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

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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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Is setupVPN extension safe? [on hold]

I have Installed The setupVPN extension in chrome. But it is requiring some strange permissions! Is it safe? Why does it require these permissions? Here are the required permissions: Read and change ...
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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

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?

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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Any good free full version software similar to “Hide All IP”? [closed]

I like to play games online with gameranger. The problem is that I get this nasty message : Port forwarding at my local machine does not seem to work. It seems I will have to contact ISP which is a ...
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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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Android Gmail tracks links pressed - stop it [migrated]

Google uses URLs that start with something like "http://www.google.com/...", which redirect you to what you expected after they report what you're interested in, on many of its services. Between ...
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How can I stop YouTube (or Google) tracking me? [migrated]

I have a feeling that YouTube tries to personalize and control the videos I see on YouTube and also try to gather my information such as real IP address, location, etc. Sometimes even after I logged ...
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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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