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Finding out if a series of job emails from the same person are a scam or a way of tracking/phishing?

I'm Indian, and have received a third job email from a Canadian "Co-founder and COO". I'm not even actively job searching. He hasn't mentioned how he got my mail id or why I'm the right fit for the ...
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Why are users tracked? [closed]

I'm trying to get a well-informed and full picture of why one as a single person should worry about being tracked across sites and uniquely identified. The reasons I can think of are: Serving ads as ...
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Does the Steven Black hosts file make ad/tracking blocking browser add-ons unnecessary?

Does using the Steven Black hosts file make ad/tracking blocking browser add-ons more or less unnecessary, since it stops requests to ad/tracking servers at the kernel level? Reasons I can think of ...
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Is perceptual hashing feasible to identify users [closed]

I have been shadow-banned on an app (Tinder) and I cannot get around it. I have been doing some background research into how they are able to identify me and have come across device fingerprinting (I ...
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Can a web app fingerprint your device as identical to a native app's fingeprint

I have installed an app on Android and my account got shadowbanned. I sniffed out the traffic with fiddler and see they use a analytics service that assigns your device a fingerprint. I tried the web ...
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If my mail domain admin can check my activity through google business when I was logged in can I avoid them to do so by using a mail client? [closed]

I think it's secure to use log-in through a mail client like mail-spring.I think in this way we have separated the account just for mail.Can they still track my google search history.If anyone can ...
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Privacy & tracking concerns regarding Service Workers

TL;DR Should I be concerned about sites I have visited start a service worker in my browser which happens to be listening for events "forever"? Can a dormant service worker track me? Longer ...
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Will two smartphones (identical hardware and software) generate the same canvas fingerprint?

When using Canvas Fingerprint (like on this website) to distinguish users, does two smartphones (same model, same OS version, and no browser/plugin customization) will share the same fingerprint?
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get ip address of person from facebook chat [closed]

A person was bugging my friend not necessarily threatening, but like sending useless messages for a long period of time on facebook. Is it possible to obtain the IP address of such person? (and then ...
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Is Verizon Still Injecting Perma-Cookies into Customer Traffic?

This article was published in 2014. Is Verizon still doing this to customer data? It makes sense to assume they are, but I'm hoping for some kind of official news article or something to validate its ...
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Can you serve up special content to an end-user based on IP or other identifiable data?

Is it possible to serve up specific content to an end-user? For example, I know your IP address, and other device information. Can I use that to serve up certain search results on a search engine, ...
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How to mitigate the consequences of being tracked by fingerprint2.js?

A webpage of a bank, where I get redirected to make a payment for my ticket, uses fingerprint2.js. The webpage doesn't work at all when I'm using AdBlock extension in my browser and fingerprint2.js ...
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How does Facebook Pixel's new first-party cookie work?

Facebook recently announced that they will begin offering a first-party cookie option for the Facebook Pixel. Previously, they only used third-party cookies. From their documentation: You can now ...
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When to logout a user? [closed]

I am working on a security project which gives an admin control over certain devices in a company. When using the web-based product, say the user switches context and opens another tab or skips to ...
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Android & Man In the Middle — how did Fox News do it?

A couple years ago Fox News aired a short clip on how smartphones track and upload user location/physical state data. The clip is freely available on youtube and it shows how two Android smartphones ...
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Why would fraudsters use old user-agents (old browsers versions)?

I would like to know why fraudsters would use old User-agents (with old browsers versions) to make conversions for PPL (Pay-Per-Lead) or PPS (Pay-Per-Sales) offers in affiliate marketing? It seems ...
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Browser Fingerprinting to secure login

Is it a good Idea to identify if the user logging in is the actual user who created the account by using Browser fingerprinting? Basically do a bunch of checks just as they click sign in and if it ...
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HTTP request from Embeds Trackable

I'm pretty new here so please be gentle with me, a security newb. I have a website where I want to have a user fill out a form. This form already exists on another website I own (that has greater ...
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Does multi-factor authentication make tracking/fingerprinting easier?

Is multi-factor authentication a privacy risk? Does it make tracking/fingerprinting easier? It was seem so because whoever is accepting the OTP could track and record every OTP request and metadata ...
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Tracking user's private link on google analytics: will it be a security issue for GDPR?

Our web portal track page access with google analytics. The access link will be then tracked and exposed in google analytics reports. As the portal include personally identifiable information (PII), ...
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How to get the IP Adress of an email receiver

I am communicating through email with a scammer who is trying to by me mw own parcel of land. I already contacted the police but it could take 2 to 3 months before they start investigating. I want to ...
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How can I identify invisible online tracking images?

This question refers to invisible 1 pixel images that are placed on web pages to track you via how your browser renders the image. Is there any potential way to discover these images despite them ...
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Is Google Analytics tracking actually safe to use on pages with sensitive information?

When enabling Google Analytics, they ask you to embed a JS snippet on every page you want to track. That's fair enough. But when you add this code are you giving Google the ability to scrape the ...
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Can websites track the tabs you open while logged into their website?

If I am on chrome and am looking up a product on Amazon on tab A, can they tell what I search if I open a tab B while tab A is still open? Should I use a new chrome or another browser window to ...
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Can a webpage track that I have downloaded the page source/webarchive?

Can a webpage track that I have downloaded the page source/webarchive? Specifically on Safari. I understand that accessing a webpage via GET is already traceable back to the requester (me), but if I ...
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What are the vulnerabilities of storing a User's Public IP address in Secure Messaging Service?

What are the drawbacks if a Secure Messaging App (Privacy&Encryption based) stores a User's Public IP Address ? Are Public IPs used to detect concurrent connections from across the gloabe ? Can ...
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How would the identity of a company be discovered through banner ads?

Our company has started researching using a new tech. We started seeing banner ads for a consulting company "with expertise in" this new tech. The recently we had a call from someone representing ...
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Is there a security advantage or risk in removing disabled user accounts?

So I'm having a debate with someone about whether or not to remove disabled accounts. My stance is that it is good network hygiene, reduces the amount of noise to sift through, etc. However, the ...
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Can CAPTCHA-solving patterns be used to track/identify a person?

Captchas are everywhere. Suppose you're a big company offering Captchas on many sites and you can easily track a user across the web simply by setting a cookie everytime some site loads your captcha ...
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Are Chrome file system API not supercookies? Why are people not worried about them?

Chrome has a file system API that seems to persist through normal clearing of the cache, etc. (In fact, I'm not sure if there's any built-in way to clear this data globally.) Isn't this a security ...
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How to confirm if a site is using Device Fingerprinting

Is it possible to confirm if a site is using Device Fingerprinting? When the site owner uses JavaScript, is there something we can look for in the script to confirm if a website is using device ...
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Digital Camera Fingerprinting via Instagram and Snapchat

I was going through one of the articles on camera fingerprinting that says that using most basic Instagram or Snapchat filters will not get rid of the camera fingerprint. However, changing the ...
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Does Yandex browser have known records of snooping for user data & passwords?

I've installed Yandex Browser (Based on Chromium) on Windows 10. I use LastPass for logins so I asked Yandex to not remember passwords. While I was trying to login to another website, it gave me a ...
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Can my employer track everything in my mobile even i disconnected my wifi connection?

Can my employer track everything in my mobile? I am always connected to wifi while working but disconnect it always after going home. We have an ID whenever we were connected to wifi. Also i ...
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If I log on facebook on Chrome am I trackable when I use Firefox?

I rarely use Facebook and rarely use Chrome. I would like to limit the tracking I am subject to, so I think it would be good to log on Facebook on Chrome and use only Chrome to use Facebook. Does ...
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How does DuckDuckGo know my native language even though I am using a VPN in a country with a different language?

I recently started using a VPN and I've felt more comfortable browsing the Internet. My VPN allows me to select another country through which my traffic is routed to make it appear I'm located in that ...
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Does the WiFi or Bluetooth device send a unique MAC address only in probe requests?

Is it possible to intercept MAC addresses that are sent in normal communication between a device and a router (in Wifi/Bluetooth communication)?
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Electronic store security [closed]

Iam not sure if this is the right place to ask this question. I would like to know what security features an electronic store should have besides the general alarm system monitored by a security ...
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Is there a coordinated Firefox user-agent for anonymous browsing?

One fingerprinting element is the browser's user-agent string. If we consider one browser, Firefox, we can see that it has different strings across different OSes, distros, forks (Tor, IceCat) and ...
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How is Google's Sidewalk Lab's Free Wifi Hotspot Tracking me?

Elaborating from this question : Bluetooth/WiFi Identity tracking in public spaces - How to discover? Questions: How are they tracking me : From a hardware perspective Is it a mac address that ...
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Hidden network continually connecting that I cannot disconnect

Whenever I boot it connects. There is no option to disconnect it except to uncheck the "connect automatically" box, but it stays connected even if I reboot. What is going on here? Also, I cannot ...
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When my location is turned on can someone track me? [closed]

When the location is turned on can someone track me without me sharing my location with them?
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Single token in cookie for e-commerce site to store all data related to user in DB, is it secure?

I am building an e-commerce website using PHP, mysql, javascript. My idea is to save one token, say a 50 character guid, to a single cookie, and use this to identify the user for each request. I ...
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eM Client auto-downloads avatars for e-mail senders, including spammers. Can this be used against me?

After a recent upgrade, eM Client started showing me avatars for e-mail senders (including senders of spam messages). On their blog eM says: eM Client now automatically downloads and displays ...
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Stop YouTube tracking when signed out

I use YouTube while signed out. I have a Google account, but I only sign in to check email, then sign right back out. YouTube is tracking what I watch when signed out, then putting similar videos in ...
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How are Google always identifying me? [closed]

I'm trying to create multiple Google accounts Here's my setup: I use Firefox with the FoxyProxy plugin and a bunch of IP's. I use the Firefox Random Agent Spoofer plugin, with the following ...
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Why does the task switcher shows the background app in preview?

Normally on android devices, the task switcher shows screenshot of the last state of the app in preview. But on my device for Facebook, it shows the screenshot of the background app instead of ...
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Tracking a cellphone

Can my cellphone be traced if I used a library wifi to send a message on a school site using their contact us portal? I sent a message basically but I am wondering if they will see that it came like ...
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Capture location over ip? [closed]

I want to ask you is it possible to programm a programm (in python) that can track people over their ip adress. Or do you know a programm that can do it.
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Cross-domain tracking techniques

I have read several articles about user tracking through web trackers (e.g. doubleclick) across domains. Many articles write about cookies, web storage, flash cookies, ETags or image caching ...