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What can a thief do with my reasonably locked down Mac

My MacBook Pro was stolen last night. The disk was encrypted with FileVault and the login passwords were non trivial (good enough for petty thieves though probably not hackers skilled in the art). I told iCloud to lock it down and erase it on first contact. Will the thief and his friends be able to do anything with this machine, or is it just a paperweight at this point? [more inside]
posted by alms on Jan 1, 2016 - 15 answers

Help me with debit card security

So, my debit card number has now been "compromised" twice in as many months. How am I supposed to approach security with cards nowadays? [more inside]
posted by selfnoise on Mar 11, 2013 - 19 answers

A run of ID thefts

Help me fend off the cyber brigands (and persuade my family that they need help)! [more inside]
posted by bad grammar on Apr 6, 2012 - 7 answers

Spying on the cheap

Need a battery operated security (nannycam) camera recommendation. [more inside]
posted by lattiboy on Dec 22, 2011 - 2 answers

Laptop theft prevention

How secure is this Spyder laptop lockdown device? [more inside]
posted by etc. on Dec 16, 2011 - 7 answers

Help me secure my storage unit

Securing my insecure storage unit... [more inside]
posted by disillusioned on Sep 25, 2011 - 12 answers

Roof storage security

Multi-part questions about the security of the roof-top luggage box I just installed on my car. [more inside]
posted by colin_l on Aug 22, 2011 - 5 answers

Safe at home

Looking for advice for a home safe (and places to sell that safe to me). [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 9, 2011 - 8 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

I was feeling insecure, you might not love me anymore

Having a minor freak out about identity theft, and looking for advice on making sure all my online information is as secure as possible. [more inside]
posted by goshling on Jan 5, 2011 - 16 answers

If I only wiped 10% of a hard drive before selling it, am I 90% screwed?

What damage control measures can I do for selling my PC on eBay which was only partially wiped? Yes, I know how stupid this was. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 15, 2010 - 8 answers

Home Protection Ideas?

Our house got robbed last week for the second time in less than a year. Short of moving, what can we do to get our peace of mind and sense of security back? [more inside]
posted by kmz on Nov 24, 2010 - 37 answers

Burglarproofing for renters?

What are the most cost-effective ways to burglar-proof a rented apartment? [more inside]
posted by Metroid Baby on Nov 16, 2010 - 25 answers

Preventing bag theft during TSA inspection

Help me keep my bags from being stolen during the TSA security check. [more inside]
posted by bchaplin on Nov 16, 2010 - 23 answers

Is a stolen PC effectively protected by a password?

In the event of a loss or theft, how safe is the data on a password-protected PC laptop? [more inside]
posted by Clambone on Aug 24, 2010 - 12 answers

Help me safeguard both my laptop and my peace of mind while travelling

Looking for best practices/ideas for securing my laptop in a hotel room while travelling. [more inside]
posted by Dr Dracator on Jul 12, 2010 - 19 answers

How do bike thieves steal bikes?

Was someone tagging my bike for theft later? [more inside]
posted by Michael Pemulis on Jun 20, 2010 - 12 answers

Why isn't there more theft at airport baggage claims?

Why isn't there more theft at airport baggage claims? [more inside]
posted by lunchbox on Dec 3, 2009 - 50 answers

Seems like a good idea?

Is LoJack really worth it? [more inside]
posted by 6:1 on Sep 3, 2008 - 19 answers

How do I prevent laptop (macbook) theft?

Prophylactic-laptop-theft-filter: Help me keep my macbook mine. [more inside]
posted by MaddyRex on Sep 3, 2008 - 7 answers

Help me set my vodka free!

I bought a 750mL bottle of Vodka from Safeway. The cashier forgot to remove the black plastic security alarm topper from it. Boo! [more inside]
posted by iamkimiam on Jan 21, 2008 - 28 answers

Carrying lots of cash in Africa?

What's the best and safest way to travel through some rather sketchy parts of Africa with a sizable chunk of cash? [more inside]
posted by gottabefunky on Jul 9, 2007 - 14 answers

Am I At Risk For Identity Theft?

Several days ago, I found an unauthorized charge (a $40 withdrawal from savings) on my bank statement. I called my bank (Bank of America, Seattle customer, FWIW) and they confirmed that the withdrawal was made from an ATM in the area. This strikes me as a Very Bad Thing, because whoever did it must have had an ATM card that was mine (they didn't; I haven't lost my card) or that appeared to be mine, and (s)he also would have had to have my PIN. Now I have a few more questions. [more inside]
posted by rossination on Sep 11, 2006 - 24 answers

When can I leave a car with the top down?

Car theft: I'm looking into buying a convertible, and would like a feel for when you would leave the vehicle with the top down. [more inside]
posted by -harlequin- on May 8, 2006 - 19 answers

What do we do after a break-in?

What do I need to do, practically speaking, after a computer theft? (Several related questions inside.) [more inside]
posted by catesbie on Mar 24, 2006 - 18 answers

Foiling the workplace food thief...

Where can I find lockable food &/or drink containers? [more inside]
posted by ObscureReferenceMan on Mar 14, 2006 - 30 answers

How do I protect myself and my apartment?

I moved into my new apartment complex two weeks ago and already there's been one car break-in and one apartment burglary. What can I do to secure my apartment and my personal safety? [more inside]
posted by lychee on Aug 23, 2005 - 13 answers

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