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TL;DR: Don't track me Google is a user script I made that allows you to copy normal URLs, while hiding the referrer to the sites you're visiting. Installation "Don't track me Google" at the Chrome Web Store. "Don't track me Google" at Userscripts.org Explanation I have written a method which replaces the link-modifying rwt function with a bogus ...


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If you use a feed reader such as Google Reader, you can subscribe to the RSS feed of the twitter user you want to "follow". Basically, it'll be like visiting their Twitter page, but you won't show up as a "follower" on Twitter.


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Nope. You're sending them your IP no matter what and most probably, they're logging it.


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See if the userscript found here for Google search works for you. I have been using it for a while now, and it's been working more often than not for me. Edit: Here is an addon for Firefox: Google search link fix


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Unfortunately, there is currently no reasonable way to use GPG/PGP from within Gmail directly. The only two options are to encrypt the message manually from a client-side tool, pasting the result into Gmail when you're done, or to use a desktop mail client with GPG integration (such as Thunderbird + Enigmail) to send messages you need to be encrypted. ...


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Put them on a private list. You can then just visit the list to see their tweets. You might want to also add the people you're actually following to that list and change your bookmark to point to it instead of Twitter's home page.


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The OAuth tokens for Google are at https://accounts.google.com/b/0/IssuedAuthSubTokens (it's different from Linked Accounts). When I tried it, Facebook created a popup with a OAuth prompt the first time and only briefly opened a blank popup on subsequent attempts. De-authorizing Facebook makes the prompts appear again.


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No. http://www.facebook.com/help/?faq=14357 Facebook does not allow users to track profile views or see statistics on how often a particular piece of content has been viewed and by whom without your consent. If an Application claims to provide this functionality, you can report an application for abuse by going to the application’s About page and ...


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The Circles feature works one-way, meaning that their members can't see if they are part of a Circle or not. But Circles are one-way, or asymmetric. Everyone sets up their own Circles and nobody knows whose Circle they are in. Secret Circles would be a more apt description. Zuckerberg seems to be suggesting that they are not really groups because instead ...


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Make a friend list of those you do not want to see you online by clicking on Create New List. You can then move those individuals to the list by clicking on Add to List. Click on Chat in the lower left corner. Then toggle the offline status (green toggle next to the list name) of that particular friend list.


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Appears the rwt function is invoked upon onmousedown, and thereby rewriting the href. If we could override this behaviour, then we should be set. In firefox I inserted the following JavaScript into a bookmarklet which can then be executed anytime I wish to prevent the (slighly annoying) link-rewriting on a given Google SERP: javascript:function ...


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Click Account Click Privacy Settings Either: Simple: Click Friends Only Advanced: Click Custom Click Customize Settings Click Posts by me Select Friends Only


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Here is a link to the privacy policy. Now to answer your questions: How much of the information in my messages does Google save? For example, do they scan the entire text of every email I write (to tailor targeted ads)? Yes they scan your email to target the ads. But that is not the same thing as having somebody read your email. In what ways can ...


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Taking a step back from any particular email provider: unless you're using an encrypted solution, you should assume that ANY email message you send can be read by ANY computer that it passes through on the journey between your computer and the recipient's computer. If you are concerned about privacy, then Google is the least of your worries.


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The only thing you need to do is block the URL: facebook.com/ajax/mercury/change_read_status.php For Chrome, use the extension "FB unseen" which blocks the URL (full disclosure: I wrote this extension). If you want, with a little work you can use almost any adblocker to achieve this. But with "FB unseen" you can "Mark as read" whatever you want, so you can ...


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I used a couple of times 10 Minute Mail service. Just found another useful service that allows you to create a temporary email alias: tempalias.


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There is now an alpha-quality Chrome extension for using GPG in Gmail. I have not tried it, so I cannot vouch for it. FYI "apps and extentions can not be added from this website" http://thinkst.com/tools/cr-gpg/


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The real question is "does it matter", to which the answer is "no, not really". Virtually every site stores your IP, at least temporarily in their logs. Even if a site claimed not to, there wouldn't be any way to verify the claim.


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There is an option for this, but unfortunately you cannot set it; it must be set by your friends who do not want to see your comments and likes. If you comment on or like a post that they can view, then your comment or like may appear in their News Feed unless they turn those off. To do that they can hover their pointer over your name or go to your ...


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There isn't a way to change the visibility of existing posts. Once they've been posted they're "out there" and visible to everyone you shared them with in the first place. The only thing you could do is delete it and then repost to the correct circles/people. For new posts click on the [x] in the "Public" green button and then click on + Add circles or ...


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Honestly, if you are really concerned with privacy of your account it may be better to not post anything you would not want to be public.


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No! Don't give your portrait to Gravatar. Regardless of whether you trust Gravatar Corp, site owners can carelessly betray the identity of users posting under pseudonyms. A cautionary tale: Hashim in Saudi Arabia secretly reads an American blog about homosexuality. One time, the blog discusses the Middle East, so Hashim comments describing his own ...


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There are two ways Google 'logs' your searches. Google keeps server logs and there's a feature to log your searches in Web History. Server Logs Google stores search information like your web request, Internet Protocol address, browser type, browser language, the date and time of your request and one or more cookies that may uniquely identify your browser ...


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From Google's own page: Who can see your circles When you place people into circles, or when you share with your circles, we won't disclose the titles of the circles people are in. People in circles that you share with may be able to see some of the others with whom that content was also shared.


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Go to Privacy Settings (from the triangle in the upper right corner of the screen) and click on Manage Past Post Visibility. Then click Limit Old Posts to limit your past posts to (at most) your friends. You can also change the privacy setting on each post individually by clicking on the globe icon next to the public post.


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No, individual tabs and windows have no way of knowing which other tabs / windows are open.


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Alright, I figured one way to do this. In order for this to work you need an email account without an @gmail.com address. I used a Google Apps account, but another service provider's should be fine as well (e.g. @yahoo.com, @hotmail.com, etc.). The key is, that when you press the "Next Step" button in the "Add another email address you own", it must ask you ...


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It would depend on what kind of legal promise you needed. Specific employees from Fog Creek have the ability to look at your data (sys admins, trello devs), although, as a company policy, these employees have all been instructed to get your permission first if they needed to do so. General Fog Creek employees cannot access your data. The data is not ...


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Very similar to the link you provided: Under your name (top right) select Settings Under Privacy Controls select Select what others see when you've viewed their profile Select You will be totally anonymous



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