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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 my employer still access my account after signing out from work pc and switching passwords?

I logged into a private google account on a work laptop. I switched passwords and anything a few seconds later. Could my employer still see and access new activity on my google account even though I ...
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Can my employer see my private google account history when just logging in and out in a matter of 10 seconds on a work laptop (REPOSTED)

So I did this post before on a guest account but I had further questions so now I'm posing it on a real one. Can my employer see my private google history/”google activity” if I didn’t do anything on ...
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Can my employer see my private google account history when just logging in and out in a matter of 10 seconds on a work laptop

Can my employer see my private google history/”google activity” if I didn’t do anything on my work pc? For some context I logged in to my private google account on my work computer just to send a pdf ...
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can my school track my youtube channel even though it is not on my school account? [closed]

I go to school and I also have this YouTube channel. A few months back, my parents and I were called in by the school to discuss my channel. They went through one of my videos and looked at some work ...
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How can we determine if there is actual encryption and what type of encryption on messaging apps?

There are many new messaging apps that claim to be the most secure. How can we be certain if there is actual encryption and what type of encryption? Molly, signal, WhatsApp, briar, wire, telegram, ...
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Privacy for web service operators (activism & journalism)

I'm planning to develop and operate a web service that might agitate a certain authoritarian government (not in G20, not known for its good human-rights record). I'd like to prevent any kind of leak ...
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Is it possible to rent a place without giving out all my personal information? [migrated]

I am trying to rent a place in Sydney, Australia. I believe this question remains valid regardless where you live. When renting a place, a real estate agent is permitted by law to ask for as much ...
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How are advertisements through Facebook targeting me moments after searching on a different computer

When connected to my home network, I only use the Facebook app on my phone. I never log into Facebook via a browser on my laptop or other computer connected to my home network. How is it possible that ...
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How can this website bypass by VPN/proxies and somehow figure out my actual location?

My browser (Vivaldi) does not send any accept-language or similar headers for my native language. Its user-agent does not contain my country or preferred language. My proxy is verified at https://...
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IPv6 address leaking despite VPN?

Given that commands like ifconfig or ip address don't require root privileges, apps can access information about ip address. If you use ipv4, you are normally behind NAT and apps would get an address ...
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Corporate Root CA - How does it work and what does it do?

This has always puzzled me: I am working again at a company where there is a corporate certificate authority. When browsing certain websites (e.g. this one) and looking at the certification path in ...
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If software use encryption to protect one from ISP providers and other parties from snooping, how does this apply to browser software, esp. on mobile?

I believe the title says it all. As an example, let's say I use the Brave browser on a phone. From my understanding, all legitimate apps or computer software that connect to the Internet have some ...
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How do you hide your browser advertising fingerprint?

How do you hide your browser finger print from advertising networks without disabling javascript? Is there a browser extension that can help mask unique browser fingerprint? Browser finger print can ...
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Is it a risk to allow security or privacy apps to install a certificate and filter HTTPS?

I recently installed the AdGuard app on Windows and Android. It wants to enable HTTPS filtering and install a certificate. I've seen antivirus do similar things. How exactly does this work and what ...
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How can apps track which other apps are running?

I've started using a clipboard manager (clipBoardFusion) on Windows and I've noticed by chance that it also real-time tracks opened programs. It's creepy because it also tracks Tor browser which now ...
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Do Public DNS servers log our DNS queries?

Do Public DNS servers log our DNS queries? I started running my own AdGuard Home in the cloud using Oracle Compute Instance. In AdGuard Home's dashboard, it logs my DNS queries. I was wondering if ...
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Does Google Authenticator share device information to website?

I wonder about Google Authenticator privacy. I wonder if the app shares any information to the website owner about devices that we use to add a new key. I mean information like IP address and device ...
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Is a VPN effective when connected to WiFi network that requires authentication?

I pay monthly for a VPN. However, I browse online while connected to my university WiFi which requires authentication to use. The WiFi is open (no password directly) but when someone connects to it a ...
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How can I hide my internet usage? [closed]

This can be seen as a rather dubious question but let me explain. I'm a 22 year old still living with my father and his wife (my stepmother). I've been living here for over a year now and ever since ...
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Has a VPN actually logged where I've been?

I have been using Touch VPN for a few months to view social media accounts because I worried I was viewing them too much and would be flagged or something. I just learned, however, that VPNs keep logs ...
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AirTag may be trackable over Bluetooth when battery is low

My Apple AirTags are low on battery. At the bottom of the warning it tells me "When AirTag battery is low, privacy protections are temporarily adjusted and AirTag may be trackable over Bluetooth&...
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Android secure folder/second space for trusted or untrusted apps

Any opinions on whether to use virtual env Secure Folder or Second Space for trusted - bank app, sensitive info etc or rather to use it for untrusted apps and limit exposure to your sensitive data? My ...
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How secure is the Wyze Cam? How easily could an attacker gain access to it? [closed]

I recently put up a Wyze Cam, a brand of Wi-Fi security camera, and I am curious as to how (in)secure it is. I heard that the Wyze company servers got breached once before. How easily could an ...
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Need to leave computer in repair shop. How can I secure solid state drive contents?

I need to take my desktop into a PC repair shop and leave it for a few days. It would be easy for them to copy the drives without me knowing. I am running Windows 10 with a password but this doesn't ...
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What's the advantage of connecting to an onion address over a regular domain through Tor?

Many websites offer both standard domains that you can access through any browser and onion addresses only accessible via Tor. I wonder what is the privacy advantage (if any) for the end user when ...
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Can my ISP know that I have more than one Google Drive account?

So, I have 2 Google Drive accounts. Let's say Drive A and Drive B. If one day I login/upload to Drive A then log out, then login/upload to Drive B, can they notice that I have 2 different accounts? Or ...
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What are some of the ways of identifying trade-offs between security & privacy? [closed]

Privacy can mean different things to people. Protecting one's identity from autocratic regimes to ex-boyfriend/girlfriends/partners. Threat modeling goes some way in understanding actors and the ...
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Hashing to protect privacy

I like to know if hashing protects privacy enough, i.e., if a hash of PII is still considered to be personally identifying information (PII). I found this article: https://www.johndcook.com/blog/2019/...
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Can Google see the screen when using Chrome Remote Desktop?

I was wondering if Google can see my computer screen while I'm using Chrome Remote Desktop. Let's assume there's my main PC named A and my other PC named B. PC B will have the Chrome extension ...
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How do companies like UberMedia/Near locate the home addresses of people who were detected somewhere else?

This news article (cited in this other question) shows that the company UberMedia (now rebranded Near) can retrieve the location of people's home from persons attending an event. How does this company ...
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Are computers exposed when software is installed on a system?

As a neophite in security, I'm very curious to understand if companies can audit computers that their software is being installed on during the installation process, and report back to their servers? ...
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How to securely hash sensitive data and make the hash public, while preventing an attack by someone who know the structure or some part of the data?

In a nutshell, I need: to hash a file and to make this hash public, to be able to prove data integrity when sharing the data privately with a trusted third party. to choose the right hashing method ...
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Possible rogue admin monitoring my online activities

I teleworked for a medium-sized software company. We had a network architect who offered me a firewall to install so I could securely access on-premises resources and play around with some ...
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TLS ClientHello leaks http Host header

As already discussed on this Platform, TLS Client Hello messages are not encrypted, since they contain "no sensitive data". When sniffing HTTPS requests with wireshark, I can see the Domain ...
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How to prevent XS-Leaks while maintaining usability?

The methods presented in https://xsleaks.dev/ are based on the fact that malicious Javascript can use Cross-origin requests to infer data by means of faulty status codes, time required, mime type etc. ...
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I clicked a IP logger link

I clicked an IP logger link. I am worried someone might send CP with my IP address and I would get wrongfully arrested. Will this happen? Or am I relatively safe?
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Can my ISP or government listen to my Skype calls?

Is the call encrypted with something like HTTPS to prevent a corrupt government (or ISP) from messing with the DNS routing, sniffing, snooping etc? Can my ISP or government listen to my Skype calls? I'...
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How do you protect your online identity from background checks?

This site is the only piece of online presence I have in my own name. I also have two gmail addresses in my own name. If a background check is to be made on my online activities, would there be a way ...
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Personally identifiable information in a PDF bank statement?

I have got to upload a sample bank statement PDF online which is going to accessible to everyone. I have obviously edited out all account details, names, codes, transaction particulars and the ...
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Can my school see what I searched for while logged in?

I'm on my laptop at home and I wasn't logged into any Google account but I was on my school's Microsoft account. Can the school still see my searches?
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Is WireGuard fixed IP address obtainable by LAN clients if VPN is running on the router? WebRTC/STUN risk?

WireGuard does not assign dynamic IP addresses, which may be a privacy risk. It is known that while WireGuard may offer advantages in terms of performance, by design it is not ideal for privacy, ...
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Privacy - If I get a new IP from my ISP (home network), can websites infer the new IP is me?

Let's say I am a member of a website. I always sign in from computer A, which is not linked at all with computer B, and I have always signed in from my home network. Now let's say my ISP releases the ...
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Javascript based attacks when not having JIT

Some browsers like Chromium and recently Edge have a flag to disable JIT. What attacks/threats does this protect against and what JS based attacks are not prevented?
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What's the point of blocking third party cookies in incognito?

When using incognito, any data will be cleared when the session is closed. Then why do browsers have the option to disable them?
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If I am using a VPN, what does the website or app (like Netflix) see when I am downloading or uploading?

If I am using a VPN, what does the website or app (like Netflix) see when I am downloading or uploading? For example, if I upload an image, will they see that I am uploading from VPN's IP or my IP?
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Why do some password fields allow users to see what they type while others do not?

When I type a password somewhere, I see placeholders (black dots) in place of characters. But sometimes, there is also a toggle button to view the password like in a regular input field (typically an ...
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Should bank details such as bank bic code, bank swift code, bank cc, bank code be considered as personal data and does it need to be encrypted?

I wanted to understand what elements of financial information need to be protected/encrypted. Understand that information like IBAN, bank account name, bank account number are personal data and need ...
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TikTok tracking - no account

I downloaded TikTok once - about 2 years ago. I never created an account, and I deleted it about a week later. About a month ago my youtube feed started getting TikTok reccomendations. I'm curious as ...
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Can a pill be used to track a person's location?

In 2017, the FDA approved a pill with a digital sensor that can transmit information accessible by a web portal. If a patient takes such a pill, can it be used by hackers to track the location of this ...
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Is typed text stored somewhere? [closed]

All the things we type (like usernames, passwords, text in a text file etc.) are saved somewhere in some log files? If yes, formatting and initializing the drive, will delete them? I am asking because ...
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