Questions tagged [privacy]

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How to See Ad without being tracked by Google and others?

I want to know how Google,Facebook,etc.. know I viewed AD? Are they know it by pixels(like in emails) on ADS or any other way? Let Me Clear What I want to Know Take Example- Here I Suppose UMatrix is ...
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Is any source-identifying information leaked when a third-party DNS server is queried exclusively by DoT routed through a VPN?

From my understanding, the DNS query packet does not contain soure IP information (https://www2.cs.duke.edu/courses/fall16/compsci356/DNS/DNS-primer.pdf) The DoT connection encrypts the query from the ...
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Is there anyway to clear my Flash Projector history?

Ever since Flash died, I have been using the flash projector provided by the Adobe people. The flash projector is very excellent, except for the fact that it makes it obvious what you have been using ...
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How to donate a computer without jeopardizing personal information?

I have an old computer that is no longer working and I want to donate it or perhaps throw it in the trash. However, I don't want people to potentially get my banking account data, usernames/passwords ...
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Dropbox URL gives access to file content

I am very surprised that I linked on a Dropbox URL stored in my web browser's history and, without being logged in, I could see the content of the file. I have created a new file to test it and, just ...
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Can I scan with a HP OfficeJet Pro 9018 without logging into an HP account?

I bought an HP OfficeJet Pro 9018 for its duplex scanning capability. The HP Smart scan application will not scan anything without logging into an HP account. I absolutely do not want anything I ...
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Privacy: Disallowing server reading user's time

If you go to www.deviceinfo.me, you'll see that the website is able to read your machine's local time. This is sensitive information because it says whereabouts you're located. Is there any way to ...
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How to prevent cPanel webmail administrator to know all users passwords

Is there a way to prevent a cPanel admin to know the password of all emails ? Because as far as i know, the cPanel is the only place to create emails, so since only one (or very few people) have ...
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What does “recovering from crashes” have to do with windows.com?

I read this today: Bitflips are events that cause individual bits stored in an electronic device to flip, turning a 0 to a 1 or vice versa. Cosmic radiation and fluctuations in power or temperature ...
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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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How can I tell if a user is blocked?

I have recently had to remove and block a contact from Skype (Skype 8, Windows 10). Now, as is supposed to be they are no longer in my contacts list. Good. However, I don't remember if I actually ...
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Can my institute watch what I'm doing with my school email?

Recently, I joined to a certificate course in Software Engineering in a reputed private institute in my country. They gave me an outlook email address but ends with @institute_name.com. They said that ...
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How often are link-local IPv6 addresses renewed by Windows 10? Do they contain any “network prefix”?

How often are IPv6 addresses renewed by Windows 10? I am talking about link local addresses; not temporary random addresses. Should it, and does it contain a network ID prefix, which is used by ...
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How to disable certain components of fingerprinting protection in Firefox?

I am using Firefox fingerprinting protection against browser fingerprinting but find that setting the time zone to UTC makes certain features of some websites hard to use. Is there a way to toggle ...
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Are the sticks of RAM in my desktop computer volatile? Is it safe to sell them? [duplicate]

I have two sticks of RAM in my computer that I would like to sell or donate. From what I understand some RAM is volatile, losing all its contents when power is gone for a few minutes, and some is non-...
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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 can WhatsApp share information with Facebook if the messages are encrypted end-to-end? [closed]

WhatsApp is enforcing a new controversy privacy policy that, as far as I understand, shares data from your chat messages with Facebook to provide you with "tailored ads" on Facebook. How can ...
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Is there any way to whitelist specific cookies in a browser?

Is there any way to whitelist specific cookies when browsing? I know some things (chromium's built-in settings, umatrix) allow you to generally block cookies, and whitelist certain domains, but not ...
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Microphone access not working in one specific application

I have a weird issue with my microphone. It is working fine in literally every app (Zoom, Discord, Audacity, FL Studio, Firefox, ...) but it somehow doesn't work in the game CS:GO. I've had this ...
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Chrome Incognito Data - Crashed system - Retrieve of information from temp files?

I've done I believe quite a research on the internet about it, and there is not much information even about just information about how does exactly Chrome Incognito works in the sense of where does ...
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How to stop guest users from seeing or using specific harddisks?

I have a PC with Windows 10. I have the C drive and many other drives as well. I want only me to be able to see and access the other drives, and I want the other users to only access the C (Or nothing ...
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Can you automatically close safari and chrome incognito windows when your Mac runs out of battery?

Their have been multiple times I've been on incognito on google chrome and safari online and then I fall asleep to then wake up to my Mac dead out of charge, what I've found is once I've charge my Mac ...
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How did Google search enter as top item in my Firefox address bar?

Since recently, Firefox (now on 78.4.1esr on Debian stable) is showing me a top-option to enter Google when typing things in the address bar. Needless to say, Google is not my default search engine, ...
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Does TeamViewer's remote control transfer voice to the remote host?

When I connect to my work computer with TeamViewer, the "microphone in use" icon appears in the Windows notification bar. I didn't change the default settings. The Windows 10 privacy ...
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How to open multiple private/incognito sessions in Firefox/Chrome [duplicate]

If I opened a private/incognito window in Firefox/Chrome and visit site A. Suppose site A use cookie, the cookie will be stored. If I open a new private/incognito window and visit site A again, the ...
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Upload file to server using FTP anonymously?

I'm uploading files to a website that only allows the files to be uploaded to their server using regular unencrypted FTP. Is there any way to make these file uploads anonymous, as in, in such a way ...
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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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Is a VPN effective at protecting my privacy while using Chrome?

I'm interested in using a VPN to improve my online privacy. I am however wondering as to how effective this can be, while using a browser like Chrome, which I use also while logged in (to keep my ...
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How to clear all data stored by firefox extensions?

As some Firefox extensions have access to the data for all websites we visit. One might want to clear the data stored by these extensions for privacy concerns to prevent tracking. So, 1 - Is there a ...
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I'm constantly getting signed out from certain web accounts i.e. google reddit etc

For 2 or 3 weeks now I'm constantly getting signed out sites like google and reddit. Others like stack exchange network I have no issues. the browser i Use is the newest firefox with a couple of ...
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Google Chrome - How to remove links in new tab site

How can I remove the links in the site which loads if I create a new tab?
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I don't want my contacts/friends being shown as suggested contacts. Are these right settings?

I don't want my contacts/friends being shown as suggested contacts and I want people can find me using my Skype ID. So, I turned off "Appear as suggested contacts" and turned on "Appear ...
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What data is shared between browsers?

I will set the stage - I use Google Chrome and Firefox. On my chrome I am signed in with all my accounts and have multiple adblockers, tracker blocker, HTTPS only plugins etc. I usually use Firefox ...
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Can't access 'google.com' anymore

I tightened my firefox security a little bit on my computer yesterday, (I didn't do anything too aggerssive. I blocked ads, trackers and set my security security settings to strict). The same thing ...
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How to prevent leakage of installed Chrome Browser extensions?

Basis for my question is this study: https://www.usenix.org/system/files/conference/usenixsecurity17/sec17-sanchez-rola.pdf Relevant quotes from the study: "The extension detection works by ...
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Citrix Workspace app connecting to Google despite settings

Citrix Workspace app for Linux (x86_64) Sep 15, 2020 continues to connect to Google despite settings being changed as described below. Why and how to stop it? https://docs.citrix.com/en-us/citrix-...
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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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How to block the annoying “Before you continue” popup on Google?

Before it was possible to use Google with cookies disabled, or with extension Cookie-AutoDelete or something similar. For some weeks, this is gone. After each cookie deletion, I receive a popup that I ...
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Software on a VMs level of access to base PC

I'm wondering the level of access a piece of software installed on a Windows 7/10 VM, using something along the lines of virtual box, has to the base PC? For example, I own death stranding on Steam ...
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Got some malware installed [duplicate]

Unfortunately I got some bad malware installed on my windows computer (not this computer). What damage can a portable malware program do? Could it access all of my browsers site's account, history, &...
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Are the Pale Moon “private browsing” instances not separated whatsoever?

I open a new "private instance" in Pale Moon. I log in to my account in there. I open another "private instance". I am now magically logged in in this second "private" ...
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URLs without tracking querystrings

When I want to share a URL, e.g. https://www.example.com/legit-part-of-the-url?q=legitquerystring&ref=tracking-thing1&someid=tracking-thing-2 Sometimes I remove the tracking things, leaving ...
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How to set permissions to prevent third-party applications from modifying a file (*nix/mac)?

Here's a recurrent problem I have: some obnoxious piece of third-party software has a configuration file (or its own source code) that incorporates some bad behavior. One might want to change those ...
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How to use policies in firefox?

I was using block-site extension to stop my brother from accessing websites like youtube and twitch so as to stop him from getting distracted. However, yesterday I saw him watching youtube since one ...
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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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how can I backup kindle books out of reach of amazon?

10 years ago amazon sold illegitimate copies of Orwell's 1984 and Animal Farm, and subsequently deleted them from users' devices, thereby destroying a lot of work for some. I don't think I bought ...
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Microsoft Outlook: “To protect your privacy, some pictures in this message were not downloaded.”

Using Microsoft Outlook, nearly all of the email messages I receive have the warning: To protect your privacy, some pictures in this message were not downloaded. Download pictures How can I force ...
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How to route inbound cloud traffic back to my home PC?

While traveling away from home, I want to connect to services hosted at my home but without directly using my home IP address. I'm wary of other hotel guests, Starbucks patrons, any bad actors thereof,...
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How do isolated copies of Firefox locate the rest/other?

(Mac.) I mounted a Firefox.dmg located in folder1 and used it to create a new profile for browsing. Halfway, firefox crashed, possibly due to lack of ram. When I reopened the profile, there is an ...

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