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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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What does the Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on do?

I recently tried to opt-out of Google Analytics tracking on a website using my secondary browser (no other tracking blocking active) and, expecting to be given a cookie setting, was surprised to be ...
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How to scramble a directory name as part of a secure erase under Linux?

There are many tools available for Linux to securely erase data on a per file basis: shred, wipe, srm, ... you name it. Related instructions and advices typically focus on the contents of the files to ...
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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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How to fix GnuPG after importing a poisoned key (without just deleting it)

My GnuPG client automatically refreshed the keys in its keyring from a keyserver, and it imported a poisoned key. How can I fix my keyring without merely deleting the poisoned public key? Last month ...
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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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VPN on a Bridged Virtual Machine

If one would use a VPN service on a bridged virtual machine running Linux on a Windows host, would the connection's security and privacy be breached in any way or shape due to this situation or would ...
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Trying to fake a location in web browser via Tor or a VPN but it’s not working

I would like to fake my location to one specific website, but it doesn't work. I tried two methods: I installed TunnelBear VPN and I allowed GhostBear and VigilantBear options. I installed Brave ...
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Keeping cookie data separate

If I want to keep Google from knowing what I do on Amazon and Facebook, will making copies of my browser software in separate folders and renaming the executable for each site work? In brief, will the ...
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office pro plus 2016 privacy concern by organization

i am using office pro plus 2016 under a organization(my university), is that mean all the organization can access all my data while i am using office? thx i had read below link and manage the privacy ...
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What is the Tails configuration for Ublock Origin on TOR?

I'd like to run TOR with Ublock Origin, but for various reasons I can't replace my whole OS with Tails. In order to not compromise the anonymity of my browser, I figure I can just configure UBO the ...
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If a software on Windows 7 has storage access and network access, what prevent it from sending all the files on the computer to a external server?

As the title says, if for example an antivirus send to their server “suspicious” non-executable files (such as documents), and neither ask permission for that from users, what it prevents any other ...
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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 figure out which cookies give what information where? [closed]

I have tried viewing cookies in my Chrome settings, but I don't see any human-readable data about my browsing. Most of what I have read stops at telling me how to view and delete cookies without ...
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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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Does Tor send the website domain name or IP to the relays?

When a Tor client wants to connect to a website, say: google.com, does it resolve its IP first, then send the IP over the relays? or does it pass the domain name which gets resolved by the last exit ...
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does Tor hide my IP and send another device's IP?

I have looked at multiple resources to understand a high-level overview on how Tor network works. When I make an HTTP or HTTPS request to a website, ideally devices connect using IPs. So in Tor, ...
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I need to change my digital fingerprints so it would like an ordinary computer from USA [closed]

I know that Tor can do that, but as I understood, it changes your data every time. But I need constant data, so web site that I use would recognize me without any suspicion. Is there any way to do ...
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Firefox 66 - Clear all history is not clearing active logins and shopping carts

I noticed that my Amazon shopping cart still had items in it after I cleared all my data (except browsing history) and restarted Firefox later. Also, when I came here to post this, I was already ...
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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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Privacy Error: “mail.icloud.com” : Connection is not private

I'm trying to load my "icloud" email, using Chrome 73. I also tried Firefox 64. When I load 'https://mail.icloud.com' I get the following: Your connection is not private Attackers might be trying ...
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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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What ISP know about my local network when I use their ONU?

I have FTTP (Fibre to the Premises) and a GPON ONU given to me by my ISP. I know they can see hostnames and MAC of devices connected in ONU. If I connect my personal router to this ONU and then ...
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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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Facebook Sandbox Browser

How can I make firefox operate as a site-specific browser? The goal is security through compartmentalization. Specifically, to thwart facebook's attempts to track & store all of my internet ...
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How can I block HTML Canvas fingerprinting in Firefox via permissions?

I ran a Canvas fingerprinting browser test and noticed that I am susceptible to Canvas fingerprinting in Firefox 66. This was a surprise to me, as I had read several announcements declaring that ...
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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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Weird thing happening on VPN?

Hi I have noticed a strange behaviours earlier today on my VPN on a specific server. 1) When I run a trace route command while connected to VPN (on a specific countries server) my internet will not ...
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How to tell if my VPN is working?

Hi when I am not connected to my VPN and do a route print I get one 0.0.0.0 entry in the Network Destination column. It has a gateway of 192..... When I connect to my VPN and do a route print I get ...
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How to stop Firefox's version 64.0 from showing the update nag screen?

Edit 24. May 2019: The accepted answer doesn't work for version 66.0.5 (64 Bit), at least not for me. (And I assume it doesn't work for any other new version.) I have Firefox 64.0 (64-bit) running on ...
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What is my IP address?

Previously I was with Bell Canada, and the public IP address they provided me is xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx. It was something like 172.16.254.1 which is what Google told me, and also what running ipconfig told ...
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Avoid: Getting duplicate MAC address, with MAC address randomizer?

First of, a little context as to why I ask this question: I'm currently researching how I can get more "anonymous" online, not because I'm doing anything I need to hide, but simply because I value my ...
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What can a network owner (WiFi admin) see for google searches on an iPhone? [duplicate]

I have gotten mixed reviews on this, apple told me that the WiFi network owner CANNOT see what you have searched on google when accessing a WiFi network via iPhone. They will be able to see that you ...
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iplocation.net Reports the Same Proxy, TorBrowser (tor) or Firefox (non-tor)

The site https://www.iplocation.net/find-ip-address (What is my IP?) reports an IP address, and two proxy addresses. One of the two proxy addresses is the same from TorBrowser (tor) or from Firefox (...
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Stop Netgear Orbi from calling home

Since I have my own DNS and I monitor queries placed from my devices I saw that after buying the netgear orbi I'm flooded with DNS-resolves for netgear.com How can I stop my netgear from calling home?...
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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 ...