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What IR-capable residential security cameras are inconspicuous?

I'm interested in getting a few residential security cameras installed to cover our yard and car areas. Requirements are: ~40 feet night vision, decent motion detection, networked recording to central PC/DVR unit (either over WiFi or PoE power), no batteries, weatherproof, not easily stolen. There are plenty of cameras with good tech specs, but many of them look like warp engines. I imagine putting up giant cameras will not only piss off the neighbors, but serve as a giant ROB ME I HAVE STUFF sign. What exterior cameras are not only good but inconspicuous? [more inside]
posted by benzenedream on Mar 6, 2014 - 3 answers

Dropbox + coffee shop wifi = secure?

How secure is Dropbox on an open coffee shop wifi? [more inside]
posted by bluecore on Mar 26, 2013 - 8 answers

How to retrieve SSID when not in range

I need to retrieve the SSID of a wifi network that is not in range from either an iPhone or an old hard drive. [more inside]
posted by IanMorr on Jan 2, 2013 - 5 answers

Help me solve a wifi mystery

Help me solve a wifi mystery. A paid wifi hotspot near where I am staying is intermittently providing me with free access to the 'net. I would like to try to understand why this is happening so that I can (hopefully) replicate it at will from my devices. [more inside]
posted by clark on Jan 12, 2012 - 6 answers

You Gotta Keep 'em Separated

How do I create a public wifi network that is separate from our corporate network while using the same internet connection? [more inside]
posted by talkingmuffin on May 19, 2011 - 4 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

all your internets are belong to us [firesheep users]

How can I take advantage of free internet at a hotel and/or cafe during the post-firesheep apocalypse? [more inside]
posted by ChefJoAnna on Nov 16, 2010 - 11 answers

Baa baa Firesheep, have you stolen my password?

How worried do I need to be about Firesheep? What sites does it affect? Is there anything I can do to protect myself on an iPad? [more inside]
posted by Horace Rumpole on Nov 14, 2010 - 23 answers

Losing my (free WiFi) connection

When I start a wifi session (at a coffee shop for instance), the bubble will say "additional login may be required" which, when I open a web page, is just an "I accept" disclaimer. BUT, when I have to turn off the computer (reboot for windows update, go to the bathroom, etc) and then try to re-establish contact, it won't work. I can't get connected and I can't get the login screen. I've tried everything I can think of to get it to work but it just seems like I have to come back the next day. Any tricks to get me back on?
posted by CodeMonkey on Oct 22, 2010 - 5 answers

controlling wifi access by MAC address

I have a Linksys WRT110 router. Although it has some access controls, I find them difficult to use and counterintuitive, and I say this as someone who has been using computers since the days of the TRS-80. Is there a router out there that will let me limit access times by MAC address of different devices, either by a daily quota or a cutoff time? [more inside]
posted by mecran01 on Oct 22, 2010 - 7 answers

Really, how safe and secure is my wireless network?

How safe and secure is my wireless network's WPA2-PSK key? [more inside]
posted by Jackie_Treehorn on Jun 22, 2010 - 17 answers

All sorts of WiFi connectivity issues. I think it's my router.

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 - 3 answers

Help me with a bit of passive home defence

Looking for a GSM alarm system for my house. I don't live in the States, so the answer should ideally be non-US specific. I was wondering about the Panasonic BL-C131A, but that needs presumably a decent amount of light and a working internet connection to alert me of break-ins. And without push email, fifteen minutes could pass before I get the alert. It's not really ideal, I don't think... [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 24, 2009 - 1 answer

SSL and compromised networks?

Does SSL protect information even if the wi-fi connection is unsecured? [more inside]
posted by Busoni on Mar 22, 2009 - 22 answers

What's my rating on the Wi-Fi pW/\/4g30m3t3R?

How secure is my wireless network? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 19, 2008 - 19 answers

Need help with wifi basics

I need help with wifi basics - routers, security, encryption etc. [more inside]
posted by valleys on May 7, 2008 - 9 answers

Can I force wireless to only function via VPN?

How do I force WiFi to only work through VPN on company laptops? [more inside]
posted by bartleby on Jan 14, 2008 - 4 answers

How eavesdroppable is GSM?

Practically, what are the chances of my communications being sniffed over GSM? [more inside]
posted by Ookseer on Aug 1, 2007 - 4 answers

How safe is public wifi and how to make it safer?

Public Wifi. How safe is it and what should I do to enable more secure browsing? [more inside]
posted by Mave_80 on Jun 16, 2007 - 27 answers

Question about WiFi security

Can WiFi packets be snooped when WEP is off but the access point is set to filter MAC addresses? [more inside]
posted by zek on Mar 9, 2007 - 15 answers

Any wireless routers that are secure by default?

Are there any wireless routers on the market that have security enabled by default? [more inside]
posted by Brian James on Oct 24, 2006 - 8 answers

Help teh SSH nub...

I want to setup an SSH tunnel on OSX, but... [more inside]
posted by dead_ on Aug 10, 2006 - 10 answers

Are hackers infesting O'Hare and LAX?

This happened to me last week at O'Hare - and now, today, in LAX. I opened my laptop in the terminal and checked for wireless networks. I noticed that there was a "computer-to-computer" network called "Free Public Wifi" available. I didn't try to connect, because I know that such networks generally can't provide internet access if there's no other connection available. Does this mean there are folks trying to socially engineer gullible wireless users? What could they gain? Would Windows be more vulnerable than Macs? AND how would a curious samaritan figure out who, amongst the dozen or more folks with open laptops in the vicinity, the culprit is?
posted by soulbarn on Feb 23, 2006 - 33 answers

How Can I Run An Open Access Point Without Jeopardizing My Computer's Security?

I owe a great debt of gratitude to all the noobs in my neighbourhood who keep open, unsecured wireless networks. It's because of them that we can blog from the laundromat, blog from the waterfront park, blog from... well, you get the idea. How can I make my network 'open' to others without compromising the security of my computers? [more inside]
posted by optimuscrime on Nov 21, 2005 - 35 answers

VPN?

Wifilter: Wired + Wireless network architecture: How can I protect my wired machines, but still access them from my wireless devices? [more inside]
posted by daver on Sep 22, 2005 - 1 answer

Toronto wardriving map?

I'm looking for a wardriving map of downtown Toronto that was posted online a year or two ago. It had wireless networks marked in three colours: encrypted, unencrypted, and out-of-the-box. I had a copy on my hard drive, but I think I've lost it. Does anyone know where I can find it?
posted by Jairus on Sep 21, 2005 - 4 answers

WiFi safety question -- what's safe to look at?

I'm in an airport on an AT&T Wireless wifi connection. How safe is it to A) check POP email (that doesn't likely include too much sensitive info) B) shop online at trusted sites (e.g. Amazon, Banana Republic etc.) C) do online banking, check credit card statements, etc.? [more inside]
posted by rorycberger on Nov 27, 2004 - 11 answers

Is it ethical to use other people's unsecured wifi?

Wireless Mooching? Dishonest? Dangerous? Or what? [more inside] [more inside]
posted by wendell on Oct 25, 2004 - 28 answers

How do I use public WiFi networking securely?

Secure WiFi: given one's ability to find free wifi access in any reasonable downtown core, how does one go about using said access securely? [more inside]
posted by five fresh fish on Jun 10, 2004 - 12 answers

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