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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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How dangerous is it to store sensitive credentials in Google Keep, Google Task, Google Docs/Drive? [closed]

This is both a technical and political question. All these services are accessed through HTTPS, however Google employees could access them. The Privacy Policy of Google for those services is also a ...
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How do you disable the Google Now notification 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?
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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 ...
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If I'm downloading through a proxy on a virtual machine is my anonymity being jeopardized?

I run a win7 VM on OS X. I am running it with vmare fusion.I have utorrent on my VM and it use a socks5 proxy (setup in the utorrent connection settings) for everything it downloads. Thats all I use, ...
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How can I get Google Hangouts chat to work via Tor browser?

My friend's company is blocking Gmail access. I directed her to the Tor browser bundle. She was able to login to her Gmail account successfully (via https://www.gmail.com/ URL). However, the Google ...
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Is connection from skype to skype encrypted?

Is skype to skype audio and video calling secured?I mean are the connections encrypted? And when I call from skype to skype then is it connects to any server?or the connection is Peer to Peer?If I use ...
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How to customize screen resolution reported to a JavaScript application by a web browser?

window.screen.availHeight and window.screen.availWidth values let web applications to know my actual screen resolution while I don't always want them to know it. Can I set my own values for these ...
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Remove applications from Security -> Privacy -> Contacts list

I have a few applications that want access to my contacts. I don't really use contacts, and I don't want applications entitled to the information. I've unchecked the appropriate box, but I'd like to ...
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How to disable modified time-stamp in windows?

Disabling Accessed time-stamp of files/folders in Windows is pretty easy. However, when you save a file, Windows updates its Modified time-stamp, and along with that the Accessed time-stamp also gets ...
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What servers can be safely blocked when surfing the internet?

So I finally got a firewall for my Mac. First of all I was shocked to see how many connections are being established during regular internet browsing (especially by Google Chrome). Surfing a typical ...
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Connecting via VPN - could they see what sites I am using

I use a Critrix VPN to login to work. When I'm logged on via this, I can't even access my own LAN. When this VPN is connected, I RDP into my machine and work from home. My concern is, I looked at a ...
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Screen privacy filter that blocks from a distance?

I have a 3M privacy-filter on my screen that blocks viewing angles other than a few degrees of center from of my screen. Are there other types of privacy filters? For example, something that would ...
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can I assume downloading and using firefox portable on foreign computer keeps me private?

Nothing so paranoid, but I just didn't like my history and any of my add-on/plugin installs will be visible on public computer after my use. I started using firefox portable, but because usb memory is ...
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Which cookie is the Google's Two-Factor Authentication related cookie?

Every time I start up my browser (palemoon [i.e., firefox]) I have to use the two-factor auth to log in. I figure this is due to the fact that I have the browser clear cookies on exit, which I want, ...
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Do I need to buy SSL when setting up my own OpenVPN Access Server?

I was able to quickly do the following: Setup an OpenVPN Access Server using a lowend VPS I was able to connect to it from my Windows PC using the OpenVPN Desktop Client It was able to change my ...
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OSX accessibility: Allow Skype to control your computer

This question is related to another question: "Google Software Update would like to control this computer..." What? only I'd like to know why Skype would like access to control my computer? ...
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Google Chrome history

There's a bug, I think, in the way Chrome manages its history. When I clear the history with CCleaner, I can open Chrome and see that History is blank. However, as soon as I start browsing the web a ...
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Exim: sending mail through an SSH tunnel or SOCKS proxy

I am setting up Exim on a Debian box. The box is connected to the internet through a consumer DSL line with a dynamic IP address, so not suitable for sending messages directly. For privacy reasons I ...
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What are the benefits of using a proxy?

I know students and employees use them to get by web filters. But what else? I hear about "privacy and security" but I can never find anything really explaining it. I did see one link that said it ...
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How do I know If my traffic is getting logged in VPN

My corporate uses Juniper VPN connection. How could I know if they are tracking all my network activities. If I use vpn I can asses almost all sites, unlike in office. Thanks a lot.
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Where to find / create an image / iso suitable for anonymous browsing in a VM

I'm looking for (as close as I can get) to a KVM or Virtualbox compatible system image I can run which will give me a basic desktop - by basic I mean contains only the minimal requirements for a web ...
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Is there a way to give internet only to a virtual machine/virtualized application while not having an internet connection on the host?

I'm thinking at this from the privacy perspective, so that we can control the extent of the snoopers intents on our computers, to limit their view to what is online only on the virtual machine running ...
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How to allow an application in Mountain Lion in the “Security and Privacy” settings?

Every time I was trying to use an Alfred workflow written in Applescript, I got the error "No user interaction allowed". In Mavericks there is an "Accessibility" option in the "Security and Privacy" ...
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How do I allow commenting in Youtube (through Google+) if I have third-party cookies disabled?

Ever since YouTube required Google+ to comment, I had been unable to comment and vote on comments on YouTube videos using my Firefox browser, even though I have a Google+ account linked to my YouTube ...
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Encrypt files before sending them to Cloud

Recently I switched to GIT along and picked bitbucket to host my code. Now with all the snowden scandal, I decided to review my choices. I really don't want to host my data on my own server, I'd ...
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platform independent document management system for private usage [closed]

I want to switch my private red tape towards a document management system. The system should be platform independent. The data should stay in my hands(no Google or M$). OCR and search index would be ...
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Mikrotik server networks and Cain & Abel

I'm connected to the internet via a mikrotik server network. Recently, I read about that scaring application named Cain & Abel and all the capabilities it offered for malicious users. I don't ...
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How can I use the proxy settings on Epic privacy browser to log on to Facebook?

I love the Epic privacy browser because it is built from the ground up to enhance privacy. It's built on Chromium but because it has stripped out all code that tracks users across the Internet, pages ...
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Is there an “Incognito mode” for windows? [closed]

I want to use my windows 7 without leaving any traces, like chrome incognito browsing or IE Inprivate browsing but for the whole system, and I don't want to use windows then clean traces using ...
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How does the TOR-browser-bundle work and how can I make it work

I'm currently using the Tor browser-bundle. I know, that it uses the TOR-software. But I'd really like to know, how the browser-bundle and TOR basically works and how I'm able to install it properly ...
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How does Google's cleardot.gif track email recipients with a generic URL?

Some people and companies embed hyperlinked images in their emails in order to keep track of which recipients read the emails, and when. When the recipient opens the email and their email client asks ...
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Would a VPN and a third party DNS enough for security?

If I use a VPN that encrypts my connection and a third party DNS like Google's or OpenDNS' (to avoid DNS leaks?), what can my ISP see, exactly? Just me querying the DNS server? To clarify, I got an ...
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MAC address when visiting a website: does the web see that?

when I visit a website, the website gets my ip address. Does it get any other info, i.e., MAC? My ISP is TWC.
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How can I hide the most visited sites on Chrome?

Since the last update it has been impossible to hide the most visited sites. I don't know if it's some temporary sick joke by the chrome team but I need to remove it. I have tried changing my home to ...
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Can someone discover my computer by driving by?

Someone broke in to my home in New York and stole My MacBook Pro and iPhone 5 this weekend. They left other things like my android phone and iPad. It seems they were specifically targeting the Mac. ...
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Open links as another chrome user profile?

I'm getting really tired of Google logging me in to their websites using my full name and secretly changing privacy settings so that it's very difficult to tell what's being published under my name ...
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how can I hide my “timezone” from sniffing sites?

Some sites I surf and register an account on, can find my location by the "timezone" set on windows, I use Chrome, so how can I block their access to actual timezone ? Edit: Sorry, Forgot to mention ...
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Rsync - privacy of excluded files

My question: Will any information about excluded files (in the example below, the contents of the private directories) be transferred between the rsync client and daemon? I am using Rsync to sync work ...
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Can my ISP intervene or force me to see something beyond my control?

My ISP is the largest in the country and known as SLT (Sri Lanka Telecom). Through a single router/ADSL Modem, we have a small home network. Lately, I see a message appearing from my ISP asking me ...
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How can I know if an application reads my hardware fingerprint?

I would like to know (for security and privacy reasons) if a certain Windows 7 desktop program actually reads my hardware fingerprint including hard drive serial number, CPU serial number, or any ...
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How to be anonymous & secure in our new online world

Assuming these steps are done, what else can be done to get a maximum of anonymity Use a VPN like ZenMates chrome plugin so your public IP is obfuscated Use an alternative DNS server so official ...
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How to identify firefox private window or not?

I am using firefox 22.0 and some times i select "New Private Window" option from the file menu but i cannot distinguish between private window and the normal window. They both look same.. In chrome, ...