I recently purchased my first home. It's in a neighborhood that used to be a little sketchy (Seattle's Rainier Beach
), but is now relatively safe. Here's the thing: some of my neighbors still have bars on their windows. Others have security systems. Should I? Do they really help? Or is it just dwindling hysteria?
posted by arielmeadow
on May 24, 2005 -
Being a non-US citizen that has family living in the continental US I have noticed that border traversal has been getting exceedingly difficult and more intrusive. However, the US-VISIT
program seems to take it a little far (IMO). [more inside]
posted by purephase
on May 16, 2005 -
So I bought a shirt today, and they forgot to remove the security tag. Had I known that it wasn't going to beep, I'd never have thrown down the Visa. Why buy what you can steal? Anyway, short of returning to the store, how can I remove the tag at home. I have all the basic tools a homeowner needs. It is not the kind of tag that sprays inks should the procedure go bad. Anyone larcenous members, or those that have retail experience care to detail a procedure.
posted by Keith Talent
on May 14, 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 -
Someone has been repeatedly trying to hack into my website. I'm on a windows box, running ASP and an Access Database. [more inside]
posted by quibx
on May 9, 2005 -
So I've gone to www.thawte.com/email and got myself a Freemail certificate and imported it into Thunderbird, and my friend is about to do the same thing, and we want to exchange encrypted mails. What do we actually DO with our shiny new certificates? [more inside]
posted by flabdablet
on May 1, 2005 -
Starting two weeks ago, e-checkin machines at airports have stopped letting me check in for a flight. I can no longer print boarding passes from the web, either. I now have to wait to talk to a ticket agent, who then has to make a lengthy phone call before I can check in, because I am on "the list". What is this list? How can I get off it? What is that phone call about?
posted by rajbot
on Apr 26, 2005 -
I recently flew domestically in the US and had luggage damaged by a TSA inspection, anybody have a similar experience? [more inside]
posted by crazy finger
on Apr 14, 2005 -
What's the risk in exposing your bank account and routing number? Let's say you wrote VOID across a check and dropped it in the street. Could anyone use the information on a check to withdraw cash from your account, issue charges to your account, get themselves a new phone line on your dime?
posted by scarabic
on Apr 8, 2005 -
I dissected my old VISA card. Underneath the hologram is a 4x4 matrix of rectangles. There are numbers or letters in each row, thus: blank, blank, '1', blank; blank, 'A', blank, blank;'C', blank, blank, blank; blank, blank, blank, '4'. Why are they there, and what do they mean?
posted by i_am_joe's_spleen
on Apr 6, 2005 -
Is there an application (for OS X) that shows me who's trying to connect to my mac? Kinda like Little Snitch
, but for incoming connections? Netstat just gives me a huge list of everything happening on all ports, which is kinda useless to me.
posted by slater
on Apr 5, 2005 -
I'm flying to New York in the summer and have heard from recent visitors that they have had any padlocks or other security devices attached to their luggage removed/broken and replaced when going through security checks. How common is this and should I bother to lock up my luggage when I travel to/from the U.S.?
posted by floanna
on Apr 4, 2005 -
I have problems sharing new folders on my home LAN. I have an XP pro box, my wife has a WinME laptop. [more inside]
posted by signal
on Mar 30, 2005 -
stop reading my email filter; I type an email, I send said email to person X, I immediately delete said email from sent folder, and I delete said email from the deleted folder. I can no longer see said email. Now the fun begins! Fast forward 24 hours. Person Y tells me that he is looking at my screen and said email and can quote from email. [more inside]
posted by busboy789
on Mar 24, 2005 -
I am ready to Fight The Man and refuse to remove my shoes at airport security *unless and until* they set off the metal detector. Help my defense. [more inside]
posted by tristeza
on Mar 19, 2005 -
I am looking for the definative method for determining if my machine has been hacked. I don't trust antivirus software and was thinking of looking into packet sniffers but wasn't sure if that was the place to start.
posted by Wong Fei-hung
on Mar 3, 2005 -
Is it possible to rig up my iSight camera (Mac OS X) to essentially act as a security camera? I'd like to record the footage it sees for "x" hours before overwriting, and ideally have it motion-activated so it only records when it detects movement.
posted by robbie01
on Mar 1, 2005 -
How accessible should the archives of one's blog be? In terms of privacy and security, are there certain things that should not be able to be Googled? [more inside]
posted by themadjuggler
on Feb 28, 2005 -
Is there some way within Windows XP or using 3rd party software that I can password protect individual folders on my pcs so that you cant see or get access to what is in them with out entering a password? Just to be super clear, I want to do this one folder at a time not as a general login.
posted by nightocean
on Feb 25, 2005 -
What sort of effect, if any, do department and pet store security scanners have on live aquarium life? I'm referring to the scanners at the entrances/exits of the store that go off when you buy something that isn't properly deactivated at the register. [more inside]
posted by chickygrrl
on Feb 19, 2005 -
Some "Threat Level"
questions: do countries have a similar system? Are other countries planning to implement such a system? Also, is the American system based on an existing model? I'm not so interested in the threat aspect of it as much as I'm interested in learning where the color-coded system originated and if it's being borrowed. This version
, I'm certain, was a later iteration.
posted by josephtate
on Feb 1, 2005 -
I live in a sorta gritty urban area in a ground-floor apartment that has semi-burglar-accessible windows that have no bars or gates. (The landlord is a cheap slum-owning pig, no help.) What should I install myself for serious home security that'll still let me enjoy a nice breeze and also peace of mind and body? Alarms? Internal bars? Any fave products? Money is almost no object, but I'd really rather not have to use a hammer drill on the exterior brick. (Question anonymous for ParanoiaFilter because my name is in my profile and also in the phone book with my address, and I'm a terribly sensible gal.)
posted by anonymous
on Jan 21, 2005 -
Due to "security concerns," my web host provider has just banned two Form-to-email scripts
(Formmail and NMS Formmail). Now I'm hard up to find a replacement. Any ideas? I'd prefer a solution that doesn't require a mastery of PERL to configure.
posted by Pinwheel
on Jan 17, 2005 -
BodypartCuriosityFilter - I just read a news article where Tom Ridge wants fingerprints on passports. I also have seen, (I'm assuming due to security concerns), increased requests/demands for fingerprints in banks, at customs, etc.
So, my question is this - what happens when they run into a double hand amputee? Do they get a prosthetic/hook/deviceprint? Or, does someone make a note that says 'no hands'? Or is something else done?
posted by spinifex23
on Jan 12, 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 -
How seriously do people take customs forms? When coming back to the US from Europe this summer, my SO and I argued extensively on how important it was that we follow the written instructions on the customs cards handed out on the plane. I started diligently trying to recall everything
we were bringing back, including foodstuffs, but she thought that wasn't necessary at all and in the end we just went through the "nothing to declare" line. How much trouble could we have got in, if we only had a few knicknacks and some Turkish Delight? What is supposed to happen, really?
posted by anonymous
on Dec 11, 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 -
Securing a website: I just bought a domain and some web space. My immediate question is: how do I "close" my directories, so that everyone in the world can't browse them just by typing in the directory URL. My larger question is: what are the best practices for securing a website or a weblog? [more inside] [more inside]
posted by gd779
on Dec 1, 2004 -
Secure networking question: I am hoping to set up a remotely accessible wiki running on my home computer, but I'm a networking doofus. [MI] [more inside]
posted by monju_bosatsu
on Nov 29, 2004 -
All the hand-wringing about privatizing Social Security makes me realize I'm in the dark on this one. I don't have a finance/economics background, so could someone explain this concept to me as if I were a ten-year old?
Why is privatizing SS so bad? I'm 31--once the baby boomers cash out their stash, my generation and those younger ain't gonna have jack.....so what's the harm in privatizing it? Or is that scenario not accurate? What can we do to SS besides privatize? I'm not defending privatization, I'm just looking for information.
posted by zardoz
on Nov 28, 2004 -
I'm in an airport on an AT&T Wireless wifi connection. How safe is it to A) check POP email (that doesn't likely include too much sensitive info) B) shop online at trusted sites (e.g. Amazon, Banana Republic etc.) C) do online banking, check credit card statements, etc.? [more inside]
posted by rorycberger
on Nov 27, 2004 -
Everything from software to sports souvenirs to designer accessories now has “authentic” holographic stickers on it. How much does it cost to buy equipment to print holographic stickers? (MI) [more inside]
posted by arse_hat
on Nov 26, 2004 -
What do you do with expired credit cards? I shred receipts and old statements, so it just seems wrong to toss them in the trash...
posted by dness2
on Nov 24, 2004 -
I am going ADSL later in the week. Apart from setting up XBox live, what free security should I install on my PC and also, what is the equivalent of Napster these days?
posted by Frasermoo
on Nov 9, 2004 -
The financial institution that issued my debit card has informed me that my card number and those of "many other customers" have been "compromised."
I know that institutions like to keep these breaches close to the vest, but I'd like to know more. Does anyone blog or otherwise publish these security lapses?
posted by trharlan
on Nov 1, 2004 -
Apache, LDAP, ActiveDirectory and You:
I have an application
running on Apache. I would like to restrict access to the folder(s) it runs in by authenticating users against our Windows ActiveDirectory server, but I'm having trouble crafting the right URL. [more inside]
posted by yerfatma
on Nov 1, 2004 -
Wireless Network Security: I'd like to know more about keeping my info safe on OS X. [MI] [more inside]
posted by fionab
on Oct 25, 2004 -
Are pretty and popular women more likely to cheat than unpopular women? I have always gone for the quiet, shy girl that was pretty, but pretty in the sort of way that most guys wouldn't notice. Are girls that can have any guy they want more likely to cheat? Or are they more faithful because they have trouble finding guys interested in more than their looks or popularity?
posted by anonymous
on Oct 12, 2004 -
I've been thinking about the music industry lawsuits. They're based on the IP addresses of the 'uploaders', correct me if I'm wrong. If I live in a shared flat, and we share broadband via a router - how can anyone tell which PC is the evil lawbreaker? [more inside]
posted by ascullion
on Oct 8, 2004 -
I need a wireless security camera system. My requirements are that it be able to support at least 8 cameras, be reasonably high-res, and be able to capture and record streams digitally (not just take still snapshots). Motion sensitive activation is a plus, but not required. Ability to view the streams using a standard web browser is a big plus, but not necessarily required.
Budget is flexible, but I'd like to spend less than $5K total if possible. If that's not realistic (high or low), say so.
posted by Caviar
on Oct 7, 2004 -
i have some of my remote users in the office connect to our fileserver using webdav as a means to quickly (though admittadly not-securely) access and change documents, etc. it seems though, that since using windows xp SP2 it's been dirt slow. my user will click on a directory, and it will take no less than 10 seconds for the directory to be highlighted. that's not even attempting to open the directory - that'll take another two minutes or so. i'm trying to figure out what's exactly going on here. ideally i'll be switching to VPN soon, but in the meantime, i need to get this working properly again.
posted by quadrinary
on Sep 28, 2004 -
So we were burglarized sometime today while we were at work. My wife came home and found the front door open and the rooms completely tossed, just like in the movies. In some ways we're counting ourselves lucky, because they only took two cameras, a couple bottles of vodka, and our fire safe. On the other hand, the safe contained basically everything about us- our passports, our Social Security cards, marriage certificate, titles to the condo and car, photocopies of our credit cards(in case the originals were stolen, natch), bank account info, etc. Two questions: 1) are we fucked? 2) burglar alarm systems...yea or nay? [mi] [more inside]
posted by 40 Watt
on Sep 24, 2004 -
With all this talk of spyware can anyone explain to me the wha? I mean, I don't always stick to the same few sites but I'm not l337 and looking for warez, I don't visit porn sites and I never get beat down with spyware.
Isn't it the web equivelant of an STD brought on and spread by unsafe browsing?
Need network support person in downtown SF, please recommend [MI] [more inside]
posted by geekyguy
on Sep 15, 2004 -
WindowsXP, 250 gig shared backup hard drive, and a lab full of people with sensitive information that needs to be backed up on said drive but shouldn't be accessible by anyone other than the user who put it there. Security is giving me fits and I'd appreciate some helpful advice. [more gory details inside] [more inside]
posted by caution live frogs
on Sep 13, 2004 -