I'm trying to help a relative who's in a full panic about computer security, brought on both by the alarmist mainstream reporting about the gotofail bug and by some coincidental hardware issues with her OS X machine. My reassurance isn't going to cut it this time -- is there somewhere online where she can read, in lay terms, that although the bug was severe in theory / in its implications, there's very little evidence of real-world exploits? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Feb 26, 2014 -
Help me name my new product, which combines the functionality of popular existing apps, but is specialized with high-security features. [more inside]
posted by bfu
on Dec 26, 2012 -
I just visited Facebook and it showed me the login screen with the email address of the guy I'm dating as the username. I was using FB earlier today, puttering around, sending messages and whatnot, and I haven't logged out of FB or restarted my Mac since. What's going on here? Am I paranoid to think that he (or someone else) could have remotely accessed my computer? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on May 31, 2012 -
I have an open-plan office full of computers, about 75% Macs. We're considering putting in security cameras with a DVR. It seems to me that with all these computers (and a bunch of spares, at that) we could do this with what we have instead of paying a security company for dedicated hardware. What can I use to coordinate multiple webcams and do security-DVR-type stuff with them?
posted by mendel
on Mar 30, 2012 -
So...I'm thinking my Mac has a virus. I have a Mac OS X 10.5.8. I keep running out of hard drive space and deleting files constantly, so I got Disk Inventory X to see where my space is. Turns out there is 20 GB of 130,000 text files on my computer in a hidden file marked "private". I can't see this "private" folder from the file manager...only from Disk Inventory X. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by HylandErickson
on Feb 26, 2012 -
I suspect my young son is carrying on an ongoing discussion with a stranger he met on the internet. My wife and I are going to approach him, but we would like some evidence so we know what questions to ask. [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Feb 14, 2011 -
Up to now, I have used Apple's Keychain program to manage my passwords. I recently got an iPad, and now I have lots of login passwords that I don't have memorized and can't access from my iPad browser. So, I'm looking for a password management setup that will do the following things (or as many as possible): [more inside]
posted by philosophygeek
on Jan 1, 2011 -
Looking to set up a fairly simple home surveillance system. I’m looking for some basic advice on equipment, programs for view and recording feeds as well as any other insights you might have. [more inside]
posted by emmysue01
on Mar 26, 2010 -
My MacBook's keyboard mysteriously changed to Dvorak! How can I tell if someone messed with my computer? [more inside]
posted by k.
on Mar 19, 2010 -
I'm about to receive a desktop computer (Windows 7 Pro) that I am going to use *solely* for playing an online game. Do I need any additional security or virus protection programs aside from what comes with Windows 7? [more inside]
posted by woot
on Feb 13, 2010 -
After 4 months of smooth sailing, my WiFi has started acting up and (first temperamental page loading; then lock icon disappears when connecting to my secure network; now work computer won't connect at all). Is it my ISP, router, computer, or something else? [more inside]
posted by aquanet
on Feb 9, 2010 -
Recently had my mac (V 10.4.11) defragged; by another person.
Question- I am (too late) concerned about security.
What steps can I now take to go thru and secure everything?
Change all passwords, ok. Anything else? Where are the weak points?
posted by ebesan
on Nov 28, 2009 -
How secure is Time Machine backups?
I'm worried about security of the data stored by Time Machine. [more inside]
posted by Leech
on Mar 30, 2009 -
I allowed perl access past my firewall (Am I even saying that right?). Should I be worried? And how do I learn more about the subject so I'm not so clueless in the future? [more inside]
posted by dicetumbler
on Jan 11, 2009 -
I noticed this morning in my system logs that I had some failed FTP and SSH login attempts from an IP in China. I thought I was going to have get all Cliff Stoll on this guy, but then looking back further I saw that this has been happening for months, from lots of different IP addresses. [more inside]
posted by jeffxl
on Dec 5, 2007 -
Why does my Mac appear to have other people's computer names at the command line? What's up here? [more inside]
posted by Happy Dave
on Nov 12, 2007 -
Is there an application for my mac (OS 10.4) that would enable me to have a folder that would "self destruct" if the contents in that folder are not accessed for a user set ammount of time? [more inside]
posted by superdeluxe
on Feb 5, 2007 -
Recently my bike and some other trivial stuff has been stolen off my porch.
My bike was locked. :(
I want to bait this thief with another bike (my broken one) and see who this jerk is. I have a mac and want to use a wireless webcam. Infrared is key since I believe he strikes at night. Is there an app for OS X and a compatible webcam for this situation? Ideally, it would not capture footage unless their is activity.
posted by bloodniece
on Nov 13, 2006 -
I typically use Safari, and have my preferences set to store all of my passwords and user names in my Keychain.app. However when it starts acting up and giving me the spinning beach ball, I use Camino (v. 1.0.3.) When I try to log in to a website, it asks me for my user name and password - do I really have to fill in ALL those passwords and user names all over again? In other words, is there any way I can get Camino to access the passwords I saved using Safari? [more inside]
posted by invisible ink
on Sep 19, 2006 -
Is there an application (for OS X) that shows me who's trying to connect to my mac? Kinda like Little Snitch
, but for incoming connections? Netstat just gives me a huge list of everything happening on all ports, which is kinda useless to me.
posted by slater
on Apr 5, 2005 -
Which Mac OS X Files let Safari securely connect to sites?
I'd accidentally lost some of my System (my fault) and had to reinstall, etc. to get it back. Looks like everything is working... EXCEPT when I try to connect to https:// sites. gmail, hotmail, whatever.
I have other Macs here, so if anyone knows what frameworks or whatever likely make that work, I can easily copy them over and correct the permissions. But WHICH files? (minimally more inside) [more inside]
posted by John Kenneth Fisher
on Jun 14, 2004 -
MacAskMe: Two Mac related questions. The first regards Mac compatible security camera solutions; the second involves changing the color of the cursor/pointer in OS X. [more mac mumbojumbo inside] [more inside]
posted by anathema
on Apr 13, 2004 -
Stupid Mac question - I have an AirPort card, but no base station. I was just visiting my cousin for the weekend, and they have one, and they did something
to my computer to get it to connect to their wireless network (they have all sorts of security on it) and now I cannot have my AirPort card turned on without it automatically connecting to my neighbors' networks. I use an ethernet cable here at home, and I have my configuration set to look for the ethernet connection before a wireless one. I am at a total loss as to what to do to tell it to not automatically connect, short of leaving the card turned off unless I'm using it (and Apple's website is no help, because they assume that you do
want to use it). Any ideas?
posted by eilatan
on Feb 29, 2004 -