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Question about password security

With email and website passwords, are successful "brute force" attacks still common, where an automated bot tries thousands and thousands of passwords on the same user account until one works? [more inside]
posted by pete_22 on Jan 9, 2013 - 17 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

Tales of harrowing and/or redemption? Not so much. Just the facts.

What are good resources, online and offline, for information about the average experience in federal prison camps (minimum security prisons)? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 1, 2013 - 7 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

Why aren't top commerce sites using AOSSL?

Question for the hard-core commerce and security geeks: Always-on SSL, or AOSSL. Last spring The Online Trust Alliance, or OTA, started a PR campaign to convince folks who manage web sites to use SSL to secure the entirety of their web sites — not just forms and checkout pages. OTA points out that some large social sites (Twitter, Facebook, Google) — folks for whom the customer is the product — have implemented AOSSL, or are in the process of doing so. Who I *don't* see coming on-board are large and highly trafficked e-commerce sites. By my survey, none of the top 100 eCommerce vendors (using Internet Retailer's list) have implemented AOSSL, and I'm wondering if there's a reason why... (more inside). [more inside]
posted by deCadmus on Dec 13, 2012 - 8 answers

Do we need a lease?

Landlord doesn't require a lease or a security deposit. Should I be concerned? [more inside]
posted by baby beluga on Dec 11, 2012 - 23 answers

Easy way to make a website accessible only by VPN?

How can I setup a website accessible by VPN but by multiple users at different locations? More details inside... [more inside]
posted by thorny on Dec 6, 2012 - 9 answers

Politics in outer space

What would politics in outer space look like? [more inside]
posted by espada0 on Nov 24, 2012 - 13 answers

I'd like my security deposit back, please.

I'd like my security deposit back, please. [more inside]
posted by Prairie on Nov 20, 2012 - 6 answers

This is your Mac. This is your Mac on lockdown.

Looking for best practices for home data security for an exclusively Mac household. [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Nov 20, 2012 - 4 answers

Gmail security settings???

I was checking the security setting on my gmail account this AM and was alarmed to see that govtrack.us had somehow been granted " granted the following services access to your Google Account". Especially concerning since i had never seen that site, or even heard of it. What gives?
posted by dougiedd on Nov 18, 2012 - 5 answers

Who the hell added these videos to my favourites folder on YouTube?

I found several "favourited" videos in my YouTube account that were definitely not my or my partner's doing. What could have happened? Was I hacked? [more inside]
posted by peripathetic on Nov 14, 2012 - 3 answers

Is it safe?

Yesterday I added a network print server device to my home network. How can I know that it is secure? Can I firewall it to prevent it from sending anything out to the internet? A few more details inside. [more inside]
posted by DarkForest on Nov 13, 2012 - 5 answers

Our former landlord is trying to rip us off for nearly $4,000 (Prince George Co, Maryland)

Our former landlord is trying to withhold our security deposit and charge us $3,000+ for damages we did not cause. We just received her letter itemizing the "charges" and I just want to make sure we are covering our bases, as it's my first time in this situation. We are in Prince George County, Maryland. [more inside]
posted by SpicyMustard on Nov 8, 2012 - 12 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

Do iTunes security question failed attempts reset after a wait time?

Apparently, I didn't keep the answers to my iTunes security authorization questions. I think I can guess my answers with a few more tries, but I might get locked out before I get there. Will the wrong answer count reset back to zero after a wait time? Meaning, can I try again tomorrow, or will I still get locked out? [more inside]
posted by p3t3 on Oct 17, 2012 - 4 answers

Can I save a secure form in Reader?

How to get Adobe Reader to save a secure form? [more inside]
posted by Thorzdad on Oct 11, 2012 - 3 answers

understanding mediaplex

How do I remove a Mediaplex virus from my computer? [more inside]
posted by crazylegs on Oct 6, 2012 - 3 answers

What is the best way to keep your web access on a network untraceable?

What is the best way to keep your web usage on a network hidden from anyone who might be snooping packet traffic? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 4, 2012 - 7 answers

VPN for someone w/minimal IT skills?

Secure VPN for a novice? [more inside]
posted by ryanshepard on Sep 29, 2012 - 8 answers

IPad & Security

New IPad - very computer savvy - do I need to worry about security on my new IPad? I check my banking accounts everyday on my laptop and would like to use my IPad for this. Is there additional security needed (to download) or am I good to go?
posted by pamspanda on Sep 25, 2012 - 7 answers

Any recommendations for a book on history of computer security?

I'm looking for a book recommendation on the history of computer and internet security. [more inside]
posted by cman on Sep 15, 2012 - 8 answers

What's the most convenient way to send confidential information securely?

How can I electronically send confidential/private information to other people as conveniently but securely as possible? [more inside]
posted by Dansaman on Sep 14, 2012 - 16 answers

Should I return the call from a landlord who ignored my dispute letters?

Virginia rental dispute II: Disputed their damages bill into a giant vat of nothingness, and months later they want me to call them back. Should I call them or not? [more inside]
posted by bookdragoness on Sep 10, 2012 - 11 answers

Better-security alternatives to Spam Arrest

What's a better-security alternative to Spam Arrest for challenge-response email? I received a password reminder email from Spam Arrest today. It included my full password in cleartext, and when I went to change my password to a long semi-random string of hashed characters I discovered that they silently truncate entries to 20 characters, which would have locked me out if they didn't keep everything in the clear to remind me. Frightening. Is there anyone out there who offer C/R email and knows how to store passwords?
posted by migurski on Sep 8, 2012 - 3 answers

Is A Nexus Card Useful For Canadians Travelling By Air In The United States?

This November, my wife and I will be flying from Winnipeg, MB to Phoenix AZ, with a brief stopover in Minneapolis MN. A week later, we'll be returning the same way, Phoenix -> Minneapolis -> Winnipeg. We both qualify for Nexus cards and I'm wondering if they would be of any use for the Minneapolis/Phoenix leg of the trip. [more inside]
posted by Alvy Ampersand on Sep 5, 2012 - 8 answers

Is it safe? Is it?!

How safe is a virtual machine for testing unknown software or browsing unknown websites? [more inside]
posted by apip on Aug 29, 2012 - 9 answers

Wads of small bills at JFK Airport - how to change?

This past weekend I had a huge moving sale, and ended up with about $1500 in small bills ($1s, $5s, $10s, $20s). Between cleaning my apartment and packing everything up today, I forgot to go to the bank and deposit the money into my account. Tomorrow morning I fly out of JFK (Terminal 4, specifically) to move to San Francisco, and since my flight is early there's no time to go to a bank. I feel weird traveling with these huge wads of cash, especially as it's all small bills. Right now it's all stuffed into a cigar box in my carry-on. I don't think it will fit in my wallet. Will the currency exchange places give me $100s (or better yet a money order) for my cash, and will I find one before passing through security? Will TSA steal from me, or give me a hard time for carrying these wads of bills? Is there possibly a Bank of America branch in JFK? What should I do? I don't think I'm comfortable depositing this much cash through an ATM, and anyway it would take forever.
posted by betsbillabong on Aug 27, 2012 - 18 answers

Is Mint.com Really Secure?

A member of my family insists that using Mint.com to track my spending and all of my accounts in one place = a bad news bears security problem. Read this old thread. What's the latest on Mint's safety levels? [more inside]
posted by These Birds of a Feather on Aug 25, 2012 - 10 answers

Passing position of public trust investigation?

My employer is going to soon require that myself and other employees receive a "Position of Public Trust - High" classification. My credit is not good and I'm married to a person who is not a US citizen, though is a permanent resident and is from a country that the US likes. There's a couple of other minor snowflake bits, but, overall, how big of a deal is this going to be? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 18, 2012 - 5 answers

Security Clearance Blues

What are my options with a lengthy wait on an interim security clearance? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 17, 2012 - 4 answers

Close the gates! If we have them.

Are there any cities that still have effective gates? [more inside]
posted by Flying Saucer on Aug 12, 2012 - 38 answers

DIY Home Security questions

DIY Home Security: where to start? I'm investigating all the myriad options for hardware and monitoring services, and I am overwhelmed. [more inside]
posted by medarby on Aug 8, 2012 - 2 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

Background Checks

What shows up on a Kroll background check? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 31, 2012 - 2 answers

How do I keep someone from breaking into my house tonight?

How can I protect my house from thieves tonight? I own a vacant house that is under construction. It just got broken into by thieves to steal the copper piping. I expect they'll try to finish the job tonight. [more inside]
posted by slidell on Jul 29, 2012 - 21 answers

Should I just get a baseball bat?

Should I get a home security system? [more inside]
posted by bolognius maximus on Jul 26, 2012 - 31 answers

Ack I'm a punk!

Any opinions on my chances of passing airport security and boarding a RyanAir flight in Edinburgh wearing a kilt with one three inch and eight two inch steal rings? [more inside]
posted by jeffburdges on Jul 24, 2012 - 9 answers

Because I need to keep a very close eye on my cats, they are just that shady.

Recommend a Decent Home Security System with the following features: [more inside]
posted by instead of three wishes on Jul 19, 2012 - 8 answers

Is anti-virus software necessary on a Mac?

Is anti-virus software necessary on a Mac? [more inside]
posted by Grinder on Jul 17, 2012 - 18 answers

Lawyer now or lawyer later?

Virginia-tenant-filter: I moved out, they sent me a big bill with a short deadline. Dispute damages first, lawyer later? Or lawyer now for the dispute? [more inside]
posted by bookdragoness on Jul 16, 2012 - 8 answers

Why do people accept DUI checkpoints and airport body scanners?

In a country which believes in liberty and 'innocent until proven guilty', why do people accept DUI checkpoints and airport body scanners? I'm trying to get opinions that help me understand a perspective that's not my own. [more inside]
posted by phoeniciansailor on Jul 15, 2012 - 22 answers

Is this a good surveillance system?

Is this a good deal for a surveillance system? [more inside]
posted by spacediver on Jul 11, 2012 - 5 answers

Hack To The Future

Hackerfilter: How difficult would it be for a government agency to forge a data trail that goes back several years? Specific (fictional) example inside. [more inside]
posted by roger ackroyd on Jul 10, 2012 - 8 answers

Securely storing OAuth credentials as a provider?

How do you securely store OAuth credentials as a provider? (1.0a, 2-legged) [more inside]
posted by Riki tiki on Jul 3, 2012 - 4 answers

Need to lock down my home tower

Greetings! I recently bought a Gateway FX tower computer as a server and would like to secure it to the desk with a cable. I only see the smallest little loop in the back to pass a padlock though, nothing any bigger than a luggage padlock will pass thu it. (you could breach one of those with your teeth, I think! :D) I have looked all over the Gateway related sites and the user guides and find nothing that indicates any sort of hidden lock loop for a decent sized padlock. Any suggestions? thanks in advance! ConnieL
posted by ConnieL on Jun 28, 2012 - 7 answers

Can I haz secooritees?

What kind of security box should I get? Small/affordable ones please! [more inside]
posted by Angel of Khaos on Jun 26, 2012 - 7 answers

Antivirus protection without the Internet

We have some never-on-a-network PCs set up in a lab at work; all are running Windows Vista. We need a good way to keep up-to-date antivirus software on them without relying on an internet connection. [more inside]
posted by mimo on Jun 21, 2012 - 12 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

I much like my head. I don't want to see it removed just yet.

Given that the copyright landscape is about to change in Canada, educate me about VPN services and securing my connection like I'm a n00b! [more inside]
posted by liquado on Jun 20, 2012 - 5 answers

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