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Is possible to determine location on 3g/4g mifi-hotspot devices

I ask for... I use Huawi 4g router for internet connection. It is works outdoor and i use nanostation as datalink. can anyone determine my geolocation. if it possible how much meter accuarcy.
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Set Windows Error Reporting (WER) service to “disabled”?

For non-ESU Windows 7 devices, is there any reason to have Windows Error Reporting (WER) service set to anything except "disabled"? After all, those systems will not be receiving any more updates ...
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Do sites know my name when I'm signed in to Google? [migrated]

When I visit a site like https://medium.com/, I see a popup asking me if I want to "sign in to medium.com with Google", along with my Google account's name and profile picture. How does this work? ...
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Double win10 installs - both bitlocker protected and isolated

Hardware: AMD Ryzen processor, ASUS Crosshair Hero VI mb, no TPM installed M.2 Samsung 960 PRO SSD SATA Samsung 840 PRO SSD I would like to have latest win10 2004 on both SSDs and isolated from one ...
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Signal: contact people, or have people contact me, without revealing phone number?

Is it possible to use Signal without revealing my phone number to others? I'm personally using the Signal app on Android, but of course it applies to all versions, desktop and mobile. With Telegram ...
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How do I remove any ability for Pale Moon to ever make any web request other than the normal browsing, such as from a context menu item?

If I have marked any text content in Pale Moon (same as Firefox) and right-click anywhere on the "empty" page, I get a context menu saying: Copy Select All Search DuckDuckGo for "blablabla"... The "...
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How do I clear recent emoji input history on Windows 10 emoji panel?

WinKey+. provides an emoji panel, but it shows recent emojis; How do I clear recent emojis?
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Is the Internet only a buffering nightmare for me?

So here's the thing. I have a fast fiber connection since many years. It is fast. However, it can never be used directly for privacy reasons, so I have to use a VPN service (paid for with Bitcoin and ...
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Stop Outlook from sending email when adding ics to calendar

When I download an invitation to an appointment as ics file, open it in outlook and save it to my calendar, behind the scences an email is sent out to the organisator. How can I prevent this?
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What is go.houseparty.com?

I have installed a Pi-Hole in my network and I was checking the querys from my devices. I discovered that the domain go.houseparty.com was repeatedly showing up. I have not installed the houseparty ...
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How to disable Windows 10 smart idle?

I'm trying to perform some automation on Windows 10, and I have to wait for html 5 notification from Chrome browser but it doesn't show up if I'm not using my computer. I tried to run some random ...
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When browsing a site like Reddit through Tor, what would the admins see when trying to check your IP address?

In terms of what people tracking your IP address see, is it the same as a proxy? It just looks like you’re surfing from somewhere else in the world? Like, what exactly is meant by “surf anonymously?” ...
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Home-made VPN encryption

Is OpenVPN already encrypted? If not, how would I go about encrypting traffic on my VPN, I would like to assure people who use it of safety. Specs: Ubuntu LTS 18.04 OpenVPN
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Screen recording is missing from security&privacy in macOS

today I was trying to test teamviewer and found out that my option to disable/enable screen recording is missing. (see picture) I have tried to reboot and not help. googling around did not come up ...
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Firefox: set all cookies session-only, except specific ones?

I'd like to have all cookies as session-only, except ones that I whitelist, so that sites working with cookies only won't break but their cookies are still not retained, but on the other hand, cookies ...
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Google Chrome able to see my files

When I right click on the Google Chrome icon in the Taskbar/Start menu, I am able to see files in the recent list which I don't think Google Chrome should be able to read. Also these files aren't ...
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Can tracert be used to determine MITM attack?

If the company use MITM proxy to monitor employees, I trace the same IP using my own laptop and the company laptop, respectively, Is there an extra hop when using the company laptop? Thanks.
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Why does Windows 10 create creepy screenshots of my computer by itself and put them in “\Pictures\Feedback”?

Today, I nearly got a heart attack. Looking in my "Pictures" dir, I spot this new subdir (among the many ones that Windows keeps recreating no matter how many times I delete them) called "Feedback". ...
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Ethernet cable security [closed]

If I connect a second computer to my router using an ethernet cable, how much traffic can that new computer potentially see? Currently I have two computers connected to my router via ethernet cables; ...
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Can I hide Skype conversations permanently?

I know one can hide conversations in skype, but they always come back when you get another message from it. Is there a way to prevent this behaviour?
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Cascading Routers routers to separate from shared Wi-Fi

I'm getting internet in my studio split 3 ways with my neighbor. I was just logging in to their wi-fi AP for a while, but definitely needed to separate my own network so they can't print on my printer,...
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“Your PC is being monitored and protected.”

Your PC is being monitored and protected. That's what it literally says in the Windows 10 security/privacy settings. Whether intended or not, I get extremely scary vibes from hearing that my PC is "...
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Restrict firefox extensions or only activate them manually for certain tabs for more privacy protection

Some firefox extensions require quite intrusive permissions, which can be understandable depending on what the extension does, but would not be necessary to be granted all the time. Is there a simple ...
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It is possible to mark domino users contacts/emails/meetings as Normal,Private,Personal,Confidential?

It is possible to mark domino users contacts/Emails/Meetings as Normal,Private,Personal,Confidential ? I can only see Mark Private option for contact and meetings(marking personal,confidential options ...
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How to manage authorized/banned cookies at a website granularity in Chrome

Here is what I'd like to achieve in Chrome browser: For a given website being creepy with 3rd party cookies, say borderlands.com for the sake of the example, I'd like to authorize specifically ...
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how to launch firefox in private mode with the keyboard?

How to launch a new private firefox window from the "type here to search" box in the start menu? (I think this is the same as windows key+r and then typing in "firefox" but not sure. There seem some ...
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Can MD5 Hash be reversible or crack?

I try this link (https://md5.gromweb.com/) to hash some keys (lets say key A) and reverse it back which MD5 not suppose to be reversible right? Somehow, this website can do it easily. So, I found it ...
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P2P torrents: downloaded data greater than torrent size?

How can downloaded data be greater than torrent size? In this case I already downloaded all size (100%) but after few days - missing 0.01 % of data. I try to found explanation on internet, some ...
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How to prevent Windows 10 from transmitting search terms to Microsoft / Bing?

At first, please note that this is not a duplicate question (to my best knowledge). I am not asking how to disable web search from with Cortana or the Windows 10 search bar, because there are a ...
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Which email to sign commits with for GitHub and retain privacy?

I have my GitHub account set to keep my personal email address private. The only place my personal email address is used at GitHub is to email me notifications. This means that an address of the form &...
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Can the ISP see the path of a SOCKS proxy chain

While I was reading an article about proxy chaining https://resources.infosecinstitute.com/proxy-chaining/ I've stumbled upon this paragraph Even if you use proxy chaining you can’t be 100% ...
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Clean existing cookies?

If you look for "clean tracking cookies" on google, you find exclusively instructions how to nuke ALL cookies and/or how to install tracking protection extensions. Now perhaps this is intentional ...
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Deleting (intrusive?) files safely

Platform(s): MacOS Catalina (10.15.2) and an iPad (13.3). Disclaimer: I'm in no way experienced or knowledgeable in anything relating to computers. Background: I'm keen to cut ties with Facebook ...
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Where do you find the file lists that Microsoft collects from your system?

System -> Update & Security -> Windows security (on the left) -> Virus & threat protection (on the right) -> Manage settings (under Virus & threat protection settings on the right) ...
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How do I prevent Firefox extensions from forcefully opening their webpages without my consent or permission?

Every now and then, I come back to my Firefox having opened the "I don't care about cookies" blog, with some "news" which I don't care about one bit (no pun intended). The whole point of the extension ...
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What other encrypted messaging platforms are there like Signal that provide encrypted form of communication without going through 3rd party servers? [closed]

I was wondering what other messenger applications that are like Signal that is fully encrypted for communications without. Is there one that doesn't involve a 3rd party but peer to peer chatting and ...
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Cascaded Tor-Routing

Setup: Notebook - Linux Debian (or Windows 10) with Tor-Browser Raspberry Pi as a Tor-Gateway A VPN-Software (e.g. NordVPN) If I connect to the WiFi provided by my Raspberry Pi Tor-...
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How I can change my GPU for web sites?

On this site, I can see that it detects my GPU. Is there any way to change it to another GPU for the web-browser, or to make it undetectable without turning off JavaScript?
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Cannot tell if cyph is private for messaging

I'm looking for a completely private desktop messaging and i'm not a programmer so i cannot understand their github https://github.com/cyph/cyph does this look safe to you guys? thank you
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How to setup a self destructing file system?

How can one setup a file system (i.e. a folder or a partition) with confidential information in such a way that it can be easily destroyed (i.e. overwritten with random data on the hard-drive) when ...
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Does Windows 10 add hidden properties/metadata to files? If yes, what data is added and can it be deleted?

I understand that if you right-click on a file and navigate to the "Details" tab, you can view a list of properties such as "Date created", "Date modified", "Owner", etc. My question is whether this ...
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Meaning of <chrome extension> 'Has access to this site'?

When browsing using chrome, if I hover over any of the extensions displayed in the top right of chrome browser, I see 'ADDON NAME Has access to this site' What exactly can the developers of an ...
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The same VPN works different on Windows and Android

I'm living in China and using the same VPN on both devices. Some of blocked websites (like youtube, instagram, google search) works well on both of them, but some websites (like tensorflow, medium.org)...
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How to prevent recovering metadata when using ExifTool?

When using exiftool -all:all= file.pdf this message appears: ExifTool PDF edits are reversible. Deleted tags may be recovered! Can tag recovery be prevented when ExifTool is used? Can it just wipe/...
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How do I create an unlisted (private except by link) blog post in GravCMS?

Wordpress & Youtube both have the ability to have an unlisted (more private, except by link) post. What is the equivalent in Grav CMS? (Assuming your themes & template setting has the "blog" ...
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Is the Facebook Container extension redundant with Firefox's Enchanced Tracking Protection?

Firefox now has "Enhanced Tracking Protection". What, if any, additional privacy is provided by installing the Firefox extension "Facebook Container"? References: Today’s Firefox Blocks Third-Party ...
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Is it possible to open a new tab in a specific container when using Firefox Containers?

I'm using multi-account containers in Firefox to keep my tabs separate from each other. I'm looking for a way to open new tabs in specific containers. Using Cmd+T opens a new tab in a default ...
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Youtube keeps playing in locked screen on Fedora - is it a privacy concern?

While trying to search for this problem, I only got results like "how to prevent locking a screen while watching a video". I have an opposite question. Playing a youtube video in Firefox on Fedora, I ...
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Turning a pfSense rooter into a Tor gateway?

I've recently started experimenting with the pfSense rooter/firewall and I found it quite cool with plenty of features. I then saw it supports addons, so an idea popped into my mind: Would it be ...
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Trying to configure whonix gateway with nordvpn

I am trying to install nordvpn client cli (this could be any other custom client of any vpn that provides leak protection) into whonix gateway in order to achieve a leak-free vpn connection before ...

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