Questions tagged [privacy]

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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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How can I enable anonymous access to a Samba share under ADS security mode?

I'm trying to enable anonymous access to a single service in my Samba config. Authorized user access is working perfectly, but when I attempt a no-password connection, I get this message: Anonymous ...
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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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Can Google Docs be used to “sanitize” a word or excel document?

Sometimes I have to download some word or excel documents from incredible sites. I need not only to read but also to edit them. I heard that Microsoft Office suite is a very popular attack vector. ...
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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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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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Where can you see the data that's been recorded by a tracking cookie?

I've always read that cookies can, and do, store sensitive information such as OTHER websites that you've visited outside the one to which the cookie belongs. I've started to read up about it and can ...
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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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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 does Discord know what I'm listening to on Spotify?

I'm running Discord in Google Chrome browser. Discord is logged in using it's own set of credentials. How does it know what I'm listening to on Spotify? Is this information public? How do I limit what ...
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Is the mic listening when my Windows PC is LOCKED, any indicator?

I use my PC to make a VOIP calls. The call does not disconnect when PC locks. From this answer, https://superuser.com/a/1563833/1191544, I realized that there is an indication in the notification ...
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How to hide or spoof hardware info from the browser?

I am using Google Chrome on a VirtualBox and Chrome detects my camera as 'VirtualBox WebCam-USB 2.0 VGA'. How to prevent Chrome from reading device information or to make it read it as something else ...
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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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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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How to uninstall sfproc.exe silent app (Possibly from timedoctor)

I was asked by my employer to download and install an exe. They didn't gave me much detail. But from the onset it looked like time doctor. I work from a home pc and I thought the version I was given ...
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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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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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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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RpcSs connects to 180.97.239.5. Should I be alarmed?

Today I found a suspicious connection from svchost.exe to 180.97.239.5. In the Windows Task Manager I found that the connection is made from RpcSs. According to Wikipedia, RPC is remote procedure ...
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Selectively deleting a site from history fully on Opera/Chrome?

When I attempt to selectively delete a site from the Opera site history, although it disappears from the history list it still appears with the suggestions feature in the address bar (obtained from ...
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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 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 options:...
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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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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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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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Is there no way to disable the storage of flash videos (FLV) in your temp folder?

I found out that even if you delete Flash cookies, the FLV files of all videos you watch are stored in a temp folder, typically C:\Users\YourName\AppData\Local\Temp. They are deleted when you close ...
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How to download public Google drive folder without Google account?

I used many years JDownloader to download public Google Drive folders. Since a few days I get the error message Download impossible - add Google account and retry or wait and retry later. I have no ...
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How can I find the package family name of a desktop app?

I am trying to restrict the camera to only specific apps on my Windows 10 Surface with Group Policy. I need the package family name of the app to allow it and I would like to allow Zoom which is a ...
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Take dektop screenshot from macOS launch agent

I have the following script to take a screenshot programmatically $ cat /Users/bamboo/capture/capture #!/bin/bash screencapture -o "$(dirname "$0")/screenshot.png" When I run ...
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Hardening my VPN Killswitch

I am currently creating a VPN Killswitch and so far it manages to keep traffic out, I just wanted to run it by others in order to catch something I missed. The killswitch uses source and destination ...
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Office 365 Privacy Settings and Telemetry

I need some help/advice on which telemetry settings to enable/disable in Office365 and registry to maintain a reasonable level of privacy while not breaking functionality. I am not a security/privacy ...
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Alternatives to TAILS for anonimity on TOR unfriendly websites

I'm a happy TAILS user since a while. I've immeditaly fallen in love with the simplicity of the installation and user experience in general: no code, minimal competences required to get everything up ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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When I ask Firefox to block “Cookies” for known “Third-party trackers”, does it also block LocalStorage?

I use Firefox 68.0 (as packaged by Fedora Linux 30). I have selected "Custom" content blocking, and enabled blocking "Cookies" from "Third-party trackers". Does it also affect third-party tracking ...
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How to stop Firefox's version 66.0.5 (64-Bit) from showing the update nag screen?

I asked the same question for version 64.0, and the then accepted answer worked. For the 66.0.5 (64-Bit) version on Windows 7 Home Premium it doesn't work anymore. I had to install the 66.0.5 version,...
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How to stop Firefox's newest (65.0.5) version from checking for updates when opening the Help->About Firefox window?

I have Firefox 65.0.5 (64-bit) running on Windows 7 Home Premium. (I use Firefox with German language setting.) After the certificate disaster of Firefox, I was forced to update to 65.0.5. Sadly, ...
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Is there a way to restrict a user from referencing cells in a protected workbook?

I have a workbook (ProtectedWorkbook.xlsx) that has a user interface page (UI Sheet), so when they enter a name, it displays some information on that person. It pulls this information from a hidden ...
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Manage Windows 10 Privacy(general) by GPO

Is possible to manage this Windows settings via Group Policy ? If Yes explain it please. Thanks.
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Windows 10/Chrome: how to disable thumbnails for a specific folder or reset download locations

My issue lies in downloading files in a public setting, as once in a while, the "Save As" menu, ends up in a folder with rather "sensitive" material in it. So basically I would like to either be able ...
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How to switch between two disks “quite fast” without exposing them to eachother?

Let's say that I'm working remotely on my private PC in my Home (PC is standing next to me) I'd want to have One disk for my private things Second one for job, only. When I'm working - I'm using ...
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What is the fastest way to toggle third-party cookies on/off in Firefox?

In Firefox, what is the fastest way to toggle allowing all third-party cookies vs allowing none of them? Currently, in Firefox v65.0.2, you have to follow all these steps to enable all third-party ...
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Content LiveKernel Minidump / GUI

I ve just noticed that WER (Windows Error Reporting) creates a lot of small mindiumps (about 300kb) even without getting a BSOD. Recent crashes were only caused by my graphics driver. As the mindumps ...
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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 ...