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Questions tagged [privacy]

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

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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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GUI to hide folders from Gnome Activities Search

Back on Unity, there was a simple UI within Privacy to hide certain folders and files from coming up when you'd search the dash. Has that been removed with the switch to Gnome? If so, is there a way ...
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Bug reporting / Log info with sensitive info removed [closed]

I remember a year or so ago I used a tool to report a bug or send automated log files that concealed sensitive data. What is it?
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Is it safe to dual boot Kubuntu with Windows 10?

I want to switch to Linux but getting rid of Windows would void my warranty. I have 2 SSD's, one 256GB and the other 1TB. I think I could use Windows on the 256GB for games, and Kubuntu on the 1TB for ...
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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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how to install in apt-transport-tor ubuntu 14.04?

I see several tutorials of how to install apt-transport-tor in debian but i don't see a tutorial in Ubuntu 14.04 Any have PPA of this thing ? https://blog.torproject.org/blog/tor-heart-apt-...
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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 ...
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What is NoTrack?

I accidently came across this youtube video regarding a software called NoTrack. If I am correct its some kind of ad blocking software. Most of the ad blocking softwares which I tried comes as a ...
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Where is search history stored in Firefox and how to disable it?

Firefox stores my search history, but I would like to know exactly what it is storing. So is there a file or something where these entries are logged? Also is there a way of disabling the search ...
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How to disable HTTP referrer in Firefox?

I feel that the HTTP referrer is a violation of my privacy (the HTTP header field that identifies the webpage you just came from which was linked to the webpage you are going to) and I understand that ...
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How to stop .NET Core from collecting data to protect privacy?

Today Microsoft announced that .NET Core is available for installation on various platforms. Here's the website for .NET Core https://dot.net/core And this is the download section for Ubuntu 14.04 ...
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Ubuntu on “HP Chromebook 13 G1” with 3200x1800. Does crouton or native install work fine? [closed]

I searched for a low priced MacBook Air alternative with retina resolution and found HP Chromebook 13 At 12.95mm/.51in, the amazingly thin and light HP Chromebook 13 provides professionals a ...
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Disable partners key in url bar [duplicate]

How I can disable in Google client=ubuntu (in DDG t=canonical) in Firefox 47? See screenshot: UPD: That's all what i find about subj, >strings /usr/lib/firefox/libxul.so | grep "client=" -n ...
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How to block input to webcam? [duplicate]

When I was running Windows 7 on my Lenovo machine there was a pre-installed Lenovo utility which would make it so that anyone trying to see what my webcam sees would instead see a still image of a ...
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What does the 'hide-identity' gsetting do?

On Ubuntu GNOME 16.04 with GNOME 3.20 I have just noticed that there is a hide-identity gsetting: I have read its description, but what exactly would be the difference if I turned it on? What ...
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Is the “Ubuntu Spyware” thing still relevant? [closed]

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 ...