Questions tagged [privacy]

Methods and/or means to allow users to better control access to their data used by a web app

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My college manages my G-suite account, can they view my browsing history if I use a personal device on a home network while logged in?

I have found multiple sources telling me otherwise, but most are outdated by a year or two. If I am logged into my G-suite managed account on Google, and search something up on a home network and ...
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Who can see which information about me on Patreon?

I'd like to support different projects on Patreon, but I am a bit concerned about different privacy aspects: Does the publisher see my username (when not participating in comments/forums on their ...
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How is it possible for someone to 'add you' on Facebook Messenger?

I recently received a message request on Facebook Messenger, however unlike a normal message request where someone actually sends you a message, the request just said that the user had 'added me on ...
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Discord Privacy: If my status is set as Invisible, will a discord server know that I have logged in to my account?

While using discord on a Browser & having set my status as Invisible. I am a subscriber to a Discord Server. If I open Discord on the browser, then will the Discord Server admin of a Server I am ...
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Google account saved devices inconsistency

When I check out the devices logged in under "Your Devices" section for one of my accounts, details are shown for each of the device such as listing the computer model under its name Ex: (...
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Make YouTube video visible to only users in a particular domain

I'd like to make a YouTube video that is visible only to users in a particular domain (e.g., anyone registered as *@x.com). Is there a way to do that? The only settings I can see are Private, ...
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When I call someone (audio or video) on Facebook Messenger, does the data go directly to the other person's computer?

Email is somewhat insecure because it is stored unencrypted on various servers. For example, I've seen court cases where someone's emails to his secretary's Gmail account had been subpoenaed from ...
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youtube privacy issue (regarding brand channel)

My client has a youtube brand account and a matching youtube channel (called: "virst van hirsten") which he transfered from his default google account/youtube channel. On his "old" ...
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How can I bulk remove all Facebook friends?

I'm tired of Facebook and the only reason I'm keeping it is that I use the login in quite a few places. I also have some facebook business pages that I manage that I need access to. I have already set ...
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How does Facebook know I am the same person/computer trying to make separate accounts using different browsers?

Question: The essential question here is how does Facebook know I am the same unit that is trying to create a new account, even after I have deleted all cookies/history/cache from my browser, and even ...
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Can Facebook's Custom privacy setting ever include the public?

On Facebook, I occasionally see certain friends with their privacy settings set to Custom. When I comment on their posts, I don't want my comments to show up publicly, but I can't know whether they ...
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Office 365 Privacy Settings and Telemetry

I need some help/advice on which telemetry settings to enable/disable in Office365 and registry to maintain a reasonable level of privacy while not breaking functionality. I am not a security/privacy ...
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How can I configure BlueJeans web app so that the microphone is muted by default when joining a meeting?

How can I configure BlueJeans web app so that the microphone is muted by default when joining a meeting? On the BlueJeans desktop program one can configure BlueJeans so that the microphone is muted ...
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When does replying to a craigslist ad anonymize e-mail address?

I replied to an ad on craigslist. I used my Gmail account to send it to the anonymized craigslist e-mail. The receiver must have seen my real email address because he knew my name even though I didn't ...
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Is facebook in violation of CCPA if they don't delete all messenger messages when you delete your account?

It seems like Facebook won't delete your messages from the recipient's inbox when you delete your account. People send a lot of personal information in messages including their address, phone number, ...
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How to reduce a google search URL to an anonymized version

If I enter a search term in DuckDuckGo I get a pretty simple url and query string https://duckduckgo.com/?q=python+tips&atb=v1-1&ia=videos&iax=web If I do the same in google I get a ...
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Do sites know my name when I'm signed in to Google?

When I visit a site like https://medium.com/, I see a popup asking me if I want to "sign in to medium.com with Google", along with my Google account's name and profile picture. How does this work? ...
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Why can only mutual friends see my posts to a friend's Wall?

I'm trying to share photos to a friend's timeline and/or wall. This person wants me to post and is not intentionally hiding the posts. After posting, the post title is: MY_NAME added a new photo to ...
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Last seen disappears temporarily

Why can I see when the last time some of my friends have been active on Facebook Messenger, but other times it doesn't show it?
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How can I configure the Google Hangouts website so that it mutes the microphone by default when entering a conversation?

How can I configure the Google Hangouts website so that it mutes the microphone by default when entering a conversation?
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Does 'Google Safe Browsing' send a request on each opened url or use a cached list?

google safe browsing is the feature that show you this alert on malicious web sites: My question is: is there a request to the API on each opened URL, or the browser use a cache ? If you open about:...
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Using Google Forms and Security Settings

We are thinking to use Google Forms and we need to find out if it can be used for collecting and processing personal information such as Name, Address, Phone, etc. Could someone could make a ...
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Facebook albums

I uploaded old photos and videos to a new album on Facebook. I set the album as only me as I don't want people seeing it just as it's uploaded. If I cahnge the album to public after a few weeks will ...
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How do I prevent random people from seeing my last name & profile picture via Google?

Whenever someone tries to log into Google and enters what also happens to be my go-to username for gaming on various platforms, my profile picture and full name appear (both covered here). Is there a ...
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How to delete “Microsoft Teams Chat Files” permanently?

I use macOS with a corporate O365 subscription (including Microsoft Teams). I shared lots of files in MS Teams and did see them in OneDrive (I have a client installed): /Users/example/OneDrive - ...
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How can I prevent people from seeing my “like” activities on LinkedIn in their feeds?

How can I prevent people from seeing my "like" activities on LinkedIn in their feeds? I have crossposted the question at: https://qr.ae/pXZ8uZ https://redd.it/fbiw59
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Netflix default profile

This is a privacy concern. When I am with a friend or a customer and we want to see something on Netflix, upon opening it the list of users appear. I do not wanna my customers to see my kids, wife and ...
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Google Spreadsheet edit and privacy

My supervisor wants to know if there is a way that a shared google spreadsheet can be private to the other applicants. We want to have a shared spreadsheet about our duties during the work week but we ...
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How to keep hidden sheets hidden after someone makes a copy?

I have a Google spreadsheet with multiple sheets : one for input and others for formulas. These other sheets are hidden and the formulas not meant to be edited/seen. The goal is to have many people ...
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Instagram screenshot detection

How can I know if there is a way to be notified if someone screenshots an Instagram user's Posts/messages etc? I believe currently Instagram advises users if someone screenshot the images and videos ...
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Can an employer filter incoming emails on GSuite (business email)?

With Google Suite for business emails, can an employer create a situation where I can receive normal work emails without issues, but then make it seem like an email that was sent last night was ...
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Google photos link sharing: private or public

I just posted this on the Google product support forum, but I might receive more feedback here. What I wonder is whether Google photos would detect and stop brute force album share link discovery ...
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Deleting Facebook Messenger messages for all users?

I am attempting to regain my privacy by deleting some social media apps. I'm starting with Facebook and Messenger, because those are the ones I use the least, but I see that deactivating or deleting ...
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Google Maps grey dotted lines identified location

I clicked to search for directions on a place on Google and it redirected to Maps. Google was able to precisely identify my location The map displayed several thick grey dotted curves all converging ...
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How do I hide my location in Yelp?

After making a Yelp account, I discovered that my hometown was displayed publicly on my account profile. I tried to remove my location in account settings to protect my privacy, but Yelp will not let ...
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Why does Mixpanel (a tracking service) save .plist files to my Mac?

While cleaning up some old programs today, I ran across some odd .plist files which appear to be created by MixPanel. Why are they saving these to my computer, when in a typical web application ...
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Unanonymous likes and dislikes for comments [closed]

There are a number of websites where comments and contents can be liked (thumbed up / +1'd) or disliked (thumbed down / -1'd). On the other hand, all the sites I am aware of hide the identity of the ...
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Private YouTube video, accessible to everyone with a Google account

Is there a way to create a private video on YouTube, that is marked private but with access granted to everyone with a Google account? When creating a private video, it's possible to mark which ...
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Facebook: Unable to set privacy for album

Even if I click Edit album, the drop-down to choose privacy is not shown. It's not clear what needs to be done to make the album private.
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Email contains @live.com contact I do not know. [closed]

My sister received an email from me with the contact being carel@live.com. This concerned me. It seems that the email was sent to carel@live.com also. I traced the email back to a carlos martinez. I ...
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How to disable Twitter Analytics?

Is there a way to turn off Analytics for a Twitter account again, once enabled? Twitter Help pages didn't provide any answer.
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Open user database with separate spreadsheets

I’m trying to figure out a solution, most likely by combining multiple Google Sheets, for creating an accessible user database that also protects anonymity. Here’s what I have/need Right now, the ...
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Is there a valid technical reason for Netflix to block Incognito/Private mode?

While Netflix in general is accessible in Incognito/Private mode, they refuse to load their player in this mode, asking the user to restart the session in regular mode. If you look for the technical ...
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Is it possible to delete my searches from my Google account?

I notice that Google's Chrome browser actually stores all peoples searches in their Google account. So for example, if I create a new user in Chrome, so a blank history, no bookmarks. And I log into ...
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Where does LinkedIn get information for reccomend connections?

I am often surprised by the recommended connections on LinkedIn. In my Gmail, I received an email sent to another person in the to field, and LinkedIn is now recommending that person as a connection. ...
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Is The Facebook “Keep your account secure” Checkpoint Authentic?

I don't use Facebook often, but I'm logged in all the time on my primary browser, so I can access it whenever I want. A few weeks ago I was on my timeline, browsing and making the occasional comment, ...
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How do I delete all my activity history with Microsoft?

I just found out there was still activity being recorded at https://account.microsoft.com/privacy/activity-history despite me answering 'don't use my data' to all the questions in the last large ...
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Are YouTube likes/dislikes anonymous?

Let's say I watched a YouTube video which I found interesting. I would like to upvote it, but I don't want everyone to know that I watched it. Is there any way for anyone outside YouTube to know that ...
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Are YouTube comments upvotes/downvotes anonymous?

Let's say I watched a YouTube video and notice a comment which I find interesting. I would like to upvote the comment, but I don't want everyone to know that I watched this video. Is there any way ...
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How can I stop YouTube (or Google) tracking me?

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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