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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 - 6 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 - 41 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

I'm not Jennifer Lawrence.

And I don't think I'm going to be the target of hackers anytime soon. But I am in a long distance not-really-kind-of-maybe-relationship with someone where we would like some kind of means of sharing photos and videos of a personal and sometimes-but-not-always sexy nature with one another without running into email attachment limits, needing to jump through a lot of hoops, accidentally sharing anything with the wrong people on social media, etc. What's our best bet? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 9, 2014 - 21 answers

Facebook friends lists: How do you compartmentalize your digital life?

I'm curious to hear how everyone organizes their Facebook friends lists, and how they figure out which posts/content to disclose to which parties. How do you use your lists? What is your system? [more inside]
posted by Hawk V on Aug 31, 2014 - 17 answers

What's the Consensus on Simple's New TOS?

Since enthusiasm here was what got me interested in Simple banking to begin with, I'm surprised to see no discussion about recent dismaying info-sharing changes to their TOS (which all users must agree to) coming after they partnered with an outfit called CheckFreePay. Are other Simple users sticking with the service? [more inside]
posted by Quisp Lover on Aug 27, 2014 - 1 answer

Alternatives to Gmail?

I am looking for another free/cheap web mail app that I can use to contact the ten people I normally correspond with. Any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by craniac on Aug 26, 2014 - 13 answers

Where can I buy sheets of glass that look like antique "crown glass"?

I would like to purchase a window sized (45"x28") sheet of glass that looks like the glass in this stock photo. Who sells it? [more inside]
posted by contraption on Aug 25, 2014 - 5 answers

How did this ad get served to me?

Surprising coincidence or are adblock/ghostery/etc not actualy effective? [more inside]
posted by modernnomad on Aug 23, 2014 - 15 answers

Peep Out Of Our Peephole, People!

My partner and I just moved into a new apartment in Queens. There's one small issue, and it's our peephole. It's missing the cover on the inside. Where can I get a replacement? [more inside]
posted by SansPoint on Jul 27, 2014 - 9 answers

Sort of a child-protect my computer question, kinda sorta

My boss is bringing his kids to the office over the weekend. I have toys and stuff for them to play with, and he also wants to let them use my computer to play games, etc., while they're here. Let me start by saying this is NOT a problem and I have NO issue with it, but I just need a quick bit of advice as to how to protect myself without losing my bookmarks, etc. [more inside]
posted by janey47 on Jul 25, 2014 - 11 answers

My girlfriend snooped through my phone. Now what?

I found out my girlfriend snooped through my phone. I don't know how to proceed. [more inside]
posted by hobodeluxe on Jun 27, 2014 - 48 answers

Why would police need my birthday?

I just called up the non-emergency police station in a suburb in Long Island to report some keys I found, and upon the police coming by to pick them up, the officer asked me for my name and birthday. I was caught off guard and gave the information to the officer. While I'm sure the information is certainly not difficult to find in other ways, is there any reason I should be concerned?
posted by jangie on Jun 24, 2014 - 9 answers

Old(ish) and established, or hot new startup?

I'm in a good position; I'm being pursued by two big tech companies for a public policy/government relations/privacy role, at a regional (ie multi-country) manager level. One is an established giant, the other is a hot, extremely well-funded and rapidly expanding startup. But which to choose? Hope me, MeFites! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 18, 2014 - 12 answers

What are the real risks to having a google account?

What are the real risks to having a google account? What are the benefits to staying out of Google's ecosystem that outweigh the inconvenience? [more inside]
posted by Naib on Jun 10, 2014 - 15 answers

Twitter / phone autolinking - what the hell?

I just texted a friend while sitting in front of my laptop with Twitter open, and the text automatically posted to Twitter. How did this happen, and how do I stop it from ever happening again? [more inside]
posted by ryanshepard on May 30, 2014 - 9 answers

Obtaining consent before posting family photos to social media?

Am I wrong to want for my 25-year-old sister to get consent before posting photos of our family to >900 followers on social media sites (including Facebook and Instagram)? I feel annoyed by the Pinterest-perfect ideal of our family life that she's selling, and like my privacy is being violated in a big way. We're currently arguing about this and I can't tell if I'm being unreasonable, or if there's a better/more productive script I can follow so that we might actually resolve the conflict. [more inside]
posted by magdalemon on May 22, 2014 - 41 answers

Help me sort out my conflicting thoughts about this vaccination issue

My workplace offers free flu vaccinations and is aiming for a certain percentage of staff to be vaccinated this year. I had mine; I'm all for vaccinations, think anti-vaxxers are dangerous, would definitely vaccinate my hypothetical kids, might even discourage them from playing with unvaccinated kids; everything is fine. The staff clinic have sent memos to department heads with a list of staff who have not been vaccinated through the clinic, with instructions to mark who has received the flu vaccination elsewhere, who is planning to get it, and who does not want it at all. My manager has put this list up on the noticeboard for those on the list to come and check off their own names (I presume it is easier than for him to track down every staff member directly). I want to ask him to take this list down. [more inside]
posted by Naanwhal on May 20, 2014 - 29 answers

This is stupid! Please help me enjoy my new toys (Moto G, iPad, Macbook)

I've recently acquired some new toys that I'm not getting any use out of because of my unusually strong hatred of spyware, adware, and "social networking". Specifically, I've had a new Moto G phone for about two weeks, an iPad mini for a few months and a Macbook Pro for about two years. I'm not getting any enjoyment or use out of these tools because I need help configuring them in such a way that they don't bother me with social networking noise and spyware-related crap. Please help. [more inside]
posted by LuckySeven~ on May 14, 2014 - 20 answers

Why does my college website have advertising trackers?

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?
posted by anonymous on May 5, 2014 - 4 answers

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