Questions tagged [privacy]

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

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Install and run Zoom Client inside a sandbox

With COVID-19 pandemic there was a boom of video conferencing. Although there are free and open source alternatives like Jitsi, Zoom became popular. Is not a secret that have some privacy issues (EFF, ...
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Ubuntu 18.04 desktop bug - location services cannot be disabled?

I recently noticed that, despite location services being disabled in the settings menu, the location service indicator will sometimes show in the upper right corner. When I navigate to the settings -> ...
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How can I prevent a third party software to gather data from my device?

For work purposes I have to use a not open source software that collects and sends to the producer MAC address, other device IDs and other hardware datas (from its privacy policy, which is not very ...
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Why is my system connected to an Amazon AWS server?

From a fresh reboot I entered netstat -an | more in a terminal shell and located a foreign ip address 99.86.32.24 from netstat's output connected to my system over port 443. I've opted out of sending ...
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How is my language exposed when im on the web?

This is driving me nuts. I use a VPN (that protects against leaks and shuts down internet in case it suddenly stops working) and then go to https://whatismyipaddress.com/ to confirm that it actually ...
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Camera turns on on startup

I have a laptop which has ubuntu 19.10 on it. Every time I start my computer, the LED indicator for the web cam turns on. why is it happening ? Update 1: I ran ls -ltrh /dev/video* and got: crw-rw-...
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How private is visual studio code on ubuntu?

I can install visual studio code on ubuntu bionic beaver. When I go to the software manager I find it in the list of applications but I do read that: "This application has no limitations and has ...
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Book recommendation for a novice [closed]

I'm 30+ with a family and working in a non-IT field. I've been getting into IT privacy and security and playing around with Ubuntu. What would you recommend for me to read so I can learn more. I'm ...
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On awake the unlocked desktop shows for a blink moment [closed]

When I close my laptop, on Ubuntu 19.10, I want to prevent others from accessing my computer and also hide, whatever is shown on my screen. Now, when I open the lid, the desktop shows for a fraction ...
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Ubuntu remembers every drive ever connected and every dvd ever inserted and PCmanFM shows it in folder panel

I am using PCManFM 1.2.5 as file manager on Ubuntu 18.04.2. When I go to my media folder, there I find listed the names of every external drive I ever connected and every disk I ever inserted in my ...
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I don't have the lock screen button at the bottom of the menu

I don't have the lock screen button at the bottom of the menu. I am using 19.04 on Dell Inspiron 14z 5423. Also, I can not access the settings of Lock Screen in the Privacy menu because it's ...
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How does installing ubuntu alonside windows work?

I am curious about is there any difference between installing just Ubuntu and installing Ubuntu alongside Windows 10? Do they run separately or together? As you know, Windows 10 is a privacy killer ...
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Does Ubuntu Server 18.04.2 LTS “track” users in any way?

I am considering Ubuntu Server 18.04.2 LTS for a personal home server. Though, reading online about things like Zeitgeist and Unity Dash (Online Search Results) I became a bit concerned about privacy. ...
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Disable media key actions on KDE Plasma lock screen

It is a neat feature that there is a whitelist for certain key actions while the KDE Plasma lock screen is active. These whitelisted actions include volume and brightness control, and also media key ...
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How to prevent someone from logging in into Ubuntu without knowing the password?

I just had my browser tabs changed when I just logged in today, it was Incognito so I can't tell if I can go back to it, but I'm very confused as to how can someone logged in to my computer without ...
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List and remove unofficially installed CA certificates

This article expose how around 18% of HTTPS connections are being detected as intercepted by MITM proxies. As the great related paper state: To circumvent this validation, local software injects a ...
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Why Lubuntu 18.04 calls Amazon servers? (motd.ubuntu.com)

In wireshark logs I found that my Lubuntu 18.04 calls Amazon servers. See this log: 17 192.168.1.1 192.168.1.13 DNS 118 Standard query response 0x0e33 A motd.ubuntu.com A 54.194.229.79 A 52.18....
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Ubuntu 18.04: Missing Problem Reporting option in Privacy Settings

I am missing the Problem Reporting option in Privacy Settings, and I wanted to set it as manual. It was there when I installed Ubuntu, but now it's gone. To clarify, I have Ubuntu 18.04 with the Pop ...
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Prevent Ubuntu from leaking information to the internet upon login

I am surprised to find so little information about what I would consider a serious breach of privacy and security. It appears ubuntu-report is sending very unique information about your system - like ...
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Can't change settings in Ubuntu 18.04 (Screen Lock)

I can't change any settings inside Screen Lock portion as they are grayed out. Settings options for other categories seems okay. How can I fix this ?
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Enable WebRTC in Firefox for whitelisted sites only

I would like to have WebRTC generally blocked in my Firefox browser, except for a small set of websites which I trust and which need this functionality. I know one can disable WebRTC in Firefox by ...
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Open Tor from specific Firefox urls

I have Firefox and Tor installed on my Ubuntu 18.04. Day to day I mostly use Firefox, but in some specific cases I want to open a webpage using Tor. For example, say I want to open askubuntu.com in ...
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Ubuntu 18.04 Unity after wakeup shows desktop before login

I have encountered a bit of a security and privacy issue on my Ubuntu 18.04 with Unity. After wake up it shortly shows my whole desktop with everything that was running on it before suspending it and ...
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Unable to change privacy settings upon install of Ubuntu 18.04 LTS

I am new to Linux with Ubuntu 18.04 LTS as of this morning. Anyone else experienced the inability to change privacy settings upon installation? I.e. I can tap the toggle switch to the "off" position ...
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How to clear Weather location on Ubuntu 18.04 (GNOME)

On my Ubuntu 18.04 system with GNOME 3.28 on it I have set in the top-panel's calendar pull-down the weather location so it checks with the gnome-weather application the weather information for my ...
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Is there a technical reason why a Ubuntu One account is needed for livepatching?

In order to set up Livepatch on Ubuntu 18.04, one needs to have a Ubuntu One account. Clearly this choice has privacy implications, and possibly also security ones (for instance, in theory, Canonical ...
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Is it safe to use Bleachbit in a ext4 filesystem with journaling?

I want to shred a file, making it unrecoverable. I normally use the command 'bleachbit -s file'. When I was searching about it, I found out that the journaling in ext4 makes a copy of the file ...
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Have I opened myself to a hack from posting terminal output here?

So, yesterday I posed a question where I supplied two dmesg | tail outputs, plus uname -a and ls -a /boot. It disclosed my system time and my username, (plus my VPN provider and other software). I ...
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How to disable unauthorised and automatic connections to extensions.gnome.org?

I'm fairly new to Ubuntu and using version 17.10 with Gnome 3.26.2 in a VirtualBox VM. Occasionally (once a day?) an unauthorised and automatic connection to "extensions.gnome.org" on port 443 is ...
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Firefox 57 (Quantum) Cookies exceptions not working (in Ubuntu 14.04)

When trying to add servers to black list I can't get it; I type the domain, click "Block", but nothing is added to the list. I regret so much for updating Firefox to v57 since it's much worse ...
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Do cookies and flash objects change with a new user account? [closed]

I think Chrome's browser cookies and flash cookies are stored in ~/.config/google-chrome/Default/Pepper Data/Shockwave Flash/WritableRoot/#SharedObjects/ When I create a new user account in Ubuntu, ...
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Why is Ubuntu 17.10 locking the screen and asking for password?

I'm using 17.10 with Gnome. (I upgraded from Unity). When I close my laptop and reopen I get a duff looking password prompt: Why is this? There is only one account on this machine and under User I ...
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How to disable job name in print notifications for other logged in users?

We have a terminal server where users log in via Thinlinc. They are provided with a mate session. When a user prints a document, a notification of the successful print job pops up for every user. The ...
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Why Ubuntu Gnome needs access to my location?

Ubuntu Gnome 17.04 requests to know my location after every boot. I never experienced such thing with Linux distros before. Can anyone explain why this is so?
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privacy & security settings icon missing in ubuntu studio 16.4

I have tried several ideas to solve this : sudo apt-get install ubuntu-desktop sudo apt-get install unity-control-center sudo apt install gnome-control-center ...and after that i still have no ...
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Encrypted home folder still accessible after logout

I you have an account with an encrypted home folder, you can't access the user's plain text data in their home folder if that user hasn't logged in, yet, since the system last booted up. This is what ...
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Lubuntu - What is the BEST (and most of all easiest) way to monitor as well as block websites?

I set up an older Dell laptop for our kids to play with as well as use for school projects. However, just like with any technology they poke around and do what they want when no one is over their ...
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Are there any default programs in Ubuntu 16.10 which take my data and pose a privacy risk?

For instance: the Amazon icon. That's a red flag for me because some huge corporation is always up to no good. Also, there is a facebook plugin. Get my tinfoil hat and hold onto my jimmies. Are there ...
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Is it possible to hide applications in Ubuntu 16.04?

Maybe something where you need to enter a password to access hidden applications or something? (I'm pretty new to Linux)
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AutoLogin does not turn off

Ubuntu has been on my Laptop for almost half a year now. I used to have a login password, then turned it off about two months ago. After reading this (http://www.faz.net/aktuell/wirtschaft/...
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RFC7217 (stable privacy addresses) implementation in Ubuntu 16.10

I'm the author of IETF RFC7217, and I'm trying to figure out whether Ubuntu 16.10 implement support for RFC7217. It seems that there is no support in the version of NetworkManager Ubuntu is using, or ...
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Is it safe to use an Ubuntu VM on Windows 10 from a privacy perspective?

My question is basically in the title - We all know about the telemetry bullcrap that windows 10 comes with and about NSA spying on everyone. Considering all that stuff, is it (from a privacy ...
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2 hard drives + privacy (Windows 10 and Ubuntu)

I have a computer with Windows 10. I want to have a hard drive with Ubuntu that Microsoft can't access or read. Can this be done on one computer and two hard drives or do I have to have Windows and ...
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Basic disk encryption in Ubuntu

I'm new to Ubuntu and Linux in general, so feel free to explain like I'm five (I wont be offended) I'm starting work as a private therapist and have brought a T450 Thinkpad with the express intent of ...
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Google collects data over ubuntu

So I was browsing and just typed "Ubuntu" over my top bar. The Google URL mentions: client=ubuntu I deleted cookies, even disabled the Ubuntu plug-in in Firefox (presuming this was the problem) but ...
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Prevent other users to login as me and view my files

My Ubuntu user account name "user-3121" with type as "Administrator". There is one more account named "sysadmin" with type as "Administrator". How do I know whether "sysadmin" can login as me and view ...
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Tox over Tor won't come online

I've recently installed toxic (tox-based terminal chat client) and am attempting to route it through Tor for extra privacy. I followed this tutorial for installing the tor service. But, when I try and ...
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LUKS and Nuke key installtion on Ubuntu?

When you install Ubuntu there's an option to encrypt the installation. I didn't select that, can I still encrypt Ubuntu? I do not want to encrypt my home folder I would like to encrypt Ubuntu as if I ...
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What do I share when I connect to a public wireless network

Is there a list of data/infos Ubuntu (or other Linux distributions) share when connecting to a (public) wireless network? Such as mac address, hostname, ...
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Does 16.04 still send searches to Canonical, even with Online searches toggled off? (See privacy policy)

I was reading Canonical's updated privacy policy as of Feb 2016, and it doesn't unambiguously state that the Dash's searches and keystrokes don't go to Canonical. Can anyone confirm that keystrokes ...