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What's the best way to cover my built in webcam?

In light of revelations that some folks can look at me over the internet through my webcam without me knowing, I would like to have a solution to this problem. I was thinking that taping over the webcam would work well, but it might also look tacky, and might also add a residue to my computer that I would not like. Is there a kind of tape that would look good on a unibody macbook pro? How would I make that tape look good? What sort of tape would be suggested for its no residue, opaque characteristics? Is there a better solution than tape, like a well-thought out kickstarter project or something of that nature? Please help me with my paranoid bougie computer problem.
posted by oceanjesse on Mar 6, 2014 - 26 answers

Facebook Minimalism for Noobs

How can I set up Facebook from scratch with minimal spam/leakage into other accounts and minimal leakage from/to people I don't know? [more inside]
posted by lalochezia on Feb 6, 2014 - 8 answers

Security and Privacy - Malware and Corporate tracking Edition

I am looking for ways to browse securely over the internet, while not giving any data to corporations (including my ISP) that is unwarranted and also preventing malware (like the CryptoLocker ransomware epidemic in late 2012). [more inside]
posted by theobserver on Jan 19, 2014 - 8 answers

Use 'terms' on hardware?

Are terms and conditions, disclosed after sale, legitimate? What if the associated item is a gift? [more inside]
posted by Goofyy on Dec 30, 2013 - 24 answers

How do I send an encrypted email with attachments from gmail?

I know there are a variety of options out there, but I'm having a hard time sifting through the information myself. [more inside]
posted by snarfles on Nov 14, 2013 - 7 answers

"If You Knew What I Know About Email, You Might Not Use It"

Lavabit's Ladar Levinson was recently quoted as follows: "I'm taking a break from email. If you knew what I know about email, you might not use it either." Why would Levinson warn other people off using email? He's not just saying, "Be careful how you use email," but, "It's probably a good idea not to use email at all. I'm taking a break from it myself." [more inside]
posted by paleyellowwithorange on Aug 13, 2013 - 20 answers

Mr. Nice Guy keeps going and going and going an...

I'm out for a walk taking some pictures and he stops to chat me up. We exchanged email addresses and now I'm regretting it BIG time. [more inside]
posted by redindiaink on Apr 20, 2013 - 31 answers

How can we trust open source software?

Open source software is considered trustworthy because anyone can validate the source code and hold the developer accountable. Usually developers will also make compiled binaries available for convenience. How can we know that these binaries are compiled from the same source code the developer published, and not a malicious variant of it? [more inside]
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis on Feb 26, 2013 - 17 answers

How can I deny an android app permissions it claims to require?

Android apps seem to grab permissions that I have no desire to give them. My understanding is that the permissions per app are all bundled together: it's all or nothing. At least officially. Is there another way? Also, is there a privacy watchdog site that will help me find apps that actually respect my privacy and support/purchase them over those that do not? [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on Feb 19, 2013 - 4 answers

How can I get paid to write and protect my privacy from clients?

I want to only share my identity with the tax man when I write, and allow people to pay me online. How do I do this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 13, 2013 - 8 answers

Google+ pros/cons

My department is being mandated to start using Google+ and some other Google apps. Please help me think through the security and privacy implications of what I am afraid might become a real mess. [more inside]
posted by jbickers on Feb 4, 2013 - 9 answers

Chrome vs. Firefox Extension Security

Please help me understand the difference (or non-difference) in safety for Firefox vs. Chrome browser extensions (plugins/add-ons). [more inside]
posted by pavane on Nov 5, 2012 - 3 answers

My Friend Had Compromising Info Stolen; Please Help Me Help Him!

A friend has had an old Hotmail account hacked. The hacker used information in the archives there to access a YouTube account where apparently some compromising videos were uploaded. The hacker copied the videos to another YouTube account, and then sent links to the videos to my friend's family - and worse still, to members of the executive board of the nonprofit organization by whom my friend is (was?) employed. He reached out desperately to me, but I know nothing but the most basic things about Internet security and privacy law... [more inside]
posted by OneMonkeysUncle on Jul 31, 2012 - 13 answers

Password management: syncing some passwords but not all

Please help me find the password management solution I'm hoping exists: the ability to automatically, dynamically sync a specific folder of passwords between accounts w/o involving Dropbox. [more inside]
posted by pavane on Mar 20, 2012 - 1 answer

Guidance regarding a tween's internet usage

I am seeking ideas on guidelines for internet usage and privacy for a 12-year-old girl. She is pretty internet-savvy but not publicly sharing info yet (just email), and I'd like to guide her well as she begins to do so. [more inside]
posted by marble on Feb 11, 2012 - 13 answers

Internet security and privacy blogs

What are some good internet security forums / blogs to follow? [more inside]
posted by Arbitrage1 on Jan 26, 2012 - 8 answers

I still don't want to be Mark Zuckerberg's friend

I've just noticed that Facebook is geotagging status updates. How the hell do I turn it off? [more inside]
posted by NotMyselfRightNow on Dec 23, 2011 - 7 answers

Help Me Lock It Down!

Looking to implement the most effective reasonable set of best practices for preserving internet privacy and blocking commercial data harvesting. Seeking tips, tricks, hacks, and useful online resources. [more inside]
posted by spitbull on Nov 16, 2011 - 5 answers

How to remotely access a doctor's office's files?

I am looking for advice to come up with a technological solution for a physician’s office in NB, Canada. The scenario is that I would like patient files to be accessible remotely while still satisfying health privacy laws (PIPEDA), especially the part about patient records having to be stored in Canada. [more inside]
posted by carolr on Nov 9, 2011 - 4 answers

Can I create a modestly secure diary online using Wordpress, .htaccess, and a few tricks?

I want to access my personal diary from anywhere - and keep it as secure as possible at the same time. Here's my idea on how to do this...what do you think? [more inside]
posted by jspierre on Jul 1, 2011 - 19 answers

My former employer leaked my ss number!

Can I sue my former employer for leaking my social security number, email address and physical address? [more inside]
posted by UMDirector on Feb 19, 2011 - 15 answers

Deprivation does terrible things.

Suffering through the great midwest Comcast outage of late 2010. What ill may come of this? [more inside]
posted by thusspakeparanoia on Dec 5, 2010 - 14 answers

I do not like weird Facebook link spam.

I sometimes see sketchy links that automatically post that you "like" them on Facebook when you click on them. How harmful are they, exactly? What can I do to prevent them from showing up? [more inside]
posted by Metroid Baby on Jun 29, 2010 - 3 answers

How can I hide my private email from Facebook?

How do I dissociate my Spam/private email address from my public Facebook account? [more inside]
posted by chinese_fashion on Apr 28, 2010 - 8 answers

What's the safest way of throwing an old hard drive away?

I have a bunch of old hard drives with personal data in them that I want to dispose of. What's the safest way of doing it? [more inside]
posted by falameufilho on Apr 25, 2010 - 28 answers

you don't even need $26 anymore.

How is it legal to post people's social security numbers on the internet for everyone to see? [more inside]
posted by rubberkey on Jun 9, 2009 - 6 answers

How can I use a computer securely and privately

How can a competent but not technical geek person browse internet as securely and privately as possible, keep files private on a pc etc? Linux distro? specifics - [more inside]
posted by Not Supplied on Jun 8, 2009 - 12 answers

How to surf anonymously?

Are there any sources via programs, web browsers, firefox add-ons, or web services that allow someone to truly surf anonymously? [more inside]
posted by randomthoughts on Apr 24, 2009 - 6 answers

Are Facebook Applications Trust Worthy?

Are applications on Facebook safe or should I worry about sharing my profile information with every application out there? [more inside]
posted by randomthoughts on Mar 9, 2009 - 8 answers

Don't forget your massage, redux

So, I may have found a solution to this issue, but I'd like some input from those of you with greater insight into internet security & privacy issues. [more inside]
posted by goshling on Sep 15, 2008 - 2 answers

Someone hacked my… something... somehow

What do you do when you think you've been hacked, but don't know how? [more inside]
posted by studentbaker on Aug 5, 2008 - 18 answers

How long does a 7 Pass US DoD 5220 method take?

How long will it take to do a 7 pass US DoD 5220 Compliant data wipe on a 120 GB Hard Drive? [more inside]
posted by meta.mark on Feb 6, 2008 - 7 answers

What does browser encryption protect me from?

When my browsing and downloading is "encrypted," who or what am I protecting myself from? [more inside]
posted by Avenger50 on Jan 9, 2008 - 18 answers

My very own NORAD

As part of my work for a client I've begun researching online privacy, cryptography, and other sundry ways of protecting oneself online. And I'm now completely creeped out and must switch NOW to uncrackable passwords, multiple email accounts, encrypting the crap out of everything I do, and generally making sure that only the things I want public on the internet are publicly accessible. But we run into the question - how do I do that without driving myself nuts trying to remember my passwords, convince everyone I know to use encrypted communication, and maintain a reasonable amount of privacy in my web surfing? And how do I do that after 8 years of webwhorage where I wasn't too concerned who knew what about me? [more inside]
posted by saysthis on Dec 28, 2007 - 15 answers

Gmail: time to bail?

I love Gmail, but with all the security and privacy concerns, I'm thinking of bailing. Whereto next? [more inside]
posted by melissam on Dec 25, 2007 - 15 answers

Can a duplex occupant videotape common areas and areas that are not hers?

My friends just moved into a lovely, renovated duplex. Now they find themselves under surveillance--from their duplex mate. What to do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 17, 2007 - 63 answers

Secure? Don't bank on it.

Calling webbish folks: I'd like to make sure this form is as unsecured as it appears before I complain. More inside! [more inside]
posted by musicinmybrain on Apr 2, 2007 - 17 answers

Please forget you knew my name

I don't like that Firefox knows my credit card number. How do I make it forget and not relearn this information? [more inside]
posted by aburd on Feb 10, 2007 - 8 answers

Is someone else using my GMail?

Is there any way to check if someone else has been accessing your GMail account? [more inside]
posted by sindark on Jan 6, 2007 - 36 answers

Help me help myself

I'm dropping my laptop off for service--what do I need to do to protect myself? [more inside]
posted by divka on Jul 8, 2006 - 10 answers

Is it possible to bypass a bios password without me knowing? How safe is my data?

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 - 28 answers

Privacy with Yahoo?

Does it bother you to click on Yahoo! links and unexpectedly see your Yahoo! name on the screen because you prefer to store your Yahoo (enough with the exclamation point already) password in a cookie? [more inside]
posted by mono blanco on Dec 18, 2005 - 19 answers

What's wrong with Racial Profiling?

Help me convince a Republican that Racial Profiling is Not Good (tm). [more inside]
posted by odinsdream on Jun 10, 2005 - 33 answers

What legaWhat are the legalities around programs like US-VISIT?

Being a non-US citizen that has family living in the continental US I have noticed that border traversal has been getting exceedingly difficult and more intrusive. However, the US-VISIT program seems to take it a little far (IMO). [more inside]
posted by purephase on May 16, 2005 - 20 answers

How accesible should blog archives be?

How accessible should the archives of one's blog be? In terms of privacy and security, are there certain things that should not be able to be Googled? [more inside]
posted by themadjuggler on Feb 28, 2005 - 11 answers

Home Security

I am in the process purchasing a house and want to feel more secure. Security in a concern... [more inside]
posted by benjh on Sep 11, 2004 - 23 answers

How do you balance between protecting your browsing history from marketers and surfing quickly and efficiently?

Web browser cookies. Is it worthwhile to examine each one as it comes, or is the average person who fears cookies from unknown sources really wasting their time? Please attack or defend this. How do you find the balance between protecting your browsing history from marketers and surfing quickly and efficiently? Not looking for shaving tips. [more inside]
posted by bingo on May 13, 2004 - 9 answers

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