There was a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack on my personal website, causing my shared web hosting provider to suspend my account and request that I find another web host. Someone sent me an ominous message on Twitter implying that they were responsible. I have never had anything like this happen before. I have a backup of everything and I can find another web host (with DDoS protection this time), but I am a little perturbed by the experience. Is there anything else I should do? How do I prevent this from happening again?
posted by oulipian
on Jul 4, 2014 -
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 -
Have there been any documented cases where an engineer (or whatever) on a physical device or product used in the general marketplace has included a backdoor that allows them to get special "benefits"? Examples inside. [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock
on Apr 29, 2014 -
I have a frustrating issue with a site hosted on Wordpress. Every now and again - and seemingly at random - I will get a message saying "Resource Limit Is Reached - The website is temporarily unable to service your request as it exceeded resource limit. Please try again later" when I try and visit my site or dashboard. [more inside]
posted by jonathanbell
on Mar 3, 2014 -
My dad passed away on Friday, and my mom is eager to get into his computer (Song Vaio running Windows 7) and Blackberry (Bold). Both are password protected. Is there any way to change the password on each without wiping the data? I'm fairly computer literate, and my father will have every software disk he's ever received. We also have access to his email if that helps with the Blackberry. Thanks.
posted by i_am_a_fiesta
on Feb 9, 2014 -
Long story short: an anonymous twitter user started harassing me. Twitter troll has no followers so I guess was made up for the purpose of harassing me and a friend. No biggie, I've blocked. Slightly perturbing however is that the troll referred to something I've only talked about in private. How could troll know this and how do I protect myself? [more inside]
posted by mooza
on Jan 31, 2014 -
I'm documenting quilts and have a decent set-up in place for photographing them (seen here
), but now I've got to take it on the road. My 1"x3"x9' wooden crossbar isn't going to cut it as checked baggage and it's a tight fit in my compact SUV, let alone an affordable rental car when I get to my destination. However--a deal breaker--the crossbar can't be a dowel or have a round profile. With dowel-type crossbars the quilts hang and sag at the top and don't present a flat place to photograph. More details and reqs after the jump. [more inside]
posted by cocoagirl
on Jan 30, 2014 -
A fellow aspiring entrepreneur and friend of mine is in desperate need of help. Time is of the essence!
Here's the story:
Two years ago he created his own business that sells custom hand-made clothes and products. He owns a website and is on all of the normal social media. One of his most effective tools to connect with customers is through instagram. He's worked hard over the years to develop a fan base of over 27K followers. Mysteriously, last night this account was hacked. They changed the password, hacked the business email, and have taken control of the brand. This account is the business' main source of revenue and advertisement.
Although he's trademarked the company and taken all the normal preventative measures, the admin. at instagram claims there's nothing they can do to help. Assuming this is true, what are his available options?
Essentially, my friend's ship just got hijacked by some evil bastards and he's going to need a seal team to get it back. [more inside]
posted by intelligentfool
on Dec 3, 2013 -
My "throw-away" password is in the list of those compromised by the Adobe hack. It's a common dictionary word that I use for sites that I really don't care about security on: things that I don't even understand why they should be password protected, "test-driving" sites or products where I don't intend to keep using them, and an old email account that was for a blog that I haven't updated in about four years. (And I don't use the account any more). I'm pretty unconcerned about it being compromised. Is there any reason I should
worry? And if I do want to change it, is there any way to find out what all the sites are that I have used it on in the past? [more inside]
posted by lollusc
on Nov 22, 2013 -
My old, dormant Twitter account recently started sending out direct messages to everyone on my list with spammy stuff. This happened within the last hour, and I just deactivated the account. The password for the Twitter account is different than the password for the email account that I set it up with. The password on the Twitter account hadn't been changed, and no tweets were sent from it (only DMs). Is this likely a third party app jacking the Twitter account (and therefore isolated) or should I be concerned about the establishing email account as well? I ask because this is my primary gmail account.
posted by codacorolla
on Oct 15, 2013 -
I recently had to retire my malfunctioning M$ Natural Wireless Laser Mouse 6000. I bought the M$ Sculpt Ergonomic Mouse, which works beautifully but is missing essential button functions. The "Back" button is tiny, stiff and hard to reach, and the "Forward" button is gone completely.
I can set the "Click Roller" button to "Forward," but I'd much rather reset the "Horizontal Scrolling" functions (nudge roller left and right) to "Forward" and "Back." Is there a way to do this?
Where else should I go to ask this question?
posted by KRS
on Oct 8, 2013 -
Today I discovered that Mr. Clean Magic Erasers
-- which are meant for cleaning scuffs and dirt off of floors and walls -- effortlessly worked on some clean-but-stained melamine bowls I own. What new ways have you discovered to use common household goods and items?
posted by Room 641-A
on Oct 4, 2013 -
I want to use a Google Hangout "On Air"
for a project, but a tiny limitation is getting in the way. I would like to bypass the 'Press to Talk' functionality with a tiny browser script/hack/modification. My programming knowledge is tiny, but I am sure this could be done super super simply with a script loaded in the browser. Perhaps there's better solution. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious
on Oct 1, 2013 -
My Gmail account was very definitely hacked on Sunday.
A whole lot of email was sent, seemingly to everyone I've ever corresponded with from that account.
There was clearly a login from Poland which corresponds exactly with when the emails began to be sent.
The session seemed to last about 7 minutes.
I then received about 150 "mailer daemon" emails due to the bounces from either old addresses, addresses which don't receive unsolicited email and mail servers which correctly identified the content as spam. [more inside]
posted by dance
on Jun 3, 2013 -
Tired of the random 'Searching' beep throughout the night waking me up. Help me get some sleep? [more inside]
posted by NotSoSimple
on May 9, 2013 -
I have two old Radio Shack handheld radios. They were purchased in the US, originally for communication on the ski slopes. On the back, there is a number "09A06" and it also says CAT NO 21-1936.
I was about to throw them away, but would rather repurpose them for something. I live in a large metropolitan area, in an apartment. I am good at programming and am comfortable using something like an Arduino, Rasberry Pi, BeagleBone, etc.
What interesting hack can I use these for?
posted by bangitliketmac
on May 1, 2013 -
I recently went onto amazon and found multiple items in my cart that I had not placed there. Could my account have been hacked, or is it just some weird glitch? [more inside]
posted by Sakura3210
on Mar 24, 2013 -
I've been building guitar pedal kits from buildyourownclone
, and it's been great fun. I'm running out of pedals I want to make for myself, and am looking for other projects, like this stereo tube amp
, and maybe this sous vide
. Can you recommend more electronics projects (preferably kits, so I don't have to scrounge for parts) that are cool and look good at the end? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock
on Mar 21, 2013 -
I would like to know if you have some place /event for me to visit in london.
I'am a french otaku / geek / goth / rpg gamer.
My friends already give me some address and i get somes like :
The london hackerspace, namco station , forbiden planet, slimelight, the david bowie exposition.
I will be there the 19 march to the 25 march mainly for the louie ck show.
posted by bussiere
on Mar 9, 2013 -
Android apps seem to grab permissions that I have no desire to give them. My understanding is that the permissions per app are all bundled together: it's all or nothing. At least officially. Is there another way? Also, is there a privacy watchdog site that will help me find apps that actually respect my privacy and support/purchase them over those that do not? [more inside]
posted by jsturgill
on Feb 19, 2013 -
What would be cool to have spin round and round, but that's light and aerodynamical enough that my fan's motor could power it? [more inside]
posted by Eiwalker
on Dec 6, 2012 -
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 -
This morning about 108 gmail inbox messages vanished. I can find them under "all mail" but i don't know they would leave the inbox. Also, someone's been trying to add an event to my google calendar, with no success.
are these two things related? is there evidence of a hack?
posted by holdenjordahl
on May 13, 2012 -
Spa Pillow Rehab? Looking for suggestions on how to replace "skin" over foam spa pillows. [more inside]
posted by Big_B
on Mar 22, 2012 -
I am running a Wordpress installation on my own domain. It was hacked. For an admin fee, my web host is restoring prior to the hack. What are my best practices going forward to prevent this from happening again? [more inside]
posted by netbros
on Mar 15, 2012 -
What fun things could I do with my old 15" MacBook Pro whose graphics chip just kicked the bucket? [more inside]
posted by Bengston
on Jan 21, 2012 -
My Gmail account was compromised a few days ago and the password was changed. I've since recovered it, but I'm wondering what could have caused it. [more inside]
posted by alligatorman
on Dec 29, 2011 -
I've got an idea to fix the crappy automatic brightness sensor on my Android phone. Will it work / screw anything up? [more inside]
posted by anthill
on Nov 2, 2011 -
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 -
Hacking around sound cancellation on Google+ and Skype: Two tier question here about a related problem. Firstly, a way to sidetrack the software audio limits of a Google+ Hangout. Secondly, a way to stop Skype from cancelling out audio from one half of a conversation. [more inside]
posted by 0bvious
on Oct 21, 2011 -
A couple websites are taking my RSS feed, placing it on their website with their own ads, and of course doing this without permission. This isn't necessarily a bad thing (backlinks, right), but it sure as heck isn't welcome.
I want to send the webmaster a very clear message - taking my stuff without asking is wrong. [more inside]
posted by chrisinseoul
on Oct 14, 2011 -
A hacker hacked into my facebook and changed my email. Facebook can't do anything because both the email and password have been changed. Is there some back-door way to re-change (re-hack-?) the facebook? [more inside]
posted by lockstitch
on Sep 6, 2011 -
What are some things I can do before my upcoming shoulder surgery to make life a little easier afterwards? [more inside]
posted by Room 641-A
on Jul 1, 2011 -
The "caret" or "insertion point" is the blinking " | " symbol that indicates where typed text will appear. Does anyone know how to modify it? [more inside]
posted by foursentences
on Jun 16, 2011 -
I'm looking for the way to break into the Palace of the Four Swords in the GBA port of The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past without playing through the Four Swords part of the game. No emulator. [more inside]
posted by chinesefood
on Jun 10, 2011 -