL one could do the following mapping: Berlin, Hamburg, Munich -> Germany London, ...
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Company VPN (tunnelblick), https, root CA and privacy

My company provided me with a MacBook for work. I was the one that took the laptop out of the sealed box and I was the one to set it up. I only had to install the tunnelblick VPN client and use the ...
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I clicked on a phishing site [duplicate]

I accidentally clicked on a phishing link when I was going to a manga website that I usually go to but accidentally clicked on a website that was pretending to be the actual site, and I immediately ...
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How to donate a computer without jeopardizing personal information?

I have an old computer that is no longer working and I want to donate it or perhaps throw it in the trash. However, I don't want people to potentially get my banking account data, usernames/passwords ...
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Is it safe to share .git folder of a public repo?

Say I cloned a repo, then maybe worked on it a bit. Then I reverted/pushed all changes, so my friend has all the repo files. Is it safe for me to send him the .git folder? Is there any private ...
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Google Chrome, the best bet for online privacy? [closed]

You may think I'm crazy, that's why I'm here to ask. I read this page which went over the privacy and security of many if not all browsers. From his reporting, and my own logic, that the government ...
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Signal messaging app / How does sync on connected devices work?

I would like to know how paired devices get synced together in Signal messaging app. So this is what they say on their website Signal messages, pictures, files, and other contents are stored locally ...
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Work computer hard wired to home modem [duplicate]

I took my office desktop computer home and plugged it into the router. I work for a private company and one of the owners went to school for computer programing/information security/etc). Can they see ...
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Can my school see my browsing history while on campus? [duplicate]

I'm a bit paranoid right now about what my school can and can't see on my device. My school has a BYOD policy which means that I bring my own device to work. I am logged in using my personal account ...
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Thunderbird uses AWS: Secure?

In their Privacy Note, Mozilla writes the following: Amazon Web Services: Thunderbird uses Amazon Web Services (AWS) to host its servers and as a content delivery network. Your device’s IP address is ...
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Is GPON uniquely vulnerable to eavesdropping exploits from neighbors on same network? If so, why?

Background A fellow in my social circle is involved with a cybersecurity company that secured a patent. I want to learn more. Simple Explanation US Patent Office Listing Patent analysis is a very ...
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On python installation, does the setup write any private information on any of the files from the installation folder?

I'm trying to develop some tools to share with people made with a custom python installation. I've copied the python installation folder into a .zip with the purpose to share with friends and others ...
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Unathorized Access to Google Drive

My Google Account was hacked granting unauthorized access to YouTube and Google Drive. The third party immediately started posting inappropriate content on YT which prompted an email from Google after ...
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VPN data encryption from VPN server to destination

When we connect to a VPN server, all data that we send and receive are in encrypted form. But when data is sent from the VPN server to the destination, is the data encrypted? If not then any hacker ...
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Island / Parallel Space and similar apps on Android - can they see my data?

I want to use Signal and Whatsapp with two phone numbers. Too sad both don't support multiple (not just one or two) accounts. Island and Parallel Space and similar apps make this possible. I'm just ...
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How is this Identity aware encryption description different from simple authorized access?

I was reading this article by Credit Karma (An American fintech). They mention that this system of "identity-aware encryption" helps them better protect the data of their users and to keep ...
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Can two locations in the same city at the same time have the same IP adress? [closed]

I got a notice due to vandalism in Wikipedia and the perpetrator is someone with the same IP as mine. I looked up the notice and it seems that the vandalism happened last year and the person behind it ...
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Does an ethical hacker need to stay anonymous?

so I am currently following a few online courses about ethical hacking and really want to become a bug bounty hunter/penetration tester but most of them do not teach anything about stay anonymous ...
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I got a call from a contact on What'sApp and that person says they didn't call me even by accident. Should I be worried about using What'sApp?

I got a call from a contact on What'sApp, and when I picked up there was no audio. The person says they weren't even holding their phone when it happened, and it even took a minute for the call to ...
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Does unsubscribing from an email actually remove my details? [closed]

I get quite a few emails from valid companies and organisations in my inbox. Unfortunately most of these emails are marketing-type emails which don't have any value for me. As a result I tend to ...
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What can my Telco / ISP learn from my Signal (secure messaging app) communications?

To preface this question, I use Signal messaging app for voice, video and text. I understand that the content of all these messages are encrypted and no-one but the sender and recipient can see/hear ...
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Is there any reason to not use my real name in my email address?

Somewhat of a privacy/security question here. I'm looking to get away from Google services, especially email, and I'm wondering if there's a reason not to use my real name in the email address. The ...
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How many people would need to answer a survey of 1000 questions before the aggregate data from the survey is sufficiently anonymous?

Websites release statistics on their user base all the time and it’s not considered a breach of privacy because their user bases are so large that it’s impossible to pick apart who thinks or watches ...
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How do I prevent my Facebook and Instagram acccount from appearing in “people you may know” recommendations?

Facebook tends to "recommend" your account based on IP and collected data. How do I keep it hidden from people that are geographically related to me? I want to create a pseudo-anonymous ...
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What can my device administrator see when I am connected to a private WiFi?

I use a device that has access to things like incognito mode. However, it warns me that the device administrator can see what I do even when in incognito. I know that this is true when connected to an ...
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How does Google save our passwords on their server?

My friend recently told me that: Google doesn't have our passwords saved on their database. Instead they put our password when typed on browser, through an algorithm and it'll produce a unique ...
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Why is cell phone reverse lookup still so impoverished?

Often you get a call from a non-business number and your phone's filter app doesn't know who it might be. You might Google it, and find a thousand sites promising to tell you its owner, but they only ...
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Security implications of protecting private data with a long URI exclusively [duplicate]

A website hosts private/personal information at a very long and unpredictable URI, yet access to this URI is completely unauthenticated. Are there any major security issues with this? I can think of ...
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What makes this cellphone (and the weird instructions) so privacy-friendly?

I stumbled upon this weird product in a webstore primarily selling Cannabis-related products (not the actual herbs): https://smoketower.com/nyheter/Anonym-3310-mobiltelefon I've manually translated ...
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How do I serve a webpage on a local PC without revealing my IP-address to end users? [closed]

Are there any ways to serve a webpage locally without revealing IP to end users?
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Can I determine whether my phone probes base transmission station (BTS) without a SIM card?

This question is related to another inquiry on this site: Can Android phone running without SIM card be tracked (localized) by police? Accepted answer claims that: Without a SIM, your cell phone ...
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Preventing facebook from recognizing me [closed]

First of all I am not a "computer person" and I'm not going to spend a year learning more about computer stuff so I don't have to ask questions here. I've searched for similar questions, and ...
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SAML and privacy: does the Identity Provider have to know about the Service Provider?

Does the SAML Identity Provider have to know which Service Provider the User is trying to authenticate with, during a Single Sign-On? By looking at the specs, I see references to various elements that ...
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Suspicious login alerts vs customer privacy

I would like to implement a "Login from a suspicious location" email for my users. The first thing that came to my mind was to use a GeoIP Latitude Longitude and a k-d tree to compare the ...
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Does viewing a shared link when logged in to my Google Account reveal my email address to an owner of files?

Does viewing (not editing/adding files/adding folders) of a publicly shared link on Google Drive (not Google Docs) reveal my: email address; avatar; account name; to the publisher? Files I've viewed ...
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How to prevent mobile data from being viewed when leaving VPN server?

Please correct me if i'm wrong. As far as i know, when we use vpn service, our datas are only encrypted from us to vpn server. After leaving the server to intended recipient, our data is decrypted and ...
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If an IP address is known, can all of its browsing activity be viewed by an outsider? [closed]

Internet service providers (ISP) can choose to have full information on the browsing activity of one of its subscribers. Can an outsider, who is not the ISP, but who simply knows someone's IP address, ...
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Work-at-home surveillance software: How do they install on Android devices?

Surveillance software allows employers to monitor all activity on PC and Android devices including screen, voice and chat. All of them, like FlexiSPY and Neatspy (compared here), endlessly list all ...
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Protect IP Address and location from Twitter

Is there a way to protect IP Address and location from Twitter after having logged in ? All I want Twitter to know is my email and password and nothing else. No IP Address, no location. Is that ...
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Are my devices and information vulnerable in a public network? what are some solutions?

I'm Studying at a University that has a public network around campus that all students use. This network is even available at the dorms. Since all devices are connected to the same network, is my ...
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How to protect a vulnerable Family Member?

I apologize if this isn't the best exchange to be asking in, but I'm a little new at this. Problem: A close relation outside my local area with declining cognitive function is demonstrating ...
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Hiding client IP from a VPN server

VPNs can often be useful for obscuring personably identifying information (IP, geolocation, etc.) from remote destination servers. Traffic is routed through a VPN server and forwarded to the ...

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