The "okay" button is missing on my friend's laptop when trying to log into my wireless connection. Why? [more inside]
posted by interrobang
on Dec 6, 2006 -
Any ideas on how to retaliate against someone who hacked into my email account and changed my password? Or should I even bother? [more inside]
posted by La Gata
on Oct 1, 2006 -
How can I run a dictionary attack against a password-protected disk image file on OS X? [more inside]
posted by alms
on Sep 24, 2006 -
Tonight I was paying at a gas station and I used the keypad to enter my pin. The numbers 2, 3 and 4 showed tremendous wear compared to all other keys except the enter key. It's the kind of stupid odd trivia that appeals to me. I Googled "common pin numbers" and it seems "123" is pretty common among the unimaginative. But that doesn't explain 2, 3 and 4 being so well-worn, and not 1. Can you?
posted by Bud Dickman
on Sep 18, 2006 -
Why are many financial institutions moving to a two-step login process, where you enter your username on one page and then your password on the next? For instance, Vanguard
. Their rationale is just that it's "more secure", but that's not much of a reason.
posted by smackfu
on Aug 20, 2006 -
Is there a way to break/uncover/crack/hack an Excel spreadsheet password? [more inside]
posted by jckll
on Jul 26, 2006 -
How do I recover a user profile from a previous Windows XP (Professional) installation? Old user profile is still there, but keeps denying me access. [more inside]
posted by micketymoc
on Jul 18, 2006 -
I have a desktop that is located in a semi-public place. I have a bios password and a windows password on it. Sometimes I leave it logged out of windows so that I can leave in the middle of a project without restarting everything again. I was wondering how hard it would be to get my data? Short of stealing the actual hardware, is there a way to get past a bios password and access my data without me knowing? (From what I understand, resetting the cmos would clear the password so I would know if someone got in.) Also, is it possible to get in if I leave it logged out of windows with a password? How safe is my data?
posted by D Wiz
on Jun 5, 2006 -
Is there anyway I can still access the files on it? If that's not possible, can the drive be still made usable, by reformatting it in some fashion? Or will I just have to get a new one and dumb this one into the garbage can?
posted by sk381
on Jun 3, 2006 -
How can I copy files over from a second hard drive when the Documents and Settings subfolder is off-limits because of a Windows password? [more inside]
posted by TunnelArmr
on Jun 2, 2006 -
Hard drive password: the Samsung laptop my wife uses suddenly started asking for HDD 0 password on bootup. Checking in the bios confirms that a password has been set on the HDD. She swears she didn't do it, and has no idea what happened. What to do? [more inside]
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken
on May 20, 2006 -
Why does Safari offer to remember usernames and passwords for some sites, but not others? Specifically del.icio.us.
posted by airguitar
on May 7, 2006 -
How do I stop passwords from expiring in my home Windows XP / Linux (Samba) network? [more inside]
posted by Nelson
on May 4, 2006 -
How do I autocomplete usernames (which have saved passwords) in Firefox 1.5? [more inside]
posted by JMOZ
on Jan 8, 2006 -
wifi password question: I'm at a relative's for the holidays. She has wifi throughout her house but does not remember the password. Her computer however, does. How do I get the computer to tell me what the password is? It's a windows machine.
posted by garethspor
on Dec 24, 2005 -
How embarrassing - I actually got password spoofed and my account stolen. How can I get my Yahoo account back? [more inside]
posted by -harlequin-
on Aug 12, 2005 -
Windows 2000 users and passwords
: Is it possible for Windows to start up without any password prompting, yet have the OS [reasonably] safe from a bot logging in as an admin? [more inside]
posted by rolypolyman
on Jul 18, 2005 -
I've forgotten an sFTP password and need to recover it. The account is setup and working in EditPlus. Many years ago I remember using a Windows utility that allowed you to drag an icon over any ******* password field and the password would be revealed. I can't remember the name of this utility. Google reveals many other utilities that might do the same thing, but I ph33r the Russian Hax0rs. Does anyone know of a crap-ware free program that can help me? Operating System XP Home.
posted by alan
on Jun 14, 2005 -
Does anyone know a simple (and free) method of password-protecting my USB thumbdrive?
posted by celibate_life
on May 17, 2005 -
Is there a script (perl or php, no MySQL because I don't understand it and don't want to learn it) that password-protects a webpage so that it can be viewed only by someone who logs in with a username and a password, and also logs that user, so that you can have a record (very important) of who's viewed the page? If so, where can I get me one?
posted by iconomy
on Jan 26, 2005 -
ProductFilter: I'd like a phone with a digital answering machine that can be set to be absolutely silent by default, but which will ring if the caller enters a numeric password. [more inside]
posted by Zed_Lopez
on Jan 19, 2005 -
A few years ago I kept a diary on 3.5 floppies in password- protected word files. I found the floppies at my parent's house this weekend, but of course I don't know the password now. Any way that I can recover the files? I checked google, can't really find anything that makes sense to me.
posted by cilantro
on Nov 27, 2004 -
Is there any extremely easy way to password protect a blog. The real goal is to have a blog-as-ecommerce. I need to figure out how to set up subscriptions to the blog, charge (via paypal) and give each user a unique password and login. Any software I can get/buy to do this? If I have to hire someone who can build this for me, where do I look and what should it cost? I won't have many subscribers, so I can handle some issues mannualy if need be, but the more automated the better.
posted by limitedpie
on Nov 15, 2004 -
Can anyone recommend a good program to password protect a flash drive? I see all sorts with encryption and folder hiding, etc., but all I really want is for a password input box to pop up when I plug in the USB drive, denying access to the files until it is entered. Needs to work on XP/98/2000 so that I can easily move between machines. Also, cheap is good. This shouldn't be as difficult to find as it seems to be!
posted by rushmc
on Nov 10, 2004 -
My father wrote a document years back of memories of his (now deceased) college roommate and their Berkely debauchery. Now that (Word 6.0) file says it's password protected, though he suspects it's just corrupted. Li'l help? (More inside on what I've tried so far.) [more inside]
posted by davebug
on Aug 27, 2004 -
Why does my Mozilla mail have 'password save' issues?
I tried to research this in
, but there's a lot of
confusion about, it seems.
Issue 1: I cannot find where to add my password to be saved. Password Manager allows you to delete a password, to display saved p/ws, and display never saved p/ws. It does not allow me to add a p/w.
Issue 2: This only began to be an irritant last week. Till then, I never needed to put in my p/w to my incoming mail server [I reckon I must have done one time, then it was saved]. Why did Moz mail un
save it? Why does the p/w dialogue box not ask me if I want to save it again?
I like security - but I want Mozilla to 'do what it says on the tin' - save the p/ws that I tell it to!
Ggrrrr.... [more inside]
posted by dash_slot-
on May 24, 2004 -
Mozilla question. I recently got a new computer and have installed Mozilla 1.6 for my browsing pleasure. I've been using Moz on the old box for over a year now, and I have many many username/password combos saved. I can't seem to find a way to transfer them over to the new system. Where are they stored? [more inside]
posted by sauril
on May 16, 2004 -
I'm trying to get my application (VB, but that doesn't matter) to connect to the internet and support proxy servers that require a username and password. The former is easy, the latter not. What I'm doing is sending Proxy-Authorization: Basic [authentication]
in the header (where [authentication] is "username:password" base64 encoded) with each request. However the proxy server keeps reporting error 407 (authentication required). I've read the RFC's, I've read google groups but I have no idea what I'm doing wrong. Any ideas?
posted by ralawrence
on Apr 30, 2004 -
Win XP pword issue. I'm locked out of my laptop. I don't use it often, and the password expired - it was set to 30 days. Being an idiot, I didn't make written note of the admin password anywhere. Multiple guesses have so far yielded me nothing. I found this site
but haven't tried it yet, since I have no access to the Win 2000 cd.
Anyone know how to get in w/o losing all my data and reformatting/re-imaging the thing?
posted by yoga
on Mar 31, 2004 -
How do I gain access to a Windows 2000 computer when I've forgotten the password both to my account and the admin's?
I have physical access (it's here next to me) and it has a disk shared (can't remember if it's C: or a subdirectory, and can't look because it prompts for a password). I have other Linux and Windows machines available on the same network. However, it was kept up-to-date with patches until about 6 months ago. [more inside]
posted by andrew cooke
on Feb 5, 2004 -
What's the best way to keep track of an escalating number of logins and passwords? For the web, there's Opera's magic wand, but what about hosting accounts, ftp servers, ATM PINs, etc? Encrypted text file on the desktop? Scribbled note under the pillow? How do you manage (and hide) your password library?
posted by muckster
on Jan 31, 2004 -
blogger woes: I've been trying publish (for the very first time) via Blogger, but every single time I press 'publish' I get the same error - "There Were Errors in Publishing. dk.eos.net.FtpError: Login incorrect." I know for a fact
that the ftp username and password Im using are correct, so what the heck am I doing wrong?? I've been fidding with this for over an hour and I'm losing my mind!! I thought Blogger was supposed to be easy!
posted by anastasiav
on Jan 11, 2004 -