Ok, I'll be straight with ya.....Mid 40's Male. Married. Two young kids. Using a Mac Book Pro completely updated...Using Google Chrome as my browser.....(more after the jump) [more inside]
Today I installed Ghostery, which is supposed to flag and block advertising trackers, analytics, and beacons. When I visited my college's homepage I found that the site used the trackers adap.tv and Trade Desk and the beacon Rocket Fuel. This alarmed me. I checked a dozen other college websites. None had any ad trackers. So...why would my school have ad trackers on its website? Am I right to feel a bit creeped out by this?
I value my privacy, and knowing that people I don't really know can easily discover my current physical location makes me feel queasy inside. How can I use the internet/social without basically shouting to the rest of the internet "this is where my body is right NOW!"? Details inside. [more inside]
Can anyone refer me to an attorney or paralegal who is very experienced at writing the various types of legalese needed for web sites/apps, desktop software, etc.? [more inside]
Suppose I want to use my phone and computer like a normal human being (I do not want to jump through lots of annoying technical hoops every time I make a call or send email or browse a web page), but I want to minimize how much government agencies can learn about me. What are some reasonably cheap (free is best) and transparent methods or tools or products I could use? And what are some more secure (if more elaborate and annoying) methods I could use supposing I didn't mind jumping through a few extra hoops every once in a while if the stakes were high enough?
I'm interested in what people have done to find and then delete their personal information (address, especially) from online directories. I've deleted my info from WhitePages and Spokeo, but I'm wondering what other sites I should look at or if there's a master directory of some sort out there. Googling doesn't turn up much, but I know my information could still be out there. Thank you.
I have one laptop in the house and one smartphone in the house. Both of these have my personal photos, texts, emails, etc on them. I also have one smart 10 year old in the house who uses these devices to google things, play games, type assignments, etc. How do I keep my personal stuff out of the site of my kiddo? [more inside]
The Router At my new apartment tracks all my Internet usage. Is there a way to hide it? I don't know much about vpns, But are they the solution? If so I would be willing to pay for a good one. Suggestions?
What are the laws and or regulations about "possession" of employee/company email after an employee is terminated? [more inside]
A friend has had an old Hotmail account hacked. The hacker used information in the archives there to access a YouTube account where apparently some compromising videos were uploaded. The hacker copied the videos to another YouTube account, and then sent links to the videos to my friend's family - and worse still, to members of the executive board of the nonprofit organization by whom my friend is (was?) employed. He reached out desperately to me, but I know nothing but the most basic things about Internet security and privacy law... [more inside]
What are examples of apps/sites/experiments that have shamed/exposed people sharing their info online?
I'm looking for examples of apps, websites, or experiments that have exposed people sharing their information online, or that sought to raise awareness about info being explicitly or accidentally shared. I'd love your help. [more inside]
I am seeking ideas on guidelines for internet usage and privacy for a 12-year-old girl. She is pretty internet-savvy but not publicly sharing info yet (just email), and I'd like to guide her well as she begins to do so. [more inside]
If I want to be a cypherpunk, or at least effectively use their software, how important is it that I learn to program?
If I want to be a cypherpunk, or at least effectively use their software, how important is it that I learn to program?
Do you think it's creepy when you find out someone has Googled you? Semi-related to previous questions about Googling dates, but my date isn't the Googler. [more inside]
What are some good internet security forums / blogs to follow? [more inside]
Looking to implement the most effective reasonable set of best practices for preserving internet privacy and blocking commercial data harvesting. Seeking tips, tricks, hacks, and useful online resources. [more inside]
For an article on culture and privacy, I'm looking for sources to discuss the "new" privacy, specifically as to how the internet and reality-TV culture have changed what constitutes privacy. I'm hitting a wall at Google, and HelpAReporter has not yet helped. Sources and suggestions, dear MeFites? Many thanks.
Someone wrote nasty, upsetting things about me on the Wikipedia page about me. I edited them out, but they're on the edit history page forever, right? Anything I can do? [more inside]
Thinking out loud - after reading many articles on the G+ naming problem, it occurred to me all the myriad ways that someone using a pseudonym could accidentally expose their real name. [more inside]
How anonymous is my anonymous gmail account? [more inside]
Why are so many sites these days switching to Facebook commenting systems? Am I really so unique in not wanting neither my real name/photo splashed across the pages of a thousand websites nor my opinions on various hobbies and secret interests published on Facebook for all my acquaintances to view? And what can I do to work around this system? [more inside]
What are the practical and ethical issues regarding using pen names on internet sites that expect people to use their real name?
What are the practical and ethical issues regarding using pen names on internet sites that expect people to use their real name? [more inside]
15 years ago, as a teenager, I wrote a fanfic about a sexual encounter and published it under my real name. One of the archives with this story has resurfaced on a new server, www.50megs.com, unbeknownst to the original owner of the archive. She's tried to have the page removed but to no avail; I've also been in touch with the new host of the site but have been told to just contact the owner - who no longer really owns it. What can I/we do to get this page down? [more inside]
VPN/SSL question - Expert Help Needed! I would like to connect to a Usenet provider through a VPN. The Usenet provider offers an SSL connection. The VPN will be an OpenVPN connection. My understanding is that, under this scenario: the usenet provider will know what files I download but not my IP address or who I am (setting aside billing information), while the VPN provider will know my IP address and what Usenet provider I connect to, but not what files I download. Is that correct? [more inside]
What are some things, either from your experience or that of others, that one should avoid or at least think twice before sharing on the internet (namely through blogs, twitter, etc.)? [more inside]
Facebook is showing a naked picture of my back (with a distinctive tattoo) on one of their banner ads. I did not authorize and do not like this. What can I do about it? [more inside]
I occasionally pick up Twitter followers that appear to be bogus accounts (e.g. today's follower has stats of 1 tweet, following 640 people, 0 followers). What's up with these accounts? What's the motivation behind them? What are people trying to accomplish?
What legal recourse do I have to force a publisher of my personal information on the Internet to remove it? [more inside]
What legal barriers prevent ISPs from violating their users' privacy? [more inside]
I access the internet in a university halls of residence, with internet access provided by the university. How much of my web browsing is private? [more inside]
Please help me understand cookies (the interwebs kind) [more inside]
How do I remove my personal information from Zabasearch? And while I'm on the topic, are there other directory websites I should be concerned about and how would I go about removing my information from those? [more inside]
Can some of you amazing Internet security people explain to me how cautious I need to be about what I do online? Is there a way to explore ideas online that are ideas you'd normally keep private? Or -- do I perhaps not need to worry about this, given the way opposition research and government confirmations actually work? [more inside]
How can a competent but not technical geek person browse internet as securely and privately as possible, keep files private on a pc etc? Linux distro? specifics - [more inside]
Writing about yourself on the internet - safe or unsafe? [more inside]
WorkFriendly.net has been gone for a while, though I'm looking for other potential websites that do the same job.
WorkFriendly.net has been gone for a while, though I'm looking for other potential websites that do the same job. [more inside]
I have a friend who browses the internet at work. She thinks she has our company's internet monitoring program beat by surfing through Lotus Notes. Recently I've discovered she's been logging into livejournal from work, and I'm concerned because my security is friends-only (and she is on my friends list). Is she right about surfing with Lotus Notes, or am I screwed as far as the company now having access to my livejournal?
I would like to receive money from people, but I don't want them to have my real name or contact information. Can I do this through Paypal, or what are my other options? [more inside]
Where can I anonymously complain on the internets? [more inside]
How my web privacy do I have when I use the internet at work? [more inside]
Oh, Christ. I just clicked on someone's profile on Facebook. I really don't want them to know I found them there. If it's an open profile, meaning a relative stranger could find it and open it with no restrictions, will this person get any kind of notification that I viewed it?
When my browsing and downloading is "encrypted," who or what am I protecting myself from? [more inside]
As part of my work for a client I've begun researching online privacy, cryptography, and other sundry ways of protecting oneself online. And I'm now completely creeped out and must switch NOW to uncrackable passwords, multiple email accounts, encrypting the crap out of everything I do, and generally making sure that only the things I want public on the internet are publicly accessible. But we run into the question - how do I do that without driving myself nuts trying to remember my passwords, convince everyone I know to use encrypted communication, and maintain a reasonable amount of privacy in my web surfing? And how do I do that after 8 years of webwhorage where I wasn't too concerned who knew what about me? [more inside]
So I'm starting a business and someone has registered the domain name that would go perfectly with it, and then done nothing. It still has the register.com "Clevername.com is coming soon to Register.com" page at the domain even though it has been registered for several months now. Now here's the tricky part: They use register.com's private domain feature which means that all the whois information goes to domain discreet, a company which shortstops all your whois information for clients. [more inside]
How does one go about hiring someone to create a specific Greasemonkey script or Firefox extension for them? [more inside]
Looking for a Firefox extension or alternative browser that allows for web pages to be grayed out (specifically images) a la Ghostzilla. [more inside]
It seems our new office building's landlord is monitoring and logging our internet traffic. Is this OK? [more inside]
Is it legal to post someone else's email address on a public website? [more inside]
Let's say you've had an experience and written about it. And let's say it's something others on the internet might want to know about. And let's say you have it saved as a simple html doc and would like to get it out there, accessible via Google, etc. And let's say you'd like perfect anonymity. What can you do to get it out there and indexed but not traceable? Free? Anonymous? Publish and forget? Obviously, this is about battling spammers at some point. Advice?
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