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Are identify theft monitoring services worth it?

More than one such service exists. Do they work? Are they worth it? Should I sign up? [more inside]
posted by StrawberryPie on Aug 22, 2016 - 8 answers

Breach, breach, breach

My identity was stolen last year [more inside]
posted by silsurf on Aug 18, 2016 - 7 answers

Like a used bike or like used underwear?

Our work recycling often contains copious amounts of working equipment. It's ok to bring stuff out. I brought out a number of high-capacity name brand hard-drives. What now? [more inside]
posted by Iteki on Aug 15, 2016 - 18 answers

Landlord is illegally keeping our security deposit - Michigan edition

We left the house in better condition than when we arrived - but the landlord is blaming us for preexisting damage. He missed the deadline to return our deposit, so shouldn't be entitled to any of the money. But now what? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 14, 2016 - 14 answers

Looking for a very specific security/nanny camera

I'm looking for a specific security/"nanny" camera and so far the list of must-have features is causing me to fail at google and amazon-fu. Specific features needed listed inside. [more inside]
posted by splen on Aug 11, 2016 - 7 answers

Can the office network dept intercept cellular signal?

At the office, they put in a Wilson Panel Antenna (looks like this one) for a stronger cell phone signal indoors (for Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile I think they said). My question is, can they (the network people at the office) intercept the signal such that they could see employee phone calls, texting, and web traffic?)
posted by allelopath on Aug 10, 2016 - 8 answers

You've been pwned- What next?

Last year I put my email into the you've been pwned website [link] . This last week I got an email saying I may have been affected. What can I do to protect my data? [more inside]
posted by Braeburn on Jul 12, 2016 - 7 answers

Lost/Stolen Cellphone Overseas - Information Secure?

Lost my phone overseas. Is the information on my phone mostly secure? [more inside]
posted by driedmango on Jul 4, 2016 - 3 answers

How to remove a webpage of log-in credentials from Google?

A forum I used to frequent had its log-in credential database hacked several months ago, including user names, passwords, and the email associated with the account. My email is on there, and it includes my full name. The text file of the hacked info was available on tor sites previously, but yesterday I googled myself and discovered that the file had made it to the normal www and was featured prominently in google results. How do I get this removed from google results? Google's help pages for removing content are not super helpful; more details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 27, 2016 - 1 answer

Which flavor of awful should I buy: Norton Vs. McAfee edition

I am holding my CEO's credit card in my hand and cannot leave work without purchasing either Norton or McAfee today (thanks to our sales guy who keeps getting malware on his computer). Running a Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro-1370 with Windows 10 and Windows Defender, however, they are not convinced this is sufficient and are forcing me to buy/install one or the other today. Help? [more inside]
posted by Unicorn on the cob on Jun 24, 2016 - 20 answers

Do I need to appear in Los Angeles small claims court?

I know you are not my lawyer, etc. We have had a serious family death and I need to pack up everything to move across country in the next few days, for an undetermined amount of time (6 months, one year?), but I am supposed to show up here in small claims court in July. Need advice. [more inside]
posted by Vaike on Jun 14, 2016 - 10 answers

Culturally Inclusive Security Questions

I'm trying to come up with a list of online account security questions that are secure, memorable, and considerate of class & cultural differences [more inside]
posted by chara on Jun 6, 2016 - 35 answers

Malvertising, drive by downloads

How safe is it really, to surf the web these days on a modern Windows PC? [more inside]
posted by inner_frustration on Jun 4, 2016 - 11 answers

My castle in the clouds... New Rules for data architecture.

I need a cloud storage service and I know just enough to be overwhelmed. Halp? [more inside]
posted by fritillary on Jun 3, 2016 - 2 answers

21st-century safety deposit box protocols?

I opened up a safety deposit box, and was surprised to learn that my bank uses a "face recognition" program (not working at the moment, don't worry, we'll fix it soon) to control access to the vault. And thus, the box I'm renting can be unlocked with only my key. Is this practice standard for big banks these days? [more inside]
posted by QuantumMeruit on Jun 2, 2016 - 8 answers

Best way to protect the contents of an external hard drive?

I have one hard drive with some important documents on it and I'm looking to protect these contents in the event of theft. What's the best (not too difficult) way to do this? I'm on Apple OS.
posted by malhouse on May 29, 2016 - 5 answers

Why are sites switching to two page login processes

Tumblr and Google are now using two page login processes where you first enter your username or email and then are sent to a second page to enter your password. What's the reason/logic behind this switch from the standard two item form?
posted by srboisvert on May 29, 2016 - 9 answers

Is Wordpress secure now?

I've read anecdotally that Wordpress is pretty flawed from a security standpoint, and I'm wondering if any of the issues in this article have been patched in the four years since it was published (there have been a lot of updates since then). And if so, what are the current concerns about WP security? Anything a site owner like me should be concerned about, or watching for?
posted by jbickers on May 12, 2016 - 22 answers

Responding to persistent personal informaion requests.

To the law people out there: I work for a small company that recently signed up with a new health insurance company. For various reasons I declined the coverage, but I am getting bombarded by requests for personal information. Here's the actual latest message that I received after I informed them that I do not wish to participate: Hi C13, For any employees at Small Company to get health insurance, you need to complete your application. All employees must complete an application, regardless of whether accepting or waiving coverage. [more inside]
posted by c13 on May 5, 2016 - 11 answers

Google's Chrome browser is refusing to forget my passwords with LastPass

I've used the Chrome browser with the LastPass extension for years, and for years it's been set to refuse automatic access to accounts such as Facebook, metafiilter, GMAIL, etc, unless I type in the master LastPass password. Suddenly, this has changed, and Chrome refuses to forget my passwords....it's driving me nuts! [more inside]
posted by newfers on May 3, 2016 - 10 answers

Looking for "horror stories" of computer virus infections

I need to put the fear of God into some foolish, negligent users. I'm looking for examples of organizations that were hit with some kind of horrible malware (like CryptoLocker) or had sensitive data stolen -- all because of a really stupid action by an employee. [more inside]
posted by alex1965 on May 2, 2016 - 21 answers

Is there any way to get my hacked Instagram back?

My Instagram was hacked into earlier today, and both the password and associated email were changed. [more inside]
posted by bookish on Apr 19, 2016 - 3 answers

What was this SF short?

Trying to track down a short science fiction story involving compromised (in the infosec sense) wireless audio implants. [more inside]
posted by attercoppe on Apr 8, 2016 - 0 answers

Durable, metal-free belt?

For at least the immediate future I'll need pass through security in a federal courthouse without the benefit of employee ID, which means going through a metal detector. I need a durable, metal-free belt (leather or otherwise) that fits standard 35mm belt loops and looks reasonably presentable in a casual-end-of-business-casual environment. Thanks!
posted by Oktober on Apr 6, 2016 - 7 answers

How do airlines predict TSA capacity on a certain day?

My fiancé and I have a flight out of JFK at 7am on April 8th. I got a weird email from our airline (JetBlue) last night, warning us to get to the airport even earlier because of longer wait times at security checkpoints. [more inside]
posted by millipede on Apr 6, 2016 - 11 answers

Best way to clean personal info off work computer?

My work computer is 5 years old and is not responding well to the latest Office upgrade. It only has 4 GB RAM and my tech guy tells me that I need a new laptop. So, yay, but I have been using this laptop for everything for 5 years and I want to make sure that all my personal info and passwords are cleared before turning it in. So, how do I do this? (oh, it's a Latitude E6510, if that matters)
posted by qldaddy on Mar 29, 2016 - 11 answers

How to password protect (NOT encrypt) a portable HDD

I know there are a lot of good programs that will allow you to encrypt part or even all of the files/folders on a portable HDD. I am looking for a simple way to password protect the whole HDD so that if it is attached to any computer, a password is needed to access it. I know that is not as 'good' as encryption', but that is all I need. TIA.
posted by toucano on Mar 17, 2016 - 18 answers

Talk to me about home security cameras.

I'm interested in getting a home security camera. Please advise. [more inside]
posted by The corpse in the library on Mar 15, 2016 - 6 answers

Security best practices for lost Chromebook

I lost a Chromebook that I was signed into with my main Google account. What steps, if any, should I take to ensure that nobody gains access to my account or data? [more inside]
posted by Cucurbit on Mar 8, 2016 - 4 answers

Social Security Deluge

My wife is turning 65 in a couple of months,, and is receiving a deluge of offers and advertisements for private companies offering drug plans, part D coverage, supplemental coverage, part B coverage, etc, etc, etc, etc. On a daily basis. It's overwhelming. How in the hell is anyone supposed to make sense of this shit and make an informed decision?
posted by pjern on Mar 5, 2016 - 10 answers

Disconnect random Facebook Ads account from my profile?

A stranger's Facebook Ads account was somehow connected to my personal Facebook profile. How do I disconnect it? [more inside]
posted by kwaller on Feb 16, 2016 - 4 answers

Best web/security cam for capturing the catfights?

Looking for something simple that will let me see on my phone a) that the garage door is closed (its usually dark in there) and b) capture video (and audio would be awesome) when motion triggered of our cats scrapping at home. I'm thinking this would be 3 cameras, if something is easier to manage a set of cameras thats a plus. Would love something that alerts me to motion, then I get to see the video hoping for a crazy match. Suggestions?
posted by H. Roark on Feb 16, 2016 - 11 answers

Can my friend switch from SSI to social Security?

My friend, on SSI disability, is approaching retirement. She thinks, why don't I just drop one for the other? I have earned benefits; that I will soon be eligible for; why not accept? Aren't they based on the same numbers? Wouldn't my SS benefits be based on the same earnings that the SSI were? Given that I was unable to work after being disabled?
posted by ebesan on Feb 11, 2016 - 7 answers

Is someone trying to poison our dog?

We're concerned that neighborhood malcontents might be trying to hurt our dog. More inside. [more inside]
posted by zeusianfog on Feb 5, 2016 - 22 answers

Name of TV show about testing casino and retail security?

I know there have been a million shows like this before, but I'm looking for a particular show where a team of people were hired to test security and reveal vulnerabilities. [more inside]
posted by tkolstee on Jan 26, 2016 - 6 answers

Can I password protect a single dropbox folder?

I have a Dropbox account that syncs to my work computer. It has a personnel folder. Occasionally, work staff need access to my laptop, like install programs. How can I give these tech-savvy staffers access to admin-level privileges on this machine while securing the personnel subfolder? In my ideal solution, they could log in under my username and access most Dropbox files, but they (or I or anyone) accessing the personnel folder would have to enter a password. Is this possible?
posted by slidell on Jan 14, 2016 - 7 answers

What is Google Sites?

On my Google Dashboard, it says I have an insane number of views for my "Google Sites". I don't know what this is or why this would be the case or even what "sites" are. I have tried using the developer module to research this, but honestly it is over my head. Can anyone help? Thanks in advance.
posted by null14 on Jan 13, 2016 - 8 answers

Securing custom MySQL tables in Wordpress

I have personal tables I'm using within the Wordpress database for my own data storage and manipulation purposes. How can I protect these *most easily* from sql injections and/or whatever other evil lurks? [more inside]
posted by A Terrible Llama on Jan 8, 2016 - 5 answers

Lock down my iPhone.

What can I do to make my iPhone more secure? Difficulty level: 1984. [more inside]
posted by a sourceless light on Jan 6, 2016 - 13 answers

Unfamiliar email in form autocomplete- how freaked out should I be?

I'm worried I've done something deeply stupid and potentially made my PC vulnerable. Full details below the fold. [more inside]
posted by Merzbau on Jan 5, 2016 - 3 answers

Why shouldn't we frame climate change as a national security issue?

I'm writing an article about climate change in relation to terrorism for my college newspaper and came across a Wired article which said: Then there’s the fact, says [Joshua] Busby, that framing climate change as a military issue could lead to military solutions, not environmental ones. (more from the article in the extended explanation section) So my question: what would be some effective ways to defend his argument? Can anyone cite instances in history that would support this? I can't seem find anyone else who shares his sentiment. [more inside]
posted by defmute on Jan 5, 2016 - 16 answers

What can a thief do with my reasonably locked down Mac

My MacBook Pro was stolen last night. The disk was encrypted with FileVault and the login passwords were non trivial (good enough for petty thieves though probably not hackers skilled in the art). I told iCloud to lock it down and erase it on first contact. Will the thief and his friends be able to do anything with this machine, or is it just a paperweight at this point? [more inside]
posted by alms on Jan 1, 2016 - 15 answers

New PC laptop seeks security

Best security software for my new Windows 10 laptop? Any other advice to ensure my computer's life gets off to a good start? [more inside]
posted by quinoa on Dec 30, 2015 - 7 answers

Clothing Security tag left on skirt, issue at airport?

First world problem: Went to go pack for Holiday flight today. Opened an order I placed from Macy's.com and somebody left the hard tag sensor on it... sigh. I don't have time to take skirt and receipt into the store before flight. Can I pack this in my bag I'm checking so I can bring it into Macy's when I get there? Or do you think it will set off some kind of security thing when they scan it? I'm overthinking, as usual! Pic attached [more inside]
posted by twoforty5am on Dec 20, 2015 - 10 answers

Gmail/Thunderbird alternative?

I've been using Thunderbird a very long time. It's mostly great, but it's tied to my single work computer. The address book, complete with recipient photos; send messages; archived messages in a huge set of folders. What's a good web-based alternative? (Hint: not Gmail.) [more inside]
posted by 4midori on Dec 15, 2015 - 15 answers

People keep getting into my apartment building?

We've had at least two instances of people who are not supposed to be in the apartment building being in the building since we moved in July. One in late October; one yesterday/today. I don't know what, if anything, I need to be doing right now, both from a perspective of "I like my apartment building being secure" and a mental health perspective. So many words inside because what do I do, oh god. [more inside]
posted by you could feel the sky on Dec 3, 2015 - 16 answers

Is there any known issues with Norton/Symantic and chat clients?

I have a writing forum on proboards, it has the qwebirc chat app on it and a new member can't get it to work, is it an issue with one of them? [more inside]
posted by marienbad on Dec 2, 2015 - 0 answers

What is the best way to secure the side door?

I'm the Churchwarden (basically, lay person responsible for physical plant) for an Episcopal congregation in inner-city Chicago. I need to replace a door. For this, I need the help of the hivemind. [more inside]
posted by tivalasvegas on Dec 1, 2015 - 9 answers

I'm not a spy, I swear

Please recommend a trail / security camera setup to help capture various critters in our back yard, and which can double as a security camera. Details / requirements inside. [more inside]
posted by SquidLips on Nov 29, 2015 - 5 answers

Safety deposit box or fire safe? And which one?

Like many people, I've accumulated a stash of documents that are important to me and my family in some way (deeds, birth certificates, marriage certificate, passports) and some are difficult/impossible to replace (immigration paperwork, ancestral information). Right now they all sit in a plastic Tupperware box on the bottom shelf of an IKEA bookshelf. I was thinking that maybe they should be a little better secured. Is a safety deposit box the right answer or a safe? I'm having a hard time choosing. [more inside]
posted by fireoyster on Nov 23, 2015 - 19 answers

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