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Explain VPN to me, and advise me of its worth and possible providers.

How does VPN work? How well does VPN protect me? Should I get a paid VPN account? If so, from what provider? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 14, 2014 - 10 answers

How/why do you feel safe using a browser with plugins installed?

I just installed Tampermonkey in Chrome, and it alerted me that it can "see and modify" everything I do online. From a technical standpoint, how do people use plugins like this and still feel secure when, say, doing online banking? [more inside]
posted by jbickers on Nov 11, 2014 - 4 answers

Where in the Bay Area can a user connect to the web via Ethernet?

Wifi is plentiful, but it is also more vulnerable than a wired connection. In the Bay Area, is there a library or other public or semi-public, trustworthy place, that allows users to connect directly to the router with an ethernet cable? Charging a fee is fine.
posted by Baeria on Aug 18, 2014 - 12 answers

Software skills for aspiring technical writer

How do I know I’ve taught myself enough technical writing software (number of programs and my abilities therein) for potential employers to take me seriously? [more inside]
posted by glass.hourousha on Jul 23, 2014 - 6 answers

Comcast modem/router upgrade - asking for trouble?

After an internet outage (now resolved) Comcast customer service recommended that we update our 8 year old cable modem (Thompson DCM-425) to a new wireless router/modem combo. I'm trying to figure out if this will really be an upgrade or more of a "well the wireless would be faster, if it were still working" sort of situation? [more inside]
posted by mercredi on Nov 26, 2013 - 10 answers

How worried should I be that my system has been compromised?

A couple of days ago I clicked a legit-looking result from a Google search and got to a page of hackery-looking type saying that my system now belonged to somebody else. I backed away fast, but tried it again out of curiosity and the same thing happened. I didn't cap the screen and now I can't find the page, but can somebody hijack my computer (Mac running Safari this week for some reason) just because I clicked a link? This might be a laughable question, but since this has never happened to me before I don't know how seriously to take it!
posted by Camofrog on Nov 8, 2013 - 7 answers

Security issues to consider?

I'm making a small app (website) that stores arbitrary encrypted data on a server. It's always encrypted on the server; encoding and decoding the information takes place in the browser via JS using the Stanford Javascript Crypto Library. [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on Aug 25, 2013 - 28 answers

Internet in China

What are the best practices for internet security in China? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 1, 2013 - 10 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

My Friend Had Compromising Info Stolen; Please Help Me Help Him!

A friend has had an old Hotmail account hacked. The hacker used information in the archives there to access a YouTube account where apparently some compromising videos were uploaded. The hacker copied the videos to another YouTube account, and then sent links to the videos to my friend's family - and worse still, to members of the executive board of the nonprofit organization by whom my friend is (was?) employed. He reached out desperately to me, but I know nothing but the most basic things about Internet security and privacy law... [more inside]
posted by OneMonkeysUncle on Jul 31, 2012 - 13 answers

Guidance regarding a tween's internet usage

I am seeking ideas on guidelines for internet usage and privacy for a 12-year-old girl. She is pretty internet-savvy but not publicly sharing info yet (just email), and I'd like to guide her well as she begins to do so. [more inside]
posted by marble on Feb 11, 2012 - 13 answers

Internet security and privacy blogs

What are some good internet security forums / blogs to follow? [more inside]
posted by Arbitrage1 on Jan 26, 2012 - 8 answers

Looking for a community/forum where I can learn more about networking, code, security, and OS-independent CS topics

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?
posted by westerly on Dec 18, 2011 - 9 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

Help Me Lock It Down!

Looking to implement the most effective reasonable set of best practices for preserving internet privacy and blocking commercial data harvesting. Seeking tips, tricks, hacks, and useful online resources. [more inside]
posted by spitbull on Nov 16, 2011 - 5 answers

How can I hide my online activities from a nosy spouse?

My spouse is tracking my computer usage. How can I prevent them from seeing what websites I visit and which chat programs I use? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 1, 2011 - 50 answers

Uncertainty about interpreting messages from Little Snitch

OSX security question from a total noob, involving uncertainty about interpreting messages from Little Snitch. [more inside]
posted by Mummy of a Lady Named Jemutesonekh on Aug 27, 2011 - 2 answers

How can I cover my filesharing tracks?

How can I cover my filesharing tracks? [more inside]
posted by Kale Slayer on Jul 7, 2011 - 9 answers

Safety tips without pop-ups/unders

Please recommend good websites and blogs about computer/internet/social media security issues, someplace where I can find out about the latest scams, phishing attempts, malware, etc. I don't really like Snopes, due to the pop-under ads (what is up with that, anyway?). Thank you.
posted by SillyShepherd on Feb 1, 2011 - 4 answers

I was feeling insecure, you might not love me anymore

Having a minor freak out about identity theft, and looking for advice on making sure all my online information is as secure as possible. [more inside]
posted by goshling on Jan 5, 2011 - 16 answers

Help Mom navigate the pirate bays

Mom is using the internet for the first time on an old, old laptop with Windows XP, and using it for email and also streaming movies (the pirated kind) on sites like Megavideo. Anything to help her avoid scams and malware? Hoping for software/Firefox extensions as well as maybe a guide for first-time internet users.
posted by anonymous on Jan 2, 2011 - 14 answers

Setting up wireless security?

How do I set up wireless security on my new Netgear modem? [more inside]
posted by meerkatty on Oct 14, 2010 - 3 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

All sorts of WiFi connectivity issues. I think it's my router.

After 4 months of smooth sailing, my WiFi has started acting up and (first temperamental page loading; then lock icon disappears when connecting to my secure network; now work computer won't connect at all). Is it my ISP, router, computer, or something else? [more inside]
posted by aquanet on Feb 9, 2010 - 3 answers

Facebook's taken over my GMail

When I log into Gmail, Firefox redirects me to a page on Facebook. What gives? [more inside]
posted by reenum on Feb 1, 2010 - 10 answers

How can I use a computer securely and privately

How can a competent but not technical geek person browse internet as securely and privately as possible, keep files private on a pc etc? Linux distro? specifics - [more inside]
posted by Not Supplied on Jun 8, 2009 - 12 answers

How to surf securely while traveling, especially outside U.S?

Is it a good idea when traveling to connect to a secure proxy with an ssh tunnel for doing business on the internet? [more inside]
posted by tangonerd on May 3, 2009 - 9 answers

Local Apache server + public wireless = problem?

I have a new EeePC 1000HE with Windows XP, which I want to use for both web development and casual web browsing. Are there security issues with installing Apache and PHP on a machine that is also used to access public wireless internet? If so, what steps can I take to make my netbook more secure?
posted by oulipian on Apr 5, 2009 - 5 answers

SSL and compromised networks?

Does SSL protect information even if the wi-fi connection is unsecured? [more inside]
posted by Busoni on Mar 22, 2009 - 22 answers

Will another User on my PC be able to view my favourites etc?

Windows Vista for Dummies 101: This is probably a totally stupid question, but if i create another user account on my laptop for a friend, will that person be able to view my internet history, favourites and passwords I have saved (i.e. "Remember me on this computer" and whatnot)?
posted by Weng on Mar 18, 2009 - 4 answers

How safe is P2P?

How worried should I be about the recent rash of stories in the mainstream media about P2P software being used to commit identity theft? [more inside]
posted by The Ardship of Cambry on Mar 2, 2009 - 9 answers

DIY Secure VPN/SSH connection?

I've been unsuccessful in getting an old pc up and running with Ubuntu or some other *nix OS. I am wondering. Is it possible to use VPN or ssh from my computer to my Dreamhost account to create a secure tunnel to their servers into to the internet? I'm using 0.00 gb on my account for bandwidth. Sound doable? [more inside]
posted by BoldStepDesign on Jan 3, 2009 - 11 answers

Can I force wireless to only function via VPN?

How do I force WiFi to only work through VPN on company laptops? [more inside]
posted by bartleby on Jan 14, 2008 - 4 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

My very own NORAD

As part of my work for a client I've begun researching online privacy, cryptography, and other sundry ways of protecting oneself online. And I'm now completely creeped out and must switch NOW to uncrackable passwords, multiple email accounts, encrypting the crap out of everything I do, and generally making sure that only the things I want public on the internet are publicly accessible. But we run into the question - how do I do that without driving myself nuts trying to remember my passwords, convince everyone I know to use encrypted communication, and maintain a reasonable amount of privacy in my web surfing? And how do I do that after 8 years of webwhorage where I wasn't too concerned who knew what about me? [more inside]
posted by saysthis on Dec 28, 2007 - 15 answers

How do I access a work PC from home - file access only?

How do I access files on my work PC from home? I just need to share files, not take control of the computer. [more inside]
posted by valleys on Jun 23, 2007 - 22 answers

Good, free firewalls.

What's a good, free firewall I can use on my home PC (running WindowsXP SP2) that isn't Zone Alarm Pro, Sygate or Kerio? [more inside]
posted by Effigy2000 on Apr 25, 2007 - 24 answers

Static IP, what can you do for me?

New ISP offers static IP addresses. Should I take 1 or 8? What can I use them for? Should I be concerned about the RIPE database? [more inside]
posted by boosh on Mar 1, 2007 - 7 answers

Need new internet security programs

I need advice for buying a new internet security suite (or individual programs). [more inside]
posted by Joleta on Dec 17, 2006 - 14 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

only connect: adding a password to my router screws up my signal

I can't figure out how to password-protect my wireless internet connection. [more inside]
posted by grumblebee on Oct 27, 2006 - 10 answers

Secure Wireless Internet

How can I make a wireless internet connection as secure as possible? This question is actually for my father, whose practice is set up in a building that offers free wireless access to its tenants. [more inside]
posted by Sara Anne on Sep 30, 2006 - 12 answers

I don't think they want to help me

network management filter: I'm working for a local government education department. My team is meant to be maintaining/improving several large websites. The IT support people refuse to install a web browser that isn't IE 6, citing network security as the reason.... are their fears reasonable? [more inside]
posted by Tixylix on Jul 10, 2006 - 23 answers

You Sir, name password.

WebSecurityFilter: I'm looking for a PHP or CGI script which would redirect a user to their password protected folder when they enter their username and password. [more inside]
posted by DragonBoy on Dec 21, 2005 - 4 answers

IP Security Cameras for home use

Home Security Camera Filter: I'm looking for a wireless camera that can transmit over my existing 802.11g network. Ideally, it would have motion detection and the ability to record to the web rather than just my hard-drive. Where to look? What to Buy? Personal Experiences? [more inside]
posted by Mave_80 on Dec 1, 2005 - 15 answers

How Can I Run An Open Access Point Without Jeopardizing My Computer's Security?

I owe a great debt of gratitude to all the noobs in my neighbourhood who keep open, unsecured wireless networks. It's because of them that we can blog from the laundromat, blog from the waterfront park, blog from... well, you get the idea. How can I make my network 'open' to others without compromising the security of my computers? [more inside]
posted by optimuscrime on Nov 21, 2005 - 35 answers

Home vs. university computer security

Computer security question. Is a typical home PC, when it's connected to the net via a cable to a DSL modem, any more or less secure against intrusions than if the same computer were plugged into the network on the campus of a typical, large American university? Say, for example, a UC campus.
posted by shoos on Nov 10, 2005 - 23 answers

Please explain routers, firewalls, etc.

Need nerd help: Is it better to use a software firewall or a router to protect oneself while connected to the internet? Pardon my igorance, but I really am quite stupid. [more inside]
posted by _sirmissalot_ on Oct 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

Which Mac OS X Files let Safari securely connect to sites?

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]
posted by John Kenneth Fisher on Jun 14, 2004 - 12 answers

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