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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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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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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 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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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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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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Why is my true IP location revealed *inside* my VPS host?

I'm using VPS hosting based on Windows Server 2008. The machine is physically located in the US and I'm connecting via RDP using mRemoteNG from my home in Europe. It's easy to Google many "IP ...
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How can I monitor which data an iOS transmits over WiFi?

I use a third party keyboard which has suggestions and the developer claims – on his website – that it stores everything locally on the device, but there is no word on this matter in app description ...
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How to make Firefox open all links in a private window by default?

How to make Firefox open all links in a private window by default? (I mean, unless I manually chose to open a link in "normal" mode, or it's a link from a site to itself, it should open it in a ...
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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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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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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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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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How to allow an application in Mountain Lion in the “Security and Privacy” settings?

Every time I was trying to use an Alfred workflow written in Applescript, I got the error "No user interaction allowed". In Mavericks there is an "Accessibility" option in the "Security and Privacy" ...
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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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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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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 prevent swapping on Mac osx?

I am inclined to run Tails through a virtual machine so that I could chain two VPNs. One running through the host Mac osx and one more running from inside the virtual machine that's running Tails. ...
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Tor config to ignore LAN hosts

Anyone has any tips on how to configure Tor software to ignore specified host names that are on my LAN? I'm guessing there is an option in torrc file, but I was not able to find anything in the ...
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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 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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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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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 to anonymize DWG documents in AutoCAD?

Sometimes, when sending DWG document, you need to do so anonymously. When answering a call for bids, e.g. However, AutoCAD automatically save a “last-saved-by” metadata field, which contains the ...
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UAC for accessing private key

I like that Windows (Vista and later versions) asks me for a confirmation (UAC) before executing any new application. Can I somehow configure UAC to ask for my confirmation EVERYTIME an application is ...
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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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Absolute anonymous/secure hosting management using TOR

I need to manage a hosting in a private way... and this includes FTP transfers. I want to do it running TAILS (Linux distro based on TOR and Debian), and I have the following problems: First: Tails ...
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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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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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Can I get personalized web content if I use AdBlock?

I use AdBlock in Chrome and I'm subscribed to the following lists: Fanboy tracking list, Fanboy annoyance list, Easylist privacy, the main Fanboy list, the main Easylist. Am I still able to receive ...
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Is Abine TACO comparable to NoScript addon in Firefox?

As someone who is trying to be security conscious on the web, I've setup Firefox to use the Tor network and NoScript, among other plugins. However, I've found NoScript to be such a pain since I have ...
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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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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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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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Does O&O ShutUp 10 effectively turn off Win10's telemetry?

As of today, I rejected to install Windows 10 on my machines, due to Microsoft's weird EULA in respect to data privacy as discussed widely across the internet. As far as I know, for Windows 10 HOME ...
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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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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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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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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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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 get rid of my personal details from AdChoices?

I've visited some random page for the first time and to my surprise my personal previously posted advert on Gumtree (not specifically the one below) appeared in the public advert. I would like to ...
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No-ip alongside tor

Is there a way to resolve Dynamic DNS with Tor so that I can connect to my computer who is behind a NAT ? Do I have to enable the "no-ip" service on my router or do I have to make a port forward ?
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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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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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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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Can the MAC address of the USB stick broadband connection be traced together with the IP address?

Can the MAC address of the USB stick broadband connection be traced together with the IP address? Also, the mac address of the broadband stick used, computer or network card inside the laptop, etc.?
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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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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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Mac Firewall - Block all incoming connections except one app?

Mac OS X 10.11 - Firewall Want to keep my privacy but the app is only working when incoming connections allowed. Is it possible to block all incoming connections except for one app? And without ...