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Privacy in the digital age (this is not a SECURITY subreddit, and PUBLIC data, closed source, etc is off-topic)

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What are the potential consequences of successful breaches on email servers in terms of data compromise and privacy violations?

This is a question i need to answer for school. Anything would be appreciated. Thank you!

0 Comments
2024/05/20
16:25 UTC

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When did cars first start spying on us?

I'm considering buying a used car, and I want to factor privacy into my purchasing decision, but I'm having trouble identifying definitively what year manufacturers started collecting and selling user data. The best I've been able to find so far is this article mentioning a lawsuit that argues Honda started collecting text messages as early as 2014, which is a good start for me, but if anyone knows whether information on this subject has been compiled anywhere, especially broken down by manufacturer, I'd appreciate it if you pointed me in the right direction.

0 Comments
2024/05/20
16:25 UTC

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DNS malware blocking 9.9.9.9 vs 1.1.1.2?

Which dns Quad9 (9.9.9.9) or 1.1.1.2 (Cloudflare) is better at blocking known malware sites? Is false positives a problem with either of these dns services? Which one do you prefer for your home router?

0 Comments
2024/05/20
16:19 UTC

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How does Reddit send notifications based on my Google searches?

Whenever I search something on Google, within a minute I get a push notification from Reddit advertising subreddits related to my search.

This happens on an iPhone and I use Safari for web searches. I’m logged in to my Gmail.

0 Comments
2024/05/20
16:11 UTC

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What happens with Facebook embedding when clicking on Links shared on whatsapp

Today I clicked on a google form link shared to me on whatsapp. Although the original link had not facebook embedded, the link that opened in the browser ended as

viewform?usp=send_form&usp=embed_facebook

What does it mean as far as facebook and whatsapp’s privacy policy is concerned?

2 Comments
2024/05/20
11:59 UTC

2

Threema

How secured is the threema app?

1 Comment
2024/05/20
11:53 UTC

5

Is it true IOS is protected from tls fingerprinting?

I tried https://www.browserscan.net/tls across 3 different ios devices that is not the same generation and it all produced JA3 and JA4 fingerprint regardless on the browser I was using.

0 Comments
2024/05/20
10:35 UTC

4

Privacy as guest on a Business Wifi

First I am not certain this is the right subreddit to ask this question on. When I am on guest wifi someplace can the wifi business owner see the titles of my Audible account library?

3 Comments
2024/05/20
08:07 UTC

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Imagine you could create a perfectly undetectable deepfake. Would you use it for good or for mischief?

Imagine you've cracked the code of a completely undetectable deepfake: no choppy edits, no uncanny valley vibes, just pure, realistic manipulation. But with great power comes great responsibility as per Spiderman. So would you wield this deepfake for good or unleash some mischievous mayhem? Honestly, I'd probably go for good. Imagine using it to raise awareness about important issues by creating a deepfake PSA narrated by a historical figure. Talk about a powerful message! But yeah, the potential for misuse is scary too. So what's your take on it?

13 Comments
2024/05/20
07:39 UTC

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What are the most reliable methods to detect deep fake images or videos?

Recently there was a deepfake video of a famous youtuber in my country that went viral and the video was so realistic no one believed that it was deep faked until he posted a video about it on his official channel, So i was wondering how can we differentiate between original and deepfake video.

6 Comments
2024/05/20
06:17 UTC

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Do you sometimes feel like fu*k privacy, but the next day feels totally paranoid about privacy, and then it's keep going back to the same loop?

I sometimes feel like I should sacrifice my privacy for the sake of simplicity and convenience, but after doing that I feel like I'm going back to the same place I was before, that is giving away my data to 3rd party companies. And I'm stuck in this constant loop of being concerned about my privacy, and not caring about it.

30 Comments
2024/05/20
05:47 UTC

5

autodeletion by automod

trying to publish a guide that i made but keeps getting deleted by automod for mentioning the names of certain android OS alternatives, even though they aren't in the guide anywhere 🙃

1 Comment
2024/05/20
04:46 UTC

5

What does Intel Graphic Command Center do and should I keep it installed?

I'm questioning if I can delete it, privacy wise.

Same with the following programs:

Windows Package Manager Source (winget)

Web Media Extensions

Microsoft Update Health Tools

1 Comment
2024/05/20
03:34 UTC

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Tiktok

Just curious, how bad is tiktok for privacy? I mean there's plenty of apps that hoard data like Google and others.. so how bad is tiktok that it's getting banned and what all is bad about it?

11 Comments
2024/05/20
02:30 UTC

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How does Hulu know where I am

I am using WireGuard back to my home in Vegas. All web browsers show I am in Vegas on my windows pc.

I have been using starlink in the middle of nowhere out of country but all of a sudden, Hulu knows I am out of the country. I have turned off all location privacy settings but it’s still blocking Hulu now. What is going on?

26 Comments
2024/05/20
00:21 UTC

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Filing taxes privately/securely

Hi All,

I’m looking for some advice on the best ways to file taxes while ensuring privacy and security.

If you use a tax software, which one do you recommend? TurboTax, H&R, freetaxusa?

What are some practices/steps you follow to protect your privacy and secure your data?

2 Comments
2024/05/19
22:46 UTC

0

Molly (FOSS Signal) equivalent for desktop on Mac/Linux?

Hi, is there a Molly (FOSS Android Signal) equivalent FOSS desktop client version for MacOS/Linux? Thanks

2 Comments
2024/05/19
22:21 UTC

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Is TTSLexx safe?

I want to record calls with no announcement and this app can provide that. They say this app doesn't even use the internet but is it safe to install it?

4 Comments
2024/05/19
22:02 UTC

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USA opt-out state HIE Illinois

I cant really find information on opting out of the state HIE for Illinois. For Illinois, have you guys done it before and how hard or easy is it? Do you just tell the individual provider you want to opt out, or do you need to submit a lot of documents like ID, signed documents, contact state HIE etc?

0 Comments
2024/05/19
20:19 UTC

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What email do you use for 1. shopping 2. friends and family?

This is what i do: Outlook & its alias for work. Protons for import stuffs only (authentication, gov, finance..)

I was thinking making a whole new account soley for shopping while using DDG or addy. What do you guys recommend for this? Another encrypted service like Tuta? Is big tech email bad to use even with DDG? (Like yahoo or gmail)

Also i want to use one different account for friends and family using alias. I plan to not use this to sign in or anything at all.

How do you guys organize & practice privacy for these types of emails?

18 Comments
2024/05/19
19:59 UTC

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Privacy friendly Stripe Alternative

Hello,

Does anyone know any Stripe alternatives, that don't require you to give them your ID (and maybe even accept crypto :) )? I am trying to make my website as privacy friendly as I can, both for me and my visitors.

Thanks!

3 Comments
2024/05/19
19:44 UTC

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Samsung app permissions

Why does the samsung modes and routines app have all of these permissions? It claims it's essential to the devices functionality but i don't see how... it won't let me remove permissions, Any tips or work arounds? (galaxy s22) (I just seen it don't allow images... the permissions are camera,contacts, 24/7 location, and nearby devices)

11 Comments
2024/05/19
19:39 UTC

3

BetterHelp Concerns

Hello, I accidentally signed up for BetterHelp because of a misleading link that disguised it as another site. I have heard bad things about it but am unable to delete my account unless O give payment information which would be even worse than if I did nothing. Right now they have my phone number and email. Should I worry? If so, what should I do?

1 Comment
2024/05/19
19:17 UTC

6

Whatsapp unknown number

Hi folks, I received a whatsapp message from an unidentified number from another country. I guess it’s likely a scam. Is it safe to block it? Or would this give some metadata information to the sender?

0 Comments
2024/05/19
19:06 UTC

44

Is there any privacy quick start guide?

I'm looking for a privacy quick start guide to help convert people who aren't privacy-conscious yet but are interested in learning more. Ideally, it would include recommendations for apps and tools, as well as essential readings on the topic. Does anyone have any good resources to share?

Thanks in advance!

5 Comments
2024/05/19
18:51 UTC

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SMS backup services like GV

I ran into a situation where I needed texts. I could not recover them. Did a lot of research on imessage, sms, google voice, etc. It doesn’t look like there is a way to have texts be backed up if you’re on an iphone (without resorting to manual backups every day).

I tried using Google Voice, but my number doesn’t work.

Are there services out there that will have texts go through them first and then my phone? Just so I can rest easy knowing any messages are always recorded/saved.

2 Comments
2024/05/19
18:32 UTC

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