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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

"Police follow this vehicle"

I just walked past an armoured truck doing a cash drop to a bank. On the back was a sign saying "Police follow this vehicle". Is this a request or a statement? What's it trying to achieve and does it work?
posted by cromagnon on Jun 19, 2012 - 5 answers

Wireless IP Camera?

Can MeFi recommend a good wireless/IP camera to me? [more inside]
posted by DMan on Jun 17, 2012 - 4 answers

Capture all the video

Dashboard camera owners/connoisseurs: please share your recommendations for the best available. I'm looking for automatic operation and superior image quality. [more inside]
posted by Burhanistan on Jun 14, 2012 - 2 answers

Pass the password app, please

How does our small company need to manage our passwords? [more inside]
posted by dawkins_7 on Jun 12, 2012 - 12 answers

Is there any way to prevent external sites from linking to me?

Is there any way to prevent external sites from linking to me? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 12, 2012 - 11 answers

How do online banking trojans work?

How do online banking trojans work? [more inside]
posted by davar on Jun 3, 2012 - 5 answers

How does remotely accessing somebody else's computer even work, anyway?

I just visited Facebook and it showed me the login screen with the email address of the guy I'm dating as the username. I was using FB earlier today, puttering around, sending messages and whatnot, and I haven't logged out of FB or restarted my Mac since. What's going on here? Am I paranoid to think that he (or someone else) could have remotely accessed my computer? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 31, 2012 - 19 answers

You want to see my what?

I have contacted the designer of my WordPress theme for support and they are asking for log-in info. This seems like a "stop right there" kinda thing. Am I being to cautious? [more inside]
posted by humboldt32 on May 31, 2012 - 14 answers

Does this registration security procedure for my website make any sense?

Does this registration security procedure for my website make any sense? [more inside]
posted by postergeist on May 30, 2012 - 6 answers

Challenge all assumptions

Where's the profit in DDOS'ing IRC servers? [more inside]
posted by pwnguin on May 29, 2012 - 11 answers

Assess this: how can I better judge whether or not to go?

I need to find a source for travel and security advisories for locations around the world. Our organisation is too small to employ a security advisor and I don't always trust the locals. What publicly available resources do you use to prepare for travel? [more inside]
posted by wingless_angel on May 24, 2012 - 9 answers

Movin' on up and out

Moving out of my apartment and I have a few questions on how to handle the last month of rent and the security deposit. [more inside]
posted by Diskeater on May 21, 2012 - 5 answers

How do I make sure that my information is removed before taking my old eletronics for recycling?

What steps do I need to take before recycling my old computers? [more inside]
posted by asnider on May 2, 2012 - 10 answers

Slow Jam the Secret Service method for me.

Can the president of the U.S. make a truly surprise appearance? [more inside]
posted by vytae on Apr 26, 2012 - 21 answers

If I had a Tardis, this wouldn't be a problem...

On a scale of 1-10, with 1 being "very safe" and with going-to-11 being "the most crazy," how insane is it to try to get into London from Heathrow to do some light sightseeing on my way back home to the US. (I've read the previous questions, but needed some clarification about some of the issues!) [more inside]
posted by jph on Apr 16, 2012 - 39 answers

How do I persuade old guards to learn new tricks?

My new boss is totally different from my old boss. Help me persuade my colleagues not to hate him. [more inside]
posted by malusmoriendumest on Apr 11, 2012 - 9 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

The 7-11. You take a penny from the tray, right? Well those are whole pennies, right? I'm just talking about fractions of a penny here. But we do it from a much bigger tray and we do it a couple a million times.

What are the risks of online banking? Has anyone developed best practices for consumers and bankers regarding security? [more inside]
posted by benbenson on Apr 5, 2012 - 10 answers

Using office computers as security cameras

I have an open-plan office full of computers, about 75% Macs. We're considering putting in security cameras with a DVR. It seems to me that with all these computers (and a bunch of spares, at that) we could do this with what we have instead of paying a security company for dedicated hardware. What can I use to coordinate multiple webcams and do security-DVR-type stuff with them?
posted by mendel on Mar 30, 2012 - 9 answers

Can my employer see DropBox files on my work computer?

I currently use Google Docs for cloud storage for documents I wanted to work on at home and at lunch, but I've heard good things about DropBox's usability and would like to give it a try. However, I'm concerned about my employer being able to log what I do in DropBox if it's installed on an office computer. Will my employer be able to access my DropBox the same way they can access the rest of my work machine?
posted by Roz McClure on Mar 26, 2012 - 7 answers

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