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How do I remove the "Created with" note on Instagram posts?

Is there a quick way to remove the note on my Instagram posts that shows that the photo was created using Ray-Ban Meta? The photo shows "Mit Ray-Ban | Meta erstellt", which is German for &...
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Does the Facebook app steal my contact information? [closed]

Facebook has made three friend suggestions who are not related to me in any way except that I had added them to my phone contacts at some point. Did Facebook make these suggestions because they stole ...
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How can I privately bookmark a message in Discord?

I can privately bookmark a message in Slack with the "Save for later" feature as follows: How can I privately bookmark a message in Discord? From my understanding: pins are not private ...
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How do I make my Instagram account appear in someone's "Suggested for you" accounts list?

I would like to have my public Instagram account appear in someone's "Suggested for you" accounts list. Her Instagram account is private; she has 200 followers and follows 1000 accounts. Any ...
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Instagram: Can followers of a private user I also follow view a my private reel if I tag it with that user?

I have a private Instagram account and I follow another private account that follows me back. I follow no other accounts and I have no other followers. The private account I follow does have other ...
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Is my AliExpress "Member Profile" data public or private?

I'm an AliExpress user. Is my profile data (that appears in the URL: https://accounts.aliexpress.com/user/organization/manage_person_profile.htm after successful login) private or public? I'm confused ...
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Can a Facebook page create an event in a Facebook group the page admins?

Can a Facebook page create an event in a Facebook group the page admins? A regular user, that is also admin, can do it. The page can also create events and publish it its (the page's) log, but such ...
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Google Videos Search "sca_esv" query parameter possible tracking

When I search for something on Google and then go to Videos tab, I get a URL like https://www.google.com/search?sca_esv=569877865&q=tester&tbm=vid&source=lnms&sa=X&ved=...
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Does Google forms reveal identity of the person filling the form to the person who created the form? [duplicate]

If I fill a Google Form hosted by someone, will my email id/account name be visible to whoever created the form? If yes, is there a way to hide it?
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Can the content (inc. timestamps and author) of Github Issues be counted on?

I'm aware that the timestamps for Github repos as seen on github.com/* are based on the timestamps provided by the editor's machine, thus cannot be counted on. (This seems to be the case as well for ...
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Knowing (rightaway) when google search result is based on previous search

It used to be that at the bottom of the webpage, one can see it written, whether the search results are independent or based on your previous activity / search history. It is the case (it seems) that ...
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How do I hide a column in Google Sheets from another user with a password? [duplicate]

I have a sheet being used by 4 different persons; one of the columns has private information, related with payments. I want to be able to see it all the time, but I don't want them to see it, even if ...
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How to prevent the spellcheck website wordcounter.net from saving the text?

A year ago, I copied a small text in https://wordcounter.net to count the number of words. Recently, I wanted to use this site again, and I noticed that my previous text was still there. Is there a ...
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Disabling automatic authorship suggestions on ResearchGate

I would like to prevent ResearchGate from asking other users Did MathMax author this publication? I have fetched all Account settings, but I could not find what I am looking for. Is there any such ...
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Privacy setting to hide Facebook account from Facebook search not available [duplicate]

Facebook no longer allows a user to hide their account from a Facebook search, from what I can tell. They allow a user to hide their account from outside of Facebook, but not within. I've tested the ...
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LinkedIn error message "Unable to connect to PERSON. Try again later."

When connecting to certain people, I get an error message : "Unable to connect to NAME. Try again later." I only have had this error with two specific people (colleagues, 2nd connections, ...
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Does a link shared via Youtube application on Android contain information about a Google account its been shared from

Can a link shared via in-built "share" feature of the official android YouTube application be traced back to a Google account (anything related: i.e username, e-mail address etc) user was ...
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WhatsApp : how to stop calls from outside my contact list?

I keep receiving audio calls and video calls from people I don't know, and this makes easy for them to do stalking, cyberbullying, and harassement, the same kind of toxic actitudes that got me out of ...
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Is there a search engine that does not forward the query to Google?

This is a search engine privacy question. Imagine a scenario where a person wants to check if some sensitive fact about him/her is easily found with a web based search engine. For example, let us say ...
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Can the filename of a video uploaded to YouTube be seen by someone other than the uploader?

The filename of a video uploaded to YouTube can be seen by the uploader: Can the filename of a video uploaded to YouTube be seen by someone other than the uploader? Assume that the video title is ...
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Can one see which YouTube user created a YouTube channel?

A YouTube user may create a YouTube channel via https://www.youtube.com/account -> Create a channel. Can one see which YouTube user created a YouTube channel?
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How to make my profile picture in Facebook private that can't be commented and liked by my friends?

I don't want to anyone (including friends) able to liked or comment on my profile picture. Only just view it. How to do that?
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Does a YouTuber know who downloads their videos?

Does a YouTuber, a channel manager, know which users have seen their videos or downloaded them? Of course they may know if comments are left, but this is a voluntary way of getting out of anonymity. ...
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What are Facebook lists that can be "followed"?

On Facebook, under Settings -> Privacy -> Your Activity, there is an option called "Who can see the people, Pages and lists you follow?" What is a list, and what does it mean to "...
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My Google Calendar will be listed in Google Search?

To subscribe a Google Calendar e.g. in the Mac Calendar App, you have to create a public link to that Google Calendar. The link obviously has to be publicly available, since you subscribe without a ...
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How does Facebook know which websites I've visited and what technology does it use to do so?

I've been using Facebook for quite a while and have noticed that it keeps an eye on my browsing habits. Facebook also recommends me videos and other content based on my locality. I use Facebook only ...
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Where is the Apps Script located which Google Account is referring to?

Scenario Under myaccount.google.com > security > Third party apps page, there are a few App Scripts apps listed, like so: But there is no link or project ID or any way to actually reach or ...
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Privacy and anonymity of Slackbot messages

Consider the following scenario. Company A develops a Slackbot for use in the Slack workspace of Company B by person C. Person C communicates with the chatbot of company A. Company A wants to ensure ...
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Set up a custom domain and track accesses to it [closed]

I would like to know who visits links that are in my mail and chat messages; is there a web app that does the following? when I sign up, it gives me one or more unique personalized URLs or domain ...
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In Facebook is there a way to add someone to a friend list before they accept your friend request?

If you go to someone's profile page and add them as a friend, while it's still pending, is there a way to add them to a list? Or do you have to wait for them to actually accept your friend request so ...
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Chrome extension reply to review, name, publisher name and nickname

There are 3 names associated with my extension my publisher name P my real name N from the Google account a nickname K (currently blank) from the Google account I would like to post a reply to a ...
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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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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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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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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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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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How did a Craigslist seller know my name when using the anonymous email system?

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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How to reduce a google search URL to an anonymized version [duplicate]

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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Does 'Google Safe Browsing' send a request on each opened url or use a cached list? [closed]

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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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 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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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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Post on Google using a Nick name [closed]

On the Google Play Store when you review a app right now it says posting publicly as my full name. Also on Google Maps when you review a place you been the same thing it says posting publicly as my ...
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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? [closed]

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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