I'm trying to help a relative who's in a full panic about computer security, brought on both by the alarmist mainstream reporting about the gotofail bug and by some coincidental hardware issues with her OS X machine. My reassurance isn't going to cut it this time -- is there somewhere online where she can read, in lay terms, that although the bug was severe in theory / in its implications, there's very little evidence of real-world exploits? [more inside]
Is there any software that allows for encryption of home directories in OSX, a la original FileVault? [more inside]
I want to teach students good computer security habits. [more inside]
I'm looking for a forum where I can ask questions about networking, security, coding, operating systems, web design, etc. There are many of these out there, but I'd like to find a single community which covers all these topics more or less equally (so it isn't a Linux forum with a small section on BSD, or a coding forum with a small section on networking). I'd like it to be the sort of forum where users stay around for several years as they learn and contribute at different levels, with high literacy and education-to-spam levels. Could I have your recommendations please?
is there a way to make it look like the harddrive on my osx mac book pro isn't working? [more inside]
on Mac OSX Leopard(10.5.7), which log file, archived or not, would I find when a user account was renamed? [more inside]
OK, so my new Mac
will arrive next week. Can power users fill me in on best practices for setting it up? [more inside]
Can we talk seriously about Mac OSX security this time? [more inside]
How secure is Time Machine backups?
I'm worried about security of the data stored by Time Machine. [more inside]
What security / anti-virus tools should I use to protect my Mac? [more inside]
How do I secure my backup hard drive that I copy my computer's content onto? [more inside]
This is an OS X multi-user question. My parents have an older iMac running OS X 10.3 and various people use it at different times. I want to set up a guest account so anyone logged in on it will not have access to my parents' private information, settings, etc. I tried setting up a "test" account on my own iMac (OS X 1.4.11) but I find when I log in to it I am still able to see folders and view contents that had been created with my regular (admin) account. How do I set up an additional account so it is only able to view its own content and not that of any other account? (I don't want to use FileVault due to the potential for catastrophic data loss or denial if my parents crash their iMac with FileVault in use.)
OS X: Automatically trigger actions after connecting to a network. [more inside]
I followed the instructions on this MacOSXhints article
to setup my shiny new MacBook Pro to take a picture using the built-in iSight whenever there's a failed authentication attempt. I've noticed that every night at 9:53, there are multiple failed login attempts, but it's while I'm using the computer, so I end up with pictures of me. [more inside]
Recently my bike and some other trivial stuff has been stolen off my porch.
My bike was locked. :(
I want to bait this thief with another bike (my broken one) and see who this jerk is. I have a mac and want to use a wireless webcam. Infrared is key since I believe he strikes at night. Is there an app for OS X and a compatible webcam for this situation? Ideally, it would not capture footage unless their is activity.
I want to setup an SSH tunnel on OSX, but... [more inside]
Army Knowledge Online is a webmail/pop email service that any current or former US Army member can use in order to have a .mil address. I've been using it for a while, but for going on three years now I can't get Mail.app (and the keychain) to accept its security certificate. The normal way of importing a self-signed certificate doesn't work under Jaguar, Panther, or Tiger- I can import the cert, but nothing happens. I've tried setting up a new "root" certificate. Nothing works. Apple discussion boards have been useless. Can someone look at this certificate (try going here
and it will send you the cert) and maybe tell me what's going on? I think it's in some odd format that prevents it from being imported.
Wireless Network Security: I'd like to know more about keeping my info safe on OS X. [MI] [more inside]
MacCruftFilter: a guy i know told me yesterday that he discovered he had the ability to wander around the network using an old macintosh SE
(linked through a newer one, as it's too old to connect directly). the funny thing was that in browsing appletalk he realized he could look at and open files - not just specifically shared files, but any
files - on any networked mac on campus (he didn't say if he meant OS X too, or only OS 9 or older). he figures the new macs don't recognize the old one as even existing, and the old one is too old to recognize the security setup on the new ones - so they ignore each other and he's free to open someone else's files. he didn't try creating or deleting anything, though. so here's the question: can any mac people tell me if is he right about why this works, and, if not, is this just a fluke? am i potentially opening a can of mac-security worms by even asking this?
How do I PERMANENTLY install a mail certificate in MacOS X 10.3? (more inside...) [more inside]
Which Mac OS X Files let Safari securely connect to sites?
I'd accidentally lost some of my System (my fault) and had to reinstall, etc. to get it back. Looks like everything is working... EXCEPT when I try to connect to https:// sites. gmail, hotmail, whatever.
I have other Macs here, so if anyone knows what frameworks or whatever likely make that work, I can easily copy them over and correct the permissions. But WHICH files? (minimally more inside) [more inside]
MacAskMe: Two Mac related questions. The first regards Mac compatible security camera solutions; the second involves changing the color of the cursor/pointer in OS X. [more mac mumbojumbo inside] [more inside]
Stupid Mac question - I have an AirPort card, but no base station. I was just visiting my cousin for the weekend, and they have one, and they did something to my computer to get it to connect to their wireless network (they have all sorts of security on it) and now I cannot have my AirPort card turned on without it automatically connecting to my neighbors' networks. I use an ethernet cable here at home, and I have my configuration set to look for the ethernet connection before a wireless one. I am at a total loss as to what to do to tell it to not automatically connect, short of leaving the card turned off unless I'm using it (and Apple's website is no help, because they assume that you do want to use it). Any ideas?
If several friendly, nosy and very tech-savvy, code-breaking sort of people have access to your computer and you wouldn't wish to hinder their access, but still need to hide, beyond all chance of detection, a folder where you keep your works in progress; innermost thoughts and tentative, early drafts (the kind that could easily be misinterpreted, specially if you write fiction); is there any John Le Carré-approved way of guaranteeing a private patch? I.e. So that they would think it's all open to anyone, but not really? [Mac OSX, if it's relevant.]