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Peculiar password problem

The OS X GUI—but only the GUI—has stopped accepting my password. Any password. [more inside]
posted by Zozo on Jun 11, 2014 - 13 answers

Will Google 2 Step lock me out?

I have moved from Argentina back to the UK. Whilst there I set up my Google account with 2-Step Verification using my Argentinian phone number. Now back in the UK I no longer have access to that phone and as I unpacked I realised I threw away the notebook in which I jotted down the emergency codes in the move. Am I screwed? [more inside]
posted by jontyjago on Apr 18, 2014 - 6 answers

Help me identify this sci-fi short story

Some time in the mid 1990s I read a sci-fi short story about an augmented individual hired to steal a password - I'm trying to figure out the name of this story and its author. [more inside]
posted by komara on Mar 20, 2014 - 9 answers

is it possible to recover data from a locked phone?

Some weeks ago, I changed my phone's password while half asleep and haven't been able to remember it since. I've since gotten a new phone, but I really want to get the pictures and videos that were on there. Is this possible? [more inside]
posted by windykites on Mar 16, 2014 - 9 answers

Forget already!

I have accepted an offer on a MacBook air I sold on Craiglist. I am ready to take this to the buyer. I can't get the damn thing to forget my network password. Need to do this ASAP so I can hand it over. [more inside]
posted by instead of three wishes on Sep 15, 2013 - 15 answers

Wifi emergency. Not my router, password too short for Apple devices D-:

Any hacks to force an Apple device to accept a 7-character wifi password? [more inside]
posted by Opal on Aug 28, 2013 - 8 answers

Windows 7 password fail

My Windows 7 password is not working, so naturally, I'm locked out of my computer/life. If my computer worked, I would continue googling for an answer. Unfortunately, this vintage Dell desktop I'm using is trying my patience. [more inside]
posted by she's not there on Jun 12, 2013 - 19 answers

Can my iPad automatically forget a WiFi connection?

I'm configuring my wife's iPad 1 to work with our WiFi network. Because our kids also use it, we'd like it to "forget" the WiFi connection when we disconnect. [more inside]
posted by never used baby shoes on Jun 1, 2013 - 5 answers

Help Derpina keep her reddit account

How do I keep my reddit account despite having derped my password? [more inside]
posted by zadcat on Sep 3, 2012 - 17 answers

Password manager for Windows and Android?

I'm looking for a password manager that will work seamlessly across multiple PCs and my Android phone. [more inside]
posted by WinnipegDragon on Aug 21, 2012 - 14 answers

iPhone & Wireless Connection?

Is there a fast way to log iPhone on to my school's wireless network? [more inside]
posted by meta x zen on Aug 14, 2012 - 14 answers

Why won't you remember me, firefox?!

Why doesn't my browser remember me on one partciular site when accessed from my desktop when it does on my laptop? [more inside]
posted by xchmp on Feb 13, 2012 - 7 answers

bogus logins and passwords

Does anyone remember a list of logins and passwords, for a myriad of sites, published online for all the world to use? Its advertised purpose was to allow one to use a website without having to register for access... so you didn't have to go through all the steps, nor receive spam in your inbox later... I think it's been several years since I've even thought of this -- also, I feel it had some form of 'gator' or other reptile in its name.
posted by Tandem Affinity on Jan 9, 2012 - 9 answers

Locks are changed. Now: is anything missing?

So despite being fairly knowledgeable about these sorts of things, I put on my own little "worst practices in computer security" seminar with my Mac Mini HTPC. And, surprise of surprises, it was compromised. Help me figure out if I've reversed the damage, won't you? [more inside]
posted by supercres on Nov 17, 2011 - 17 answers

"Yes, my account number is........."

Need help wrangling account numbers/logins [more inside]
posted by Gilbert on Nov 2, 2011 - 8 answers

Android password manager app with online browser access?

Does anyone know of an Android password manager app with online browser access? [more inside]
posted by ccalgreen on Oct 4, 2011 - 13 answers

password lost

Password help please. How can i reset the password on my wireless router? [more inside]
posted by OHenryPacey on Sep 28, 2011 - 11 answers

Gmail Email Address Recovery

Gmail account recovery. Please help. Long winded story inside. [more inside]
posted by MechEng on Jul 5, 2011 - 13 answers

What simple, secure, portable password and secure data management systems do you use?

What simple, secure, portable password and secure data management systems do you use? [more inside]
posted by garlic on May 4, 2011 - 21 answers

Prompted for a username and password when browsing to an IIS virtual directory

Why do I get prompted for a Windows username and password when I connect to a virtual directory under IIS? [more inside]
posted by Ritchie on Apr 17, 2011 - 3 answers

Safari Password Recovery

Safari Password Recovery - I want to recover login information from a site I used on Safari on OS X 10.4. [more inside]
posted by Samizdata on Jan 16, 2011 - 13 answers

I forgot my password to login and need the prompt. How do I get it to give me a hint??

How do I get my Mac to prompt me for a password hint on the startup screen?? I reset my password last week and I copied and pasted it in the password hint in case I forgot. It turns out I did. But for some reason it won't prompt me for a hint even though I have been trying to guess over and over incorrectly. [more inside]
posted by timpanogos on Dec 25, 2010 - 3 answers

Install Linux or windows without a cd drive or usb just direct access to the hard drive.

Install Linux or windows without a cd drive or usb just direct access to the hard drive. I have an old cf-29 toughbook by Panasonic that I've had for years. I'm trying to resurrect it and for the life of me cant remember my own cmos password. Aside from possibly nuking the bios password which will be near impossible due to the NATO standards this notebook was built to. I was thinking I would just try to install an OS directly to the hard drive and simply transplant it back into the toughbook. [more inside]
posted by Chamunks on Oct 4, 2010 - 18 answers

Accessible and secure - can they be friends?

Help me design a secure method of keeping my passwords both safe and available. [more inside]
posted by Tehhund on Sep 23, 2010 - 31 answers

Workaround for password-stealing keyloggers?

Regarding this, would spanning multitask windows and or cut-n-paste be an effective foil to keyloggers? [more inside]
posted by notsnot on Sep 13, 2010 - 8 answers

How to password protect a linked file?

I need to send an MP3 music file to a number of email addresses. I want to do this by directing people to a download on a web link, rather than emailing the (large) file direct. I also want to be able to password-protect the file in that link (either the file or the link), so the music doesn't get passed around beyond the list of recipients. Does anyone know of any good resources for this? Thanks, oh wise ones.
posted by Conductor71 on Aug 17, 2010 - 10 answers

Hotmail Password Recovery.

Please help my wife! She is locked out of Hotmail but is mysteriously still able send and receive from the account on her Blackberry. [more inside]
posted by gergtreble on Jun 20, 2010 - 6 answers

Password recovery or doom?!?

PasswordBuffooneryFilter: I've had a Hotmail account for eons, don't use it a ton, get a couple things sent there on an ongoing basis. Had the password stored via Firefox and it has disappeared from the remember-password feature. It's been long enough that I don't remember the password-recovery info (favorite pet, etc.) and I didn't register an alternate e-mail (that they would use to send me the means to access the account). Based on the Microsoft info I've slogged through and Internet searches, it seems I'm sunk. Or am I?? Much gratitude for any help folks can provide.
posted by ambient2 on May 22, 2010 - 5 answers

Secure my SSH

SSHFilter: I'm trying to disable authentication by password for SSH users accessing a server from a remote location. By everything I've read it seems like I've done exactly that, but I can still log in from a remote machine using a password only. Help me get that to stop. [more inside]
posted by scrutiny on Apr 22, 2010 - 2 answers

If a prosecutor finds a password, can he or she use it?

What are the legal implications of subpoenaing or obtaining a warrant for digital papers (such as a Gmail or Google Apps account) and finding a password? Could the prosecutor use the password to obtain more information from another digital source, such as another email account or a Facebook account? [more inside]
posted by Michael Pemulis on Apr 21, 2010 - 1 answer

Are login boxes on http:// pages secure?

Some major websites--such as Facebook, Vox and others (but not Metafilter!)--have users enter username & password on an http page rather than an https page. Is this as secure as logging in via https:// and if so, why?
posted by mono blanco on Dec 1, 2009 - 18 answers

Stand back! I don't understand regular expressions

How do I use regular expressions to express "at least one of each of these, but not necessarily in this order"? [more inside]
posted by specialagentwebb on Nov 18, 2009 - 17 answers

Please suggest a software to password protect and hide data on Windows 7.

How do I password protect a folder or partition in windows 7 and also not have its contents included in Windows index or Everything. [more inside]
posted by libbrichus on Oct 25, 2009 - 7 answers

A three-digit password is not "too long."

The Blurst.com registration page tells me my (12-character) password is too long, while a string of 100 A's is OK. FFF is a fine password, but 777 is too long. What gives? (Somewhat long but delightfully pattern-y description follows) [more inside]
posted by Captain Cardanthian! on Oct 20, 2009 - 14 answers

Google, please believe me when I say this is my password.

After getting a new logicboard installed on my MacBook Pro this past week, why does GoogleUpdateInstaller constantly ask for my password every few minutes? I'm only using GMail notifier and it is making me insane. [more inside]
posted by banannafish on Oct 13, 2009 - 8 answers

What is my password again?

What do you do with your passwords? [more inside]
posted by snowjoe on Mar 3, 2009 - 48 answers

Plain Text Password in Welcome Email

Online Security Filter: Welcome email contained plain text password. Specific examples of why this is bad needed. [more inside]
posted by TauLepton on Nov 23, 2008 - 19 answers

What should I do if I can't log in to my router all of a sudden?

My router password changed itself! I'm using the DD-WRT firmware on WRT54G v7 Linksys router, what can I do? [more inside]
posted by rintako on Oct 29, 2008 - 7 answers

How to create a convenient and secure multi user set up in windows XP.

What is the best way to set up multiple user accounts on my computer to: minimize security risk, allow me to keep some files/passwords private, but still let others use my computer for basic tasks? [more inside]
posted by vegetableagony on Aug 6, 2008 - 7 answers

Just like the neighbor's cat in your kids' sandbox...

What am I doing to my links pointing to images in a private directory that prevents me from seeing the pics in Dreamweaver CS3 Design mode? [more inside]
posted by bonobo on Jun 22, 2008 - 3 answers

Badges? We ain't got no badges. We don't need no badges. I don't have to show you any stinking badges!

How do I get my browser to ignore a certain site? [more inside]
posted by Tuwa on Jun 26, 2006 - 15 answers

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