Questions tagged [privacy]

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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Isn't Youtube supposed to forget what I did during an incognito session?

When I go into incognito session and then use Youtube, I always thought that it's like coming to the site as a totally new person. How surprising it was when one day I watched a cabaret (not a very ...
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Why do bots visit my website even though it hasn't been shared with anyone yet?

Is this usual? These bots hit my website every 15 minutes and they're the only visitors I get since I haven't shared the website with anyone yet... How do they even know about my website? What is the ...
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securely using Nextcloud on raspberry pi

I like data privacy, so I would like to set up a system that allows me to exchange data such as photos with family and friends. I have a raspberry pi (version 4 I think? the one that was new in the ...
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Is the video/audio traffic from WebRTC TURN relay servers encrypted end-to-end? As with the applications Signal and Jitsi Meet

Today I found a video on YouTube that surprised me (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pkc3sE6iKV4). It is by Rob Braxman, a privacy advocate with a lot of expertise. He talks about all kinds of video ...
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Can I trust opera browser free VPN?

When traffic leaves the VPN, the operator of the VPN server can see the websites I'm accessing. Opera browser has a free VPN. Can I trust this VPN? https://www.opera.com/features/free-vpn
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Preserving anonymity with ring 0 malware infected PC

I am attempting to determine whether it would be possible to maintain your anonymity while using an internet-connected PC infected with ring 0 malware. The threat model assumes the adversary is ...
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Risks of Providing a Passport Number

Company A pays company B for enterprise software. Company A hosts it internally. An employee from company B needs access to servers at company A in order to manage said software Company A is ...
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Is mutually private protocol negotiation possible?

Say I have two peers that wish to engage in a protocol with multiple sub-protocols. Naturally, it is necessary for them to negotiate which sub-protocol they should use. But what if the peers wish to ...
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Client Fingerprinting Resistant Protocols

It's well known that web clients are easy to fingerprint, and you can see that the same is true for other protocols like email and BitTorrent. This begs the question: which protocols aren't easy to ...
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Save encrypted data in server . With no way for server to read actual data

Hello i am developing an app that collects some private data from my clients. My clients wont like it if i am able to read the data. So the data is encrypted in cleint side with a key say "xyz&...
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Why does Tor browser use POST method for DuckDuckGo?

I noticed that the default behavior of Tor browser is to use POST method for all DuckDuckGo searches even when that's not the default DuckDuckGo setting. At first I thought it'd be to protect the ...
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Best ways to store private keys on a client?

I am currently writing a program that sends an encrypted file to the client, and I don't want the user to be able to access the file directly (though the client program will operate on it). Since the ...
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Why do people, even programmers and geeks, seem to almost feel the urge to "give hackers a fair chance" at stealing their data? [closed]

I once heard that the author of the early NES emulator "Nesticle", clearly a very intelligent person, baffingly used some kind of exploitable "Samba" or "SMB" server ...
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Can someone track my location if I clicked on a link to Google Maps?

I was using a dating app, and this person sent a link. When I clicked on it, it led me to Google Maps and I exited immediately, without seeing which location it was showing. I'm scared the person now ...
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My college manages my Google account, can they view my browsing history if I use a personal device on a home network while logged in?

I have found multiple sources telling me otherwise, but most are outdated by a year or two. If I am logged into my G-suite managed account on google, and search something up on a home network and ...
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How to share passwords *only* after death?

I am looking for a modern, password manager-based way to share my passwords with certain parties (partner, executor of my will) within a week or so of my death, but no sooner. The scenario I wish to ...
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Can the Android "Always-on" VPN setting be relied upon to route all traffic through VPN?

If a user sets up a stock Android device to use a VPN and uses the "Always-on" setting, can they be sure[1] that no traffic will leak outside of the VPN? [1] Assuming no malware is installed ...
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Will 1.1.1.1 hide my traffic from my landlord's router?

I've read different articles about https://1.1.1.1/ and am confused since they conflict. A couple examples: effectively making your traffic invisible to snoopers on your local network but not ...
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Is it really safe to use Signal or Telegram on untrusted phone hardware?

How safe are we when we use phone hardware from untrusted manufacturers and use end-to-end encrypted communication like Signal and Telegram? Are our conversations really safe from keyloggers or ...
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What impact does an installed extension have on the browser fingerprint (uniqueness)?

Motivation I want to develop a custom, local Firefox extension and investigate, if its installation has any impact on the browser fingerprint. Background Some time (years?) ago, there were articles ...
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Can't Amazon see my files if I use s3cmd/gpg with a complex password?

Since the early days of s3cmd I use it in combination with random generated filenames (uuidgen loop) and a complex passphrase (pwgen -n1 -c 32 -y). On security.stackexchange.com search there is only 1 ...
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How does Telegram's secret-splitting scheme work?

The Telegram FAQ's state that they are not able to comply with court orders from one country alone because they "split the encryption keys and spread them over multiple jurisdictions". To ...
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Is the most (theoretically-) secure OS/distro something minimalistic like Gentoo or something security-focused like Qubes?

Assuming you only use mainstream software like Firefox, Thunderbird and Libreoffice, and update/upgrade every day and use strong passwords and encryption. I know this is probably a very basic and ...
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Does Kali installed through WSL respect my privacy?

When installing Kali from Microsoft Store, I wasn't prompted with a user agreement license. Is Microsoft able to monitor my applications? How safe is it to use WSL in that context? (From privacy ...
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'New vintage' Nokias privacy/anonymity

I have read that devices such as the old Nokia 8310 are used because the privacy/anonymity they provide (for instance for drug dealers) I have tried to find out if the 'new' vanilla Nokias, such as ...
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Can someone impersonate you on WhatsApp?

Well I'm not a developer so I'm here to resolve a specific question. I have been investigating this subject for a while now and I need and opinion from experts or developers which really understand ...
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Visual Studio Code on Linux - Privacy risk? [duplicate]

I'm a fan of Visual Studio, and recently installed VSC on my Linux Mint. However recently I did a deep-dive on Richard Stallman's site reading about just how evil and depraved all the big tech ...
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Will my IP be used against me in this scenario? [closed]

I went in a public chatroom. I had a bitter fight with someone. The person blackmailed me. I looked for privacy policy of the chatroom and it said they store my IP, which is visible to the chatroom ...
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Analyzing Tor traffic through Deep Packet Inspection?

I've just read about the detecting and blocking of Tor traffic by DPI but now I'm curious about analyzing the data you send over Tor and matching it with your true identity by deep-inspecting the data ...
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Why are IMSI and IMEI still used?

While I understand their function, both IMSI and IMEI makes tracking and surveillance possible by virtue of being persistent idenfitiers for SIM and handset, respectively. Why aren't these replaced ...
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"Your connection is not private" for specific website, once when opening a new tab

Like many, since March, I've been working from home and using the company's VPN to do my work. Recently, if I open a new tab in Chrome, and navigate to "news.bbc.co.uk", I got the ...
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How does Instagram know my location even if I use VPN and have no sim card? [duplicate]

I'm using this Instagram account only on my 2nd phone which has no sim card and airplane mode always on. I use VPN 100% of the time when connecting to the internet. The account isn't linked with any ...
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Security and privacy concerns about "IMEI check" websites

I know there are few questions about the risk of IMEI with various answers from rare risk to none. But my question is regarding the kind of websites that provide IMEI check services for free with some ...
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Booting 'live' form the hard disk

I use VeraCrypt for file-container level encryption for all of my files. But being very paranoid, I am always worried about the OS1, Primary applications and non-primary applications leaking the data....
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What can people do about Tor's weaknesses?

I read Tor's Wikipedia page and found out it has 12 weaknesses. What can people or The Tor Project do about those weaknesses? If they don't anything about it, wouldn't it compromise Tor users' ...
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Do advertisers listen as we talk?

A person talks about a certain thing (product or service) with another person and a short time after the talk the person gets the advertising of the discussed thing on the mobile or desktop device. I ...
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Can a website track your browsing history on other websites?

I visited website B after visiting website A. Upon clicking the search bar on website B, a dropdown menu appeared containing the words I searched on website A. After clearing my browser history and ...
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How does Google track users in Incognito mode?

There is a lawsuit claiming Google tracks users in private browsing mode. How exactly is Google achieving this?
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If you SMS text someone, how much more information will they know about you?

If I send someone a text, how much information am I giving up? Could they add me to an app like Whatsapp and access my name and profile? Or does their number first have to be saved in my phone ...
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How does openvpn work for only certain servers?

I got a *.openvpn from work and I monitored the traffic on wireshark. On my normal vpn every traffic is routed via the vpn (as expected). But with this work vpn only the traffic that uses the work ...
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Effect of Firefox's "Responsive Design Mode" on the browser's fingerprint

Today I switched ON the "Responsive Design Mode" under the "Web Developer" Section of the Firefox menu, and from the dropdown menu selected "iPhone X/XS iOS 12". So now ...
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Can Microsoft access the contents of my OneDrive Personal Vault?

I found the article to be quite informative that addresses the question "Can Microsoft access my private files?" (Can Microsoft access all private data if a user installs Windows 10?), which ...
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3rd party (employer's) app on android phone - what is the risk for an employee? [closed]

An employer (someone's employer) issued an android app and requests that all of the employees install it. During installation the app requests access to all of the phone's resources and it wouldn't ...
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How to protect against unwanted photographs?

Problem Possible defenses against the attack vector of facial recognition via unwanted photographs. Background The advance of facial recognition technology has promoted unwarranted photographs from ...
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How can Tutanota, ProtonMail and Hushmail all claim to provide privacy when they only allow privacy-incompatible payment options? [closed]

I'm attempting to register an e-mail account without destroying my privacy. The reason is simply that one is necessary to be able to register on a different service (web host for my new, very non-...
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How to contact Microsoft regarding security flaw? [closed]

Here I see: If you believe you have found a security vulnerability that meets Microsoft's definition of a security vulnerability, please submit the report to MSRC at https://msrc.microsoft.com/create-...
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Can Apple and Google bypass the decentralised COVID-19 tracing approach (DP-3T)?

Many thoughts have been spent on creating the decentralised, minimum-knowledge contact tracing approach DP-3T. This has been implemented in contact tracing apps of several countries, e. g. the German ...
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Personal computer + employer's WiFi [duplicate]

I decided to use my personal Macbook at work, so I'll be using my employer's network connection. But I'm really concerned about my privacy. I know I can do non-work stuff using Tor Browser or Brave's ...
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Untouchable local server

We have a software that needs a connection to our servers for license management purposes. Now we have a new customer who wants to use our software on systems that don't have access to internet. So I ...
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Abstract data access to user data in large-scale webservices

I am doing research on large-scale webservices and I am trying to understand what common techniques are to prevent user data being accidentally leaked to other logged in users. Especially where end-to-...

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