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Questions tagged [privacy]

Questions about protecting your privacy on your computer. Questions about privacy in web applications belong in WebApps.

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How do the 'alternatives' to the EFF's Privacy Badger extension differ from it, and are they legit?

I've been using EFF Privacy Badger for several years (with Firefox), and I like it. Recently I've noticed another extension, named Privacy Possum - obviously an alternative. That website says: ...
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What is the minimal list cookies to accept for Google Drive in FireFox?

After deciding to block cookies and site data in my browser (FireFox), as expected many sites give problems. Luckily in the settings I can allow sites to store cookies in the 'preferences' on a per-...
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Sysmon svchost and backgroundtaskhost connecting to random IP's

For some reason sysmon, svchost.exe and backgroundtaskhost.exe are connecting to some IP's. Why they connect to this IP's ? List of IP's sysmon connects 104.18.20.226 66.225.197.197 104.18.21.226 93....
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Facebook: Unable to set privacy for album [migrated]

Even if I click Edit album, the drop-down to choose privacy is not shown. It's not clear what needs to be done to make the album private.
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How to remove accounts from “Choose an account” list in Google sign in? [migrated]

When signing in with Google (oauth), it shows a list of accounts it already knows about. How can I remove some accounts from this list? I know I can nuke all of them by deleting all cookies, but I'd ...
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If I connect to a website over HTTPS via VPN into Tor and make a self-identifying purchase, does that compromise my identity to other sites?

Let's work our way backward. I understand that the Tor exit node would not know who I am, because the request it is sending out is encrypted via HTTPS. But, the website it connects to would realize ...
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Will https also protect the url address after the domain name? [duplicate]

For example, right now the address is https://superuser.com/questions/ask, so will the "questions/ask" part be leaked? Other case: https://superuser.com/posts/1385520/edit Will a hacker know that I'...
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Local storage is not deleting in firefox

I have Firefox 64 and I'm logged in a website that uses local storage instead of cookies to maintain the session. When I disable the DOM storage in about:config the website logs me out; But when I ...
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Why do some sites not load if cookies are blocked? [closed]

As a rule I only allow cookies from sites that require one to logon, and my browsers(Palemoon and Chromium) are set to reject cookies by default, except for a whitelist. Some sites simply don't load ...
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how to use “stackedit.io” offline, ie. NOT connected to the internet, and NOT connect to a cloud?

I'm looking for a way to edit markdown documents in stackedit.io, without publishing my documents on the internet, or letting corporations spy on my personal data with facebook-like obsession. I'm ...
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Can I wipe a Samsung 850 Evo SSD by plugging it into another computer through an enclosure and using erase software?

I'm soon sending my computer to a repair shop and I want to wipe my SSD first before sending it in. I detatched the 850 Evo SSD from my computer and was wondering if I could connect it to a laptop ...
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Can ISP see name resolution when i use OpenDNS or Cloudflare DNS?

I used OpenVPN tunneling for privacy from my ISP for a long time now. But recently ive run into an issue where my DNS over the VPN goes to the wrong internal IP. So I've decided to not block outside ...
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Is the new Firefox Content Blocking similar to Ghostery? [closed]

I have been using the Ghostery plugin with Firefox for a while now as my main tracking and ad blocker. I've noticed that the new Firefox 63 also has content blocking. Do I no longer need Ghostery ...
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How to block granting some permissions while logging in with Google Account?

On Ubuntu Linux there is an option to sync system calendar with Google Calendar. In order to do that, I need to log in with Google Account. Unfortunately, it also requires me to grant permissions to ...
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Tricking website that you are using different browser or OS

For example when I look under recent logins on my gmail account or other websites it shows exact OS that I am using and exact Browser. Is there a way to change what Information I am sharing with ...
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How to clear history in Office 365 “My Office” Application?

See screen snapshot below. When I open "My Office" I don't want my history to show up. How to disable this "feature"? Also, I don't want my document history copied to a cloud database on timelines.
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NordVPN conflicts with Tor on Linux

I have a question about my VPN. It's been doing strange things. I have installed the NordVPN package for Linux on Linux Mint 19 by following the instructions on their website and the Tor Browser as ...
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Can Chrome be parametrized to not leak one's LAN IP address? [duplicate]

A little known fact is that some browsers, including Chrome and Firefox, have an API that lets a website get the LAN IP address of a client (often of the form 192.168.x.x or other private IPv4 address)...
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Can I use TOR browser without using TOR network? UPDATED for 2018 [closed]

This question was asked 2 years ago and answered successfully back then (Can I use TOR browser without using TOR network?), but the Tor Browser has changed since then and these old instructions are no ...
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Can't update/use Whonix distribution

When trying to start "Whonix Gateway" first time, after few starting steps it runs whonixsetup which checks if Whonix is configured successfully within Tor, but it fails with Warning: So, as ...
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How to sign-in to Google without Signing-in to Chrome?

I don't use the Chrome user account features and don't want the browser to know my Google account. In the past I just didn't sign-in to Chrome, signed-in to Google (mostly to sign-in to StackEchange ...
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Buying used computer - any identifying hardare specs sent when surfing web?

this is one of those "Things I should know and was afraid to ask" questions. I'm considering buying a used laptop for the first time - and I had a thought - even if I wipe the hard drive and re-...
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taskhostw.exe asks for webcam usage

ESET prompted a window that taskhostw.exe wants to access the webcam on my laptop. The exe is from system32. I turned off camera access before but it seems like a system update turned it back on ...
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Is it possible to see a ping from a LAN computer to an unknown destination?

rookie question... Two computers in a home network connected only by Ethernet to a router. The router is connected to internet and gives the computer ip:s like 192.168.10.xx. One of the computers ...
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DNS-over-HTTPS implementation after configure alternative DNS server

I've configured an alternative DNS server with DNSSEC in my PC (DNS.WATCH). After that, i've found DNS-over-HTTPS, after asking myself if an alternative DNS is more secure for the end user, because of ...
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How to automatically remove all meta data from file(s) using Linux OS?

On daily basis dozen of files arrive at my virtual desktop and they find their way to their next destination on: Cloud mailbox shared_folders mobile_devices etc I have noticed that some of them ...
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How can I block ALL installed windows software to access the internet, except for the browser?

guys, As you know, all big enterprises like google, Microsoft, Facebook and many others are collecting personal sensible data from people. They say that these data are for "enhancing experience", or ...
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How do I use Adobe Flash Player with more privacy?

For the past few months I have become more concerned with online privacy. That is because I became more aware of how much data is collected on internet users and how easily that data is obtained. I ...
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OpenVPN: proxy hostname used to connect from

I have set up OpenVPN (PiVPN) on a Raspberry Pi that is connected to my home broadband. The Pi runs ddclient which regularly updates a free No-IP hostname. I connect to the VPN through the No-IP ...
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Cookie consent vs browser setting priority

Background info This question is about the functional implications of the "EU cookie law" in browsers. General Data Protection Regilation (GDPR) is implemented in EU starting from May 2018 and ...
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Create a private folder in Android: set the SELinux attribute of a folder in external storage

There are quite a few apps that require read and write access to the external storage, which gives them access to the whole /sdcard directory. But since that is also the only storage the user ...
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Is it dangerous to share my dmesg file? [closed]

I'm developing a project where I have to imitate Linux startup sequence. What I thought about, was of course, putting my dmesg into it. Is it dangerous? Will I share any sensitive information? This ...
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Get rid of Google Analytics suffix on links?

Not sure if this question fit here or in software recommendations. Sorry if I chose the wrong site. I am looking for a something that automatically rewrites links with a Google Analytics suffix (...
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How can I verify if TOR relay is working

I am attempting to run a relay node on my Kali Linux VM. It appears like everything is working. I started it with systemctl and the service is active. I looked up my public IP on https://metrics....
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Could this well known software be a spyware?

Steam is a digital distribution platform developed by Valve Corporation, which offers digital rights management (DRM), multiplayer gaming, video streaming and social networking services. This ...
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How can I get rid of invasive privacy notice popups/sticky footers in Firefox?

Lately it seems like a large majority of the websites I visit are pestered with invasive popups or sticky footer bars that take up the majority of my screen space, telling me about each website's ...
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TOR Browser - canvas prompt - how to revoke?

I've visited a website and tried to upload and image, but this website prompted something like "Do you want to share canvas image info?.. Be careful, it can break your privacy, etc.". When I pressed "...
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How can I automatically set tracking opt-out cookies in my browser?

How can I have Firefox automatically set tracking opt-out cookies? I've recently updated from Firefox 60 from Firefox 52esr, which means I've lost all my trusty XUL add-ons. This includes Beef Taco (...
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Security implications of using screen-capturing software to monitor a user's activity [closed]

Buried deep within the Privacy Policy of a purely cloud-based financial services business (with no software downloaded to the user's device) is the following statement: "We use screen capturing ...
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login to Google OK but not Google Drive

On my Linux laptop I have recently changed my Privacy preferences to never allow cookies, and then making exceptions for https://google.com and Google in my country, plus https://accounts.google.com (...
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can I stop sites sending my login details to 3rd party sites? [closed]

On my Linux system, I have recently started using the LightBeam plugin for Firefox. It shows which sites interact with me without letting me know when I visit sites like LinkedIn (and also ...
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PC with VPN, and then VM with proxy

For example I launched trusted VPN, it provides encrypted VPN tunnel. Then I launch VM and enter proxy address in the settings of Internet Explorer. So the question is - when I will use this virtual ...
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Windows 10 privacy: How are apps inserted into the categories (camera, email, etc.) and then blocked?

I am developing machine control software for machines of my company. The software is currently running under Windows 7 Pro SP1. Inside these machines, GigE cameras and USB cameras are used. Also, we ...
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Is it possible to avoid sharing usage information with Microsoft?

I recently opened Microsoft Excel 2016 and got the following pop-up: Neither option says "do not share my data", the only way I can seem to do that is to close the dialogue. The downside of that is ...
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Firefox Saved Logins Once cleared never asks again?

If I delete a login/password in firefox by deleting it from the url list under Options > Privacy and Security > Saved Logins , that url will never offer again the option to save a login/password. I ...
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If a Chrome Extension is installed but turned off, can it still spy on me?

Say a Chrome extension is turned off and has the permissions: "Read and change all your data on the websites you visit" and "Read your browsing history", or other similar tracking permissions. Can ...
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Tor Browser: How to disable NAG “…attempted to extract HTML5 canvas…”

Constant Nag: "this website (...) attempted to extract HTML5 canvas image data, which may be used to uniquely identify your computer." There's an option to "remember for this site," which has NEVER ...
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Can my ISP get my laptop Device ID and Product ID?

Can the ISP get my laptop Device ID and Product ID shown on the settings of my device? I know ISP can get MAC address and IP address, can they get more than that?
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What exactly ISP can see when someone use DNSCrypt-proxy with dnscrypt-enabled public DNS resolver?

Could anyone explain what kind of information can ISP see about the DNS queries when DNSCrypt proxy is used on my router, configured with some Public DNSCrypt-enabled resolvers (not the ISP's DNS ...
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How to upload documents (PDFs) anonymously?

Backgroud history I have a drive folder link, where I want to upload some PDFs anonymously. I am using the VPN of Opera. I want to share my solution for several lessons with my fellow students. Our ...