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

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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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Returning from a sleep the desktop displays shortly (before entering password), privacy issue [migrated]

OS: Linux mint 17.1 Cinnamon 64-bit Cinnamon version 2.4.6 Intel Celeron: 900 @ 2.20Ghzx1 Memory 2 Gb Graphics Card: Intel Mobile 4 series integrated When I return to my computer after it has been ...
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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 to turn off/lock screen when using Vino VNC?

I have a laptop(Acer Aspire v3-472g) with a working Vino VNC server on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS 64 bit. My problem is that when I connect with a VNC client, people near my laptop can see what I am doing. I ...
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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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SOLVED 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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Shotwell Manager - excluding imported photos from Unity Dash

I am using Ubuntu 12.10. Using "Privacy", I have excluded some folders from record activity and also excluded Shotwell Manager's activities to be recorded. However, when I import some photos from ...
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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 ...
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Does KuaiPan Cloud Service provide encryption and how does it manage privacy?

Looking for an alternative to UbuntuOne, I found that the official Chinese distro, Ubuntu Kylin, has announced a cloud service from Kingsoft KuaiPan, with its own "customed app". This sync client is ...
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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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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 ...