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Police forcing me to install Jingwang spyware app, how to minimize impact?

This may not be the answer you will be happy with but how about abstaining from having any undesirable data inside your phone in the first place and instead using the right tool for the job? ...
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Police forcing me to install Jingwang spyware app, how to minimize impact?

Get a phone which doesn't support Android apps. Why are so many of the answers complex? And not just complex, fragile and suspicious and downright dangerous to the questioner? You want to use your ...
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How does Windows 10 allow Microsoft to spy on you?

It's worth noting that your first link is in relation to the Windows Insider program. The Windows Insider program provides you with pre-release software that does call home with usage details and ...
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Is it really safe to use Signal or Telegram on untrusted phone hardware?

The short answer is that if the hardware is compromised, then anything you can read, it can read.
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Police forcing me to install Jingwang spyware app, how to minimize impact?

This is a tricky one. It goes without saying, but it's also a dangerous one. Attempting to circumvent these restrictions and getting caught doing so will potentially cause a lot of legal trouble. ...
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Sanitize computer after Homeland Security seizure

Given that your laptop was in possession of a government entity with unknown intentions towards you for an extended duration, there's really no way you can restore it to a fully trustworthy state. If ...
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Police forcing me to install Jingwang spyware app, how to minimize impact?

They can execute code on your device while they have physical access to it. And you can't refuse it. I'm sorry to say that but you are basically doomed. There's no way to trust this device anymore. ...
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Should I get an antivirus for my Mac?

There is no clear evidence that third party anti-malware security software (AV software) is more effective than Apple's own security solutions to protect Macs. Rich Mogull on the Mac TidBITS blog ...
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Is it really safe to use Signal or Telegram on untrusted phone hardware?

No, the device can see anything you can see, so if it's compromised, using encryption wouldn't protect you against that specifically. When you use encryption, it goes something like this: You type or ...
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How is it possible for boss to know I am finding a job?

Your boss is likely making assumptions. They can't read your messages on LinkedIn (unless you have your inmails forwarded to your work email and your company is monitoring your inbox....unlikely) The ...
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Is this an evidence of a Skype communication being spied on?

Given the information you have provided I'd say that it's google shortener visiting the url to check it for security purposes: "Our spam detection algorithms are automated, and routinely disable ...
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Sanitize computer after Homeland Security seizure

This is a great question. Basically, once a device has been seized by an adversary with the level of sophistication as a nation-state, especially the United States, that device and all data contained ...
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Should I get an antivirus for my Mac?

This is a little long but this exact argument has been rehashed for the last 14 years. I want to put it to bed. I worked for Apple Tech support from 1992-2001 and have been an Apple developer since. ...
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How to know if firmware is stealing my information?

You could use a tool like Wireshark to analyze your outbound traffic (you need to be upstream of the device) and look for unexpected/suspicious outbound traffic. Of course, it could be infrequent or ...
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How is Facebook not considered spyware?

Very Simple, Facebook IS spyware. It is also "Consensual" spyware...yeah, it's spying on you, but you agreed to it (even if you didn't read the agreement before checking the "I Agree" box), and it ...
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Sanitize computer after Homeland Security seizure

Depending on your level of paranoia about this and the amount of your code, at the extreme you can move to a LOW-TECH method to circumvent anything that has been done. Buy a cheap printer. Connect it ...
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Police forcing me to install Jingwang spyware app, how to minimize impact?

Use a custom ROM (two, to be correct). Android phones can have more than one ROM installed, and you choose one or the other. So install two copies. On the clean ROM you install the spyware, anything ...
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Should I get an antivirus for my Mac?

I'll answer in the form of an anecdote. Back in 2003, I was working in tech support for a Mac-based organisation. We were essentially a government contractor and, as such, nearly all our money came ...
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Should I get an antivirus for my Mac?

Despite the common wisdom, I would not recommend running anti-virus for two reasons: Anti-virus does not really work. Though it might catch trivial or well-known viruses, it mostly just gives you a ...
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Should I get an antivirus for my Mac?

Macs do get viruses, the main reason why there were historically so few viruses around for Mac is because their market share was so small. When someone writes a virus, most of the time they want to ...
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How does Windows 10 allow Microsoft to spy on you?

With a Windows Profile you can see a portion of what's been collected. Expanding on Flyk's Last point. Microsoft Updates will be turned on by default with a peer to peer model for updating over your ...
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How is it possible for boss to know I am finding a job?

Your employer is possibly using a service like "Keeper" from HiQ Labs, which can provide forward-looking attrition risk analysis based on LinkedIn data. Keeper analyses LinkedIn user data ...
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Police forcing me to install Jingwang spyware app, how to minimize impact?

I'd recommend you just go with it. The Chinese police doesn't just stop any random person in the street and asks for their phone. They stop Uyghur. This happens for reasons which are somewhere in ...
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Sanitize computer after Homeland Security seizure

1) So there's no way of knowing they haven't. I feel like that's a bit above their paygrade (and would they have the time to?). It depends on your paranoia level. If your thoughts flow like a tranquil ...
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Is it really safe to use Signal or Telegram on untrusted phone hardware?

You have to put some level of trust somewhere in the chain. There's no direct way to find out where the backdoor could be. In android device, you may trust OS because of its kernel source but drivers ...
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Is this an evidence of a Skype communication being spied on?

When you use Google's goo.gl service for link shortening, the URL becomes known to Google. This gives Goolge the opportunity to index the content for their search engine. Remember Google's privacy ...
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Is it really safe to use Signal or Telegram on untrusted phone hardware?

If the phone is compromised it is possible for the attacker to hijack even encrypted communication, i.e. Telegram, Signal, WhatsApp, ... . This by itself has nothing to do with where the phone was ...
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Can my phone be hacked just by being called?

Any site that claims to be able to do that is a scam. Such technology would have to exploit some kind of backdoor, and if such a backdoor exists, it would only be known to law enforcement. If ...
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Police forcing me to install Jingwang spyware app, how to minimize impact?

First of all, I think you should search for solutions that are already implemented by other people. For instance, what do other people in your case do to prevent the spying activities? One possible ...
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