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

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Is the “Ubuntu Spyware” thing still relevant? [on hold]

I stumbled across some articles from 2012 lambasting Ubuntu for adding in a new feature that adds online searches to desktop searches. In doing some due diligence, I see that all the news and uproar ...
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Why Does Ubuntu Require us to Register an Account on Ubuntu website to be able to install a Snap Package?

Today I wanted to install a Snap Package on Ubuntu Xenial, but it prompted me to register an account on Ubuntu Single Sign-On. Why does Ubuntu ask us for such a thing? Installing a Snap Package: ...
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gsettings - change privacy settings via command line

I know how to change privacy settings via GUI (System Settings > Security & Privacy), but I'd like to be able to do it from command line. What I did to find out I ran the command: dconf watch ...
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Explicit pictures show when searching “gedit” in Ubuntu Dash

Recently at work I searched the Unity Dash for gedit and there were explicit pictures in the search result. The picture shows in "Reference" field when I search "gedit" only.. It was very ...
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Will Ubuntu allow me to avoid “the cloud”, and keep my stuff on my computer, not a stranger's?

Before I dive in to Ubuntu, and spend all the time reading and learning what I can, I prefer to use my own computer to store my stuff. Ubuntu's warning at the bottom of the browser stating Ubuntu uses ...
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Ubuntu Touch: Ubuntu Online Accounts - where is the information stored?

I use the MX4 with UT OTA-9. If I start system settings > user accounts or e.g. the preinstalled Twitter-App I'm directed to "Ubuntu Online Accounts". Where is the data stored, I entered there? Local ...
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removed all keyring files and lost some settings

I have removed all my keyring files via terminal rm -rf ~/.local/share/keyrings/from my ubuntu 14.04 and I realized that I've also lost some sections in settings/privacy and keys. Can I somehow regain ...
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No more history in dash. I want it back

I don't see the applications I used already in the dashboard. I went in settings -> privacy, and the history use was already set. I unset it and set it again (who knows). I even rebooted, but nothing ...
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Is it normal that when in Ubuntu I can see all of my Windows files? Are my files created in Ubuntu private?

please forgive my lack of knowledge but I am slightly confused, I recently installed Ubuntu as lately I have favoured using certain Linux distros much more than using Windows 10, sadly I have found I ...
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How to make network card passive

Id prefer not to have my computer send out probe requests. how do I go about turning probe requests off? Will this impede my wifi connect-ability in any way?
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recommendation for anti-keylogger software for linux

is there a recommendation for software or a method for anti-kelogger for linux something like KeyScrambler for windows
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How to tunnel Tox through Tor?

I recently installed qTox using this guide, but as I read in the Tox FAQs that Tox doesn't actually make any attempt to cloak your IP, I was wondering as it mentioned: A workaround does exist in ...
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How to only allow certain apps to find your geographical location

Currently in the Privacy section of the Ubuntu GNOME 15.10 (GNOME 3.18) System Settings one can only seemingly activate and deactivate the Application Services option globally for all applications, so ...
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Missing Security & Privacy after upgrade

After a successful upgrade from Vivid 15.04 to Wiley 15.10 everything is working 100% fine. But I discovered I am missing the "security & privacy" option in system settings. It doesnt appear in ...
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How to make folder private

I have an two Hdd running on Ubuntu(different users). I want to copy all files from Hdd1 to Hdd2 in folder blabla but make this folder accasible only from Hdd1. I tryed to change privacy setting in ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 privacy setting shows recent apps and files can be shown in dashboard and elsewhere. What here elsewhere means

Ubuntu 14.04 privacy setting shows recent applications and files can be shown in dashboard and elsewhere. What here "elsewhere" means?
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Is Ubuntu spyware (referring to article by Richard Stallmann)? [duplicate]

I received a link to the article "Ubuntu Spyware: What to do?" by Richard Stallmann which advises the reader not to use or recommend Ubuntu for several reasons: It does not meet all four freedoms of ...
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How to prevent the people from using 'e' to change the 'config' in grub?

I'm really stumped this time because, I've tried to configure the 10_linux & the 00_header the /boot/grub/grub.conf I've tried it many times, but unable to protect it with Password Please do ...
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Regarding Enable & Diasable of Dual Boot Option?

I'm using Dual Boot hence while booting I'm supposed to click an option as shown below (Ex:) So, Tell me how to disable the options of dual boot i.e system should boot directly without options as ...
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How to get the details of User(Computer)name and the Password?

Where the details of Password and Username/Computer Name being Stored in Ubuntu 14.04? How to Change the Password and the Username? Ways to recover the forgotten Password and the Username without ...
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How to restrict particular Package/Software to Update\Upgrade?

I don't want to update some Software/Package for ex:FF, But when system boots or when i Run apt-get upgrade it starts upgrades, Why? How to restrict it? How to disable upgrades/Updates for that ...
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Is it possible to change the IMEI?

I'm wondering if there is anything like macchanger or what commands/configuration we can use to change/spoof the IMEI on touch phones.
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inox browser: build and patch chromium from source

I recently stumbled over a set of patches for chromium which promise to focus on privacy by disabling data transmission to google. You can read more about it here. It originates from a Archlinux AUR ...
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Privacy with Ubuntu Phone

I am very security conscious and am reluctant to use Google products, including android because of the data Google collect. For anyone interested, I've posted the joke that is the information they ...
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How to exclude a specific folder from search in Synapse?

I added excluded folder to Security & Privacy settings and I followed this instructions but all of them seem to be working only when using Unity Dash search. Inside System and Home Dir. I could ...
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Does the Boot Repair output contain private information?

I have successfully recovered my system with the help of a software called Boot Repair. After the recovery, it sent some information to Ubuntu Pastebin, something like this one. Does this kind of ...
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how do I make my profile's folders and files private from other profiles on the same PC running Ubuntu 14.10? [duplicate]

I was looking for a file in the file manager when I noticed that I can access and view any folders and files in the other profiles from a standard account. So I'm wanting to know if I can make each ...
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How to run VM's within Ubuntu Linux without Virtualbox or any other type 2 hypervisors?

I am planning to move from Windows 7 to Ubuntu as it is free and due to privacy reasons. Is there any way to run VMs from within Ubuntu without any additional software like Virtualbox or any other ...
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Permanently disable error reports on Aquaris E4.5 Ubuntu Edition

I just received my Aquaris E4.5 Ubuntu Edition yesterday and I'm having trouble with the privacy settings. When I disable the error reports (check don't send reports in the system settings) they are ...
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why does not IPv6 (RFC 4941) privacy work?

I've followed instructions on https://docs.menandmice.com/pages/viewpage.action?pageId=6361024 It simply does not work, I have no Ipv6 starting with 2001::: , only the same as before. ...
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Why does my Ubuntu 14.04 desktop light up my Webcam on startup and login?

My privacy feels invaded by the "active" light on my webcam turning on when I boot Ubuntu, and again when I login. It stays on for 3-4 seconds, then turns back off. It's a Creative HD 1080p webcam ...
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How to make firefox ask for master password only when trying to show passwords

I have set up a master password on firefox and the browser asks for it at unexpected time. Not every time in the start (so it isn't useful to "lock" the browser. Someone may auto-login to a website ...
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So I used fixubuntu as a privicy measure, what other precations should I take using Ubuntu Linux?

Yes, I just want a privacy preserving OS, I know it's not 100% possible but I'd like to get as close as I can. Thanks
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How can I prevent people to see what application(s) I have opened?

I don't want people to see what applications I have opened. I would like to be able to instantly hide the windows with a shortcut key combination, so I can save my work afterwards. I also want to hide ...
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Delete cookies in Firefox after a specified time frame

In the Firefox tab Privacy in Preferences we can set Accept cookies from sites and then Keep until: they expire, I close Firefox or ask me everytime. Currently I have keep cookies until they expire ...
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Easiest way to prevent Facebook from spying on where I surf on the web [closed]

I heard that Facebook from now on will monitor where I am surfing on the web. What is the easiest way to prevent them from knowing what I am doing on the web (assuming I am not logged into Facebook)? ...
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Connecting without my permission

When I typed lsof -i to see my Internet connection details among the sites and apps that I am actually using myself I noticed other ones like this: ...
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How can you test for a DNS leak for an OpenVPN provider?

I'm currently using VPNBook with OpenVPN. I just recently learned about DNS leaking. Is there a way to scan for it?
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How to disable Zeitgiest in Ubuntu 14.04 [duplicate]

How do I disable Zeitgeist and keep my information private? I am running Ubuntu 14.04.
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Disable all Logs

I use my Ubuntu vps with openvpn as a surf proxy. For security and privacy reasons i want to disable all logs on the server. So no IPs are getting loged in any file. I already disabled rsyslog ...
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How to stop ubuntu about collecting personal informations

Ubuntu distro collects personal information while using the system here is the link http://www.ubuntu.com/legal/terms-and-policies/privacy-policy of how they collect personal information. Can we able ...
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I have Privacy: Record activity ON but how to view log and all the stuff? [duplicate]

Where can I find the recorded data and screen snaps and etc things ? I had tried to find them within : ~/.local/share/zeitgeist directory but there are the following files available and i don't ...
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No privacy options in Ubuntu Gnome

Running Ubuntu Gnome 14.04 updated till date. In System Settings, there is no 'Privacy' Settings option. In the Help for system settings, it does mention 'Privacy' settings (like what appears on the ...
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How may I get rid off canonical addlens? [duplicate]

I did disable commercial entries in my privacy-settings. However, I still receive entries in my dashboard.
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Apport error reporting privacy issues

As apport is enabled by default since 12.04 I thought it would be important to get some much needed clarifications on certain privacy questions that have been bugging me. How paranoid is apport ...
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Configure privacy settings via the command line

I am trying to compile a script to run upon booting a network attached computer (which has no hard drive and therefore is a new computer upon every reboot) to configure all settings. Because it will ...
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BleachBit: How to Completely Clear URL History in Firefox?

14.04 / Firefox 29.0 I've been using Bleachbit to clear usage/file history, and for the most part it works great. However, it doesn't seem to clear the website hostnames out of the URL, at all. ...
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How to get access to Search Results tab in Privacy Settings?

My problem: I wanted to disable the Unity shopping lens on dash. The solution proposed here by Salem seemed simple. Ubuntu with spyware? However, my privacy settings does not have the "Search Results" ...
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How do I disable error reporting to Canonical, but keep Apport enabled?

I disabled error reporting in Privacy Settings, however apport still connects to people.canonical.com and sends crash dumps. It even asks, if I want to include configuration files, which I have ...
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How to turn off dash history from previous searches in Ubuntu 14.04?

Due to this bug: I'd like to have dash forget what I searched previously so future searches are not problematic. This would make Unity more consistent with retrieving the items I am telling it to. Is ...