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Is using Chrome extention safe?

is using Google Chrome browser extension plugin safe in terms of online shopping ,banking,privacy and security. i am an online shopper and excess to banking accounts regularly what i want to know is ...
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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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which Firefox plugin blocks comments on mmnews.de: Error 403 Sorry Dave, I'm afraid I can't do that

I use Firefox 47.0.1 (latest) with those plugins: When I go to URL mmnews I receive error message Error 403 Sorry Dave, I'm afraid I can't do that. Sorry Dave, I'm afraid I can't do that. ...
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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 safe are proxies if your IP could be cross-referenced?

Let's say you're the NSA. And let's say you have "backdoor" access (for the sake of this discussion we'll assume that includes at a minimum the mapping of an IP address to a logged-in user) to Google. ...
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How to remove unwanted contacts on Skype

I have a big privacy problem with unwanted address book contacts showed in skype for windows desktop. What I did is: Logged in with the skype account (a work account) on my personal Android ...
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Why do we even use ad blockers at home when most home routers have filter lists?

I started pretty much like the rest of us with regular ad blocking extensions. But there is arguably a performance drop due to the additional checks each time you load a page. I then started using ...
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Windows 10 using up my bandwidth even with update sharing deactivated

The "system", "cortana" and, specially, "service host: network service" processes keep using up my bandwidth. I want to prevent windows 10 from using it or at least limit the amount of it that it is ...
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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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Deny websites to verify installed extensions in Firefox

When I visit websites they automatically detect which Browser I'm using and which extensions are installed on the browser (besides a bunch of other information). How do i deny websites access to this ...
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Elementary OS calling home?

I was having a bit of a problem with the power that feeds my modem here. So, while I was solving the problem it disconnected the internet access. And the following screen popped up on the screen: ...
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Will installing Tor on my VPS allow me to hide its IP address?

I want to hide my VPS's IP from hosts it interacts with across the Internet. It is my understanding that using Tor on a home computer would work to some extent, will it work as well on a VPS?
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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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Any Firefox addon to delete DOM storage periodically throughout a session?

DOM storage is akin to persistent cookies and I'm looking for a way to delete them automatically periodically throughout a Firefox session. I know there are popular ways to delete them at the end of ...
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Privacy. Prevent data gathered by microsoft on local computer to be upload

In his answer to "How to stop Microsoft from gathering telemetry data from Windows 7, 8, and 8.1", "DavidPostill" suggested to block appropriate hosts on the broadband router to prevent uploading ...
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Privacy solution for Browser-Sync [closed]

I want to sync my browser bookmarks all over my devices. Now Im thinking about security/privacy topics. There are a lot of articles out there which explains which browser using which method to sync ...
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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 disable loading email images by default in Google Inbox?

Google Inbox seems to load images in emails by default, despite my gmail settings being to never load images unless I specifically request it. It's extremely common for marketing emails to embed ...
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Can I build a VPN on top of Tor?

If I understand correctly, the Tor client works as a combination of a proxy server and application plugins (such as the Firefox Torbutton) that enable use of the proxy and contain additional ...
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How to delete hidden hard drive sectors?

I'm trying to wipe a drive but I found out what I've been using (DBAN) doesn't delete hidden parts of the hard drive (Host Protected Area). What do I do to delete them?
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How can I prevent Google Street View from tracking my location?

Since a Google Street View car has passed by my neighborhood, it has associated my wireless router's MAC address to its geographical address. The problem is that my address can be easily obtained by ...
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How can I be totally invisible to Facebook?

I don't trust Facebook. I deleted my account, but I don't want them getting information from me from other sites, either; for instance, those with "Like" buttons cause my browser to request assets ...
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How to find what causes the privacy warning in Excel?

There is this Excel file I made, it has no macros or any such things, it's just all formulas, and I copied some data into it from various sources (ERP Excel export, copy-pasting from web applications.....
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Selectively deleting a site from history fully on Opera/Chrome?

When I attempt to selectively delete a site from the Opera site history, although it disappears from the history list it still appears with the suggestions feature in the address bar (obtained from ...
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Can I run freepto or tails or Subgraph OS on rasberry pi?

I am new to the pi, do you guys think I can I run freepto or tails or Subgraph OS on the pi? Since some of them are linux based I thought I would give it a try, but dunno. Thx in advance for your ...
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Using Raspberry Pi as TOR Relay with VPN

I am attempting to accomplish multiple outcomes here: Configure a Raspberry Pi (B+ Model) as an XMPP server to utilize ChatSecure Configure a Raspberry Pi (Latest Model, yet to purchase) as a TOR ...
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No “Proceed Anyway” option on ERR_CERT_COMMON_NAME_INVALID in Chrome

I want to go to this link. Chrome won't let me as there is no option on the "Privacy Error" screen shown below. I don't care if this connection is private. It's just a forum post that I wanted to ...
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How far is it safe to sign in with my Google account into Chromium?

I have been using Chrome and its Sign-In-Once-And-Forget feature for a long time to sync my history, passwords etc across devices. Now that I have switched to Ubuntu for my mainframe, I was ...
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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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How did Google get on my Mac?

I am running a MacBook Pro, and have never installed Chrome, Google Earth, or anything blatantly Google. Just installed Little Snitch (are there no good free firewalls for Mac?) and see that CURL is ...
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How to create a Tor-only network interface suitable for Firejail?

The most popular way to Torify applications is probably the SOCKS5 proxy method. It has a downside though: you ask an application to use Tor, not force it. If the application misbehaves or is being ...
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How do services like Google Latitude geolocate my laptop perfectly with no GPS?

How do services like Google Latitude, through my browser, obviously through my Internet connection (Ethernet not Wi-Fi), obtain my location perfectly with only my current public IP address? By asking ...
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Is there any way to hide my IP address in email headers?

I use Thunderbird to send email. My mail server inserts my IP address into the header of my emails. Is there a way to hide this? I’ve thought of sending my mail to the server through Tor but my server ...
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Technical information needed on how the ISP tracks VPN

I've read a lot of topics about battle between ISP and VPN and they all say this : Your ISP cannot know what you get up to on the internet. It cannot see your data because it is encrypted. ...
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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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Destroy a hard drive without proper equipment

I need to make two hard drives unreadable. Unfortunately, I have some constraints which make this harder than usual (in particular, they rule out the answers to other questions): I don’t have a ...
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Is Speech Runtime Executable spying on me in Windows 10

When looking at task manager I see Speech Runtime Executable always taking a bit of CPU Cortana (not Hey Cortana) is ON and Hey Cortana is OFF is enabled and these are my privacy settings My ...
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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 "SiteSecurityServiceState....
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How does Google know I am behind a SOCKS proxy?

Setup: Ubuntu Desktop, Firefox without Flash or Java, using Socks 5 proxy, wired connection, all history/cookies cleared. All other websites, including IP and location detecting sites like ...
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How do you stop the “Google Privacy Reminder” message from constantly appearing?

The Google privacy message is incredibly annoying - 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 ...
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What is the AQS parameter in Google search query?

When I search Google from Chrome's omnibox, there is an aqs parameter embedded in the query, like &aqs=chrome..69i57.42x1j. What is the purpose of it? What does it contain? Does it (uniquely) ...
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Securely configure tor without browser

Hey i am using tor socks proxy antorher program. (ex. python requests) I'm start tor.exe with command line. I had a .bat file like this. "C:\Users\xxxxx\Tor Browser\Browser\TorBrowser\Tor\tor.exe" -f ...
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How is a site able to track you?

Hypothetically, say there is a certain site that you access by using the incognito mode on Chrome and through a VPN. What tools might a site have to identify that you've been there before if your IP ...
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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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How do you regain your privacy? [closed]

my sister know my ip, default gateway, dhcp server, dns and more. She has a degree in computer science and i think this is how she monitor my internet traffic Ive tryed ip and mac address and didnt ...
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What is a MAC address, and what does it reveal about me?

Does my MAC address list my name, ect? How do I find out exactly what the MAC address tells me? I know it's the "physical address" of my laptop, but what exactly does that mean? This is what my MAC ...
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My sister hack my computer [closed]

my computer was hack by my sister. She all but told me with her constant comment about thing she could only know by have access to my computer or internet traffic(I tryed to confront her but she just ...
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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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Gnome/Mate programs keep copies of seen pictures - when are those deleted?

Mate's file manager Caja stores copies of almost every picture file shown to the user (preview thumbnails) in the user's home directory. So does Gnome's image viewer "Eye of Gnome" (eog) for every ...
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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 ...