applications – what is an offline transcription or dictation app which respects privacy?

Looking at software to transcribe or dictate mp3 files, what are the android options which respect privacy?

Looking for something which at least purports to not upload either the audio file or the transcript of that audio to the cloud. Preferably, which also doesn’t do so — and if reasonable precautions are taken to prevent this generally, all the better.

privacy – What is the most basic smartphone that will still run Signal well?

My current phone (S9+) is just not cutting the mustard any more. It’s too big and has too many features I never use. I wanted to switch to a dumb phone but from a security and privacy standpoint, it is not a great option. I am wondering what the most simple smartphone that will run Signal messenger since that is all I ever use my phone for, messaging and calling. I was thinking Nexus 5 but what experience do you have with other phones?

Will making HTTP cookies unique to a given website make cookies aligned with the strictest privacy guidelines?

As far as I know, the only privacy problem with cookies is that in general, the owners of website Y could read what a visitor has searched for or had done in website X.

The privacy problem with cookies is that they can be used to track a user over multiple sites and specific web pages. And based on these information a profile can be created about the interests of the user – which allow targeted ads and similar.

… so other websites won’t be able to access it

Other websites cannot access the cookies or a site. Its the cookies these web sites itself set, i.e. cookies from Facebook when a like button is included in any page, cookies from Google if Google Analytics is used in a page etc.

This also means that your approach of unique cookies will not help, since it does not addresses the actual problem.

privacy – How is it possible for boss to know I am finding a job?

Today, when my boss talking with me, he suddenly said: No you don’t need to worry about it, everyday you have 3 or 4 messages with agent in Linkedin right?

I am very very surprised, because : 1, I work at home, 2, I don’t use VPN, 3, I use Linux (Ubuntu) system which installed by me, 4, I login with my Chrome / Gmail account, 5, I use my personal outlook, 6, everytime I talk with interviewers, I use my Zoom account. 7, I use myself mobile phone, my sim card

The only thing is I daily use laptop provided by company. But as a 15 years IT engineer, I can not see how possible company can view my data. Especially he know there are 3 or 4 people I talking with everyday.

The only possible is is there any possible Linkined provide service that would send my data to our company?

Privacy effects of disabling notifications through Android settings


My question assumes the following situation, that is what I could understand about Google’s push notifications system. If I misunderstood anything, please correct me here.

When an app wants to send a notification to a user, it sends the notification content to Google’s push notification server. The server then contacts the user’s device instructing it to show the notification.

This system prevents user’s device from continously checking for notification, that would cause battery drainage and other annoying side-effects. However, some privacy concerned people point out that it allows Google to access all the notification contents, including for example private messages.


If I have an app that sends notifications and doesn’t have an option to disable them, the only way I can prevent them to be shown is through Android settings.
To my understanding, if I do so the app will still send notification contents to Google’s server, thus allowing Google to know notification content, but the server won’t send it to my device. So, disabling notifications through Android settings wouldn’t have any effect on privacy. Is that right?

privacy – What is it that frees Bisq from all these KYC/AML laws and regulations?

I feel as if I should probably not ask about this, and instead just quietly go on using it in my little corner, not bringing any attention to its existence, but I still must ask:

What is it that enables Bisq (the decentralized exchange software/network) from not having to follow KYC/AML laws/regulations?

The obvious answer may be “it’s decentralized”, but let’s be real: their website, forum and Github repo are all very much centralized, and this is the only way that I and 99% of its users would be able to get any updates, and probably for the already installed software to be able to fetch updates as well. Even decentralized applications always have some sort of “hardcoded bootstrap list of nodes”, whether by hostname or IP address. Basically, decentralized anything is kind of an illusion in this Internet.

So, if it gets too big and thus poses a real threat, can’t “they” just shut it down extremely easily by just taking away the domains/Github accounts, or just going after the public individuals who are known to run/develop the software?

Isn’t it only because so few people use/know about it that they “get away” with this?

privacy – Can a compromized browser know your ISP’s IP even if using a VPN?

privacy – Can a compromized browser know your ISP’s IP even if using a VPN? – Information Security Stack Exchange

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