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

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What exactly is a "Google Services Token"? [closed]

In the privacy settings for Vivaldi, there is a "Google Services Token" checkbox. I unchecked it. After that, it was possible to log in to Gmail, with the site claiming that my "browser ...
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Is there an efficient way to change all my photos to public on Flickr?

Fed up with Google, I've decided to rehome my photos on Flickr and am currently uploading thousands of photos to the site. By default, they are all private. But part of the reason I am putting them ...
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Codisregardation of Facebook's "people you may know"

I generally try to avoid Facebook but occasionally it's unavoidable. I'm just curious about something: Is it safe to assume that people on your "People you may know" list are also getting ...
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How to add languages I speak on Facebook profile?

I try to add onto my Facebook profile the languages I speak. I selected from the Facebook options the most used tags, for every language, but the changes are not kept. I save the languages, they ...
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How to prevent Gmail from tracking the links I follow?

Gmail adds a tracking prefix for every link in an email: https://www.google.com/url?q= How can I prevent this from happening?
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Instagram keeping my phone number even after removing it

I removed my phone number from IG a few years ago, but recently I've noticed a bunch of 'suggestions' for me to follow, I imagine they've been suggested because these users have my phone number saved ...
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Removing myself from viewer preview in Dropbox public shared file

I recently learned that if I am logged in to my Dropbox account and I view a file which has a publicly shared link and "Viewer Info" is turned on, then anyone else who visits the file can ...
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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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How to hide my profile from the public list of members of a Meetup.com group?

They currently have the option Settings > Privacy > Show Meetup groups on profile, but even if I untick that, it only prevents showing the groups on my profile. If you go to a group page, you ...
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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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In Google Drive, when making a share or download link for a file/folder, how can you make the Owners information private?

I'm trying to share some files and folders while still keeping some levels of privacy When creating a SHARE link for a folder, anyone who gets the link can see the System properties to the right that ...
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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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who is in my chrome?

Someone is in my chrome and has entered my apps and I have changed my password over and over and they are still there. how do I delete my google account without deleteing my photos and other ...
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Make Tweets public but block followers

I would like my tweets to be public but I only want people I know and approve to be able to follow me, without making my account private/protected. Is this possible?
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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

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

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?

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 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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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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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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