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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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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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All private subdomains found and listed, including those from my home IP

It's been my understanding in the past years that it's not easily possible to find out all the subdomains of a domain (unless these are used publicly, like in hyperlinks, etc), and likewise not easily ...
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How do "track a phone location by IMEI" websites and apps work

There are some websites and apps promising (I have not tested their claims, just accidentially saw such a service on some website about phones and apps for them) to show phone location on a map given ...
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Is there any risk installing and using WeChat in phone or computer [closed]

Is there any legitimate concerns of using WeChat in phone or computer? Is it possible they expose message data to others or for their own use? Also, will the installation of the official WeChat app ...
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Does Microsoft scan the contents of documents uploaded to onedrives personal vault?

Specifically do they, but not "Can they" only because I'm fully aware that they are, and always have been, capable of intruding on any/all personal/sensitive data that isn't encrypted on a ...
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How does Windows password protect my data?

As far as I know, Windows computers are not encrypted by default in case you are not signed into a Microsoft Account. Considering the aforementioned fact I cannot understand the purpose of the login ...
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Does Windows 10 log network activity?

I've been thinking a lot about private browsing recently. Here's a scenario I've been thinking about: Let's say I have a browser installed on my Windows 10 PC called "ChromeFox" (made up, it'...
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Are alternative and open source front-ends for "surveillance capitalism" services better for privacy?

I think in 2021 everyone knows how harmful surveillance capitalism is for society. The biggest corporations are Facebook and Google. But still, most people want to use social media and other services. ...
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What's the risk of keyboard languages being sent via Content-Language header?

The Android versions of Firefox and Chrome/Chromium and all derivatives (Ungoogled Chromium, Bromite, Brave) by default insert all the user's configured keyboard input languages into the Accept-...
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Is packet sniffing or other manipulation possible at a DSL or cable wire between my modem and the ISP?

Can a DSL or cable wire between my modem and the ISP be manipulated in any way at the hardware level to sniff the traffic data? For example by neighbours with physical access to the wires in a big ...
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Which information is disclosed to a merchant when paying online with a credit card?

Several sites require me to input far too many personal details in order to register. This now includes phone numbers, which they have zero legitimate uses for - they are never used after the initial ...
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Best practices against mass surveillance for everday internet usage? [closed]

Corporations and governments use a variety of de-anonymization techniques to identify and profile users. All aspects of our personal lives are now consolidated online (banking, medical, academic, ...
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Privacy across search engines

a while ago I checked results associated with my name on duckduckgo. The name I am referring to is the first name and surname, which is associated with a google account. Scrolling through the results, ...
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Is it possible for someone to get my personal information if I log in with their google mail id in my device for some work related thing?

I was working on an app for a client which had a premium subscription with play store with their mail id, so I had to log in with their email on my device to test the application. But right after I ...
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How compromised will I be by allowing location services while using a VM that is connected to a VPN?

I'm currently using a browser in my virtual machine. My host machine (laptop) is connected to a VPN. I've just been prompted by a website to allow location services in order to use the site. Would the ...
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What all data can software pre-installed by the phone manufacturer possibly snoop and send to the manufacturer's servers?

My question is whether there is any security feature built-in to the "open-source core" of android to prevent even pre-installed manufacturer apps(for some of which there is no way to revoke ...
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What's The Best PHP Encryption For Email Addresses?

I'm storing a list of email addresses and other not personally identifiable information for a mailing list in a database. Since it's for a project related to cryptocurrency, I believe that the ...
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Is it safe to use a Digital Signature created with a PKI certificate's private key as a password

I'm trying to create application-layer encryption for user data in my database, using password derivation function. But there is a problem, that there must be an admin user, who can access all user's ...
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How can I improve the application administrator's encryption keys security inside database

I am interested in the issue of establishing the security of data of users of a web application in the event of a database leak. It was decided to use the following encryption chain: User data is ...
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What's arstechnica.com messing with my Firefox cookies?

I decided to post on Security as it's more a privacy-oriented question. I could post it on Superuser as a browser question. These days I am experiencing a strange behaviour with Firefox 92.0.1 ...
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Taking encrypted devices across borders

I am moving to a country where the government can compel you to reveal passwords for your devices at the border, rendering the full disk encryption on my linux laptop useless. Other than uploading ...
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Does the device attributes section of Facebook's data policy entitle it to private files on my device?

I was reading through Facebook's data policy which also encompasses instagram, messenger, etc. It looked like the usual all encompassing breach of privacy I have come to expect from the company but ...
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Does Safari's "Prevent cross-site tracking" option ACTUALLY prevent determined efforts at cross-site tracking? (By, e.g. Facebook)

In other words: Does Safari's "Prevent cross-site tracking" option effectively prevent cross-site tracking? (Is it for purpose?) I though it would work; are my expectations off? Or, more ...
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Is there any need to configure DNS settings at device level when they can be easily altered at the router level? Will it increse any privacy/security?

I mean, for example, if you have configured your home router to Cloudflare's or Google's DNS settings - now, does it make any sense to alter you DNS settings -again- at the your Laptop or Mobile ...
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Can someone know my browser and headset model via browsing a link?

I recently clicked on a malicious link on Reddit When I was directed to the link, it asked me to do a couple of captchas. I did them and then was redirected back to Reddit. Then he said he could see ...
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QR codes for shc Covid vaccine passports

In Canada, Québec introduced it's Covid-19 App "VaxiCode" on September 1; BC, "BC Vaccine Card", September 13, requirement in place until January 31, 2022, subject to extension; ...
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What are the benefits of using a Cloudflare's DNS (not WARP) instead of ISP's DNS? [duplicate]

What advantages users get, specifically, from 'PRIVACY' point-of-view? Can ISP still see and log browsing history? Can user's location be still traceable? What's the ultimate security & privacy ...
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Are the private URLs from Google Photos actually unguessable?

Maybe my math is wrong, but here it goes. If I generate a private url to share an album in Google Photos, I get something like this https://photos.app.goo.gl/***************** where the asterisks are ...
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Difference between Tor over VPN and VPN over Tor

I saw many posts here saying that Tor over VPN is different from VPN over Tor, and one is better than other, but I was unable to find any explanation over it. There were some speculations that you ...
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How do I secure personal data on my computer when my employer installs monitoring software?

I have been working for a 100% virtual company for over a year, using my personal computer and I am fine with that. We were bought and now the parent company wants to add monitoring software to our ...
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Security: Plaid vs Quicken vs Mint

Why are people so quick to criticize Plaid for using login info when trusted apps like Mint do the same thing? They require username and password for bank info, but seem to be trusted. I wanted to use ...
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I installed internet certificates on my android to connect to uni wifi, can they see what I'm doing at home?

I wouldn't have thought that certificates could be used to track my history, I thought they were essentially login credentials, but I installed some to use my Uni wifi and now my google pixel 3 has a ...
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Ways to encrypt data that will be available to specific clients [closed]

I want to store information on the blockchain, but some part of it is private and must be available to selected clients (for example, users who belong to a common company) How can this be done? The ...
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iOS: What are potential privacy issues with Intune device enrollment?

I work at a large corporation and don't know how the mobile device management (MDM) is configured (and also the settings can be changed dynamically). I have a personal iPhone and the employer wants me ...
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Will my administrator see what I did when I deleted my history after my computer became blocked?

I was on my work computer and clicked on one website, then it shows it's blocked. I've deleted history; will my employer/network admin see what I did?
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How to prevent DNS leaks without using a VPN

I use Windows 10, and I've configured my network to use Quad9 in Windows settings. I've also enabled DoH. Now, when I go to ExpressVPN DNS Leak Test webpage to know whether I have DNS leaks or not, it ...
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How to prevent small mistakes that have massive impact?

I frequently have very personal files temporarily on my virtual desktop. I sometimes download a new program, which is going into a VM. Before sending it in there, I tend to VirusTotal scan it. I load ...
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Avoiding carrying my main SIM card

In many countries, for example, Russia where I live, you need to show an ID to obtain a SIM card. Often this is used by law enforcement to track people. Sometimes corrupt officers sell people's ...
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Can a website see my specific device? [duplicate]

I was suspended from a particular website. Can a website see my specific device? If I reset my device and connect to public wifi, can a website know I've visited it before? Can he see my IMEI and ...
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How to encrypt data in cloud and not allow even the website owner to view it?

The recent saga of big techs gaining access to user photos, voice chats or listening to people's conversation (Google Home and Amazon Echo) has made people nervous about privacy. However, the ...
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Switching location frequently on VPN

Correct me in my assumptions/understandings in any of the following. A common tool to reduce fingerprinting when on the internet is browser/user agent spoofing. Now, I've read you don't really want to ...
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Can you trust a VPS service not to log data?

Like the title says, can you trust a VPS service not to log any data? Is creating your own email server with a VPS service really a private solution?
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Can a program log your browser activity with taskbar names?

There's this old reddit thread where the OP notes that Discord's desktop client regularly logs the processes on your computer using QueryNameInformationFile, then claims that Discord "proceeds to ...
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Is there a device which encrypts messages in a physically isolated place from the part which is used for communication?

The recent NSO scandal made me think, how could I design a system which enables encrypted communication even if the devices are use are compromised. I came up with this idea: take two Raspberry Pis or ...
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Is it possible to snoop on documents/media while uploading them on a Desktop app?

Websites often enforce HTTPS to prevent snooping of sensitive input. Is there something equivalent while uploading files from local disk onto a desktop app, say the desktop version of Signal? When I ...
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