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Problem with Firefox browser about user privacy

Every time I use my firefox browser to visit sites like this I end up with multi redirection popups on every single click. however, I solved the problem accidentally by visiting the previous site ...
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How to prevent Fingerprinting via Font Enumeration

I don't mean using Noscript or just not installing fonts, I'm trying to find a way of outright denying Flash, Java, and JavaScript the ability to look at my fonts. I've checked the fonts folder and it ...
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Does javascript have access to my bookmarks and history?

I'm using RefControl addon for firefox, to avoid sending the referer in the headers. But now I'm wondering if the previous page or even my full history can be viewed by websites with javascript. And ...
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Are full paths kept private by Firefox, or are they disclosed to websites?

In Firefox for Windows, when a website requests a file to be uploaded, Firefox displays a standard file selection dialog box. In that dialog box, the user selects the file to be uploaded. Unless ...
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What is the Site “chrome://FirefoxAccounts (Firefox Accounts credentials)” under “Saved Logins” section in Firefox for ?

Created a user account in firefox and saved it , I saw these 2 entires in "Saved Login"? It's a bit creepy because I was trying to switch over to Firefox from Chrome.Why is it prefixed "chrome://" ...
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Is Connectify safe?

I am using Connectify. However, I am not sure whether the hotspot is safe to connect or not. Will Connectify information (such as password, message etc.) from whatever devices connected to the ...
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Can you set uBlock to allow Piwik tracking on all sites?

I'd like to reward site owners that use Piwik instead of Google Analytics by allowing Piwik tracking scripts globally. Is there any way to do this with the uBlock extension? So far I only found ...
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How can I enable anonymous access to a Samba share under ADS security mode?

I'm trying to enable anonymous access to a single service in my Samba config. Authorized user access is working perfectly, but when I attempt a no-password connection, I get this message: Anonymous ...
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If I open a document from a USB flash drive but do not save it to the computer, can someone access the file’s contents after I remove the drive?

I have a USB Flash drive with confidential information on it and I will need to access this information on someone else’s computer. The computer is a PC and operates on Microsoft Office 7. If I open ...
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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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Firefox is not clearing HSTS “cookies” when closed after a private session

Based on some information on the internet (e.g. here), Firefox deletes HSTS information after a private browsing session. My understanding is that this would mean that the ...
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Get blocklist from ghostery

I am using Luakit as browser, which does not have support for firefox plugins like ghostery. It does have an adblock plugin which can use a textfile with all the urls that needed to be blocked, like ...
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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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How to configure Mozilla Firefox 43 to forget everything on exit?

I know there is a dedicated Incognito Mode feature available but I'd still like to get this behaviour with the standard mode: clear the cache, local storage, cookies, browsing history and everything ...
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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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Why does Safari retain login information after clearing cookies and history, even after full reset?

Safari appears to retain login information, site preferences, or cookies even after clearing history, cache, cookies, etc. I even tried Reset Safari..., which I understand should restore Safari to ...
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Is there any use of SIP on top of TOR

Does it make any sense it terms of perfomance and latency?As far as i know TOR is a transports layer protocol trying to encapsulate the cells with onion routing in order to enhanse privacy.Since sip ...
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Firefox: what is the parameter to know if the cache will be cleared when closing the browser?

in the list of paramters after outputting about:config, what is the parameter to know if the cache will be cleared when closing the browser?
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How to hide (remove) 'Owner' and 'Computer' information on PDF file?

I would like to share a PDF file on a forum anonymously. When I right click on file and go to 'Details' tab, it shows my computer name and owner name. How do I remove (hide) this information?
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Can .xsession-errors be cleared while KDE is running?

In general, I like the ability to see the log messages in .xsession-errors, and possibly attach them to automated bug reports. But sometimes this file contains sensitive data that I would like to ...
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Chrome, recover history in incognito before tab closing

as many articles here said, google chrome removes history in incognito mode only when last incognito table is closed. So from this comes my question, is here posibility to access this history (when ...
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How do I use proxy in uTorrent for downloading?

My Hostel Wi Fi has blocked uTorrent and other clients. So I can't download through them. Can I use proxy for unblocking it? If yes then how?
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Staying anonymous while hosting your site?

I don't mean anonymous surfing. I mean hosting and having your own domain and such. The reason is that my blog is about religious/political topics which may cause me trouble in the future. This is ...
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Which features should I consider, other than encryption and data security, when choosing to buy a VPN service for longer period?

I wanted to know about features that makes a VPN worth buying. My main purpose of using a VPN is privacy and online security, but I want to get suggestions about other features that different service ...
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How to determine the most common trackers used by (iOS) mobile apps? [closed]

There are reasonable solutions for blocking trackers in desktop browsers, mobile browsers, and desktop apps, but it remains difficult to block 3rd-party trackers within mobile apps. I am aware of one ...
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Implementing irssi IRC Anonymity

I'm looking to connect to an IRC server that I do not trust with any of my information, including my IP. In the past I have connected through a web client over Tor but it has become unreliable. My ...
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Windows Update secretly installed Windows Store app

This folder, filled with 25 .3mf files, showed up suddenly and without my consent: According to file/folder properties, the folder and its files were created on 16 September 2015: The file ...
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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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Removing/preventing super cookies in Firefox

The latest version of Firefox is not compatible with Better Privacy. Is there an alternative that would get rid of super cookies? By the way, I'm assuming Ghostery is not enough for this matter.
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Windows 10: What is the Microsoft “App Connector” and why would it want/need access to my camera?

I just got one of my laptops installed with Windows 10 and noticed that some applications like "App Connector", "Microsoft Edge", and "OneNote" were set to use the laptop camera. The text in the ...
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How to hide Browser Plugin Details in firefox for more privacy?

I'm trying to trick the results in this page to have more privacy/anonymity: https://panopticlick.eff.org/index.php?action=log&js=yes So far the best I could do is change the user agent, with the ...
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Ways OpenDNS could be bypassed

Operating System: Windows 10 Pro Hello everyone, I'm having an issue regarding some ways that people could possibly bypass OpenDNS's software. I am testing ways of which this can happen, in order ...
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How do you stop the “Google Privacy Reminder” message from constantly appearing?

Incredibly annoying as when I edit all options and set them all to Off (although I doubt this makes any difference!) and accept the review, the same message comes back the following day. What am I ...
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Is it possible to track browsing history inside a wireless network

I'm using Internet, shared through wireless network. Now, is there any possibility to track me (i.e. my browsing history) from another computer of same network using "Wireshark" or other tracking ...
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Skype Chat History: Adding person to current chat sees previous history?

I had a private conversation with someone over IM and then added a third person to the group for a call. Is the third person able to see the history of my previous conversation? Or they only can see ...
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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 check what remote access software/services are installed?

Is there any easy way (a program/app would probably be the best, but I don't think I'm allowed to ask for a recommendation on one [if one even exist] on these sites) to check whether any known remote ...
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Wifi interface ask the gateway about an address located on a totally different (and private) network

Initially fighting against DNS Leak, for both knowledge and privacy, I end with a computer that asks the FAI box for a local address located outside of its scope (another network)... I've spend hours ...
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I would like to run a webserver in a manner that makes it impossible to track me down as its owner. How do I proceed?

I have a simple lamp server setup here, and I would like to make it as difficult as possible for my visitors to track me down. I have a dynamic public IP which I somehow have to hide. Now I could set ...
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Tor, i2p good extensions for browser, improve usage

I need some information about TOR / i2p. The thing is: my use is totally for privacy. For freedom. And I know that some stuff can deanonymize the user of the onion network, such as Flash or Java ...
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Unable to defeat font enumeration for some fonts in Firefox

To enhance privacy and protect myself against fonts fingerprinting in Firefox, I have set in about:config: browser.display.use_documents_fonts = 0. This setting is meant to disable websites' ability ...
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What are the differences between Google Chrome and Chromium (especially with respect to privacy)?

What are the differences between Google Chrome and Chromium (especially with respect to privacy)? The Google Chrome Privacy Notice lists the information Google receives when you use Google Chrome. ...
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How to allow only specific applications to access network?

I'd like to let Windows 10 block all connections except those which are instantiated by specific applications. It also has to stop all connections made by Windows itself. I could think of two ...
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How to prevent an email from accidentally being forwarded?

Is it possible to prevent an email from being forwarded, or to have sensitive information automatically removed when reply-all/forward is pressed? For example, a Google Calendar invitation includes a ...
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How to password protect a folder on Unix/Linux without encryption?

I've searched a round quite a bit in the past and present for either a builtin feature or program for this, but had no luck. I want to password protect a folder, but do not wish to encrypt it. The ...
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Can wifi admin see viber messages

Can a wifi admin can see viber messages? And how far or detailed can a wifi admin see, like pictures sent through viber?
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Privacy in Microsoft Windows [duplicate]

Windows 10 sends information to Microsoft. Microsoft is also updating Windows 7 and Windows 8 to do the same (telemetry updates, ...). I want to prevent Windows (7/8/10) from automatically ...
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Removing metadata with PowerPoint 2011

I'm looking for a solution to remove metadata from .PPTX files on Mac with PowerPoint 2011. On Windows, there is a Microsoft utility called Document Inspector. Does anyone know of anything similar on ...
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Does removing someone from Skype also “un-share” your contact details?

I've accidentally added an unknown person on Skype, and immediately after, in the chat box, I saw this, as usual: [Me] has shared contact details with [Stranger] I've immediately removed them, ...
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How can a forwarded email know the forwarded-to email address?

I received an email with a coupon offer and viewed it within webmail (should not matter which provider). I wanted to print my offer, but my printer was down, so I forwarded the email to a friend so ...