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How can email-tracking services track emails in Google

Some email-tracking services use tracking pixels to detect whether an email was opened. The idea is to add an HTML img tag with an src attribute that links to a 1x1 or 0x0 pixel image to the email ...
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Documentation on mobile-webview.gmail.com link masking?

Several google products (mainly Gmail) masks links using a fake-dns mobile-webview.gmail.com That domain doesn't resolve anywhere, not even Google's own NS https://dnschecker.org/#A/mobile-webview....
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Does Google use an IP address to identify a user? [duplicate]

I used Google Search in Chrome incognito mode without logging in to my account, so no cookies were stored. However, somehow I instantly got a bunch of ads relevant to my search on Instagram. There ...
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Can malicious files be traced and removed from my phone

I had a files analysis done on my phone using Falcon Sandbox. An alarming amount of malicious files,marked as clean, were found,identified,and shown each capable abilities. Literally THE ONLY thing of ...
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Can an employer track phone activity without a company SIM and without MDM?

Been looking for a phone upgrade and my dad has an iPhone (iPhone 13) given to him by his work, which he doesn’t use anymore. He offered to let me use it on the condition that the company can’t see ...
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Is a tor packet readily identifiable?

if an exit node decides to trace back a Tor message to its source, will it be able to identify the same packet at the middle node, and from then identify the same packet at the entry node? assuming ...
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Cookie flow in a site that hosts embedded Youtube video

When there's a Youtube video embedded on a site that I visit while I am logged in Youtube beforehand,how does the embedded video know that it's me so I can add it to my Watch Later list? I think the ...
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Do URL links copied from subscribed or web services like Apple News or YouTube embed tracking info?

Suppose I’m logged into YouTube or Amazon, and I use their web pages “share” button to copy a link for the video/whatever into my paste buffer. Does this copied URL embed encoded info that ...
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How does phone tracking by police work?

For android phones in India can police get a phone's IMEI number just by using that phone's number? also suppose if a phone was moving around within few miles radius for few days and it was turned ...
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Forward messages without tracking pixels using thunderbird

Thunderbird does not load remote content by default, preventing pixel-tracking. However, if I forward an email, the links to remote content is still included in the forwarded email. Is there an option ...
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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 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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How to realistically de-google an Android smartphone?

Smartphones have the options to selectively disable tracking in the settings menu. By visiting this menu, you can manually disable each application from having permission to access your private data ...
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AWS IAM Access Issue

We previously had some AWS keys. The IAM interface show/showed no usage for it but the employee has been able to upload resources. Could anyone advise how to check if the interface is just erring or ...
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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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I have CSRF protection implemented server side, can I safely use `SameSite=None; Secure; HttpOnly`?

We have a web service where GET is always safe and all unsafe POST requests use single-use CSRF tokens. We have some cases where cross-origin domain would need to pass us POST request with data that ...
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Is it a security concern to have a user id in a cookie?

I want to track a user who has previously logged in so that I can associate traffic behavior with their user record on our system. Does storing the user's id as a single value in a cookie cause ...
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Is wiping cookies, blocking trackers and not logging in sufficient to prevent profiling?

I use Firefox as my browser. My privacy settings are strict. I block All third-party cookies, and always delete all cookies when Firefox is closed. Tracking content (in all windows); Cryptominers; ...
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Will VPN on a mobile device hide location?

I have installed a VPN on my phone from a reputable VPN provider (paid VPN service, publicly rated as top 10 globally), Can my phone location (longitude & latitude) still be traced by third-party ...
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Facebook retargeting pixel

Given a commercial website buy.com and a user with a Facebook account in facebook.com, the user has third-party cookies disabled in the browser. If a user is logged in their Facebook account and ...
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I now receive advertisements from a site used by a guest on my wifi she was on OS X I'm running LInux did they track my IP address only?

I seems a little strange that the only thing in common between me and my guest is that she was on my wifi and thus using my wan ip address, yet I am receiving advertising from a site she used. I'm ...
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Preventing facebook from recognizing me [closed]

First of all I am not a "computer person" and I'm not going to spend a year learning more about computer stuff so I don't have to ask questions here. I've searched for similar questions, and ...
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If an IP address is known, can all of its browsing activity be viewed by an outsider? [closed]

Internet service providers (ISP) can choose to have full information on the browsing activity of one of its subscribers. Can an outsider, who is not the ISP, but who simply knows someone's IP address, ...
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Why is an IP address in a different city? [duplicate]

Someone lives in city A, but their IP address from home always displays as belonging to city B, 50 miles away in the same country. Both cities are the largest in the country, so this is not about one ...
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My school said they can track what websites we visit and games we play via online learning. is this true or just a way to scare us? [duplicate]

So my teacher caught someone playing a game in my online class and warned us that they have installed a new program so they can track "everything we do using our ip address" now im quite ...
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Best way to learn every way I am tracked online? [closed]

Is there a course or resource for a person with basic networking skills to see all ways a website like FB or Google can track and identify users + how to spoof them and look natural? Not for malicious ...
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Does Opera Android track me?

I used to think that this browser is safe and does not track me. Then I did little experiment - i went to specific webpage on Opera and next day I found ads for it on Facebook app. How did it happen? ...
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Can schools track what I'm doing, even though I'm on my personal Gmail account?

My school can track my browsing when I'm at home and using the Google account they gave me, the laptop is my personal one. Is there a way that they could track what I do, even though I'm on my other ...
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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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Before visiting Facebook two cookies got created(fr and sb)

I have cleared all the cookies on my Chrome browser, closed the browser and opened Chrome, navigated to chrome://settings/siteData I see two new Facebook fr and sb cookies created right away, before ...
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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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Can my company track my web history when Opera VPN is active?

Today I brought my personal laptop to the office. My laptop connects to the personnel wi-fi automatically (not actual intranet). To mention, my work ID and password are needed to connect this network. ...
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Find information about host/user by his public key?

Say, I was reviewing my log files and noticed that someone with certain public key tried to connect to my server and got access denied (because his public key is not in my authorized_keys file). May ...
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Which approach is technically more effective to hinder user tracking - fingerprint generalization or randomization?

Tor's approach to countering fingerprinting is to make as many users "appear the same" as possible. Let us call this "generalization". While Brave tries to randomize all fingerprints of each and every ...
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Why certain sites don't send newsletters to "anonymous" mail addresses?

I use an "anonymous" mail address (cock.li provider in my case). I have found that mainstream news sites in particular don't send their newsletters to such an addresses. It looks like the domains ...
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Can a PDF embed a tracking image?

I know that PDFs can contain embedded images and Javascript. Can a PDF contain something that tracks you? For instance, can it contain a remote image that, when the PDF is opened, will fetch that ...
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Privacy: why do I have to delete an account instead of simply no longer using it?

I try to avoid big internet companies (big tech) and try to find decentralized and/or open source alternatives. I use a password manager with unique usernames and generated, complex passwords. A lot ...
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Is there a way to bypass click-tracking links in emails?

Most newsletters that I receive use mass-mailing software that rewrites links to add tracking information. That is, instead of www.google.com, the email will point to something like links.somecompany....
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How does neighbor know when WiFi/Internet is used?

A neighbor, somehow, knows, when I connect to the Internet - and begins shooting something at my home (ice pellets). Is there a way to prevent people from seeing my SSID/internet connection? We are ...
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How did a website make an accurate assumption of my identity in incognito mode? [duplicate]

What piece of information can websites retrieve that would allow for later identification without cookies? Intro Out of interest I jumped into the rabbit hole of online marketing scams. The site I ...
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Can a system administrator check if their website is being scraped by a headless browser?

A recent article on scraping tiktok and Facebook states: On the one hand running selenium headlessly is perfect to keep your machine “cool”, however it may help get you flagged as a scraper. System ...
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How does Facebook track your browsing without third party cookies?

Facebook has served me an ad for a website I visited earlier in the day. I have third party cookies disabled and have not followed any links between the website and Facebook (links which could contain ...
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How do social media apps notify you when someone else takes a screenshot of your profile?

Social media apps like snapchat, instagram, viber, etc notify you if someone takes a screenshot of your profile, chat, conversation, story, etc. How does the app find out that you are taking a ...
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What information about me do online stores get via my credit card? [duplicate]

I found the exact same question about physical stores: What information about me do stores get via my credit card? Though I am interested in online stores! Are there big difference between PHYSICAL ...
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What additional methods for user tracking are there? [duplicate]

I was getting interested in data privacy and looked up how users are tracked on the internet to connect the different traces to a single user. I found this: In addition to regular cookies, pixel ...
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Anonymity: standardization or randomization?

I wonder if it's better to standardize or randomize data for anonymity. For example, think of browser fingerprinting. If you standardize every parameter, you would have all browsers returning the same ...
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Preventing tracking pixels on Mozilla Thunderbird

Is there a way to prevent loading of tracking pixels on Mozilla Thunderbird ? I know there's a way to prevent loading images by default but I'd like to be able to load images without having to worry ...
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How does SameSite cookie header prevent tracking?

I understand how SameSite cookie header prevents CSRF. But how does it prevent tracking by 3rd party sites, since they could set SameSite=Lax or None, and the browser will still send them: https://web....
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Identifying devices in mobile app using UUID

I have a mobile application, for Android and iOS (both native), that communicates with the backend through a REST API (over HTTPS). The application allows users to sign in or use the app as a guest, ...
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What information about me do stores get via my credit card?

Lets say I buy something at some (physical) store and pay using a credit card on one of these electronic terminals. What information do the owners of this store get about me (or my credit card) from ...
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