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Create a completely anonymous account on a hosting service

First of all, I'm sorry if this is not the place I should post this to. I want to create a completely anonymous account on a hosting service, like rapidgator or 4shared and the like, but you need to ...
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Verifying GnuPG itself

Following the steps indicated in http://www.deepdotweb.co/jolly-rogers-security-guide-for-beginners/how-to-verify-your-downloaded-files-are-authentic/ , which first verifies that the verification ...
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How come the machine name shows up in the email header?

All of the mails I send out arrive with the following header: Received: from My-iMac (12.12.12.12 [12.12.12.12]) by mx.mail.com How come my machine name My-iMac shows up? Is it because of my mail ...
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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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Is there anything like proxy but for cell phone?

I want to know if there is something like a proxy, but for cellphone calls, not for smartphones, but controlling it from computer??
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How do mail clients vs. using a web browser compare in terms of security and vulnerabilities?

I have multiple email accounts from different providers: gmail, yahoo, etc. as well as more secure, privacy-minded services that use heavier encryption. Right now I access them all through a web ...
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How to disable “Download scanning protection” of new Chrome-17?

In recent update of Google Chrome internet browser (in stable channel), there is a new security/privacy option: http://chrome.blogspot.com/2012/02/faster-browsing-safer-downloading.html In ...
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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 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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What is atos? It keeps popping up on my Mac

So what is atos? It keeps popping up in on my mac screen that I need to give my password to let it do something. Is this a virus or is my Mac being hacked? Please help!!!
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Excel, deleted data recovery

How do I make sure that in Excel, if I delete some sensitive data and send the file around this is not recoverable?
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Looking for an encrypted, persistent and live Linux distro preferably with Tor [closed]

I am looking for a live linux distro (for installing on a USB flash) that is encrypted and provides anonymity and is also persistent so that I could install apps on it. The best I have found so far is ...
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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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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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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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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 do I disable location services system wide?

Google has an API which can determine someone's location based on the wifi router names which a user's computer can see. You will see this if you go to google maps and your browser may ask if you ...
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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 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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How do we configure another browser to use Tor? [closed]

How do we configure Google Chrome (or another web browser) to use Tor Browser? By that I mean that we are using Chrome, but the traffic is routed through Tor (and thus anonymous).
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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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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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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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How do you hide installed plugins in Firefox?

How do you hide installed plugins in Firefox? This website shows that too much about you can be seen: http://centralops.net/asp/co/BrowserMirror.vbs.asp Most plugins don't need to be seen by content ...
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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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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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How to get the real IP address of someone using a proxy?

I was researching digital goods and security when I stumbled upon this company. One of the services they provide is "Real IP". They claim to be able to get the real IP address of users even when ...
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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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Is Norton Safe Web tracking my browsing?

My new computer came with Norton Internet Security 2011, which comes with Norton Safe Web. I installed Firefox 4, which is showing a Norton toolbar, and now I'm seeing Norton ratings on each page I ...
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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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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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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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How to clear all HTML5 local storage from Safari?

It seems stackauth.com has used some local storage which my Safari does not show me, and hence cannot be deleted. So, in general: how to ensure all local storage is deleted from Safari? Some ...
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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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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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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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How to avoid exposing my MAC address when using IPv6?

On my Macs, each IPv6 address includes the MAC address of a specific computer (not of my router). Sites such as ipv6-test.com not only show it, but even tell me it belongs to an Apple computer. This ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 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 ...