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Housemates in my room?

I've had loose change move or disappear in the last few weeks, and some of the items on my desk have seemed to have been moved or shuffled through. I'm seeking recommendations for smaller webcams that I could use to monitor my personal space. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 30, 2015 - 3 answers

Can I blog safely as a woman if I use my real name?

Is there a way for me to blog under my real name and still avoid exposing myself to stalking, doxxing, threats, and harassment? [more inside]
posted by MetaFilter World Peace on Nov 23, 2015 - 17 answers

Is there some Facebook tradecraft I need to learn?

For the sake of relationship harmony I've created a Facebook profile. How can I use Facebook without having it become an intrustive and hateful thing in my life? [more inside]
posted by six sided sock on Nov 19, 2015 - 30 answers

Can anyone identify this device pointed at our bathroom windows?

Here are a couple of photos taken from inside our bathroom. I'm afraid I might seem paranoid, but we've been having an ongoing dispute with the neighbors who placed it there (which recently culminated in being forced to file a restraining order). Someone suggested it might be some kind of carbon monoxide or VOC detector, since they had accused us of letting smoke waft onto their property. But the window has remained closed thus so far, and there's something inside of it that glints like a camera lens when the light hits it just right.
posted by prosopagnosia on Nov 1, 2015 - 34 answers

Seeking info & resources on data privacy/confidentiality in UK hiring

We've recently started using an online application system at the company I work for and we're trying to set things up fairly so that some hired employees (e.g., in an admin, management, or HR role) can review unsuccessful candidates' and new applicants' files. Are there any protections we should put in place (legally or otherwise) so that new hires or other employees in these privileged roles cannot see the notes on their own applications, the applications and notes of their hiring competition, or applications and notes of fellow new hires? General advice welcome as well, e.g., if there are any potential use cases or other reasons as to why or why not this would be a good idea. We have the ability to fully customise the online application system as we wish. This is in the UK.
posted by anonymous on Oct 28, 2015 - 1 answer

Ashamed of dating a transwoman or am I respecting her/my privacy?

I'm a male in my late twenties and I consider myself straight. I'm not interested in men or dating a man, and have always had relationships with women. I dated a trans woman for two and a half years. (I'm loathe to specify the 'trans' and to feel like I have to assert that I'm straight but it's relevant to my question.) I'm now not sure about whether to disclose this to my current girlfriend. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 12, 2015 - 38 answers

Why don't you want to be my friend?

I don't have a Facebook profile. I'm looking for 101-style resources that I can point people towards instead of fumbling through an explanation repeatedly. [more inside]
posted by odinsdream on Oct 7, 2015 - 24 answers

After a scary experience I want to delete my Facebook... how????

I got tracked down on facebook by a real creep that scared me a lot in real life... he knew where I was etc. So about a year ago I deactivated my account, and I really haven't missed it. Now I want to delete it permanently, but when I go to put in my password it says incorrect. I have done this about 5 times on different days and... [more inside]
posted by pairofshades on Oct 6, 2015 - 8 answers

How did this person find out my address?

Super creeped out how a guy who only had my first name, cell phone number not billed to my address, town I live in, and birth year could have discovered my mailing address. Help me protect my privacy better in the future! [more inside]
posted by shortskirtlongjacket on Oct 3, 2015 - 27 answers

Is there a Creative Commons for privacy/data stuff?

Maciej Cegłowski recently gave a talk called What Will Happen Next Will Surprise You that was discussed here on the blue. In it, he outlines an idea I'm ready to help push forward: a Creative Commons-inspired way of saying "My company doesn't store personally identifiable data" or "My company has a true delete" and other similar things. We can debate the enforceability of this stuff later - my short term questions for now are "Is anyone doing this?" and if not, "Who's in?"
posted by jragon on Sep 26, 2015 - 6 answers

Is it Creepy to Look Up Church Visitors on Facebook?

I am on the membership committee of my church, and once a week we get a report, complete with full names/emails if provided, of visitors who've signed in. Often, this make them easy to find on Facebook. Sometimes they share mutual friends with me or other members on the committee. Lots of other committees get that email also. My question is: would you find it creepy if someone from a church you visited sent you a FB friend request afterwards? [more inside]
posted by emjaybee on Sep 21, 2015 - 26 answers

Hiding a cheesy plot device in plain sight

[FictionFilter] In the era of doxxing and all that, is it possible for a tech person with a high-profile position to keep his personal info -- and real name and identity -- under wraps? [more inside]
posted by St. Hubbins on Sep 15, 2015 - 15 answers

Genetic testing for nerds

I'm thinking of getting my genome sequenced by 23andme. However, I am not interested in a responsive, user-friendly experience. I want to get my raw data, upload it to Promethease, and also play around with it myself. I also have some privacy concerns, and am wary of the family/ancestry features. Help me think this through. [more inside]
posted by vogon_poet on Aug 29, 2015 - 12 answers

Is there an android jail?

So the dustup over Spotify's new privacy policy got me looking for a way to control what data their app has access to. Is there some type of per-app jail that provides mock locations and presents a cutdown filesystem to android apps? I've got a Nexus 6 running Andoid Lollipop.
posted by rdr on Aug 22, 2015 - 6 answers

My email is in the Ashley Madision leak. Should I care?

So my email address is in the Ashley Madison hack. Not sure what to do, if anything. I am not married and never have been. I wasn't in a relationship when I signed up. In fact, I was just getting out of a relationship and I joined one night when I was feeling sad and lonely and I wanted to see what it was like. I thought AM was more for NSA relationships than specifically for cheaters. I'm a graduate student and I used my .edu address. This was really dumb, but I wasn't thinking straight at the time. So how worried should I be? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 20, 2015 - 32 answers

blocked on facebook?

Another (prev.) Facebook privacy/blocking question. An anomaly in FB blocking is that the blockee can see the total # likes and comments on the main page (including people who've blocked you), but the blockers likes/comments are not apparent within the post (so there's an obvious arithmetic disparity if you look closely). [more inside]
posted by wilful on Aug 11, 2015 - 6 answers

Data Residency Legislation

I am trying to compile any legislation that specifies where and how (geographically speaking) organizations may store data. Where can I find some? What should I search for? [more inside]
posted by synecdoche on Aug 10, 2015 - 4 answers

Best practices for searching/wiping hard drives

What is the safest (within reason) and most efficient way for me to get the data I want off of a bunch of old hard drives and then securely wipe them for recycling? [more inside]
posted by sparklemotion on Aug 3, 2015 - 4 answers

facebook privacy settings

Within the mystery of the Facebook algorithms, is it possible for me have two friends that I can interact with, Liking, Commenting, wall posting etc, but not have them aware of each other, receiving no notification of the other's existence, no suggested friends etc?
posted by wilful on Jul 27, 2015 - 10 answers

Best practices for (re-)setting up a facebook account?

The last time I used facebook was five years ago. I 'deleted' that account back then. Now, I would like to set up a fresh facebook account, completely unrelated to that old one. What are the best privacy practices and settings in this day and age of facebook? [more inside]
posted by zyxwvut on Jul 25, 2015 - 7 answers

Privacy and Pregnancy

I'm a very private person. I'm also pregnant, and starting to show, and having issues with the fact that I can't keep this as private as I normally would something like this. My main question is about when to tell people at work, but I'm also concerned about strangers and just people in general. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 14, 2015 - 26 answers

Burn notice

I keep a journal. It contains my deepest, most private thoughts that no one knows, not even the people who are the most important and closest to me. What should I do now so that in the event that I die suddenly, nobody can get into it? [more inside]
posted by keep it under cover on Jul 6, 2015 - 15 answers

WIN8.1 insecure, bigtime. Do I need to go linux to have some privacy?

Microsoft is creepy-crawling into and onto my shiny new WIN8.1 computers. Do I need to go linux to have some privacy? [more inside]
posted by dancestoblue on Jun 19, 2015 - 10 answers

Help me survive BFE without too much misery

Partner lives and works in a rural area of the country. I have lived in cities all of my adult life. The area where he lives is beautiful, but services of all kinds are limited. It's also very conservative, and we are not. But due to circumstances to be explained, I've committed to living there for at least 3 years. Please give me your tips and suggestions for making rural life work so that I can continue to see this as an adventure and not something to resent! [more inside]
posted by sorrygottago on Jun 5, 2015 - 29 answers

Dear DR, it's confidential!

Parents keeping stuff from their doctor. I'm snitching. How do I address the letter? [more inside]
posted by mdrew on May 31, 2015 - 22 answers

How to receive a gift that embarrasses me

My parents are about to give me an embarrassing birthday gift. Help. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 30, 2015 - 35 answers

Maybe there's an annoying-neighbor-child version of deer repellant?

I live in the back corner of an apartment building that borders on the backyards of multiple house-neighbors on the perpendicular side street to mine. The people opposite me have elementary-age children and let them stay in the yard for hours with minimal/no supervision. The children's friends come to visit and they all get a kick out of wreaking tiny havoc directly on the other side of my apartment. I am at a loss for nipping this in the bud. Help! [more inside]
posted by cardinality on May 25, 2015 - 43 answers

Disconnecting my laptop from browser history at work

Hi everybody. I'm not very computer literate, so please bear with me as I'm counting on your indulgence. For whatever reason, using Google Chrome as my default browser on my personal laptop (MacBook Pro, by the off-chance it matters) has resulted in a situation wherein my personal searches wind up on my "History" when I use Google Chrome at work (different computer). I most certainly never chose that. While I have nothing to hide per se, I don't appreciate this breach of privacy, and haven't been able to figure out how to undo that. If I have to simply stop using Google Chrome I'll do so, but is there another way? Thanks in advance.
posted by DavidfromBA on May 18, 2015 - 7 answers

Annual physical checkup: what if one wants to opt out for privacy

A similar question to this one, w/ a different country context. How does one officially "refuse" their annual physical if the checkup and data sharing appears more mandatory than voluntary? [more inside]
posted by macbookair on May 10, 2015 - 3 answers

What friendships will show in my friends' Facebook ticker?

On Facebook, my friends' list is set to completely private ("only me"). This should mean that when I friend someone with a private / friends-only friends list, the new friendship should NOT show up in my friends' tickers unless they already know that person. However, what if I add someone with a public friends' list - will it show up in my other friends' tickers despite my privacy settings? [more inside]
posted by beyond_pink on May 5, 2015 - 6 answers

My bf always asks if I'm okay, and it's frustrating.

I don't like being asked on such a regular basis (five times or more a day) if I'm okay. I just want to go about my normal activities and feel my normal range of emotions without having to be self-conscious about it. I know he means well, but I feel like if I'm not always smiling and outwardly placid -- like if I'm trying to find something in the house or concentrating intently on writing an email -- then something is wrong, the kind of wrong that I suddenly have to open up and talk about to placate his need to know if I'm okay. 98 percent of the time, I am fine. I'm not a naturally perky person, and I'm a bit introverted so my inner life is important to me. I've mentioned all this to him several times. How do I get him to stop?
posted by anonymous on May 3, 2015 - 42 answers

Using privacy add-ons without breaking the internet

What combination of Firefox privacy add-ons offers the most privacy while still retaining website functionality? [more inside]
posted by koucha on Apr 30, 2015 - 4 answers

Anonymice? Anonymoose?

Should I stop using my name online? Everywhere? Somewhere? With several pseudonyms? Details after the jump. [more inside]
posted by Promethea on Apr 10, 2015 - 8 answers

Maintaining anonymity/privacy with multiple Twitter accounts

I have a so-far unused 'public' Twitter account under my real name tied to my primary (real-name) gmail account. I have a 2nd Twitter account tied to a different gmail address that I would like to use for personal/ frivolous/off-brand uses. I would prefer that the twain shall never meet - e.g. my personal Twitter will not be suggested to contacts from professional Twitter as 'someone to follow'. Is this possible? [more inside]
posted by Svejk on Mar 29, 2015 - 6 answers

Online security/privacy

Serious advice about protecting your privacy/identity online is often monstrously impractical. Which are the tools/practices that offer the best real-world security-convenience tradeoff? [more inside]
posted by neat graffitist on Mar 27, 2015 - 10 answers

Stop Facebook from announcing my current location to everyone!

Facebook started automatically adding my current location to my posts. The location is guessed from my IP, I think, because I have nothing listed as my "current city" or "home town" or "other places lived" in my profile. I'm posting from my PC. It's freaking me out and I want to make it stop, but how? [more inside]
posted by gakiko on Mar 20, 2015 - 5 answers

How to deal with percieved invasion of privacy?

I lost a USB memory stick recently while out and about, and it contained a full backup of stories and files that I've been working on since I was a teen. That's over 15 years of my most private stuff. I still have the files on the computer, but I carry the backup with me just in case something happens to my computer while I'm out. [more inside]
posted by starpoint on Mar 16, 2015 - 36 answers

How Incognito is my Mode?

Are buzzfeed/playbuzz style quizzes able to correlate my answers to my identity when I use Incognito Mode in Chrome? [more inside]
posted by sparklemotion on Mar 2, 2015 - 4 answers

IP address not changing when using VPN

I'm using a VPN but why does my IP address remain unchanged? [more inside]
posted by popcassady on Feb 19, 2015 - 4 answers

How to turn off Google Photos

I don't think there's any way to uninstall the Google Photo bloatware on my unrooted Android phone, which is super-annoying. I've turned off "upload to Google+" but am angsty that one day, after an update or whatever, it might re-default to upload. I don't want Google saving copies of my stuff, and I am not reassured by their help materials, which talk about me "not seeing" the images anymore if I delete them. That's not the same as Google not having them, which is what I'm trying to avoid. Without rooting my phone, is there a way I can delete the app, or stop it from storing my stuff? [more inside]
posted by Susan PG on Feb 14, 2015 - 5 answers

Where to find a privacy-oriented fitness/sleep tracker?

Where can I find a (preferably worn-on-the-wrist) activity tracker that doesn't compromise my privacy by sending data into the cloud (or, if it goes into the cloud, only my personal password protected one)? [more inside]
posted by Gowellja on Jan 31, 2015 - 3 answers

Blocking access to UK charities has been made pursuant to a Court Order

Is there a UK-based equivalent to the EFF? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 13, 2015 - 9 answers

Private domain registration for Spanish domains?

I am trying to register a .es domain but the extension does not support WHOIS privacy. What are my options? [more inside]
posted by yeahlikethat on Dec 11, 2014 - 5 answers

creative, non-invasive solutions for turning a space into a wall?

Architects, craftspeople, interior designers, anyone else...help me with ideas for closing off my open bedroom in a heavily eaved, converted attic! Cross-section of the entryway space here. More after the fold. [more inside]
posted by threeants on Dec 10, 2014 - 15 answers

How do I hide my internet bookmarks / searches

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]
posted by TwilightKid on Dec 8, 2014 - 29 answers

How to VPN while traveling

I'm going to be traveling a fair amount over the holidays which means I'll likely be on public WiFi a lot more than usual, and with all of the various security and privacy issues that have popped up in the news recently, I figure the time is ripe to figure out a VPN strategy (since not everything I do is over SSL/HTTPS). [more inside]
posted by Aleyn on Nov 24, 2014 - 11 answers

naming ebola patients

Why/how are US patients who have contracted ebola virus disease identified by name to the newsmedia? [more inside]
posted by threeants on Oct 23, 2014 - 9 answers

Tracking Parental Mobile

Is keeping a copy of a Parent's iTunes password ok - so we can track them via iDevice without their knowledge in an emergency. Fill bit icky about it - but special snowflake details inside [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 20, 2014 - 14 answers

Best VPN for Twin Cities?

I am trying to find the best VPN services in 2014 with emphasis in the Twin Cities, but open to all options. [more inside]
posted by jadepearl on Oct 3, 2014 - 4 answers

iPad best practices

My laptop died. Boo. I got a new iPad Air. Yay, I guess. How should I set up my privacy, security, and general user preferences? [more inside]
posted by Room 641-A on Sep 17, 2014 - 6 answers

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