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Should I change my job and my country of residence?

I am facing a huge question that I don't know how to navigate and don't feel like I can talk to anyone about. The short story is that I have a precarious-feeling academic job in the Midwestern U.S. and applied for a job in an English-speaking country in the Southern Hemisphere. Today, I found out that I am on the short list for the job. And now I'm just not sure what to do. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 1, 2014 - 16 answers

Should I be panicking about my Bank of America password?

(Keeping this anonymous because I'm worried my security's compromised and don't want to make it worse.) So for about the past six weeks, the log-in process on the Bank of America site has been behaving strangely for me. When I go to the BOA site I see my online userID in the normal way and click on it. That then takes me to the sitekey confirmation page where --weirdly-- my password is now showing up in plaintext on the login page, above the sitekey image. The first time this happened it was displaying my then-current password, which I immediately logged in with and changed. Since then, every time I go to log in I see the old password in plaintext, above the sitekey. When I enter either my then-current or my actually-current password it's rejected and I need to go through the reset process before I can successfully log in. I'm not freaking out, because there's no strange activity in my accounts. But still, it's unnerving. So..... what might be going on here, and what should I do about it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 15, 2014 - 15 answers

gotofail bug: articles about its minimal *real-world* effects?

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]
posted by anonymous on Feb 26, 2014 - 6 answers

Do Canadian airports swab for drug residue or just explosives?

A couple of years ago I was flying across Canada and got randomly selected for an extended search of my bags and everything swabbed. They swabbed my cellphone, camera equipment, and bags. After a few minutes they told me the swab came up positive. I'm not sure what for. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 12, 2014 - 8 answers

What to do about my roommate's surveillance camera?

I'm currently living in a small apartment with two bedrooms and one roommate. My roommate has exhibited some odd behavior in the past, but in the last week things have gotten weird. Help me negotiate this situation. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 4, 2014 - 38 answers

Need to find a bank with amazing online security

I need to find a bank with absolutely amazing online security. Two-factor authentication is a good place to start. Bonus points for stability and good interest rates. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 13, 2014 - 19 answers

Can a company track web usage on a company laptop not on the network?

I recently took a job for a new company and received a company laptop. However, I'll be a remote employee working from home and travelling. The company is a small independent subsidiary of a large Japanese company who hires out their IT functions to an independent contractor. I won't be googling any super-weird stuff, but hey, it gets boring in hotels sometimes. How can I know if my company can monitor any web usage remotely? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 25, 2013 - 13 answers

Virtual Bullproofing my Life

I'm interested in asserting a lot more control of my personal information and communications to prevent prying eyes of both governmental and criminal types. I'm interested in general best practices to secure my personal information, passwords, data and communication (including phones, texting and email). I am not an expert in software or anything of the kind. I use an iPhone and Apple computers. There's a few more specific requests inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 9, 2013 - 15 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

Offline paper wallet

Bitcoin paper wallet? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 7, 2013 - 2 answers

How can I get paid to write and protect my privacy from clients?

I want to only share my identity with the tax man when I write, and allow people to pay me online. How do I do this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 13, 2013 - 8 answers

Tales of harrowing and/or redemption? Not so much. Just the facts.

What are good resources, online and offline, for information about the average experience in federal prison camps (minimum security prisons)? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 1, 2013 - 7 answers

What is the best way to keep your web access on a network untraceable?

What is the best way to keep your web usage on a network hidden from anyone who might be snooping packet traffic? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 4, 2012 - 7 answers

Passing position of public trust investigation?

My employer is going to soon require that myself and other employees receive a "Position of Public Trust - High" classification. My credit is not good and I'm married to a person who is not a US citizen, though is a permanent resident and is from a country that the US likes. There's a couple of other minor snowflake bits, but, overall, how big of a deal is this going to be? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 18, 2012 - 5 answers

Security Clearance Blues

What are my options with a lengthy wait on an interim security clearance? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 17, 2012 - 4 answers

Background Checks

What shows up on a Kroll background check? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 31, 2012 - 2 answers

Is there any way to prevent external sites from linking to me?

Is there any way to prevent external sites from linking to me? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 12, 2012 - 11 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

Alert the next of kin. And Netflix.

How do I make my passwords available to loved ones if I die suddenly, but keep them secure while I'm alive? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 22, 2012 - 25 answers

Seriously Wrong Number.

Got a call from someone who said he got my number from someone else I don't remember meeting. Should I pursue more info or let it drop? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 20, 2012 - 20 answers

Am I active? Am I clear?

Hey, so, turns out I was granted a U.S. secret security clearance! ...that I'm not using. I understand that the approval/eligibility is good for two years, but beyond that I have a few questions. (For one: can I apply for jobs truthfully claiming I have an "active clearance"?) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 2, 2012 - 4 answers

Expired credit card number leaked. Problem?

How much should I worry about an expired credit card number being leaked in the Stratfor Lulzxmas event? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 8, 2012 - 4 answers

How did someone break into my home?

How did someone break into my house? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 6, 2011 - 40 answers

They need treatment - they don't want to lose their job

An aquaintance of mine works for a defense contractor company as has a fairly high security clearance. They also have a serious drinking problem and have admitted that they are an alcoholic. However, they are afraid to go for treatment because they are concerned that they will lose their security clearance as a result. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 30, 2011 - 25 answers

Please leave a deposit at my doorstep

SecurityDepositFilter: I think I'm being screwed in Virginia. The situation is complicating by many factors, but mainly by the unwillingness for either the landlord or primary tenant to communicate with me. I was a subtenant with no written lease but a legitimate verbal agreement. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 10, 2011 - 11 answers

Need help with managing a memorial page on a Wordpress site.

I run a Worpress site, hosted by Dreamhost. We are about to make a memorial announcement. This will drive a lot of traffic to the site, including hundreds of comments and potentially thousands of hits. I am the only one who runs the site and I need to be prepared. What do I need to do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 24, 2011 - 7 answers

Should I report this security issue to my school?

Is it troublesome to be able to obtain access to the names and e-mail addresses of students, faculty, employees, and alumni of a university? If so, how should I go about reporting it without being misinterpreted or punished? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 19, 2011 - 18 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

Need guidance on message-digest based password generation algorithms.

Need some guidance on message-digest based password generation algorithms. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 19, 2011 - 5 answers

Safe at home

Looking for advice for a home safe (and places to sell that safe to me). [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 9, 2011 - 8 answers

What do I do about someone squirting glue into the locks of my house?

What do I do about someone squirting glue into the locks of my house? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 24, 2011 - 17 answers

What happens to a cleance if I leave the job?

Will a U.S. security clearance investigation in progress be halted if I leave my sponsoring company? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 14, 2011 - 5 answers

Keylogging my son's mac

I suspect my young son is carrying on an ongoing discussion with a stranger he met on the internet. My wife and I are going to approach him, but we would like some evidence so we know what questions to ask. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 14, 2011 - 42 answers

Least invasive border crossings?

Which method of traveling/travel route from Europe to the US will be the least invasive in terms of baggage examinations, pat-downs, and background checks? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 4, 2011 - 9 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

Questionnaire for Non-Sensitive Positions

I'm filling in a background-check form for a US government job--Questionnaire for Non-Sensitive Positions--and I'm confused. Help! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 28, 2010 - 9 answers

If I only wiped 10% of a hard drive before selling it, am I 90% screwed?

What damage control measures can I do for selling my PC on eBay which was only partially wiped? Yes, I know how stupid this was. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 15, 2010 - 8 answers

Fucking airport security, how does it work?

Flying into the US from another country: what's going on with security? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 23, 2010 - 10 answers

Can you get fired for accessing Wikileaks from your home computer?

Can an employer fire you, or threaten to fire you or any other employee, for accessing the Wikileaks site from a personal (non-employer) computer? You are not directly employed by the government or a member of the military, but your employer does contract you and other employees with security clearances to the government. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 13, 2010 - 17 answers

How to handle a past DUI and security clearance in a small company.

Security clearance with a past DUI, how to handle it with bosses. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 11, 2010 - 12 answers

My roommate died. Who do I make the security deposit check out to?

My roommate died. Who do I make the security deposit check out to? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 25, 2010 - 11 answers

Landlord relations concerning apartment locks

I'm paranoid about security and want to add a strong door lock and interior deadbolt when I move in. What should I expect (or how should I handle) the landlord-relations part of this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 24, 2010 - 15 answers

Painful Choices.

Relatives-In-Law Might Run Shady Business From Home, Should I Go There For Christmas? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 28, 2009 - 40 answers

Help me with a bit of passive home defence

Looking for a GSM alarm system for my house. I don't live in the States, so the answer should ideally be non-US specific. I was wondering about the Panasonic BL-C131A, but that needs presumably a decent amount of light and a working internet connection to alert me of break-ins. And without push email, fifteen minutes could pass before I get the alert. It's not really ideal, I don't think... [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 24, 2009 - 1 answer

security clearance + previous drug use?

If a person smoked pot in early July 2009, what is the likelihood of that person getting a secret security clearance for summer 2010 federal government internships? Is there anything that person can do now to maximize chance of getting a clearance? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 9, 2009 - 15 answers

So it's a Volvo, then.

Twenty-something interested in buying first serious car...a Volvo maybe! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 17, 2009 - 16 answers

How much is job security worth to you?

Taking a (big) pay cut for great benefits, job security, and potential long-term gain: worth it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 4, 2009 - 33 answers

How do I politely refuse to keep the government's secrets?

How do I excuse myself from applying for secret clearance without having my boss think less of me? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 7, 2009 - 25 answers

IS breach repercussions

A former employer (left under good terms) has had an information security breach. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 1, 2009 - 13 answers

Amtrak security measures

How strict are Amtrak security regulations with regard to marijuana? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 17, 2009 - 22 answers

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