Questions related to privacy management with Ubuntu OS, network, apps, etc. and related issues.

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How to prevent a kiosk running Ubuntu 13.10 showing the update dialog popup window?

In my KIOSK i have Ubuntu 13.10. How to remove/suspend/blacklist/hide/disable completely from the Ubuntu 13.10 this following popup via command line? (even with GUI when i click settings and insert ...
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How do I remove any lenses or other software that I might consider spying on me? Can it be turned off? [closed]

I heard a bit about Ubuntu installing ad-ware and spyware to track online searches of users. Examples are - unity-lenses-shopping, the built in Amazon ad app, and the ad server etc. I understand ...
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I would like to delete an accidental post I did on paste.ubuntu.com while using Bootrepair

I wanted to find out were the MBR physically is (I have a multiboot PC with several HD) and Bootrepair has done its job. I then discovered that beyond my control private information was send to ...
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How to delete private data from log files?

I have heard that log files contains private data. How can I remove it and what files should I remove from them? Those are very long files so maybe if I know what to remove I can use a script or ...
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Restrict file search to ONE folder and it's subs

When I go to Settings > Privacy > Files (tab) It provides me with the option to provide a list of folders: "Don't record activity in the following folders" However, I'd like to be able to do ...
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How do I prevent the file 'recently-used.xbel' from being created?

I want to permanently prevent Ubuntu 12.10 from creating a "recently used" file list. This list seems to be stored in the file: /home/user/.local/share/recently-used.xbel I have tried deleting this ...
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How do I permanently stop Ubuntu from “recording” and displaying recently used files?

How does one permanently turn off any and all system "recording" of used apps, directories, or files in Ubuntu 12.10? I specifically DO NOT want a list of my recently used files showing up in my ...
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How can I read and remove meta (exif) data from my photos using the command line?

Just looked this up. Figure I'd share it here for future reference.
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Privacy option not available in 12.10 after update?

I just updated to ubuntu 12.10 from 12.04. After update I could not see the privacy option available in the settings menu. Did I miss anything during installation?
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Is privacy an issue while searching in the Dash?

I have hear that user's IP addresses and search terms can be shared with Amazon, Facebook, Vimeo and others services , is it true ?
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Dual boot. How do I reinstall the Ubuntu partition.

I just got a new netbook and I'm setting up operative system configuration. It came with windows 7 starter but I installed dual boot ubuntu 12.10. I did some stuff on the ubuntu version of the system ...
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Unity Dash ignores privacy settings

Relatively new full-time Ubuntu user, but experienced computer user. I'm asking a question that's been asked before, but my specific case seems to be unique. I installed the latest Ubuntu to my ...
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Ubuntu 12.10 Encryption Details

Good Morning! Short version of the question below. Please help me understand the encryption features in Ubuntu 12.10. Installing Ubuntu, I opted both for the full disk encryption option as well as ...
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Excluding results from synapse

Synapse is showing all results from zeitgeist, locate, ... How do I exclude some private Results from being displayed in synapse? Keep files from showing up? The best would be an option to enter ...
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How can I stop my email address displaying in the Software Center comments?

Whenever I leave a comment in USC, my email address is displayed. This is not the case for other commenters. How can I prevent this? Example: ...
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Why does Ubuntu not quickly fix the privacy issue with Amazon searches? [closed]

Ubuntu 12.10 plans to send home lens searches to shopping. Will something be done, or will a large scandal crop up, thereby marring Ubuntu's reputation?
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Will all Dash input in 12.10 be sent to Amazon?

It seems like all user input to the Dash home lens is send to Amazon by default in Ubuntu 12.10, is this correct?
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Which free VPN providers support Ubuntu?

Can't find any free VPN provider for Ubuntu. I tried looking into old questions but they seem to be outdated.
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How do I modify the empathy notifications to only show generic messages?

Is there a way to customize the popup notifications for Empathy in Ubuntu 12.04 so that instead of displaying the message contents and the sender, they only say "New Message" or something like that? I ...
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Upgrade to 12.04 results to empty Dash, no date & time either on the top panel [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Dash search gives no result I've upgraded from Ubuntu netbook remix something to 12.04 LTS, and I've got two issues. (Got an Asus eeePc 32bits, Intel 945GME x86/MMX/SSE2 ...
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Is there a way to look at the raw logs of zeitgeist?

Zeitgeist logs your activity in Unity. Is there a way to look at the raw logs it creates?
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How can I prevent applications sending data over the net without my consent?

Recently I had a couple of instances of programs sending data (copies of some of my config files) out over the net. I consider this very bad form on behalf of the writers, and I want to prevent it ...
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Blocking popups and ads

I'm having a fight with ads, popups and tracking cookies. But I'm having some issues. Software used: Chromium 18.0.1025.168 Extensions used: Adblock Plus (Beta)1.2 AdBlock+ Element Hiding ...
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Where are logs stored?

AFAIK applications in Ubuntu track activity and errors beyond what is covered by the "Privacy" setting. (Including, for example, login/logout/shutdown times.) Where are these logs stored?
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Where will my full name be used?

During installation, the installer told me my name would be used for things like the default 'from' in emails. So now I'm wondering: Where else will my name be used? What benefits do I get from ...
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Privacy: Record activity ON?

In Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, System Settings > Privacy > Files, 'Record Activity' is ON by default. What does this mean exactly? Which activities are being recorded? Where can I find the recorded data?
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Stop Unity dash from following/linking file

Once after I downloaded a file, it shows up in the unity dash as recently downloaded. Even after moving the file to another folder, the link on dash opens the file. Scarily even when I move the file ...
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Does the files gets deleted from U1 servers when I stop synchronizing

When I removed the sync folder online (one.ubuntu.com), does the files gets deleted from Ubuntu Servers?
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Is ubuntu-geoip (GeoClue) used for tracking?

I am happily learning Ubuntu more closely now. I came across the process ubuntu-geoip-provider in system monitor. Is is used for tracking or for gathering nearest server info, or for syncing time ...
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Can ecryptfs-setup-private be made to use a 256 bit AES key (instead of the default 128 bit key length)?

ecryptfs-setup-private will by default use an AES 128 bit key. Can I make it use a 256 bit key (32 bytes key length)? Of course, I could do the whole process manually as described here: ...
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How can I delete the command line history from the dash?

When accessing the command line by pressing Alt+F2 it opens the dash and displays a history of previous commands which have been entered. How can this history be removed? I've tried using Activity ...
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Missing Features in Ubuntu 12.04

I have recently upgraded to Ubuntu 12.04, and 2 new features that I have seen advertised on various websites are not on my version: Individual wallpapers on login screen Privacy options in ...
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Can Twitter monitor my browsing activities when using a client like Hotot or Gwibber?

Being concerned by privacy issues when connecting to the internet, I know Twitter can monitor our activities if we don't logout and use some kind of firefox extension to prevent from being tracked. I ...
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What are Ubuntu One's security measures?

Tell me how Ubuntu One handles security. Is my data encrypted when stored on Ubuntu servers? Who holds the key? Do Ubuntu One employees have access to my data?
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IPv6 Privacy Extension does not Work in 12.04?

I have a little problem. My new Ubuntu installation become no privacy IPv6 throuth ipv6 privacy extension, whats wrong? I have read that privacy extension ist enabled per default. But why doesen't ...
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Does the new “privacy” button have a log?

I was just wondering if there was a log that shows exactly what the various applications are taking a history of?
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what software can i use to access SILC Networks?

i want to access a SILC network and all the infos from the official site are missing (site down?!?) EDIT: it seems the site is back up as of last week. Good thing that i got curious and checked it ...
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Maintaining privacy on the web?

I just read an article about the Importance of anonymity on the web.. Is it possible to maintain anonymity using services like Ubuntu One, and are there any native system tools within Ubuntu that will ...
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Thunderbird blocking remote content

Thunderbird displays the message, "To protect your privacy, Thunderbird has blocked remote content in this message." Just how does blocking remote content protect my privacy? I searched the support ...
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How to encrypt ubuntu filesystems only? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to encrypt ubuntu filesystems only? Friends, I have Windows 7 ultimate 64bit and Ubuntu 11.10 64bit version. My laptop comes with 500GB HDD and did 8 partitions. in ...
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Is there a way to stop Chrome/Firefox record history of a 'particular' website?

I want Chrome/Firefox NOT to record history of a 'particular' website. Is it possible to do so? I searched in preferences, but couldn't find a solution. Thanks in advance.
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Security and Privacy measures

Whats the most Bomb Proof Security to protect h\d and data on it of all the programmes\options available. Thank you all for what appears to be a debate. I am actually looking for a way to protect my ...
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TCP/IP Fingerprinting Obfuscator

I've heard mention that there's tools for linux that will obscure the "fingerprint" your machine provides to snooping parties on the internet-- however I've been unable to find any mention in the ...
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How can I reset recent documents on every login?

I want to create a script that allow the recent document to be reset every time i log. I have 10 public computer (internet café) using ubuntu. now, i have 10+ documents in my recent documents on ...
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Is there a way I can block a folder from Gnome and/or Unity search?

I sometimes browse erotic media files, and I have some of them stored in my hard drive. All said content is saved in one specific folder. Is there a way I can block this folder from Gnome and/or ...
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How can I prevent certain directories/files from appearing in Unity's dash?

This question may sound similar to the following for which solutions are documented: How can I keep recent files from appearing in Unity? But my problem is that the Dash (in 10.10) not only lists ...
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How to protect a computer name from being disclosed to network peers?

I'd prefer my hostname to be hidden (or a fake hostname to be shown - both variants are interesting actually) from my network peers (including routers ad DHCP servers). I believe my IP and MAC ...
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Why can other users see the files in my home folder?

I just added a new, underprivileged "desktop user," and I was surprised to discover that it can see the files in my home folder. What is the rational for setting up such lax permissions?
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How much do Canonical track Ubuntu One-users behaviour?

I realised today when signing in, that everytime i use my computer I send some data back and forth to the Ubuntu One service, for obvious reasons, and that would actually mean Canonical could save us ...
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Is there a desktop-wide privacy mode?

With Zeitgeist now tracking everything I really think we need a privacy mode like the one Firefox offers. There is a ridiculous amount of history and caches being stored in Ubuntu from thumbnails to ...