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Best way to make returning a loaner computer later on secure and private? [on hold]

I just spent something like 8+ hours, over the course of a week or so here and there, readying a work laptop for return to an employer so that all private information was removed (I did secure erase ...
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What causes the webcam to activate during Windows 8 logon?

When I resume my Windows 8 laptop from sleep and the logon screen is activated, the built-in webcam is briefly activated and then turned off. I notice this by the "record led" by the lense turning on ...
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Does a Chromecast device contain any private information?

So I have a Google Chromecast that I'm gonna sell tomorrow because I don't use it enough. My question is: Do I need to do anything before selling it? Is there any personal data stored on it? Do I need ...
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How to white-out part of an email in my browser?

I'm trying to show someone part of an email to help her with some issues, but I want to protect some private information of my friend's that is in the email. Does anyone have a method for whiting out ...
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How to use Adblock AND a VPN on my Android Phone?

I'm using Private Internet Access's VPN via its App and now I'd also like to additionally use Adblock Plus. The problem however is that I apparently can only use either VPN or Adblock Plus - but not ...
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What information does Chrome/Android send to Google to discover my “WiFi based” location? [migrated]

Their commercial geolocation API doc says it needs a list of every WiFi access point around, with, for each of them: MAC address, ESSID signal strength, a few others. Common devices probably ...
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What Is Being Send To/Recieved From “safebrowsing.google.com” When I Open Firefox?

When I first open my web browser I always get this notification from my firewall within about 30 seconds-ish. It does not matter if I'm yet browsing the web, I could just have a blank page up, or I ...
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What kind of information can Google get when I sign in using a Google account?

When I sign into a website using a Google login, what kind of information can Google see? For example on a website like Trello or StackExchange, can Google access all of my posts and personal ...
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Can an xperf trace contain passwords?

I recorded an xperf trace. Can the trace contain passwords? (assuming that paths contain no password) I see that upon hitting xperf -stop I have the following warning: The trace you have just ...
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How to anonymize an Apache log after the fact?

I encountered a bug in an open source PHP program and I want to create a bug report. I expect that the server log will be important for the developers (as a minimum, it is needed to prove that there ...
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Using Parental Controls with TOR

A friend of mine wants to protect his children's anonymity with TOR. However, he is unwilling to stop using parental controls to log what websites his children visit and block adult websites. Is it ...
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Block site if browser not in incognito - Chrome

I want to block sites like internet banking and accounting systems if browser not in incognito mode (for security reasons, because browser has several plugins). Is it possible to block opening web ...
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How does thepiratebay keeps its visitors anonymous? [closed]

Yeah I wanted to know. It is a big question in my mind. Really why? How does thepiratebay keeps its visitors anonymous?
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Can't stop Microsoft.com from detecting my location

I want to record a screen recording for an English customer. So I don't want any windows or websites to be shown in my local non-English language. What a frustrating process! Things I have done: ...
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If you are running a VM, but are hardwired, doesn't it still show your ip?

I have a friend who said that as long as you are running a virtual machine it's hard to get your ip. Not impossible, just harder. Say you are trying to bruteforce a password on a website through VM ...
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Separation of work, personal, and private , for all things tech?

Increasingly I'm finding it's very difficult to separate anything on my computers and devices. Everything syncs everywhere, I need to do work from my home computer, I need to do personal things from ...
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Make formula impossible to find / read

I have developed a spreadsheet for performing various calculations which our employees will complete and then distribute to clients / competitors. To protect the "intellectual property" of the ...
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How to make a specific program not show up on start menu

I would like certain programs to never show up on the Windows 7 start menu. I can remove them from the start menu just fine, but then when I run them, they show up again. If I right click the windows ...
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Google Chrome - Cannot switch off bookmark suggestions [duplicate]

I UNTICKED the prediction service box (in settings), and the browser still intrusively presents links I've bookmarked and suggests them below the address bar. How come this feature cannot be switched ...
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How to browser privately in Firefox and Chrome over login & password?

I'd like to open a web browser, login to it with my details so my cookies and all the history/stuff is stored only somewhere in Cloud. I haven't found this solution so far. Maybe I am not looking ...
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Chrome lock profile on exit

As described here, with the new Chrome, you can lock your profile by simply clicking on the lock icon. Do you think it is possible to automatically lock the profile on exit?
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Can I find out if my employer is snooping on me?

I work at a large university and have a computer supplied by my employer. There is apparently some sort of remote management that the help desk can use if I call them and accept their request to log ...
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Can we get a “Forget About this site” like feature in Chrome as in Firefox?

FF has a "Forget About this site" in History, which only clears cache, cookies etc.. for the selected domain. Where is the equivalent feature/setting in Chrome or is there any extension for it?
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Prevent Chrome/Chromium from wiping userscript settings when you clear cookies

When you clear cookies/localstorage in Chrom* your userscript settings get wiped. Is there a way to preserve this in some way? I'd like to not have to reconfigure them every time I delete my browsing ...
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Giving an Android device an access to only one folder

I have an Android camera. I want it to upload pictures to Dropbox automatically. The official Dropbox app provides that. But, I want my camera to have access ONLY to the folder that it uploads to, and ...
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How to automatically store DNS entries locally after first visit, for for privacy and speed reasons? [duplicate]

My set of websites that I visit regularly is not very large. In order to increase privacy, I'd like to visit these sites directly without the need of a remote DNS resolve each time I visit it, but I ...
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UAC for accessing private key

I like that Windows (Vista and later versions) asks me for a confirmation (UAC) before executing any new application. Can I somehow configure UAC to ask for my confirmation EVERYTIME an application is ...
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How to remove own rating for Windows 8 Apps

I have rated apps in Windows 8 and these ratings are publicly visible with my real name. Now I want to remove some of them, but it seems that this is not possible. I can only update the ratings, but ...
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firefox plugin to show cookies for a site [closed]

In Firefox, I've been using Cookie Monster for years to block/delete site cookies and third party cookies, in order to (partially) protect my privacy. But this is getting harder as sites require more ...
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Protect my privacy in TeamSpeak

I want to protect my privacy (hide my IP etc.) when I use TeamSpeak. Is there a way to do it?
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Can Juniper's Network Connect SSL VPN software access information on a Windows client PC?

Looking for some help with the questions below. 1) Can the Juniper Network Connect VPN client be used to gather information on the client PC? 2) Does the Juniper Network Connect VPN client support ...
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Can the MAC address of the USB stick broadband connection be traced together with the IP address?

Can the MAC address of the USB stick broadband connection be traced together with the IP address? Also, the mac address of the broadband stick used, computer or network card inside the laptop, etc.?
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What information does an IP address provide

For example, if I use a web app that saves my IP address, what can be inferred from it? What can be deduced from an IP address (and to what degree of certainty)? Is it always possible to determine a ...
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Hipchat 2.2.1080 on ubuntu 64bit 12.04 flashes webcam on startup

I recently updated to hipchat version 2.2.1080 and everytime I start it up it flashes the webcam. By this, I mean the light on my cam flashes. It flashes only for a second then turns off. Does ...
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How can I force Windows to use the Internet connection of a virtual network adapter?

I am running Windows 7 on a virtual machine. I have VPN Gate installed on this machine. This VPN software creates a virtual network adapter and configures it with an interface metric value of 1. I ...
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How can I test whether a Mobile Application uses TLS?

For instance, how would I check that YouTube for Android uses transport layer security TLS encryption? Is there a network tool I can use to verify that encryption is used?
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I'm using Chrome and Chrome Sync; does Google have access to my passwords?

I've been using Chrome (and Chrome Sync) for many years now. Does that mean Google, the owner of Chrome, knows all my passwords? I ask because I realized that Google owns Chrome, and also, it is a ...
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Private Photos on Surface Pro

So when you take a picture with surface pro it adds it to the livetile slideshow, which I think I can disable all together (but not per photo), and I think my photos are automatically shared by ...
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How do I setup a VPN behind Tor in Tails?

I would like the following setup: Tails -> Tor -> VPN. My limited knowledge on the matter tells me that this would render me "anonymous" to the VPN and provide me with some privacy with regards to ...
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Adding a startup password to a browser

In my work computer, I like to stay logged into my email accounts, Facebook etc. However, I am concerned that someone might get into my computer when I am away (e.g. an administrator can log into my ...
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Is there a way to really “hide” a workspace?

sometimes when I am working with my fedora, people tend to peek in my screen and wonder what I am doing. So, I started using multiple workspaces, but then these friends started checking all my ...
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Remove or permanently disable the Google Now notification bell & popups in Chrome (on desktop)

Google had enabled notifications in Chrome some time back, now they have enabled desktop popups that are linked to Google Now feature. How do I disable it? Update Clarifying a bit. Permanently ...
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Chromium - Selective Cookie blocking doesn't work

I have a fresh install of Chromium Browser on Windows 7. Chromium Version 36.0.1926.0 (261698). I got to Settings -> Privacy -> Clear Browsing Data .. & clear all cookies from from the beginning ...
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Directory used for FTP server (vsftp) anonymous user access

What will be the directory automatically generated for FTP anonymous access on the ftp server (Ubuntu linux vsftp )machine ? i.e. where is it located ?
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Blocking cross-domain requests to Google form other sites

Is there some kind of Firefox addon which allows blocking cross-domain requests to a website? I want to universally block all requests to *.google.* from any other website unless I explicitly visit ...
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What does my internet provider know about my online activities?

What does my internet service provider know about my online activites in these cases? plain server (www, ftp, whatever) connection and provider's DNS secured (e.g. TLS) server connection and ...
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Privacy with new windows accounts?

Windows 8 is insisting me to use Hotmail account to login into operating system. Having this, will it be possible to identify me with Internet Explorer from any site? UPDATE If I go to Hotmail site ...
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My ISP is rewriting google.com's DNS entry. how can I circumvent?

I am in Thailand, and my ISP is ToT, and I am using Windows. When I do a nslookup for google.com, I get the following: C:\Windows\System32>nslookup DNS request timed out. timeout was 2 ...
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This Google cookie is indestructable

I don't use any Google services directly and have Google's safebrowsing support disabled. Yet, this PREF cookie for °.google.com which appears to have a unique identifier is unremovable. It restores ...
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Is automated web site access legal? [closed]

Many web sites include in their terms of service things about automated access being prohibited. One example is in ebay's robots.txt file: The use of robots or other automated means to access ...