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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Are there trackers that work even for people who are using extensions like Privacy Badger? [closed]

If so, what are they and how do they work? (This is within the context of a blog. I do not have access to the server).
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Spoofing random browser information to defend against fingerprinting

Tor goes the way of trying to make everyone look the same to defend against browser fingerprinting. Wouldn't a simple addon that changes/adds as much information as possible randomly in short time ...
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Can spambots access pages available to only registered, authenticated users?

I have a web application where users register and are activated via an email sent to the email address they supplied. Then there are pages that are only visible to registered users (non-user access ...
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How can you be tracked using screen resolution/monitor size in Tor?

Whenever I maximize the Tor browser, it shows a warning: Maximizing Tor Browser can allow websites to determine you monitor size, which can be used to track you... How can screen resolution or ...
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Commercial VPN for privacy: Which country servers to connect to?

I live in North America and I use a commercially-provided VPN. I use it to encrypt my connection to the Internet, so that my ISP cannot store logs of my DNS requests or browsing activity. I also use ...
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How do ad networks and analytics providers encrypt/hash their traffic?

I am trying to observe what types of information android apps are sending to ad networks that are integrated into apps. I used Fiddler to decrypt the https traffic. However, some ad networks seem to ...
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How do I purge Windows of my private data when formatting the drive is not an option?

I'm changing my employer, and I'm about to leave my office computer. Due to internal regulations and my supervisor's orders, I'm unable to format the disk drive. I was hoping I would be able to do ...
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What does it mean by Big Brother? [closed]

While searching some sites, I came across this advt, looks like this: They specifically mention Big Brother is watching you, so is he referring to our own government is spying on me?
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Can we determine how securely files are stored on a cloud storage service?

After asking two questions about the security of online cloud storage, it seems to me that we can only at best speculate as to the security practices of the hosting company, and believe what they tell ...
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A secure alternative for e-mail

I am looking for an alternative for my current e-mail provider (gmail). I would like to gain back a little bit more "privacy" on the internet. I would like the following things: The e-mails I send ...
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From an infosec expert perspective, how secure is using Windows 10 as a daily os? [closed]

I have a Windows 10 pro license and i wanted to use Windows 10. But seeing how it treats the user's privacy and all, I am having second thoughts. I've read a lot about how Windows 10 is a disaster and ...
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How can a seamless cloud storage service be Zero-knowledge?

Cloud based storage services like Dropbox and Google Drive are a cause for concern when it comes to privacy. They store encryption keys for your files on their servers. Therefore, anyone who manage to ...
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Google Public DNS- private enough?

Google claims that they do not keep any personally identifiable information but they do keep a user's ISP and geo-location information including the geocode, as shown here. To keep the question ...
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robots.txt and risk associated [closed]

robots.txt is a file that contains path which cannot be crawled by bot most of time search-engine bots like Google bot, etc. It tells search-engine that this directory is private and cannot be crawled ...
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How does a website detect proxy? [duplicate]

How can a specific website detect that I'm surfing via proxy? Is there a way to use proxy and not get detected? If so, how?
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3G, 4G How does my provider know i am using facebook?

I have a mobile subscription with 1 GB of data every month. But my provider has a promotion where facebook and twitter traffic is free, so I can use facebook and twitter and not use up my 1 gb of ...
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Can I redact by converting PDF to TIFF and back?

Background My boss asked me to come up with a way ordinary users can redact information from PDF files using free software. We get a lot of scanned documents and our client requires that sensitive ...
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Dragnet TEMPEST Surveillance?

Just something I considered recently -- TEMPEST attacks are pretty well known; basically you intercept EM leaks from a computer to discover compromising information (i.e. encryption keys, what's being ...
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I want to encrypt my SSD, should I still use TrueCrypt or Is there a better open source alternative? [duplicate]

Before anything I have say that I have no experience with cryptography, at all. Anyway, I have a laptop with Windows 10 and an SSD. I don't want to use BitLocker since I don't trust Microsoft in this ...
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What does my iPhone see/track when connected to my macbook PC?

Recently hooked up my work iPhone to my personal MacBook to charge the phone. I viewed some websites that would be questionable on the MacBook using the hotel WiFi. What does the iPhone track when ...
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Find out if someone copied a file from my external hard disk

I want to find out if someone has copied my personal details from my external hard disk. I don't care whether they read it, but it should not be copied to their system. So is there any method to find ...
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Measuring privacy policy [closed]

I want to measure if the user's data which is collected by the system is mentioned in the privacy policy. What is the best measure that I can use it in such case?
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What information can be gained given only a phone number? [closed]

What personal information can be obtained given only a phone number? What information is your phone number publicly (or privately, but with easy access) linked to? Here is the way I am looking at ...
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CV to a Suspicious Professor [closed]

Here's the situation: we have this professor this semester who is an excellent teacher and is very friendly, but he has some ego issues. He promised a few of us internships at Princeton, Stanford, ...
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What are the privacy and security implications of Windows Telemetry

There have been quite a few news stories relating to the use of "Telemetry" in Windows 10 (and also now Windows 7/8) with suggestions that users would want to disable or remove these updates due to ...
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Tracking a specific computer from an online enquiry form

The optical fiber cable that supplies a business is used for clients and staff. The business has an online enquiry form for bookings on its web page. It also provides free WiFi access to clients and ...
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What is a “roving” backdoor?

What is a "roving" backdoor? I understand the general concept of a backdoor. Emphasis on keyword qualifier: "roving"...
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How much information a Flash program (Flash app) can gather about computer when running?

Does anyone know if a Flash web application has access to local hard drive? What about OS information or hardware information? If I allow webcam and microphone access, how much information can it get ...
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Does WhatsApp disclose the sender's IP address?

Does WhatsApp disclose the sender's IP address? Is it possible to get it by running netstat -a or via Wireshark?
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Webrtc privacy issues?

I've been reading about WebRTC, and I'm interested in using it for a drawing web application that uses real-time collaboration. However, as I understand, WebRTC communication requires all parties ...
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2answers
87 views

Confidentiality and privacy

I understand that the confidentiality aimed at protecting access to the system data, while privacy aimed at protecting access to the person data. Now, could we consider anonymity as a ...
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151 views

Should I regularly erase cookies?

Cookies really do make for a better experience on the web but do they also create a vulnerability? How often should I clean them out and what benefits are gained by doing so?
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Is there any point to opting out of interest-based ads?

There are various browser extensions for opting out of interest-based ads, e.g.: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/iba-opt-out-by-google/gbiekjoijknlhijdjbaadobpkdhmoebb ...
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What is the new searchdefaulthash in the Firefox profile search metadata?

During a recent review of changes to the Firefox profile (I'm version controlling it) there turned out to be a new property searchdefaulthash in search-metadata.json: "[global]":{ [...] ...
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Should I be worried if somebody uses my email to sign up for accounts?

I recently received e-mails from two services: Paytm and Uber. They both seem like legitimate services. However I have no idea why I received these e-mails or why somebody would want to create an ...
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Windows 10 privacy concerns for other accounts on same computer [closed]

What are the privacy concerns for a local account on a Windows 10 computer, which has all settings set to "private", if an additional "Microsoft" account is being used on the same computer with ...
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275 views

Twitter phone verification while on Tor [closed]

Twitter locked me out of my account. I can log in but I can't do anything with it until I give them a phone number. I've had the account for years but they've decided now there's "suspicious ...
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How is Skype showing ads from my Google search history?

I can understand when I see the same ads across websites, and ads similar to my search history. Some tracking magic through cookies - fine. But Skype has been showing me ads for exact terms I ...
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Why Skype discloses my IP address to anybody? [closed]

Apparently there is a Skype exploit that allows people to obtain your IP address through your Skype username if you're online. The problem has existed since 2012. There exists countless websites which ...
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Any real-world examples of root certificate store compromises?

Apart from the infamous Superfish/Lenovo case this year, are there any other known cases of a malicious root certificate being installed on a target machine to allow transparent MITM attacks, whether ...
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How can an organization know my age based on my IP address?

My teenage daughter was recently banned from a teen forum. The response we got from the forum administrators explained that she was banned because the IP address revealed that she was "over age" (too ...
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Should Android apps for communication encryption and security require permissions like identity, device ID, contacts, etc.?

There is a Android application Threema for communication encryption and that says it does not collect user data, but it requires the following permissions: identity, contacts and device ID. Can ...
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What are the best ways for an iOS 9 user to protect against device fingerprinting?

In response to this series of questions: What unique device fingerprinting information can an iOS9 app collect? and as an update to this question: What are the best practices for maintaining privacy ...
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Facebook and people you may know suggestions [duplicate]

I know all the conspiracy theories about if how you search for someone on it they can find out etc but I have a question. We all know Facebook likes to keep its mining secret. Both mine and my ...
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What parts of IPv6 address may I show publicly and safely?

I want to ask question about some network issue, i.e. about printing the IPv6 address correctly. I assume the users expect me to provide some meaningful examples of what I expect and what I have. ...
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Can a “client-initiated” session cookie provide more privacy and security than existing session alternatives?

There are several uses for a cookie, and I would like to offer some kind of guarantee that a cookie is being used for a specific, limited purpose and scope. In my case, I want to prove that a cookie ...
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how to protect my data from malware/spyware that infected my BIOS?

we all know that some countries do their best to spy on their citizens and the citizen of other countries and that countries maybe have specialized spying agencies wither they are known or not, and, ...
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What unique device fingerprinting information can an iOS9 app collect?

As a follow-on to these questions: What unique fingerprinting information can an iOS7 app collect? What unique device fingerprinting information can an iOS8 app collect? Apple has apparently ...
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How can I verifiably demonstrate that steganography or hidden partitions do not exist?

I want to verifiably demonstrate that there are no hidden partitions, or hidden messages in a given message. In this scenario, assume the subject is being monitored (consensually) and agrees to align ...
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How secure are the passwords stored at Google Passwords? [closed]

It seems Google activated central place for storing app/website passwords which is accessible at https://passwords.google.com/ and all the remembered Chrome passwords are synched there. In what ...