I have a MacBook Air that I am considering selling. It has an SSD, and I would like to securely wipe it clean before putting it up for sale. I know how to wipe regular hard drives, but I've heard that secure erases of SSD's actually DAMAGE the drive. Is there a secure way to remove data from an SSD hard drive without compromising its lifespan/integrity?
posted by Thanquol180
on Jul 1, 2014 -
I am looking for a user-friendly theme with an easy-to-set-up CMS as well as secure hosting for a weekly webcomic. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by omar.a
on May 17, 2014 -
We're going to have some folks filling out the same simple form on a regular basis. Is there an app-based solution where they can enter the data and upload it securely to a central repository at the end of the day?
A web solution may have been easier, but we're worried connectivity might be an issue during parts of the day. We want users to tap an app and be able to fill out a bunch of forms, then upload them all (securely) at the end of the day. A simple, elegant, fast interface would be a real plus. [more inside]
posted by borborygmi
on Apr 21, 2014 -
I have a small business of about a dozen which has a massive amount of paperwork to be scanned in, organized, and shared. Boxes and boxes. The shareholders are not all very tech-savvy, so I'm also looking for something easy for them to use. There's sort of a dizzying array of options out there. What do you recommend? [more inside]
posted by Addlepated
on Jan 23, 2014 -
I would like to work from home and remote in to my work computer without people being able to see what I'm doing on my screen. Right now I am using iCloud's back to Mac screen sharing feature, but that is distracting my students in my computer lab and encouraging them to do mischief. I cannot install Timbuktu or other screen sharing programs at this time due to cost constraints. Is there a way to screen share or remote login wherein the target computer's screen stays off, giving me privacy to work and do what I need to do? Target computer is an iMac. Other suggestions for free but secure programs appreciated.
posted by These Birds of a Feather
on Jan 9, 2014 -
Are older phones or phones designed for poorer countries any less susceptible to spying than the latest Apple, Google or Android models? I've read about CEO's looking for the very old brick phones because since they don't have the sophisticated technology of the modern phones, they're harder to monitor or track. I understand the phones w/o apps are clearly more secure regarding third parties because they aren't sending personal data to companies. But what the government and everything else; voice, location via cell towers, SMS; the very basics.
posted by CollectiveMind
on Jan 4, 2014 -
SSL, licences, and migrating a website. Old server has an SSL certificate. New one has not. Not using HTTPS. Will visitors see any warnings or otherwise perceive the change? [more inside]
posted by alasdair
on Nov 15, 2012 -
I will travel from Ireland to study at The Art Students League on 57th St. Any recommendation on finding an adjacent good room to rent, or within easy access in a safe secure neighbour
hood, as my budget is very tight. I would also be happy to swap accommodation or hospitality/study period. Thanks
posted by helen frances
on Aug 1, 2012 -
Given that the copyright landscape is about to change in Canada, educate me about VPN services and securing my connection like I'm a n00b! [more inside]
posted by liquado
on Jun 20, 2012 -
Is there a filing cabinet app that is: secure, online, stable, metasearchable, user-friendly, and cross-platform? [more inside]
posted by babbageboole
on Jun 11, 2012 -
How can I securely delete files on my Android phone? I want to be sure that deleted files can not
be recovered, i.e., photos, email, email attachments, evernote notes, etc. [more inside]
posted by theora55
on Jun 7, 2012 -
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 -
Seeking recommendations for dealing with many Wordpress sites from one central location. I have a number of personal sites, plus work related sites, and would like a secure, central way to deal with them all – plus a wishpony that is probably not even a spark in some stallion's eye... [more inside]
posted by taz
on Sep 29, 2011 -
We need an FTP Site for our website--a place where we can let users login & upload/download files that are too big for email - CAD, PDF's, movies, etc. Or do we? Obviously, I need the hive's expertise on this one; what solutions do you recommend? [more inside]
posted by Kronur
on Aug 10, 2011 -
If you sync files between multiple computers: How do you prevent headaches from forgetting to close files on one computer? [more inside]
posted by ManInSuit
on Dec 28, 2010 -
I have a Linode
VPS and two domain names pointing to it. I have taken very few measures to secure it. How did you secure your VPS? [more inside]
posted by attente
on Nov 13, 2010 -
Secure streaming of live video, 24/7, pre-existing camera infrastructure. Can this be done? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Oct 21, 2010 -
Using Word Press as a CMS, we would like to have an (easy) way for any random client to upload a file. [more inside]
posted by TrueVox
on Oct 18, 2010 -
What's the best solution out there (free is good, easy is good) to securely time stamp blog entries through a trusted 3rd party?
posted by it must be bunnies
on Sep 13, 2010 -
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 -
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 -
How secure is online backup? I'm looking at Jungle Disk
for offsite backup of some important personal files. How secure are sites like this? Is my data more or less secure than, say, my credit card info stored at Amazon.com? [more inside]
posted by griseus
on Aug 11, 2009 -
I'd like to get my dad a shiny new Weber grill. I'd like to keep it from "walking away", however. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by agentmunroe
on Jun 6, 2009 -
Me, being the family resident techie, has been asked to build an online shopping site for an in-law. EASY and FAST is the name of the game...what should I use? [more inside]
posted by arniec
on Apr 28, 2009 -
I've two debian machines, one is onsite and one is offsite on a residential connection. I need to backup incrementally to this offsite server over SSH (or something just as secure) on a regular basis, this should require no manual intervention. I would however like a regular email to inform me of the status. The offsite machine isn't secured from burglary etc and therefore the backups need to be fully encrypted. The onsite machine is secure and thus can store encryption keys if need be. [more inside]
posted by Whoop
on Nov 30, 2008 -
I need a recommendation for a secure, HIPAA-compliant, e-mail server for a small law firm. [more inside]
posted by bananafish
on Aug 1, 2008 -
I need to mail a passport and possibly other important, hard-to-replace legal documents from one Canadian address to another. Deadline is within the coming week. What is the most secure way to do this? If you have personal experience with this, please describe how long it took, cost, risks, etc. [more inside]
posted by catburger
on Apr 10, 2008 -
Vista hangs while switching to/from Secure Desktop after Windows Update installed a new sound driver. Please help me fix it. [more inside]
posted by AstroGuy
on Mar 6, 2008 -
Best secure service to receive political donations via campaign website? [more inside]
posted by ZackTM
on Feb 24, 2008 -
Is there a way to make my external hard drive only accessible to me without too seriously decreasing the ease of use when I am using it? [more inside]
posted by ecab
on Feb 17, 2008 -
Is there a simple, secure (open source preferably) application I can set-up on my server (dreamhost) to allow my parents a simple password protected webpage they can download (simple right click) the pictures and kids' films I make? [more inside]
posted by thedoctorpants
on May 15, 2007 -
If I beam to you a document or spreadsheet from my pocket computer, is there a way for me to secure the file to prevent you from sharing it by beaming it to others?
posted by Shalerman
on Mar 23, 2007 -
What is the easiest/best way create a secure tunnel or VPN connection back to my home network to act as a relay for private interneting? Is it possible to do this using just a router that would be on anyway so I don't have to have a computer running all the time just to act as a relay? [more inside]
posted by willnot
on Mar 19, 2007 -
I am taking a surf trip to costa rica. Because of the nature of the trip, I will not be able to keep important documents on my person for large chunks of time. Where can I put them so that they are secure? [more inside]
posted by |n$eCur3
on Dec 10, 2006 -
How would I deny access to a my local network for applications, but allow them to access a VPN? I am thinking zone alarm / kerio / black ice would work, but I can't figure out how to configure them to do this. Any hints would be appreciated.
posted by the giant pill
on Sep 19, 2006 -
How would you go about accessing, via the web, your bank accounts and bill paying services while away from home and trusted computers for months at a time?
Does anyone have experience with Stealth Surfer and Roboform? Have you been able to use usb drives at public library's and/or internet cafes?
(Bonus question: how about downloading mp3s at a library or internet cafe?)
posted by flummox
on Jun 13, 2006 -
How do I keep my IP address anonymous when sending email through Outlook or Thunderbird?
posted by saffron
on Jan 10, 2006 -
ApacheFilter: I want to run Apache on my PC for testing purposes. I would like to be able to be connected to the internet when I do this, safe in the knowledge that I'm not leaving myself exposed. I only want myself to be able to access my stuff, from the local machine. How do I configure Apache to do this? I'm on WinXP Pro, running Apache 2.0.55. [more inside]
posted by djgh
on Dec 31, 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 -