I found several "favourited" videos in my YouTube account that were definitely not my or my partner's doing. What could have happened? Was I hacked? [more inside]
posted by peripathetic
on Nov 14, 2012 -
I'm looking for a book recommendation on the history of computer and internet security. [more inside]
posted by cman
on Sep 15, 2012 -
We have some never-on-a-network PCs set up in a lab at work; all are running Windows Vista. We need a good way to keep up-to-date antivirus software on them without relying on an internet connection. [more inside]
posted by mimo
on Jun 21, 2012 -
I just visited Facebook and it showed me the login screen with the email address of the guy I'm dating as the username. I was using FB earlier today, puttering around, sending messages and whatnot, and I haven't logged out of FB or restarted my Mac since. What's going on here? Am I paranoid to think that he (or someone else) could have remotely accessed my computer? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on May 31, 2012 -
What do I *really* need to do in order to keep my computer reasonably save from malware and intrusions? [more inside]
posted by lord_yo
on Dec 10, 2011 -
Is Randall Munroe right about passwords in today's xkcd
? Are very long (all lower case) plain text passwords more secure than short ones using a mix of numerals and upper/lower case text? [more inside]
posted by Ahab
on Aug 10, 2011 -
I have a challenge in our computer repair storefront. We recently had an issue wherein someone tried to scam us on an iPhone repair. [more inside]
posted by titans13
on May 1, 2011 -
I'm about to receive a desktop computer (Windows 7 Pro) that I am going to use *solely* for playing an online game. Do I need any additional security or virus protection programs aside from what comes with Windows 7? [more inside]
posted by woot
on Feb 13, 2010 -
Someone hacked my laptop! What do they know now, how much can I find out, and how can I keep it from happening again? [more inside]
posted by atchafalaya
on Sep 10, 2009 -
I allowed perl access past my firewall (Am I even saying that right?). Should I be worried? And how do I learn more about the subject so I'm not so clueless in the future? [more inside]
posted by dicetumbler
on Jan 11, 2009 -
Does anyone know a good way to make input devices be the only thing recognized by usb on linux? [more inside]
posted by brent_h
on Jun 4, 2008 -
Where can I find information about email headers? I'd like to learn how to look at an email header and answer such questions as "Was this email forged?" and "What is the IP of the sender and the sender's ISP?" [more inside]
posted by about_time
on Feb 12, 2008 -
What is losing some of my identifying information from Firefox every time I reboot the computer? [more inside]
posted by Cricket
on Feb 11, 2008 -
When my browsing and downloading is "encrypted," who or what am I protecting myself from? [more inside]
posted by Avenger50
on Jan 9, 2008 -
Where can I find some good resources that contrast public key cryptography algorithms (like RSA) with Elliptic Curve? [more inside]
posted by pallak7
on Dec 5, 2007 -
Mac OS X security question: it may be that one of our employees is illicitly logging in remotely to one of our computers. [more inside]
posted by londongeezer
on Nov 2, 2006 -
"I want to come with you to Redmond and learn the ways of the Registry. I want to be Teh Haxorz, like my father before me." [more inside]
posted by EatTheWeak
on Aug 11, 2006 -
I want to put together the ultimate Computer security kit to fix my uncle's ailing computer. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by katyggls
on Apr 8, 2006 -
So, a friend of mine who is helping out with tech support at a small business is trying to find a way to recover the password to a computer's EZ Firewall software. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by jne1813
on Feb 1, 2006 -
I have a couple questions about the security of my wireless network... I'm definitely not a computer newbie, but networking issues have always gone a bit over my head. [more inside]
posted by semidivine
on Nov 18, 2005 -
The back of my house faces an alley. There is no fence or gate.
Someone loves to take my hanging flower baskets or even vegetables from my garden boxes.
I would like to get a weather-proof wireless camera to start snapping away when someone enters the field of view.
What brands or technologies should I look at?
-I'd also like to beam the images to my home PC which would be about 50-75 feet away from where I want to put the camera.
posted by phredhead
on May 11, 2005 -
Im too good to pay for a remote desktop application so I searched for the best/most secure and found Back Oriface 2k. The problem is that now Mcafee shits it self and deletes it! Is there anyway to get McAfee to ignore or it am i going to have to uninstall Mcafee?
or - second question: Is there a better one out there that doesn't have the unfortunate reputation as being a script kiddie tool?
posted by Tryptophan-5ht
on Jan 12, 2005 -
What's the cheapest way to get an SSL certificate (for serving HTTPS connections)? Obviously I'd want the company selling these certs to be listed in most browsers as a trusted authority.
posted by LukeyBoy
on Dec 23, 2004 -
My workplace has just instituted a system wide policy that locks machines after 5 minutes of inactivity, I monitor many machines, relogging in constantly is a pain. Does anyone know of a way to generate random mouse movements every minute or so or some other way of defeating this "security"?
posted by Cosine
on Dec 6, 2004 -
Every day for the last three weeks or so Sygate Personal Firewall Pro has blocked twenty or more port scans. In the past I would be scanned maybe once or twice a week. What has changed? I change my IP address from time to time and I know my box is secure and isn't worth hacking anyway. What gives? I'm getting tired of the blinking icon.
posted by Grod
on Apr 3, 2004 -
As embarrassing as it is to confess, I am not very sophisticated with computers and technology. Recently my computer has become the eager droid of "purityscan," which (to my never ending frustration and dismay) opens a few hundred pop-ups per hour. I Googled for the best spy/pop up removal software, but I am unable to tell the good guys from the bad guys. I downloaded and ran "adaware" but now that they have identified "368 spyware components" on my computer they want $30.00 to remove them. I have no problem paying to end this problem, but I do not want to pay for dreck or pay evil extortionists who create the problem and then sell the solution. So: Which software is best, from an honest company, to fix this loathsome problem?
posted by limitedpie
on Mar 5, 2004 -
I'm considering buying a domain, and setting up a personal site. This wouldn't be a problem, really, except that I've got over five years of content on my current personal site in various formats, and I don't want to repeat the mistakes of the past. [Very long, very geeky details inside. Not for the faint of heart.] [more inside]
posted by Jairus
on Feb 5, 2004 -