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Can VPN see web browser usage?

If I'm connected to a wireless network and then additionally connect to a private VPN, can all my web browsing activity be logged through the VPN? if I use Safari in "Private Browsing" mode, will each ...
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How do I continue accessing Facebook (or other TOR-blocked websites) with TOR? Other options? [closed]

I use facebook daily. Today, every TOR exit server I try is blocked, regardless of the country. In the years I've used TOR this way, I've never seen any TOR exit server blocked. Facebook says: ...
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How to prevent the ISP from reading my emails through SMTP and my messages through instant messengers?

The ISP they know everything I send and receive over the Internet including my emails and messages right ? So I am wondering if there is a way to prevent them to do it ?
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Browser anonymity [duplicate]

As i have understood it when i read the information on the tor homepage and they recomended me not to use extensions/add-ons because browser and extensions/add-ons are shown to whoever i choose to ...
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Will running parallel sessions of firefox and tor compromise anonymity?

I am using Tor browser bundle for anonymity. I have to login into cyberoam with my credentials first to use internet. If I use firefox for login to start using internet and then start tor, will it ...
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Anonymous web browser? [duplicate]

It appears that it's easy to uniquely identify a user through all the infos returned by their browser: https://panopticlick.eff.org/ Are there ways to "anonymify" a browser like Chrome or Firefox so ...
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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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Hiding browsing activity local [closed]

I just read an article where I came across this little bit : The sites you visit still exist on your computer, even after you delete your history and make every effort to keep everything ...
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How can I prevent webpages from using JavaScript to sniff my system information?

I'd prefer not to allow webpages to access my system information. If I use NoScript, Panopticlick is only able to see my User Agent string and HTTP_ACCEPT headers. Otherwise, it can sniff way to much ...
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Software to strip image of any metadata [duplicate]

A concern I often have when sharing pictures online is that there may be some metadata contained within that will compromise my privacy. Exif data is one such example. How can I strip any such ...
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Feedburner knows my e-mail address?

I start up my browser on an empty cache, no passwords and no nothing stored. Log in to Stackexchange via the Google log-in option. Next, I open feedburner.com in a second tab. (I have never had an ...
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How can I ensure Firefox history is completely deleted after exiting?

I have set the option to clear my browsing history when I exit Firefox, but it does not clear completely. When I re-open Firefox, my History panel is clear but the address bar auto-completes websites ...
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How does a mobile site get to know which mobile operator I'm using?

I was browsing internet from my mobile, and I noticed that mobile site were showing ads specific to the mobile operator that I was using. I switched the sim card of a different mobile operator and ...
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Is it possible to start a “Private Tab” vs a “Private Window” in Firefox 20?

I use Firefox 20 on my Nexus 7 tablet and under Linux. This is my desktop browser string: Mozilla/5.0 (X11; Linux x86_64; rv:20.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/20.0 On the tablet, it is possible to open ...
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Using Internet without being spied by my provider [closed]

I have read that Internet access providers can see/log requests sent from my computer even if I use a VPN. Is this true? What is the best solution to surf on the Internet without being "spied" by my ...
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Hiding my personal documents from the IT department [closed]

I have a laptop from my job, a large corporation, and I would like to use it for my personal needs and documents as well. The laptop goes with me everywhere and it's comfortable. However, I am not ...
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Spotlight Privacy List

On my Macbook Pro, I am booting from the internal drive for personal stuff and from an external disk for work. Both run Snow Leopard. When I boot from the external/work drive, I want to exclude my ...
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How do effective FULL removal of TOR from Ubuntu 12.04

After installing TOR, privoxy & anonproxy on my system, I found out that some functions on my browser had become unavailable and I didn't found the way to solve all the issues there, so I decided ...
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safety-in-numbers herd-mode website browsing utility for Windows O/S? [duplicate]

According to http://panopticlick.eff.org/ your browser divulges enough information about your PC to single you out of a crowd of one or two million people. The installed fonts list and the ...
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Can the URL be read by third parties when browsing via HTTPS?

We all know that HTTPS encrypts the connection between the computer and the server so that it cannot be viewed by a third party. However, can the ISP or a third party see the exact link of the page ...
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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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What do these shared folder settings mean?

I just got a new pc from work and when I check the shared folders from computer management section I see that there are 4 share names: Admin$ C:\Windows, type windows with the description remote ...
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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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Is there a Windows utility to delete contents of RAM left by an application? [closed]

Ideally, this utility would know where in physical RAM an application was and completely clear its contents when it's closed. Does anyone know of such a utility?
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Hide Facebook Photos on Windows 8 tile

I have many albums on my Facebook with privacy level set as "only me, so that albums that only I can see. I do not want them automatically appearing on my Windows 8 Photos Tile as anyone who uses my ...
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TOR +Private School WIFI [closed]

I'm looking to use TOR on my private college WIFI, but I'm a bit concerned about whether the school can log my activity and/or see that I'm using TOR. The issue is that my college WIFI is set up as a ...
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Is Tor reliable on a Windows running in Oracle VM VirtualBox

A friend lent me her netbook, it runs ubuntu but fortunately she has VirtualBox where I can use Windows XP, something that I'm familiar with. In a few weeks when I give it back I don't want there to ...
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How do I make my folders inaccessible by other administrator accounts on Windows 8?

I want to make my folders private, so that they can only be accessed after logging in with my own account, but be inaccessible by other local accounts, even the administrator accounts. I have a PC ...
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How to make anonymous looking not anonymous?

Is it possible to avoid detecting yourself as user of anonymous proxy, while browsing using Tor or I2P? UPD The problem is that some sites just block users from anonymous proxies.
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How can I separate access within a network?

I am struggling to find a 'rule' in my router that separates access to different wired computers. I have fibre coming into the building that links via Ethernet cable to a zyxel router. From this I ...
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What's the difference between a privacy mode and a proxy?

I am a major rookie when it comes to computers, so here's probably a silly question: What's the difference between privacy mode and a proxy? I know both hide information, but what exactly do they ...
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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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Anonymous FTP: Please login with user and pass

I'm reading this RFC and just for exercise I am trying to connect to a FTP site. I'm trying to connect to ftp.freebsd.org via terminal. However as I've read in the RFC, an anonymous user is allowed to ...
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How can I use multiple VPNs for increased privacy? [closed]

I've seen similar questions all with no answers, so I'll try to be specific. The purpose is for increased privacy, in case the VPN service should turn over logs to law enforcement. You may be a ...
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How to clear cookies in IE7 on quit?

How do I make the Internet Explorer 7 delete all private data on quit? I've found the option to clear the cache, but that does not clear cookies and the history.
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How are User files in Windows 7 protected?

I noticed that I cannot access user files from one account across another. However, if someone took my HDD, hooked it up to another computer, would they be able to see the files? Is there a way to ...
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Can a web site read my MAC address?

I've been confronted with claims from one user of online game, that, according to his talk with one of moderators, the game engine allows to immediately identify the case, when the user is playing ...
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Own VPN masking IP

I have got own VPN running on OpenVPN. I want to browse internet anonymously via this VPN. Examples: Steganos VPN or CyberGhostVPN These applications automatically transfers everything through VPN. ...
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How secure is a Normal User against an Administrator in Window 8? [closed]

If I am a Normal user (or an Administrator) on a Windows 8 machine, how secure or otherwise are my files, settings, etc. against an Administrator on the same machine? Is there a way of improving my ...
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validating / sanitizing google results for posting online

i sometimes want to link to a search result page of Google services. but the address bar URL is "dirty" ...
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Convert flattr buttons to privacy friendly ones on the fly using Firefox

I know how to block flattr buttons using Adblock Plus but I'd like to use Flattr so blocking isn't a solution. However, Im concerned about the button sending a query to the flattr server even before I ...
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proxy doesn't protect from geo-pigeonholing

some sites always manifest as your country of ip. i hate that, so i got firefox plugin 'anonymox' to stop teh nets from narrowing my world to a sliver. however, lately some sites have seen through ...
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Strategies in protecting your SSH keys in case of laptop theft

Is there any cool tool that encrypts your ssh keys and locks it down when you shutdown or put your computer to sleep? So in case someone steals your laptop, they can't get into your servers etc.?
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Is it possible to make a Remote Desktop connection private from people physically watching the screen?

When I use VNC or RDP to remotely control my office computer, as far as I'm aware, someone standing in front of my computer could be seeing everything I'm doing. Furthermore, if I lose my connection ...
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SymmetricNAT error when using I2P on Windows 8

I'm trying to use I2P, an anonymizing network layer that's written in Java. I've installed the service on Windows 8, but it reports a SymmetricNAT error. I have authorized the Java executables on my ...
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How Do Online Virus Scanners Work? [closed]

I have seen a lot on free online virus scanners available online lately. I was considering trying one of them out, but I have a question. If I have company word documents, excel spreadsheets, etc on ...
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proxy servers and sensitive data security

I work in a company and they set up a proxy (DansGuardian) and I am afraid that they know all my sensitive data like emails and password because they know all website that I visit and I want to know ...
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How to wipe a specific region of a hard drive partition?

I need to wipe (securely erase) a specific part (the last third) of a partition, wiping the whole partition free space is not an option (as other regions contain deleted data that must stay ...
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How to make sure nothing is shared from Windows 8?

One of much praised features as I read in Windows 8 is sharing. I do not use any social networking and I don't want to share (however I use SkyDrive to keep some of my files accessible from different ...
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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??