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Free/cheap firewalls?

Is Zone Alarm the last free firewall software? [more inside]
posted by jaronson on Feb 12, 2006 - 24 answers

What created that file?

How can I track the source of a file? [more inside]
posted by bDiddy on Feb 9, 2006 - 3 answers

Blowing air from airport security.

I went through airport security today, and had to go through a large apparatus that blew bursts of air at me from about 30 little air jets. What was that? What does it do? What were they looking for? [more inside]
posted by Sreiny on Feb 5, 2006 - 25 answers

I will be so lonely without it :(

Sex toys + airport security/immigration control/customs? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 5, 2006 - 18 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

Any recommendations of locks for HDTV and iMac?

Can anyone recommend a good lock (Kensington-style) for my Apple iMac and new LCD TV? [more inside]
posted by kevinmeyers on Feb 2, 2006 - 5 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

PDFMaker: play nice with XP!

Adobe PDFMaker and its attendant Word toolbars only work on an Administrator Account. Is there a way to make it work on a Limited User account? I'm on Windows XP. [more inside]
posted by stopgap on Jan 30, 2006 - 5 answers

gmail pop work around?

Is there a way to connect to gmail using pop from behind a firewall that blocks the ports they specify? Ideally over 80? I don't have broadband at home so setting up a tunnel or variation to a pc on the outside isn't an option. Thunderbird on WinXP connected behind a typical corporate firewall.
posted by Mitheral on Jan 23, 2006 - 1 answer

HOSTS file and Firefox

I'm interested in enacting parental controls on the Mozilla Firefox browser. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 20, 2006 - 11 answers

What's a good network-enabled piece of backup software for Windows?

Is there a reasonably priced Windows backup solution that does SCP, not FTP? [more inside]
posted by phearlez on Jan 19, 2006 - 3 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

Will an internal frame pack get me kicked off a flight?

Will I be able to get thru airport security with an internal frame daypack? [more inside]
posted by bryanzera on Jan 10, 2006 - 11 answers

Am I hacked? What now?

If you ran a Debian server and one day noticed that telnet and apt-get were segfaulting, how would you proceed? [more inside]
posted by jojopizza on Jan 2, 2006 - 20 answers

Can you use mail() in PHP without creating an unsecure, open mail relay?

Can you use mail() in PHP without creating an unsecure, open mail relay boon to spammers everywhere? I keep trying to read This Page, and I think I understand it, but I'm not sure. [more inside]
posted by willnot on Dec 28, 2005 - 9 answers

Crank calling with fake caller id?

Is it possible to fake someone's caller ID to place a crank call? [more inside]
posted by melixxa600 on Dec 26, 2005 - 9 answers

Woe betide those at CollegeHumor.com

Just how much are the customs/Department of Homeland Security people allowed to go through your personal information on your laptop? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 25, 2005 - 34 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

Privacy with Yahoo?

Does it bother you to click on Yahoo! links and unexpectedly see your Yahoo! name on the screen because you prefer to store your Yahoo (enough with the exclamation point already) password in a cookie? [more inside]
posted by mono blanco on Dec 18, 2005 - 19 answers

I hate Miva, yes I do...

Miva Merchant 4.0 and security certificates...why don't IE customers see the darned lock? [more inside]
posted by miss tea on Dec 13, 2005 - 5 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

Security Camera needed

Several laptops and projectors were stolen at my workplace this weekend so I'm looking for a simple security camera that will record on my PC when it detects motion. I have looked at x10.com but that seems much too complex and it seems to only be able to record to VCR. Anyone have experience with a cheap/easy solution?
posted by toomuch on Nov 28, 2005 - 11 answers

Protecting home and property options?

Protecting home and property options? [more inside]
posted by GleepGlop on Nov 27, 2005 - 9 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

We need... information.

My boss is considering opening a network/information security division of the consulting firm he runs, but he can't find a good name for it. [more inside]
posted by Jairus on Nov 20, 2005 - 4 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

Is Smoothwall Express secure enough?

How secure is Smoothwall Express? Could it be trusted to protect the home network of two psychologists and their work? [more inside]
posted by Ritchie on Nov 16, 2005 - 7 answers

Syndication Security Problem

SystemFilter: As mentioned before, I have a sudoku website, where I host tons of puzzles that I have generated. I am in the midst of writing a system to syndicate these puzzles, so anybody can embed my puzzles and solver in their site by using a bit of JS code (similar to google adsense). I've got a bit of a security problem that I can't quite solve... [more inside]
posted by gaby on Nov 13, 2005 - 14 answers

Packing food for airline travel

Can I check a cooler full of food when flying state to state? [more inside]
posted by rorycberger on Nov 11, 2005 - 18 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

How to better secure my server?

Help me better secure my server (and workstations). I sit behind a Firebox X700, with an Exchange server, active directory, etc. Today the external address became blacklisted on the CBL. A machines are on SP2 and everything is up to date patch wise. I'm currently running malware detection on all machines. I'd like an effective antivirus program... [more inside]
posted by geoff. on Nov 8, 2005 - 4 answers

What are my options for installing a home security system?

What are my options for installing a home security system? [more inside]
posted by DCTapeworm on Oct 31, 2005 - 10 answers

An endless-video recording digicam?

Does this device exist, and if not, how can I modify cheap consumer digicams to create it: A cheap portable digicam that will endlessly record video to some kind of small memory buffer, say enough memory for 1 minute of video, such that I could leave it running for days on the off-chance of it recording something interesting, and when something interesting happened, I just press a "Stop Recording" button, and the last 60 seconds of video are sitting in memory. [more inside]
posted by -harlequin- on Oct 29, 2005 - 13 answers

Anonymous web hosting

Anonymous web hosting: I left a cult which I was raised in about a year ago. I would like to set up a page with information as well as a forum for ex-members to locate each other and heal. I would like to do this anonymously because I have family, friends and coworkers who are still inside and I would like to keep my identity private. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 26, 2005 - 8 answers

How can I keep my plaintext data from leaking?

I'm writing some personal wiki software that I want to make as secure as possible. Think wiki software in the footsteps of Tinfoil Hat Linux. The software is intended to run as a CGI Perl script though Apache on the local machine, with data stored in encrypted XML files that will be decrypted for display by the Crypt::GPG module. So the question is, where could plaintext data escape to? More inside... [more inside]
posted by phrontist on Oct 17, 2005 - 27 answers

Too much too soon?

Am I qualified to do this IT job, and/or is it something I could pick up as I go? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 13, 2005 - 12 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

Can you take a guitar on a plane these days ?

I am flying to another city soon and would like take my guitar with me. On the plane--not as baggage. I would like to read about the experiences of anyone here who has tried to do the same. My research thus far yields no fixed answer.
posted by y2karl on Oct 9, 2005 - 18 answers

Is Hiding Illegal?

UK residents, is it illegal to hide your face from the ubiquitous security cameras? [more inside]
posted by jsonic on Oct 8, 2005 - 18 answers

Quick 'n' easy encryption for email messages or attachments?

What's the absolute simplest way for two or more people to share encrypted information via email, either in the text body or as a file attachment? [more inside]
posted by taz on Oct 3, 2005 - 13 answers

Are there any RFID triggering devices?

Are there any devices able to trigger/trick RFID detectors? [more inside]
posted by TwelveTwo on Oct 2, 2005 - 12 answers

I am not a crook.

Why do I set off certain security alarms at the entrances and exits of some department stores? [more inside]
posted by hamster on Oct 2, 2005 - 18 answers

What's in a SS#

What can your Social Security Number tell someone about you? [more inside]
posted by apdato on Sep 27, 2005 - 14 answers

VPN?

Wifilter: Wired + Wireless network architecture: How can I protect my wired machines, but still access them from my wireless devices? [more inside]
posted by daver on Sep 22, 2005 - 1 answer

Toronto wardriving map?

I'm looking for a wardriving map of downtown Toronto that was posted online a year or two ago. It had wireless networks marked in three colours: encrypted, unencrypted, and out-of-the-box. I had a copy on my hard drive, but I think I've lost it. Does anyone know where I can find it?
posted by Jairus on Sep 21, 2005 - 4 answers

Security Cluelessness

I'd like to get a handle on computer security. Where should I start? I'd like to stress that I am NOT talking about spyware and viruses here, but the more interesting things like authentication and authorization. [more inside]
posted by ChrisR on Sep 11, 2005 - 13 answers

How to stop my crazy family from downloading destructive software?

My computer illiterate family has an HP box running Windows XP Home SP 2. They are constantly installing random programs from suspicious websites and allowing nefarious Active X controls to run – often leaving a trail of destruction for me to deal with. Is there an easy way to restrict their ability to install software? (Also - was I dreaming or did Microsoft just release some kind of policy editing tool that deals with this kind of problem?)
posted by mockjovial on Aug 26, 2005 - 11 answers

How do I protect myself and my apartment?

I moved into my new apartment complex two weeks ago and already there's been one car break-in and one apartment burglary. What can I do to secure my apartment and my personal safety? [more inside]
posted by lychee on Aug 23, 2005 - 13 answers

avoiding car stereo theft?

Our car was broken into today for the fourth time in about two years and the stereo was stolen for the third time. The car is getting pretty worn out overall, so we're probably going to sell it and get a newer one once we get the window replaced. What should we consider when shopping for a newer car and associated car audio, to avoid being a target? [more inside]
posted by xulu on Jul 31, 2005 - 19 answers

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