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Safety deposit box or fire safe? And which one?

Like many people, I've accumulated a stash of documents that are important to me and my family in some way (deeds, birth certificates, marriage certificate, passports) and some are difficult/impossible to replace (immigration paperwork, ancestral information). Right now they all sit in a plastic Tupperware box on the bottom shelf of an IKEA bookshelf. I was thinking that maybe they should be a little better secured. Is a safety deposit box the right answer or a safe? I'm having a hard time choosing. [more inside]
posted by fireoyster on Nov 23, 2015 - 19 answers

Not worried about my safety, more about the lockdown

I'm scheduled to visit Brussels from Wed-Sun this week, and given the high alert and reports that seem to suggest shops, public places and events will be shut, I'm concerned that I've picked about the worst possible time. [more inside]
posted by GamblingBlues on Nov 21, 2015 - 5 answers

The call was coming from inside the onion.

The Wordpress blog that I manage is being attacked from Tor nodes. Is there anything that I can do about it? [more inside]
posted by koucha on Oct 21, 2015 - 10 answers

Please save my daughter from being expelled!

My 13 year old daughter has just started boarding school. When she leaves her phone unattended for even a minute, one of her roommates snatches the phone and uses it to send lurid "sexts" to a boy my daughter likes. My daughter is now facing disciplinery action for these messages. How can she protect her phone? Passcodes she forgets, or tells someone. I've looked at fingerprint ID, facial recognition and other methods but they all come up lacking. What do you guys suggest? She has an iPhone 4s.
posted by Gabriel ricci on Oct 9, 2015 - 51 answers

Comcast just offered a (good) package that includes security. Should I?

Comcast is offering me a deal that includes security. I can get out of my existing home security for it. It's a very basic ADT - and they're pretty scummy too to deal with. I wanted to hear (hopefully) from the people who have used them or chose not to use them. I'm looking for deal breakers; things they don't do or that they should be doing. [more inside]
posted by filmgeek on Sep 25, 2015 - 3 answers

Stuck in the middle with you

I'm looking for resources/explanations of how to tell if someone is intercepting my SSL traffic. [more inside]
posted by stobor on Sep 12, 2015 - 10 answers

Best four-camera + DVR small business security system?

Small office seeks a four camera + DVR setup for security. Not hidden cameras. Best options, best values? Things to watch out for?
posted by Sticherbeast on Sep 12, 2015 - 3 answers

How many people do you have to trust to use a piece of software?

I downloaded gmailnotifier from gmailnotifier.com and setting it up, it requested my password. Obviously it needs this information but how can I be sure that it won't abuse it? How do you know what software to trust? [more inside]
posted by Obscure Reference on Sep 11, 2015 - 10 answers

Square payments for non-profit - any precautions?

Our PTA wants to get a Square reader for the stuff we sell at fundraisers. Are there any potential pitfalls we should be aware of? [more inside]
posted by jbickers on Sep 11, 2015 - 7 answers

Re-Key or replace?

Should I attempt to re-key every lock in our new house, or buy new deadbolts and knobs? We're talking about two entry way doors, two external security doors, and one driveway gate with a deadbolt on it. There are a mix of different brands in the existing hardware. [more inside]
posted by latkes on Sep 7, 2015 - 20 answers

What "lifetime" subscriptions or memberships do you recommend?

Do you know of a "lifetime" subscription or membership or purchase that you recommend or that seems interesting or a good deal? (An opportunity to pay once and reap ongoing benefits/dividends indefinitely.) In this modern era of low job security, I think I'd like knowing I'll always have a few Nice Things (or simply just reliable things) regardless of what financial turbulence the future may bring, so I'm curious what might be out there along those lines. [more inside]
posted by anonymisc on Aug 19, 2015 - 25 answers

Gift ideas for hacker coworkers?

Just got a huge promotion (equivalent of Partner at one of the Big Four Professional Service firms). I want to give an individual surprise gift back to each of the team of computer hackers / security gurus who I lead and who helped me get here. Ideas? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 14, 2015 - 12 answers

What can I do with my laptop's smartcard reader, at a hobby level?

My laptop has a smartcard reader (writer?). I'd like to use this but it seems they are the domain of government IT and corporate enterprise solutions - I can't find much info to help a curious hobbiest get started or do anything with it. Is there smartcards-for-dummies info out there? What fun (or security-related) things could I do with a smartcard reader? [more inside]
posted by anonymisc on Aug 11, 2015 - 2 answers

Tailor a swift infosec reading list

I have a new role where I will soon have to speak to IT Directors about Information Security. Good general primers out there to get me started on Infosec? [more inside]
posted by Gratishades on Aug 10, 2015 - 8 answers

What's the safest way to get this data to the outside?

I have a database table with sensitive (read as personal, non-financial) information inside our office locked-down network that I need to expose to users on a website. What's the best way for me to expose this data without exposing us to unnecessary risk? [more inside]
posted by chillin411 on Aug 7, 2015 - 6 answers

Are there window screens that CAN'T pop out?

Our windows have pretty standard screens on them. We'd like to open our bedroom windows at night in the summer, but we worry about our indoor cat accidentally popping them out and escaping. Are there screens that are extremely hard to remove from inside? [more inside]
posted by primethyme on Aug 2, 2015 - 20 answers

Blogs or other resources for Android security news?

Where do you go to find the most up-to-date news on Android security issues--especially the current Stagefright problems? [more inside]
posted by equalpants on Aug 2, 2015 - 3 answers

Recommendations for WordPress maintenance services for nonprofits

I help a nonprofit manage their WordPress.org site. I am looking for recommendations for services that backup, update, and secure WordPress sites. [more inside]
posted by debgpi on Jul 29, 2015 - 2 answers

Security for a laptop repair?

I have a laptop purchased from Costco at the end of 2013. It is dead and needs to be repaired, but I'm concerned about the theft of my data. [more inside]
posted by imjustsaying on Jul 25, 2015 - 5 answers

unhack the planet!

An old password of mine has been compromised, and someone has been using that information in the past 30 minutes or so. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by ghostbikes on Jul 22, 2015 - 17 answers

Did I mess up my security clearance by confirming other citizenship?

I didn't know I was a citizen of another country, as well as of the US, at the time I got a position of public trust clearance. I now know that I am, and I know because I asked the other country and they said "yep, sure are." Did I screw up my clearance? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 21, 2015 - 14 answers

Is Symbaloo a virus?

I recently bought a new laptop. I signed into Windows on the new PC with my old Microsoft account. Symbaloo seems to have been transferred from my old laptop. [more inside]
posted by Musashi Daryl on Jul 8, 2015 - 4 answers

Locked down storage device

Is there a corporate grade storage device (NAS/SAN) that comes with functionality to prevent all data from being deleted and the only way to access the data is to export it and wrap it with a mandatory password security? More details inside [more inside]
posted by gttommy on Jul 6, 2015 - 4 answers

Where to stay near Minneapolis airport (MSP) before very-early flight?

Next Thursday I have a 515a flight (on American née US Air, so Terminal 1 is my point of departure) out of MSP. Assuming I'll go through security at around 400-415, it seems silly to stay at a hotel the night before. The airport is open 24 hours. What I'm curious about is if I can I go through security around midnight and try to catch a few ZZZs in the terminal? If not, can I sleep safely outside of security, or will local law enforcement tell me to move along? [more inside]
posted by anaphoric on Jul 2, 2015 - 7 answers

Moving into a house; how to not creep myself out whenever I'm alone?

Are you a big scaredy cat? Do you live in a house with lots of vulnerabilities anyways, and manage to sleep at night? How did you do it? Please hope me. [more inside]
posted by stellaluna on Jul 1, 2015 - 35 answers

Prepare for THE ARRIVAL! (of a VIP)

Have you had to prep for the arrival of a major VIP (eg a Queen? a Head of State? the head of the United Nations) to your office or factory? What did you have to do? [more inside]
posted by almostwitty on Jun 22, 2015 - 14 answers

Discovered vulnerability in eCommerce platform

I have discovered a vulnerability in an eCommerce platform which leaves sensitive and private customer data at risk. I reported this loophole to the developer, but their response has been underwhelming. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 3, 2015 - 6 answers

Why are my jeans setting off airport security?

I have a pair of American Eagle (women's) jeans that I tend to wear while traveling because they're comfortable. I think they're setting off the TSA scanners and metal detectors -- I've been pulled aside and patted down every time I wear them, and not much when I don't. My pockets are clear, and there's no egregious metal on the jeans besides the zipper and buttons. Any idea what might be happening?
posted by redlines on May 29, 2015 - 15 answers

How does my company know I used duplicate passwords?

I started a new job last week, which involved registering for a bunch of different tools and services (email, internal tools, ticket tracking system, project management stuff, etc.). Since I needed access to those before I got a chance to set up a password manager, I used a couple duplicate passwords so I could remember them (they were strong passwords, but they fit a pattern that I can remember). Shortly after I signed into a site with one of the passwords I was also using on another site, I got an email from IT saying they'd noticed I'd used duplicate passwords and to change them ASAP. How did they know? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 19, 2015 - 15 answers

Is giving out the last 4 of your SSN bad?

Just gave the last 4 digits of my social to a recruiter who contacted me about an open position at a big company. I did it without thinking and now I am concerned I've done a bad thing. Recruiter said that big company uses that number to track me in their application system. Is this a normal practice on the part of recruiters or did I just screw up the safety of my SSN? If the latter, what do I do?
posted by Hermione Granger on May 15, 2015 - 9 answers

Bypass OS X "security" for my own Automator applications?

After upgrading to 10.10.3 I have a repeat of a problem I had months ago, and still no satisfactory solution. [more inside]
posted by terrapin on May 6, 2015 - 10 answers

Apartment break-in opportunists? Talk me down.

Am I wrong about feeling like my apartment building's being cased for a burglary, and what can I do about it? [more inside]
posted by Keysig on May 1, 2015 - 15 answers

Hack me twice, shame on me. Hack me once, ... crap.

I know that password managers (LastPass, etc) are Good Things™. I know that using the same password for multiple things is terrible. And yet I can't bring myself to let go of my current habits. Help me see reason here. [more inside]
posted by Dilligas on Apr 30, 2015 - 26 answers

Should I be concerned that my accountant emailed me my tax return?

TaxFilter time! I am out-of-town and to facilitate getting my taxes done, my accountant sent me a copy of the draft and final returns via unencrypted email. Is this a standard practice these days? [more inside]
posted by QuantumMeruit on Apr 14, 2015 - 12 answers

Trying to find a Social Security "administrative message"

What a Dickensian nightmare the Social Security system is! What is its "administrative message" document type, cited as "AM ###[date]" -- where can I find these -- and, if you are a practitioner, what if any force does it have? I have done a fairly diligent search, but maybe I'm out of it today, or maybe it's one of those things that's just part of the lore of a practice area.
posted by mmiddle on Apr 3, 2015 - 4 answers

Online security/privacy

Serious advice about protecting your privacy/identity online is often monstrously impractical. Which are the tools/practices that offer the best real-world security-convenience tradeoff? [more inside]
posted by neat graffitist on Mar 27, 2015 - 10 answers

Adware/malware in Safari?

I was informed by the CIO that an email that I sent out of OWA from Safari, OSX Mavericks had dodgy source code attached. See a text file of source code. [more inside]
posted by jadepearl on Mar 17, 2015 - 6 answers

Effective yet simple encryption for a laptop

What is the simplest and most effective way to protect data on a laptop - simple enough for a not tech-savvy lady in her 60s? [more inside]
posted by jontyjago on Mar 1, 2015 - 6 answers

Chatting on Whatsapp anonymously?

Is there any way I can chat on Whatsapp anonymously with a group of my friends? [more inside]
posted by cyrusw8 on Jan 20, 2015 - 5 answers

Finding an Alarm Monitoring Service using our prewired house

We built a house. Builder wired the house for alarm using some buddy of his. So the doors and windows all have sensors (I think) that are wired into the house. Cheap/basic keypad is by back door and upstairs master bedroom. We haven't activated the system with a monitoring company, but now want to do that. Trying to find out what I can do with the prewired system. Can I use any of the cutting edge home security systems with smartphone and cellular stuff? [more inside]
posted by dios on Jan 15, 2015 - 2 answers

I want to wrap presents here and give them in another city. HOW?

Every year I buy a bunch of gifts, schlepp them home, and wrap them surreptitiously in a secret corner of my mom's house about 3 minutes before I have to give them over, all in the name of national security. Am I being stupid? Can I do this differently? [more inside]
posted by pazazygeek on Dec 18, 2014 - 21 answers

Need free word processing program without a virus

I just picked up an ASUS laptop for 100 bucks at a Black Friday sale. Now I need to continue the cheapskate theme with free word processing. [more inside]
posted by crazylegs on Dec 2, 2014 - 17 answers

How to VPN while traveling

I'm going to be traveling a fair amount over the holidays which means I'll likely be on public WiFi a lot more than usual, and with all of the various security and privacy issues that have popped up in the news recently, I figure the time is ripe to figure out a VPN strategy (since not everything I do is over SSL/HTTPS). [more inside]
posted by Aleyn on Nov 24, 2014 - 11 answers

I drove away before the tow truck came! What does the law say?

I ran a few luggage bags into the airport terminal for my aging grandmother and ran back out to the curb. Must have been 2 minutes. Airport security waved me away from my car and told me my car was being towed. I just stepped in my car and drove away while security insisted my car was being towed. What does the law say? Will I get a ticket if they've pulled my plates? Am I legally obligated to wait for a tow truck? Am I a fugitive of airport security?
posted by Avenger50 on Nov 22, 2014 - 11 answers

Preventing good old-fashioned crime

We live in a semi-urban, rust-belt neighborhood that has too many garage burglaries and home invasions between 2am and 5am. Our police department responds to calls but does not have the staff to frequently patrol our area. We have neighborhood communication channels to report incidents after they happen and to encourage neighbors to keep things locked up. What are some effective (and cost-effective) ways to get more people to make their homes and streets undesirable targets, and to make more burglars feel that they might be caught in the act or afterwards without having vigilantes patrol?
posted by michaelh on Nov 20, 2014 - 19 answers

Remote doorbel camera gate opener

Looking for a intercom and remote gate opener with control via the internet on a iPhone / iPad. [more inside]
posted by Mac-Expert on Nov 18, 2014 - 4 answers

Brinks Home Security - Stop beeping!

Just bought a house with a older Brinks Home security system. Well the previous owners had a Land-line and had the house monitored. When they moved out they disconnected the line and now the alarm is showing "CP Trouble" and beeping once every 45 seconds or so. We dont have a land-line nor plan on getting one. We also do not plan on having the alarm monitored but we like the door chime and being able to set the alarm. Even while set the CP problem is still there and beeps. I called Brinks and they said the only way to fix this was to disconnect the whole alarm system or get it monitored. I dont want to disconnect the alarm and I dont want it monitored. Does anyone know if there is a way to bypass this to stop the beeping?
posted by flipmiester99 on Nov 18, 2014 - 5 answers

Two-factor authentication for local applications: is it useful?

Google Authenticator. I see why it's useful where you're logging into a server that keeps some secrets. But why would it be useful to guard secrets that are stored on your own computer? [more inside]
posted by massysett on Nov 15, 2014 - 8 answers

Explain VPN to me, and advise me of its worth and possible providers.

How does VPN work? How well does VPN protect me? Should I get a paid VPN account? If so, from what provider? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 14, 2014 - 10 answers

Safe Travel Practices - Digital Edition

I'm taking my laptop on vacation, for the first time. What do I need to do to be sure my info stays safe? [more inside]
posted by still_wears_a_hat on Nov 12, 2014 - 9 answers

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