An aquaintance of mine works for a defense contractor company as has a fairly high security clearance. They also have a serious drinking problem and have admitted that they are an alcoholic. However, they are afraid to go for treatment because they are concerned that they will lose their security clearance as a result. [more inside]
Airport body scans -- male and female buttons. How do they work? [more inside]
On the way home from work today I found an employee badge that someone appeared to have dropped and lost (it was right next to the bus stop I usually wait at). The badge's owner was nowhere in sight (it was a photo ID) and I don't know anyone who works for the company identified on the badge. What's the best / quickest way to get it back to its owner, especially given tomorrow is a (US) holiday? [more inside]
Security Deposit & Home Improve Filter: We moved into a brand new house and when we moved out, there were some damages on the floor. Turns out these “engineered” hardwood floor that requires a removal of an entire area for a few inches of damage. 1) Is this actually required to fix engineered hardwood floors? 2) Is this legal to charge us for an entire section of undamaged area for inches of damage? Pics inside. [more inside]
Password security strength question. [more inside]
An elderly relative, once technically savvy, now goes into fugue states where, in his confusion, he dismantles computer and A/V setups, with no one in the household to reconnect them properly. I'm looking for a way of securing A/V and computer connections while leaving the function of the devices still accessible. The alternative so far is spending endless hours with the cable company to get them to send someone to help, or paying someone else to come by. Phone instructions are no good, and there is no one in the household who can help.
Can you help me understand how to approach a couple issues of server security. (1) I want to run things in 'silos', so that if someone from the web has hacked and has code level access to example.com/blog they can't query the db of example.com/app (2) If they do get access to a user database, how do I make it harder for them to figure out passwords (beyond just storing them as md5)? [more inside]
Looking to implement the most effective reasonable set of best practices for preserving internet privacy and blocking commercial data harvesting. Seeking tips, tricks, hacks, and useful online resources. [more inside]
I work for medium sized non profit and know only a modest amount about IT. This wouldn't be a problem were it not for the fact that among my responsibilities is running IT (long story). [more inside]
Outdoor security camera system for a residence. Any potential legal issues to consider? [more inside]
SecurityDepositFilter: I think I'm being screwed in Virginia. The situation is complicating by many factors, but mainly by the unwillingness for either the landlord or primary tenant to communicate with me. I was a subtenant with no written lease but a legitimate verbal agreement. [more inside]
I am looking for advice to come up with a technological solution for a physician’s office in NB, Canada. The scenario is that I would like patient files to be accessible remotely while still satisfying health privacy laws (PIPEDA), especially the part about patient records having to be stored in Canada. [more inside]
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]
I run a Worpress site, hosted by Dreamhost. We are about to make a memorial announcement. This will drive a lot of traffic to the site, including hundreds of comments and potentially thousands of hits. I am the only one who runs the site and I need to be prepared. What do I need to do? [more inside]
Which hosted system is likely to be more secure: A custom-coded database with a web-based front-end coded by an independent coder for $10k and hosted and maintained by a major university, or a small cloud-based provider with several clients who hosts contact data and whose system is set up to accept credit card payments and store other financial information? [more inside]
Is it troublesome to be able to obtain access to the names and e-mail addresses of students, faculty, employees, and alumni of a university? If so, how should I go about reporting it without being misinterpreted or punished? [more inside]
IP Cameras or security system? So, in a follow up to this question, we've moved into another house, also without a security system. (Much better neighborhood, and a watchful older neighbor across the street, however) The landlord is fine with us having a security system installed. However, my dad has an IP camera installed in his house, which takes photos of movement (also can track sound) and emails them to him. Which do you recommend - ip cameras or security system? Any suggestions for either? [more inside]
How seriously should I take sexual attraction when choosing the person want to have a child with? Due to unique circumstances, I find myself with two clear and available options, wherein one potential partner has a great job and a gentle/humorous/intelligent nature, and the other potential partner has a freelance job and chooses to work less and focus more on passions and is compassionate/generous/inspiring. If my enjoyment with them, desire to help them, sense of understanding is all equal, and only the sexual desire aspect is lacking, how do I realistically approach this? [more inside]
I just checked my retirement account. Last year, I lost about 7% of the total after ten years of contributions. Is this happening to everybody? [more inside]
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]
Please help me configure and secure my Ubuntu-based combined home file server/public web server/VNC server!
Please help me configure and secure my Ubuntu-based combined home file server/public web server/VNC server! I am building a low-ish power home file server, which will likely run Ubuntu 11.04 or 11.10 (possibly server edition), and I should be able to set up a basic samba share easily enough. But I would also like to use the same computer to serve a few basic webpages, and I would like to provide ssh and ideally VNC or RDP-like access from outside the LAN. I can probably get the basic software set up, but I'm a n00b when it comes to NAT stuff, firewalls, and security issues generally. I would also appreciate help with setting up dynamic DNS. [more inside]
Securing my insecure storage unit... [more inside]
Does this website error message indicate that my financial institution is using a version of Apache built in 2006 on their secure server? Should I be concerned about that? If so, what should I do about it? [more inside]
Laptop lock question. Yes I know you people hate locks, but please bear with me! [more inside]
Have you ever reported anyone for Social Security or other entitlement benefit fraud? What came of it? [more inside]
My spouse is tracking my computer usage. How can I prevent them from seeing what websites I visit and which chat programs I use? [more inside]
I am attempting to play a video file that has come from a security camera, under Ubuntu. I think it's a codec problem, but I'm not sure of the solution. [more inside]
Love, security and freedom: we love each other deeply and passionately but also want and need different things... and now we have a baby on the way.
Love, security and freedom: we love each other deeply and passionately but also want and need different things... and now we have a baby on the way. [more inside]
Should I worry about having signed up for cuevana.tv? [more inside]
If I wanted banks or companies like LastPass to hire me to be on their security team to make systems safer and to block out hackers, what websites/books/resources should I dive into to go from n00b to pr0 ?? [more inside]
OSX security question from a total noob, involving uncertainty about interpreting messages from Little Snitch. [more inside]
How do I figure out what the size of this password's keyspace is? [more inside]
I have Prey installed on my MacBook Pro to assist with tracking my laptop if it's ever stolen. My question is... should I still have a password? If I want the best chance of finding the laptop, wouldn't I want the thief to USE it and log onto a WiFi network to assist with locating it? [more inside]
Multi-part questions about the security of the roof-top luggage box I just installed on my car. [more inside]
Please help, computer techies. Asus Eee PC wireless connection problem with Windows 7. [more inside]
A friend of mine has become convinced that Facebook is using her cell phone number to steal her contacts off her cell phone. My question - given the limitations listed in the more inside, how could this happen? Could it? [more inside]
Is Randall Munroe right about passwords in today's xkcd? Are very long (all lower case) plain text passwords more secure than short ones using a mix of numerals and upper/lower case text? [more inside]
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.
When transferring between connecting flights in Canada, do you need to go through security screening again? [more inside]
Expert googler help needed! [more inside]
My management company refuses to do anything about the (lackluster) security of my building. What recourse do I have? [more inside]
I'm looking for ideas on ways to setup an informal neighborhood CCTV /cam enabled security system. Something like a flikr pool with wifi connected cameras taking snapshots/continuous street view. Ideally some kind of low cost DIY package that could be informally setup by a group of neighbors. [more inside]
Need some guidance on message-digest based password generation algorithms. [more inside]
How can I cover my filesharing tracks? [more inside]
I want to access my personal diary from anywhere - and keep it as secure as possible at the same time. Here's my idea on how to do this...what do you think? [more inside]
What is the best way for someone with plenty of sysadmin and programming experience but no actual professional IT experience to begin a career in IT?
What is the best way for someone with plenty of sysadmin and programming experience but no actual professional IT experience to begin a career in IT? [more inside]
How careful do I need to be in disposing of the credit card offers that come in the mail? [more inside]
I am flying on frontier airlines to Indianapolis in July. I won't be checking anything, just bringing a carry on bag. I was hoping to bring some vacuum sealed packs of jerky from this store with me on my carry on bag. Is this a problem? Are they going to make me open up my packages of jerky in security? I am going for a long visit and need my stuff to stay fresh so I don't want to unseal it. So basically, can I bring sealed packages of beef jerky/nuts/berries on an airplane?
Can I trust apps on my computer or phone with email login information? [more inside]
A Prince-loving vegan travels to Minneapolis with a CPAP machine. Then some joke of some kind occurs.
I'm about to head to the Netroots Nation conference in Minneapolis, and as a vegan traveling for the first time with a CPAP machine for my sleep apnea, I have a few questions - snowflake details inside. [more inside]