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 'cracked' product keys harm the user in any way?

If a user download commercial software through the official, corresponding website, but use a product key which you did not legitimately purchase (e.g. websites that offer a list of product keys for ...
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Is nobody else worried about the recent trend of graphical “noise” in GUIs? [on hold]

This is something that has been bugging me for a while. And "for a while" I mean years. Do you notice anything weird while looking at some recent closed source GUIs, for example OS X? Look closer… ...
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any information about en.quiente.info who has visited your account website

I ran across this site http://en.quiente.info, my friends tried it and they say it worked for them. It asks for most of the privileges on facebook even sending messages on behalf of you. Any one has ...
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Might Google log every website I visit using Chrome?

I wanted to start using Chrome for quite some time now, but I really don't want to tell Google about whatever sites I visit. So I was wondering if Chrome sends any data to Google telling them what ...
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What is the best way to manipulate the browser fingerprint? [migrated]

The test here worries me: http://panopticlick.eff.org/ and I'd like to know if there is a good way to manipulate the browser fingerprint?
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How To Keep Data Private Where Software Requires An Online Check

When software forces a user to verify online(Phone Home) before use, it creates an opportunity for private data created with this software to be physically connected to the Internet. This may not be ...
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What Firefox settings should be changed from factory defaults to ensure privacy vis-à-vis Mozilla?

Besides turning off everything in Edit/Preferences/Advanced/Data Choices and browser.newtabpage.directory.ping browser.newtabpage.directory.source browser.safebrowsing... ...
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Anti-virus anonymity question

Many people pay for VPNs and select the VPN based on whether or not that VPN keeps logs of the user's activities and if so for how long. The motivation is privacy- they don't want their surfing habits ...
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Policy Privacy Italian / EU and anonymous blog [on hold]

I would like to write a personal blog without making my real identity public. It's not a "war blog" or similar, I would like to write about several personal problems and give (if possible) some ...
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Dealing with Spam with an unkown party harvesting the email address [closed]

I have a situation where I keep receiving spam from several IT companies (solicitations, marketing etc.). I think I gave away my email to a company in the last couple of years for reading a white ...
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How to intercept emails? [closed]

My husband is addicted to going and answering the personal ads on cregs list as a "destresser." He refuses to stop nomater how much it hurts me. I need to find a way to intercept both incoming and ...
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A person knows my IP address: how to save my data and address? [duplicate]

I was chatting to a guy on a site, and the chat went wrong when I wrote a few wrong words by mistake. He then threatened that he will send my every detail to the vigilant team and soon my address will ...
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Is it unwise to use Redis to store PII, private keys, and other secrets?

I'm reviewing a system that is using Redis to store all client secrets, private keys, and other things. The problem is that Redis loads the entire DB into RAM Since SSL's heartbleed, Rowhammer, and ...
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Does the browser still stores the website you visited Private Browsing [incognito Firefox]?

As they clearly state in their website they mention that What does Private Browsing not save? Visited pages: No pages will be added to the list of sites in the History menu, the Library window's ...
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What are analytics APIs accessing when they run, and how do you block or spoof them?

What are analytics APIs accessing when they run, and how do you block or spoof them? Usually all apps from desktop or mobile app stores, MMO clients, Steam and many utilities, and many games and ...
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What are some of the primary ways that people's privacy is protected from Big Data? [closed]

For example, when you fill in an online form with personal information subscribing to some type of service, what prevents that company from selling that information to data aggregators? Are there ...
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Help understanding VPN

I've been reading about VPNs lately, and I'm struggling to understand what they do and how they're essential components to upholding anonymity online. The basic idea I have is that a VPN allows two ...
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Are there different degrees of “confidentiality”? What is the best way for a psychologist to maintain confidentiality of communications with patients?

A non-tech savvy friend of mine is a psychologist. She has many patients who constantly invite her to communicate through all sorts of mediums such as text, email, voicemail, and other mediums. But ...
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Can DNS servers log users requests for commercial use (e.g. track direct access to websites)?

How does it work? For example, could OpenDNS be tracking everything (source ip + requested url) and then selling it to who have the necessary information to correlate the ip addresses with people ...
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Is it dangerous to use the same key (RSA) for both encryption (PGP) and authentication (SSH)?

Alice wants to send an encrypted message to Bob, but she also wants to connect to Carol's server. Are there any dangers associated with using the same RSA key for both PGP and SSH (other than a lack ...
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What are the risks in using a VPN tunnel

I live in a small town and I know my ISP in person. I don't like the idea he can read all my unsecured communication (if he wanted to do so). I know I can use a VPN tunnel such as SecurityKISS.com to ...
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Which things can facebook access like contacts etc

I had two incidents . I added john to my skype account and i exchaged few messages. Then i went home and was checking facebook . Then at right side i saw Do you know john and it was his acoount ...
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Why should we focus on protecting root access on a home computer?

I understand why root access should be protected in general, especially in the context of a server environment. An unknown party can essentially control everything you do on a computer remotely ...
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Is CloudKit or iCloud suitable for storing PII?

iCloud is Apple's storage technology that copies data from one iPhone and shares it with every other device. CloudKit is a similar technology that allows (from what I can tell) the partial ...
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What unique device fingerprinting information can an iOS8 app collect?

As a follow-on to this question: What unique fingerprinting information can an iOS7 app collect? What remaining device fingerprinting privacy / security vulnerabilities still exist as of iOS 8? Can ...
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What are the best practices for maintaining privacy on a non-jailbroken iOS device?

iOS, like most other mobile OSs, has the potential to leak significant chunks of personal information to 3rd-party apps and to ad and tracking networks used by those apps, which in turn also has the ...
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What are the security differences between SMIME email and PGP email? [closed]

Outside of key distribution, and specific to the technical details relating to encrypted email data (message body), what's the difference between SMIME and PGP? Example comparisons Security ...
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Is it dangerous to publicly share ciphertext?

Alice wants to share a message with Bob, but Alice and Bob can never be in the same place at the same time. We can assume they both know each others public keys (or agreed on a shared key, if that ...
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Does this CSS code expose if a message is read, and how long they have been reading it?

This email analytics company offers an 'engagement metric' that shows how much time someone spends looking at an email, whether the email is printed or deleted. They also claim it works in pretty ...
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Store which parts of an IP address, for user to remain anonymous?

I'm thinking about building a very anonymous forum, where people can comment and upvote each other's comments anonymously. People are supposed to remain anonymous even if the forum's database contents ...
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Can an employer access Whatsapp messages if you are using their servers?

Does anyone know if an employer can access whatsapp messages if you are using their servers? Whatsapp apparently say the messages are encrypted, but I'm not sure about this.
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How secure is it to store information in Google products

I think many people have been gradually forking over more and more personal information to Google. I was noticing how I now have details about my doctor appointments stored in Google Calendar and on ...
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Can zip files be cracked if they were split into parts and only one part was available?

I am talking here about zip files that were compressed using basic protection and those using AES protection. In both cases, if only one of the many parts of the zip were available, will it be able to ...
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Is using an free and anonymous VPN service safe? [closed]

There are VPN services that are totally free and high speed vpn which makes me think, how can they offer such a service for free without ads nor donations? Is using this VPN safe? Regarding my ...
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Security of reading articles via an RSS reader

Would a site or blog owner know who is reading their site if the visitor is reading it with an RSS reader? Can they get the IP of the person? Say I had a Netvibes account with RSS feeds, can the site ...
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OSX Yosemite and Security/Privacy

I currently have a Macbook Pro running OSX Mavericks, being the skeptic that I am I always wait a bit before upgrading to 'new' OS versions when they are released to see how they fare both stability ...
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Does HTTPS protect you from fingerprinting by the NSA?

We've established that, for all intents and purposes, HTTPS hides what page you visit on a given server from NSA backbone wiretapping, but not the domain itself. But that's only IP / domain ...
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Would an IM app server holding user's messages long after the content was delivered be an issue of personal data protection? [closed]

Take a IM app like WhatsApp. If I send a message to another user while their client is offline, the server holds the message and then delivers it when the receiver's client goes online. It even has ...
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How does dnsleaktest.com find my DNS provider

Can't see how they find this over the web. I'm on Windows, its in my network config. It changes when I use a VPN provider, but not when I use a local socks proxy connected to a remote server over ...
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In CitizenFour, What Was Snowden Mitigating with Head Blanket?

A scene in the documentary, CitizenFour, showed Snowden using a blanket to cover his head and the laptop screen. When asked by Greenwald about this, he answered affirmatively, but I couldn't really ...
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Company computer use from home - how much can they see on the desktop?

I have a company supplied computer that I use from home. I log into VPN (cisco AnyConnect) when i need to access company email or internal company sites. In the past the company has been able to ...
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How to know if firmware is stealing my information?

The recent news item Chinese Star N9500 Android smartphone contains factory-installed Trojan, says security firm has prompted me to think about firmware security. The news mentions the spyware is part ...
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Need To Use Live CD With Mac without Shutting Down Computer (VMWare/Parallels Secure?) [closed]

I've heard of using Live CDs such as Tails to protect yourself online. Is there a similar setup to this that would work except run a Mac OS? I've done some searching, but have yet to find anything. ...
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Stealing document.cookie from Google domain, is this a privacy breach?

When I am logged into the Google and prints document.cookie I could see following cookies. My doubt is what all an attacker can do if attacker could steal these cookies of the victim using exploiting ...
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At Starbucks, is my MAC address sent when I accept the terms of service for free Wifi? [closed]

Recently, I overheard by chance some technically savvy guys saying that when you accept the terms of service in order to use the "free" WiFi at Starbucks (which you pay for when you buy some coffee), ...
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Brute-forcing a RSA private key password vs. LUKS volume

I need to store various private keys for my clients. Given these options, what would be the least prone to brute force attacks: Encrypt the private keys using a separate RSA key (each user get its ...
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How can I hide my logged in sessions from other websites?

Most people go on browsing the web while connected to their facebook/gmail/etc. accounts. Other websites somehow know what accounts you're logged in. For example, if you go to hide.me's torrent page, ...
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Is an SSL/TLS HTTPS certificate 'fingerprinting' attack possible?

If you download a friend's site's unique HTTPS root certificate (independent of default browser-shipped ones), or you simply make a 'permanent exception' to an obscure self-signed cert, in Firefox, I ...
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Circumventing a “freemail” account form filter

I'll be honest - I want to download a free PDF from a website which requires me to enter my "non freeware" email address. I do have them, but I dont want to use one as I'm afraid of landing up on a ...
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How can I tell if a website is sharing what videos I'm watching without my consent?

It seems that publishers are getting sued or threatened for possibly sharing video watching information - information that an individual has watched a video, before this individual has explicitly ...