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Recommended security/AV software for windows 8?

What is the current state of the art / recommended best bet in security and anti-virus software for Windows 8? Paid options are on the table. [more inside]
posted by Joey Buttafoucault on May 2, 2014 - 6 answers

How are locked-down file perms in Linux similiar/different to Win EFS?

I am looking into alternatives to Windows EFS to protect sensitive data on a Linux web server. I know practically nothing about EFS, but I get the impression that the files are effectively plain-text if you are logged into the Windows machine as the user who owns the files, so the same level of "encryption" exists in a Linux environment if the files have only read/write perms for file owner and no perms for anybody else. My colleague says "No, it is not the same level of security" but doesn't provide any further info regarding how/why it's different. What am I missing here? [more inside]
posted by 0 on Apr 1, 2013 - 11 answers

Help me put together a class assignment on hardening a computer

I want to teach students good computer security habits. [more inside]
posted by jadepearl on Mar 24, 2013 - 9 answers

I had a compromised Java version. How do I clean up afterwards?

My AV program found 'Exploit:Java/CVE-2012-4681' on my laptop. It's a primer that sets up my machine for future exploits, but I haven't found any further infections using AV or Housecall. What steps should I be taking to assure myself that the machine is clean, and what can I do to prevent this kind of problem in the future. [more inside]
posted by Urtylug on Jan 12, 2013 - 3 answers

Help me name my new multi-app

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 - 21 answers

How to get fresh air and secure windows at the same time?

It's very very hot today. My method of cooling the house is entirely fan based. I would like to be able to leave the windows cracked for the cats when I'm at work, and when I'm sleeping, but the first floor presents a security issue. What can you recommend to secure double hung windows? [more inside]
posted by instead of three wishes on Jun 21, 2012 - 26 answers

SSH with telnet -e as a ForceCommand: secure?

I want a secure way for people to log into a server on my Windows machine from the internet. I have an idea; is it good? [more inside]
posted by Philosopher Dirtbike on Mar 21, 2012 - 13 answers

Dear Vista: Please be *Less* Secure.

I've got a windows vista installation that, as of a few months ago, has stopped letting me write to a bunch of directories or change a bunch of files, and it won't let me make them writeable again. [more inside]
posted by rmd1023 on Nov 5, 2011 - 8 answers

Quick-release window security bars

I'm trying to find window security bars that can be opened from the inside in the case of fire but can't seem to find a way to buy them. [more inside]
posted by slidell on Oct 8, 2011 - 5 answers

Windows program that allows see but not touch

Is there any windows program that allows to see the desktop or allow programs to be seen and password protect if any modification is needed.
posted by radsqd on Aug 4, 2011 - 5 answers

I'm keeping these Windows closed, getting bars installed

I got a new Windows machine. It's been a while since I used Windows (never Windows 7). What do I, as someone paranoid about viruses and malware, need to download and set up in order to be 99.99% sure that nothing untoward happens to my machine? [more inside]
posted by Busoni on May 25, 2011 - 21 answers

Does installing a new Linux OS erase the hard drive?

Will installing a Linux Operating System onto an old Windows laptop fully erase the contents of the hard drive? [more inside]
posted by ElisaOS on Apr 8, 2011 - 17 answers

Protect me from malicious web pages!

[ WindowsSecurityFilter ] Do I need a sandbox for surfing the web? [more inside]
posted by exphysicist345 on Apr 6, 2011 - 14 answers

Security and performance on one Win 7 PC

Windows 7 security: I want to use the same boot for general use and audio production. Can you help me review my plan for decent performance and security? [more inside]
posted by Not Supplied on Aug 24, 2010 - 8 answers

Why is UAC so slow to launch?

Why does it take so long for Windows UAC to come up? [more inside]
posted by Pope Guilty on Aug 8, 2010 - 9 answers

Difference between anti-spyware and anti-virus?

What are the main differences between anti-spyware and anti-virus? [more inside]
posted by meta.mark on Apr 12, 2010 - 6 answers

XP security virus help?

My Mom has an infected PC. I've been trying to debug it for an hour and a half now to no avail. It's apparently an updated version of the XP Security Center virus. Problem is: it's prohibiting either Firefox or Explorer from opening, so I can't d/l anything. [more inside]
posted by Ufez Jones on Mar 19, 2010 - 22 answers

Law-abiding civilian wants to kinda remove personal info from a laptop

What are the basic steps to remove personal information off of a hard drive? (XP Home, SP3) [more inside]
posted by salvia on Nov 27, 2009 - 9 answers

Help me connect Mac-at-home to Windows-at-work?

What could happen to my mac if I connect remotely to my windows computer at work. Is there a viciously secure way of doing this? [more inside]
posted by OlivesAndTurkishCoffee on Oct 9, 2009 - 8 answers

New Mac Setup

OK, so my new Mac will arrive next week. Can power users fill me in on best practices for setting it up? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Apr 17, 2009 - 16 answers

Most secure PDF viewer?

In light of the increasing number of PDF security exploits, what is the most secure PDF viewer for Windows? [more inside]
posted by benzenedream on Apr 1, 2009 - 5 answers

Installing Vista Securely

Those stories about Windows PCs getting infected within minutes of connecting to the internet... does that still apply in Vista SP1? Soon I'll be setting up a new PC put together from parts and doing a fresh install of Vista Ultimate with SP1 (retail). Should I do anything special to maximize security?
posted by kidbritish on Sep 15, 2008 - 22 answers

How can we better secure our network?

My (very) small office has two desktops running XP Pro (SP3), that are networked using a cable. They also share a DSL internet connection, which can also be accessed wirelessly via our Linksys router. The internet connection isn't password protected, which is nice in that it allows people who visit to have an easy time getting online. However, I'm pretty sure that free and easy access to wireless network=anyone can access our shared folders on those two desktops. Clearly, this is bad, but I'm not sure what to do. Please explain a fix to me like I'm five. Thanks. [more inside]
posted by 4ster on Jun 26, 2008 - 12 answers

Help me make a PC safe

My co-worker asked me to help her secure her home Windows Laptop. She recently had a virus that made the computer unusable. As someone who has been using primarily OSX at home for the past year I'm behind the times in terms of Windows security. I formatted the drive and re-installed windows XP for her. I've recommended getting Firefox and AVG, but aside from that: what should she do to make her computer more resistant to viruses and spyware? [more inside]
posted by aburd on May 7, 2008 - 16 answers

Seeking advice on anti-virus and other security software

What software (or combination of software) are you using to keep your computer internet-secure these days? [more inside]
posted by danwalker on Mar 12, 2008 - 13 answers

How to set up group permissions in Windows XP?

In Windows, how can I set up a group that has permission to create/edit/delete user accounts? [more inside]
posted by Khalad on Jan 2, 2008 - 7 answers

What was that password again?

In Windows XP, is there a way to see the password that is stored in the system to log into a wireless network? [more inside]
posted by al_fresco on Oct 24, 2007 - 6 answers

Help me be a responsible but care-free computer user

Maybe obvious backup question: I want to achieve: an external hard drive with an exact copy of my main drive's contents that can, in the event of my main internal drive's failure, be swapped into the machine for instant everything-as-it-was. I also want incremental backup, so that I can keep this drive constantly up to date with a daily backup process. This is a Windows XP ThinkPad laptop; I've got the external backup drive in its little case already. [more inside]
posted by amtho on Aug 20, 2007 - 35 answers

Stop Me If You've Heard This...

A little over a year ago, DuckFOO asked essentially the exact same question I'd like to ask now - I'm a Mac geek and will be setting up a Windows Vista Basic computer for my computer novice mother, and am freaked about security. I'm doing the re-ask because many of the articles and ideas that came in responses to the original question are MIA or too old to necessarily apply to Vista, and because the original poster took some things for granted, like turning off unnecessary services, that I'm nowhere as familiar with. Obviously, many a result comes up with any search for Vista security - I need a reliable, Ask Mefi-approved, novice level guide.
posted by boombot on Jul 19, 2007 - 18 answers

Roaming Profiles on Windows XP what to do?

Looking for a secure Windows XP Roaming Profile alternative. What do you suggest? [more inside]
posted by bleucube on Dec 14, 2006 - 7 answers

I must only use my powers for good.

How can I transfer a large file from a secure Windows XP computer? [more inside]
posted by Joe in Australia on Sep 24, 2006 - 21 answers

"The web is with you, young Skywalker. But you are not a Jedi yet."

"I want to come with you to Redmond and learn the ways of the Registry. I want to be Teh Haxorz, like my father before me." [more inside]
posted by EatTheWeak on Aug 11, 2006 - 15 answers

Bypass administrator priveleges!?!?

What did I do to gain Administrator privileges to install software and how can I do it again? [more inside]
posted by nserrano on Jul 19, 2006 - 18 answers

Rocover forgotten windows xp pro admin password

I cannot remember my windows XP Pro password. I am an administrator. Need to install software and change to a dynamic ip address. [more inside]
posted by JohnnyGunn on Jun 21, 2006 - 9 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

Setting Up Mom's XP Computer

I am a Mac Geek and will be setting up a Windows XP Pro computer for my computer novice mother, but I am concerned about XP security. [more inside]
posted by DuckFOO on May 14, 2006 - 19 answers

need a program that monitors employee logins, preferably freeware

I have a client who has a Windows 2000 server and a LAN consisting of a whopping 3 other computers. He would like a program that lets him know when employees have logged onto the network...preferably by email notification. He doesn't care for anything as machine-centric or intrusive as Spectorsoft, but would like a small utility that does it's small job well for a small cost. All suggestions are appreciated.
posted by titans13 on Apr 4, 2006 - 4 answers

What created that file?

How can I track the source of a file? [more inside]
posted by bDiddy on Feb 9, 2006 - 3 answers

PDFMaker: play nice with XP!

Adobe PDFMaker and its attendant Word toolbars only work on an Administrator Account. Is there a way to make it work on a Limited User account? I'm on Windows XP. [more inside]
posted by stopgap on Jan 30, 2006 - 5 answers

What are my options for installing a home security system?

What are my options for installing a home security system? [more inside]
posted by DCTapeworm on Oct 31, 2005 - 10 answers

Automatically set XP folder permissions.

I have problems sharing new folders on my home LAN. I have an XP pro box, my wife has a WinME laptop. [more inside]
posted by signal on Mar 30, 2005 - 4 answers

Password protecting XP folders

Is there some way within Windows XP or using 3rd party software that I can password protect individual folders on my pcs so that you cant see or get access to what is in them with out entering a password? Just to be super clear, I want to do this one folder at a time not as a general login.
posted by nightocean on Feb 25, 2005 - 8 answers

How best to secure my ground floor apartment?

I live in a sorta gritty urban area in a ground-floor apartment that has semi-burglar-accessible windows that have no bars or gates. (The landlord is a cheap slum-owning pig, no help.) What should I install myself for serious home security that'll still let me enjoy a nice breeze and also peace of mind and body? Alarms? Internal bars? Any fave products? Money is almost no object, but I'd really rather not have to use a hammer drill on the exterior brick. (Question anonymous for ParanoiaFilter because my name is in my profile and also in the phone book with my address, and I'm a terribly sensible gal.)
posted by anonymous on Jan 21, 2005 - 13 answers

Help Me Convince My Mother-In-Law Her Files are Secure and Give Her XP Security Basics?

WindowsXPSecurityFilter: How do I help my mother-in-law? [more inside]
posted by daver on Nov 20, 2004 - 11 answers

XP SP2 and WebDav

i have some of my remote users in the office connect to our fileserver using webdav as a means to quickly (though admittadly not-securely) access and change documents, etc. it seems though, that since using windows xp SP2 it's been dirt slow. my user will click on a directory, and it will take no less than 10 seconds for the directory to be highlighted. that's not even attempting to open the directory - that'll take another two minutes or so. i'm trying to figure out what's exactly going on here. ideally i'll be switching to VPN soon, but in the meantime, i need to get this working properly again.

thanks!
posted by quadrinary on Sep 28, 2004 - 2 answers

Security fits

WindowsXP, 250 gig shared backup hard drive, and a lab full of people with sensitive information that needs to be backed up on said drive but shouldn't be accessible by anyone other than the user who put it there. Security is giving me fits and I'd appreciate some helpful advice. [more gory details inside] [more inside]
posted by caution live frogs on Sep 13, 2004 - 5 answers

Windows XP questions

Windows XP firewall + Zone Alarm = problem?
I've just upgraded to Windows XP and I have three questions (so far...). [more inside]
posted by Termite on Jun 7, 2004 - 8 answers

I have a virus. Can you help?

Virus Question: I have something nasty. It closes any type of anti-virus application I install, closes regedit if I try to get in there, prevents access to anti-virus websites, and yes, there's [more inside]. [more inside]
posted by banished on Apr 28, 2004 - 14 answers

Help me convince my company to install a wifi network

The company I work for is setting up a new office. Our external IT people are advising against installing a wireless computer network, but I have the distinct impression this is because they don't have the expertise to install one themselves. I need help to build a convincing case to the contrary (assuming I'm right about this). [more inside]
posted by nthdegx on Apr 1, 2004 - 13 answers

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