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With Google's new Privacy Policies going into effect soon, how can I better protect myself using their services?

From what I can tell, the gist of the new Privacy Policy from Google is that they're making a blanket policy to allow using your data between all their services, however they see fit. So now one ...
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The history of thumbnails (or just a previous thumbnail) is embedded in an image file?

I was surprised when I cropped an image on Windows Phone, saved it, sent it via e-mail to a PC, and then downloaded it - and the thumbnail in the download folder was the one of original, not cropped ...
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What are the privacy and security risks associated with Intel's Management Engine and AMD's Platform Security Processor?

And also as an everyday user who mostly just surfs the web, are these risks a huge concern for me? Edit: Also on the similar note, are there any substantial evidences of Intel or AMD purposely ...
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How did my browsing choices reach an Alibaba seller?

Events, spaced about evenly over 2 months: Repeatedly ordered small amounts of webbing on a rather reputable Polish site (Allegro.pl, much like ebay). Got targeted ads in Skype for webbing on ...
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Closed source binary blobs in chipsets - privacy threat?

I wanted to buy a Librem Purism 13 because I care about my privacy and generally wanted a laptop to test Linux on. However, I was advised against it because it uses Intel i5 processors which contain ...
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What unique device fingerprinting information can an iOS8 app collect?

As an addition 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 does “probability space is over coin flips of algorithm M” mean?

In the book The Algorithmic Foundations of Differential Privacy by Cynthia Dwork, Aaron Roth on page 16 (actually page 20 in the pdf viewer) it says at the very bottom of the page: Definition 2.2 (...
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What information is collected because of signing into Windows 10 with a Microsoft account?

The question is specifically as stated - "because of signing into Windows 10 with a Microsoft account". Not including what is collected even when using a local account. And not including what is ...
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How to secure communications between a web front-end and the web server when/where the HTTPS protocol is compromised?

A country in the Central Asia has issued a law enforcing all the ISPs to decrypt the transit HTTPS traffic and encrypt it with a special certificate issued by the government. Every client is to ...
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How can mom monitor my internet history from a distance?

This might sound like a funny question from a twelve-year-old. The less funny part is that I am 21 and currently studying at university (I don't live at University, although I am 15 minutes away. I do ...
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Can duct tape prevent hackers from watching me?

Since hackers can hack into my mobile phone/computer and use its camera to watch over me, Q1: Can I know if my mobile phone/computer camera has been hacked? Q2: If I was hacked, does putting duct ...
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Should I allow browsers to remember my passwords and synchronize them?

I wonder, how wise is it to allow Chrome and Firefox to a) remember the passwords b) synchronize them? My gut tells me that if it's not man in the middle who can intercept them, but Google and Mozilla ...
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How to minimize your fingerprint, or become invisible on the web? [duplicate]

With all of these news stories about the government reading emails and snooping information from other sources, what are ways to minimize or eliminate an organization's ability to actually track and ...
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How can VPN providers end violating accounts when “they don't log any data”?

VPN providers can end accounts which violate their terms of use. If you look at https://nordvpn.com/terms-of-service/ for example, you see that they will terminate accounts violating their ToS. The ...
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What policies and agreements regarding information security are a must have for every self respecting company?

I assume that it's a good idea to supply the users of a system (or employees) with policies and agreements regarding information security. What kind of documents should be considered? For example (...
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What should I store in the case that a user posts a threatening post?

I am building a social-media type website. I am going to have the users create a profile with their name, email and phone number. When a post is created I plan to have a spot in the database that ...
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Hidden service security SSH

Pretend I have a Tor hidden service. For ultimate security I would firewall the internet entirely, except for Tor, to try to reduce IP address leakage and other security risks. My problem is how ...
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Hardening Linux desktop machine against people from my household

I am looking to make a clean install of a Debian system on my home desktop. To clarify, I am switching from Windows and wish to use it as my day-to-day home OS - I'm not going to be running any ...
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IMEI and phone number given to unknown sources. What are the risks?

The facts: A friend put his phone number (and possibly the IMEI) for his android device into some kind of hacking PC software that promised to (and actually did) extend his Whatsapp account that was ...
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Microsoft support asking me for my phone IMEI?

I just contacted Microsoft support on my Lumia phone via the preinstalled "Contact Support" app, about an issue of the language of comments on apps in the Store being in the wrong language (different ...
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Software intrusion via sweeping firmware updates? [closed]

I have a lot of different hardware ranging from smart phones and smart TVs to Unix servers and everything in-between. Within the last few weeks everything I own has needed an update or upgrade. ...
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How should I handle a spam account I don't control from sending spam emails with my username?

A family member contacted me yesterday saying their email has been hacked and that some other family members received spam emails from their account. For this example, lets say the hacked family ...
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What are the compliance requirements or standards for a non-US firm hosting personal data in the US?

I work for a head hunting company with offices in Canada and Asia. We migrated our custom built CRM system from our own servers hosted in Japan to an Amazon hosting service meaning that all our data ...
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Is it possible to overwrite a phone through physical means?

I am currently doing some research into the Apple vs FBI controversy. During my research, I found a Edward Snowden comment that claimed that the government can actually override a phone's data, ...
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Does Skype use audio watermarking?

Today on CNN they conducted an interview with a career criminal, who spoke by Skype on condition of anonymity. It occurred to me that, if Skype uses digital watermarking to embed identifying ...
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How are SSDs different from HDDs from the privacy point of view? [duplicate]

How are SSDs different from HDDs from the privacy point of view? Is it easier or harder to recover traces of deleted and/or wiped (overwritten) files from an SSD than from a HDD?
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What is the difference between https://google.com and https://encrypted.google.com?

Is it there any difference between the encrypted Google search (at https://encrypted.google.com) and the ordinary HTTPS Google search (at https://google.com)? In terms of security what were the ...
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Can one scan multiple websites for tracking cookies and beacons?

Are there any tools or techniques that allow a scan of multiple sites for the use of tracking cookies, beacons, web bugs, or offsite javascript includes? As far as I can tell, major web application ...
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Can my employer see my activity over their WiFi if I'm using the Tumblr app? [duplicate]

I have a great relationship with my employer and I don't think anyone is spying on me and I don't care if they read my email. But if I'm logged into their WiFi and I'm using the Tumblr app on my ...
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What is vulnerable in this comprehensive browser setup to avoid fingerprinting/tracking?

What is vulnerable in this browser setup to avoid fingerprinting/tracking for general browsing that is still easy to use? The setup is as follows: Firefox on my personal machine with several ...
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How trustworthy is `sudo apt-get install (package name)` in Ubuntu?

One of the easy ways to install a program in Ubuntu Linux is to type a command in the terminal, but how do I know that the program is coming from a trusted source and not from somewhere dangerous? ...
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Does rotating proxy provide better privacy?

We have anonymous rotating proxy service like ProxyMesh. ProxyMesh provides 14 rotating IP address proxy servers, each with 10 IP addresses rotating twice per day, giving you a total of 280 IP ...
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Is storing an encrypted zip file to an insecure cloud service an admissible way of securing privacy?

Consider the following scenario: I use a cloud service that is not considered secure (meaning no encryption whatsoever) i.e. Dropbox, OneDrive, Google Drive etc. In my account I have a .zip or .7z ...
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Firefox security certificate issues: FUD or truth?

I was doing a little reading over at gHacks, and came across this comment attributed to Joey Spinosa regarding certificates in Firefox: These certificates are installed automatically by the ...
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Do Social Network Mobile Apps Track Your Browsing?

Facebook are known to track you even after you have logged out of your Facebook account. With mobile apps being given permission to access so much information on the devices, is it possible for ...
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OpenVPN Client Id appearing in emails

I use OpenVPN to connect to a server. I just found that in a series of emails I sent and received to and from the same person the following line appeared after every message I sent: [cid:{a long ...
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Tell browser my site has no scripts

I have created a Tor hidden service site which has absolutely no JavaScript or other types of client side scripts. The page is HTML, CSS, images, and some JSP for handling user input. I encourage ...
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Can my employer see the actual video chat if I use Facebook messenger on work WiFi?

I used my personal iPad over work WiFi (Verizon jetpack) to have a video chat with a friend over Facebook messenger. Can my employer actually see the video or just that I used messenger?
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Are VPN tunnels really completely private? [duplicate]

I've been considering a VPN tunnel, specifically PIA. These types of companies make bold claims of complete anonymity and privacy, with no one in the world (ISP's, governments, school or corporate ...
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What information about a user can wireless carriers access?

What is the maximum amount of imformatiom about a user and the user's phone that can be obtained by a wireless carrier on a GSM network? Here is a list of the things I know, but are there more? IMEI,...
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ISPs are now adding unique header identifiers to web traffic. Can this be avoided? If so, how?

I'm a security-conscious Verizon user, and it has recently come to light that Verizon is now serving up my web traffic to ad partners while en route. I understand that once my data has left the device,...
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What steps should one take to provide “reasonable” levels of privacy from a government?

I'm highly uncomfortable with the recent news surrounding government snooping in the UK. If we define a typical user to mean somebody who: Browses web sites such as BBC News and Stack Overflow Uses ...
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Are deleted offline calendar events in Android actually deleted?

When an Android app deletes a calendar event in a local (offline / non-synced) calendar, does Android's Calendar Storage (com.android.providers.calendar) actually delete the event or does it just flag ...
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What's most standard way to secure internet connections and protect privacy?

It's common knowledge that Wi-Fi, or other Internet connections, should be encrypted via a VPN to be secure, and to hide our real IP address from intermediary network observers. However, one can't ...
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Why is data quality important for privacy?

"Outdated personal data" is number 8 on the OWASP Top 10 Privacy Risks, and also the OECD Privacy Principles mention that data should be kept up to date: Personal data should be relevant to the ...
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How to fight browser fingerprinting?

https://panopticlick.eff.org/ , aka "How unique and trackable is your browser". For example it usually gives me a unique score. The biggest entropy values come from navigator.plugins and fonts via ...
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Should I shred documents with only name and address details?

I routinely shred documents with any personal information on them to protect myself and others against identity theft. I have no doubts that shredding any documents with ID numbers, account details ...
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Open VPN has DNS leak

Since using www.dnsleaktest.com I have found that any VPN service using Open VPN will leak my DNS through the tunnel. I have tried and tested several VPN providers, even those who say that they have ...
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Security of the shared secret key for a smart meter (Linky) [closed]

Reading the specs of a new electricity smart meter (called Linky in France), I was surprised about the chosen encryption method (128 bits symmetric key AES), based on a single secret key (called CCC ...
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Can VPN provider see my data?

I have a 2 questions: If I use a VPN and I go to any websites via HTTP - does VPN provider will be able to see the traffic? Those. logins, passwords, all the texts that pass through the channel (in ...