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How about you tell me how to use a password manager?

I'm getting tired of the constant hacks, and I pretty much use the same passwords across multiple sites. Thing is, I can't keep up with eight dozen passwords. Seems like the answer is one of the password manager programs/apps out there. So which one is the one to use? How do I use it with multiple locations and computers (work/home/mobile)? I'm willing to pay upfront, but not a subscription. No one needs another monthly expense. Bonus points if you can explain it like I'm five.
posted by Willie0248 on Jun 4, 2014 - 37 answers

Who the hell added these videos to my favourites folder on YouTube?

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 - 3 answers

understanding mediaplex

How do I remove a Mediaplex virus from my computer? [more inside]
posted by crazylegs on Oct 6, 2012 - 3 answers

Any recommendations for a book on history of computer security?

I'm looking for a book recommendation on the history of computer and internet security. [more inside]
posted by cman on Sep 15, 2012 - 8 answers

Antivirus protection without the Internet

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 - 12 answers

How does remotely accessing somebody else's computer even work, anyway?

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 - 19 answers

A run of ID thefts

Help me fend off the cyber brigands (and persuade my family that they need help)! [more inside]
posted by bad grammar on Apr 6, 2012 - 7 answers

How to keep my computer safe.

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 - 23 answers

Statistics filter: How do I calculate the keyspace size of a password?

How do I figure out what the size of this password's keyspace is? [more inside]
posted by vmrob on Aug 27, 2011 - 10 answers

Oh Randall, you do confound me so.

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 - 95 answers

Need a work/security waiver for tampered computer equipment for a computer repair business

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 - 5 answers

How do I put bibtex data into a semantic wiki?

How can I get my Semantic MediaWiki to display and sort BibTeX data the way I'd like? [more inside]
posted by Marty Marx on Jan 18, 2011 - 1 answer

How safe are my passwords?

How safe are my passwords? [more inside]
posted by Joe Beese on Aug 18, 2010 - 15 answers

Why is UAC so slow to launch?

Why does it take so long for Windows UAC to come up? [more inside]
posted by Pope Guilty on Aug 8, 2010 - 9 answers

Difference between anti-spyware and anti-virus?

What are the main differences between anti-spyware and anti-virus? [more inside]
posted by meta.mark on Apr 12, 2010 - 6 answers

How much PC security will I really need?

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 - 12 answers

I've been hacked.

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 - 13 answers

Learning about firewalls and general computing

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 - 8 answers

can I setup usb on linux to only support input devices?

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 - 8 answers

Email Forensics

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 - 9 answers

No, really, it's still the same computer!

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 - 9 answers

What does browser encryption protect me from?

When my browsing and downloading is "encrypted," who or what am I protecting myself from? [more inside]
posted by Avenger50 on Jan 9, 2008 - 18 answers

Yayyy! Cryptography. Yayy!

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 - 5 answers

Illicit remote access

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 - 13 answers

"The web is with you, young Skywalker. But you are not a Jedi yet."

"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 - 15 answers

How to put together the ultimate Computer security kit?

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 - 22 answers

I happen to like my stuff and would like it to stay in my house.

I need help with a security system. [more inside]
posted by stormygrey on Feb 21, 2006 - 27 answers

Destroy my drives!

What do you or your company do regarding physical destruction of hard drives? [more inside]
posted by TuxHeDoh on Feb 3, 2006 - 36 answers

Trying to find a way to recover the password to a computer's EZ Firewall software. Suggestions?

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 - 6 answers

How can I make a flash drive more secure?

How do I make a flash drive more secure? [more inside]
posted by tomble on Jan 19, 2006 - 18 answers

Maintaining a laptop

I just got a new laptop...help me care for it so it has a long and happy life. [more inside]
posted by apple scruff on Jan 18, 2006 - 31 answers

Is my network secure?

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 - 18 answers

I'm tired of stuff being stolen from my deck...

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 - 10 answers

Remote desktop apps and Back Orifice

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 - 18 answers

What's the cheapest way to get an SSL certificate?

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 - 12 answers

How can I keep my mouse moving without me?

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 - 25 answers

Port Scans

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 - 17 answers

Recommendations for trustworthy Adware cleaners

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 - 19 answers

Dealing with Archives

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 - 6 answers

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