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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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How to disable permission to read 'System Fonts' and 'Browser Plugin Details' in Chrome and Firefox

Going to http://panopticlick.eff.org/ I can see that that Firefox and Chrome expose more about 'System Fonts' and 'Browser Plugin Details' than I prefer. How can the permission of a web page to ...
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How to encrypt an USB stick?

When storing personal data on a USB stick, data needs to be encrypted to ensure privacy. Regrettably, this is far from easy to do without introducing a lot of overhead; ideally, the whole encryption ...
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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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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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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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Is mumble safe (privacy wise)?

When chatting on IRC, it is possible to leak data like OS, CPU type if the IRC client happens to leak it in VERSION string. Anybody doing /CTCP VERSION can see it. Same about timezone (/CTCP TIME). ...
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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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How does Google Chrome know my Firefox history if I never imported it?

I have Firefox and Google Chrome installed in the same machine (Linux). It happens when I type something in Chrome Omnibox it suggests pages I have already visited in Firefox. I have never connected ...
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Google Chrome vs Iron Privacy

I've been using SRWare Iron (a Chromium Distribution) because of privacy concerns. The problem is that they don't update Iron very often and I am considering switching to Chrome because I don't want ...
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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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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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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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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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Using TOR and VPN at the same time

I was wondering if there's a way to use TOR and VPN at the same time, what I want to do is connect to my Wifi then send the encrypted traffic to TOR using the same encryption the VPN uses, then from ...
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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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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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Tell Adium not to send that i'm typing

I don't want my chat partner to get notified whenever i start or stop typing. Is it possible to tell Adium not to send the notifications to my chat partner?
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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 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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A way of accessing a remote linux server via SSH anonymously and running a graphic web browser?

I need a way of connecting to a remote server anonymously and running (with further possibility of visual manipulation) a graphical Web Browser (not text-based) - Tor has been chosen for this and ...
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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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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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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 do you block referrer logging in Google Chrome?

I've searched though all the settings I can find in Chrome but can't determine how to disable referrer logging for both HTTP and HTTPS requests. How can I do this?
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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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How can I anonymize my browser useragent, yet still be counted as a Firefox/Ubuntu user?

I read about EFF's Panopticlick project to see how unique your webbrowser's headers are. I would like to anonymize that a bit. My current User Agent is Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686; en-US; ...
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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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Prevent Windows 7 User Accounts from accessing files in other User Accounts

I'm trying to set up another User Account on my Windows 7 Professional laptop for use by another person. I do not want that person to have access to any of the files in my User Account on the same ...
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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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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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Will using Tor prevent the administrator of a home network from tracking what sites I visit?

I'm not home very often, but when I am, I would like to be able to browse privately. I believe my home network is monitored for my younger siblings, but I'm not sure specifically how. If I use Tor, is ...
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Can websites see my Firefox Addons? [duplicate]

I know when you visit a website, they can actually see a lot of your personal information, like browser type, but can they also see which addons I've installed? What about something like Mozilla ...
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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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Are images viewed on my screen while using Tor/Firefox combo saved somewhere on my computer?

If an image is not saved while viewing it in Tor, what happens to it when the Tor browser is shut down? Is there a copy/thumbnail saved somewhere, or a reference to it on the hard drive? Does a ...
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Spoof email platform/user agent in Thunderbird for privacy?

In Firefox 6, I use the Proxy Tool add on to spoof my user agent and platform strings as part of my effort to improve privacy. Is there an equivalent for emails sent from Thunderbird 6? If so, how do ...
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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 ...