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Are most Chinese softwares really sending out user information to their government? [closed]

In other words, do I have to keep away from downloading softwares developed and managed by chinese person/company, not to get my information - anything from activity log to account information - ...
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What exactly is MediaCreationTool doing when it's "Getting a few things ready"?

Every time I run this tool from Microsoft to create a Windows installation media/ISO, it says for quite a long time before it actually starts: Getting a few things ready What exactly is it doing at ...
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How to disable Windows lock screen showing sensitive content?

When you lock your Windows 10 workstation, the lock screen continues to show sensitive content: You can then even resume playing the sensitive content. How do you make locking the workstation lock ...
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Can website cookies (ie. from Facebook) track me when I use the same browser to browse other websites?

Recently, I've been doing research on Google on home improvement articles. I use the same browser -- Brave, which touts its privacy settings right from get-go -- occasionally to check Facebook. I did ...
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What exactly is a "Google Services Token" and what does it mean? [duplicate]

In the privacy settings for Vivaldi, there is a "Google Services Token" checkbox. I unchecked it. After that, it was possible to log in to Gmail, with the site claiming that my "browser ...
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What exactly is a "Google Services Token"? [closed]

In the privacy settings for Vivaldi, there is a "Google Services Token" checkbox. I unchecked it. After that, it was possible to log in to Gmail, with the site claiming that my "browser ...
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Privacy: VPN and DNS

I'm using a VPN for privacy purposes. If I ensure that the DNS requests are sent through the VPN I can select whatever DNS Server I like? Is there any advantage to using the DNS Server provided by the ...
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What is Vivaldi doing when it is "Loading suggestion..." when right-clicking a typo in a textarea?

With default settings ("basic" spellchecker), I right-click a word with curly red lines underneath it in a textarea. It then brings up a context menu which often displays for several seconds ...
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Your privacy settings blocked access to your location

On a computer with Windows 11, about every week, I get a notification saying, "Your privacy settings blocked access to your location", and "If you want to change these settings, go to ...
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What does Google know about me when I use Chrome to browse?

Specifically, I wanted to know, when one uses Chrome to browse, assuming that they are not signed into a Google account and there are no cookies/history/cache or other data saved before starting, ...
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Description for category names of Mozilla Shavar blacklist

Looking at the Mozilla Shavar blacklist, which is used for tracking protection (ex. in Mozilla Firefox), the services are grouped in several categories: Email EmailStrict Advertising Content Analytics ...
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Are there other ways for co-editing with Word than OneDrive?

For my company we would like to co-edit documents, but we don't like the privacy concerns about Microsoft OneDrive because it's hosted in the US. Are there any other possibilities to use word together ...
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Windows encryption of users data

I use a Windows 10 laptop that is also used by other people. All users have the administrator rights. I want to protect my profile folder C:\Users\myaccount from access by the other users, especially ...
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Do printers really have hard disks or any kind of storage in them?

I keep hearing about how insecure it is to use printers to print any kind of sensitive material, such as Bitcoin private keys. Allegedly because they "store all printed pages on internal storage&...
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Is mute (Fn + F8) button on a HP laptop a physical switch

My laptop has a physical mute button (F8). Is this a physical switch or a software switch? I am trying to understand if malware could disable the mute button or not Thanks
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How to make sure of user's privacy in my app? [closed]

I want to develop an app where I want to give user's at most privacy to their data. I need a database and server to run my app. Are there any instances of AWS/GCP not being trustworthy regarding user ...
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Better understanding 2FA

Why does 2FA fail unless geo-location is enabled system wide ? Solutions offered ( https://debiankalilinuxtips.substack.com/p/automatic-datetime-sync ) for date/time sync do not resolve 2fa requiring ...
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Take ownership greyed out

I am the system administrator. I took ownership of those directories: C:\Windows C:\Program Files C:\Program Files (x86) I gave myself full permissions without any problems. Recently i noticed an .exe ...
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How do I disable the Firefox "sign into XXXX with Google" popup? [duplicate]

I've looked around and found ways to do this in Chrome, but how can I disable this in Firefox?
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How does google know my real location exactly?

I searched this question here and found this answer and this answer but neither works for me. I set US timezone in Windows, start VPN with a US public ip address, clear all cookies/cache/history, ...
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What can a Chrome extension see about my activity outside of Chrome?

I have an extension that I need to add to my Chrome. The extension has these permissions: "-Read your browsing history -Display notifications -Manage your apps, extensions, and themes" I ...
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Hiding files from the nemo file manager

I recently switched from windows to linux. I have sensitive images inside my linux mint os and I was wondering if I can hide it from the nemo file manager.
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Does Google Chrome wipe the profile data?

When turning off sync in Google Chrome, there's an option called "Clear bookmarks, history, passwords and more from this device". Will this do data erasure, so that the data is completely ...
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Block windows microphone access for specific desktop apps

I can turn on/off microphone access for windows apps individually. But for desktop apps, I am not being able to individually control the microphone access. The slider doesn't even show up to ...
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Microsoft [Office] wants to spy on [Mac] local account that does not use their software

I have a couple of local accounts on a Mac. One of them does not use MS Office installed on the machine, and has no plans to do so. Microsoft throws up 'Required Data' notice at every login. The only ...
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Can an ISP see private IP addresses?

I know there are two IP addresses: the public IP address, which is given by the Wi-Fi router and is the same for all the devices connected to it and is the IP address visible to websites; and the ...
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Remove e-mail address from Windows 10

Recently, I found that one of my e-mail addresses somehow made its way too little too far into the system, even into the settings(*): My account is local, and I've never used any e-mail client on ...
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Can the administrator of a remote Citrix system see the files or desktop of a client machine running Citrix client software?

I work with more than one company and need to know if the administrators of a remote Citrix system are able to see anything on my local desktop, or if they are able open files on my local hard-drive. ...
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How can I log in in Windows 11 Home without MS account?

I want to see how Windows 11 works before upgrading but I hate logging in with a microsoft account. This is because of privacy reasons. How can I create a local account instead of a microsoft account? ...
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Without cookies, is it still possible for an online identity to be matched across different ip addresses?

It's easy to verify that, after changing my ip address (such as by connecting to a VPN), my online identity is maintained (site logins remain active, settings remain unchanged, etc.) Of course, once I ...
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How does Whois/Domain privacy work?

How exactly, and moreover, why does Domain privacy work? Some sources state that you need to buy it from your hosting/domain provider, but others state that it comes by default on some domains. And if ...
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How do I disable telemetry in Thunderbird?

I'm running Thunderbird 91. I noticed in the JS console that the app is collecting some kind of telemetry about me and sending it somewhere! Noooo... ! How do I disable it?
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Removing all identifying info before sharing a copy of an excel sheet on a blog

There is an Excel Workbook I have created which I want to share on a blog page of mine (it's a static page created on github.io) What is the best way to share an excel Workbook? Should I just provide ...
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Does Tailscale log the IPs of devices which are connected on your account?

I know a lot of VPNs say they don’t log IPs, but then have other situations internally. I’m not even sure entirely how Tailscale works on the server-side, does one device connect to Tailscale servers ...
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Can the extension of a veracrypt file be changed without damaging the file?

is this possible? so I can change the file back to its original extension and use it and when I am done using it, I change the extension to maybe a .mp4 or .pdf something like that ?
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How is Dell bloatware reinstalling itself on my computer despite removing it?

I'm working with a bunch of Dell wireless keyboards and mice. There's nothing fancy or special about them. They're not even Bluetooth. They're just the ordinary, cheapie stock keyboards and mice that ...
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No Micorophone sound after Big Sur Patch

please help me i have a massive problem. Unfortunately, I was so unwise and upgraded my operating system (MacOS Mojave) to the latest version (Mac OS Big Sur) using a patcher. My Mac is actually no ...
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Can a website still recognize me if I use a VPN and clear my cookies? [closed]

I have a user account on some website, and want to create a new account on it using a VPN. I don't want the website to connect the new account with the old one. What are fingerprints that I should ...
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I am not able to access preview settings [duplicate]

I want to change settings to send optional data. But it says it is controlled by an organization. I tried changing using gpdedit but it still did not work. I also tried enabling telemetry but it did ...
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Why is my router giving privacy errors to websites like my ISP and Actiontec?

I recently got a new router provided by my ISP, Windstream, and they gave me a T3260. I wanted to update the firmware but I tried going to Actiontec where I saw a firmware tag and I got hit with a &...
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How to set up Google 2FA with third party OTP app

I have a Google account with one of the organisations I volunteer for. They have recently taken the decision to require 2FA for all account sign-ins. Google's 2FA enrolment process requires one of (a) ...
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How-To add Brave Search to Firefox Search Bar

I am not yet using Brave browser, because Chrome based. How-To add Brave Search to Firefox Search Bar? Brave, the browser which has gained momentum and popularity in recent years, is taking another ...
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Privacy error on many sites in Chromium based browsers

When I want to access sites like howtogeek or khan academy on Chromium based browsers, the following privacy error occurs: Error picture I do the first solution in this question but didn't work. I'm ...
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How do I figure out whether this is a bug or how do I debug what is trying to access my webcam?

Similar question, which has a different question (since my AV doesn't even know the process ID or similar): Antivirus warns about processes trying to access my webcam I am using ESET Internet Security ...
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Privacy concern about email aliases using Kmail

I sent an email via Kmail from an alias. I went to the sent messages folder and I saved the email on the local drive in mbox format. Them I opened it with a text editor. I saw that Kmail added a ...
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Can a chrome extension that only has site access "on click" still see your browsing history other times?

If I have a chrome extension that only gets site access "On click", but also has other permissions, is still active in the background without my clicking? Can it access my browsing history ...
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Thunderbird with NextCloud calendar: How can I make my events and tasks private by default?

I use latest Thunderbird for managing my NextCloud hosted calendar. When I create an event, I have to manually choose private. I wish that this flag is always enabled. How can I make my events and ...
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Privacy protection while sharing an AWS account [closed]

I am thinking of getting an AWS account for hosting some hobby bots of mine. I have an online collaborater also in my hobby - we don't know each other personally not even our real names. Mainly ...
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How to convert network type to private with VPN program in Windows?

When I use iTop VPN program it works, i.e. my apparent public IP address changes. But I see no effect on Network and Sharing center in Windows. In particular, I'd like the network type be changed from ...
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Google Chrome software reporter tool stressing CPU and heating SSD

I just installed Google chrome, when downloading, I made sure to uncheck the checkbox that said to send usage data to Google. Now after using it for a bit, I see computer going nuts, NVME SSD got to ...
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