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Questionnaire for Non-Sensitive Positions

I'm filling in a background-check form for a US government job--Questionnaire for Non-Sensitive Positions--and I'm confused. Help! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 28, 2010 - 9 answers

What's going on? Why did con-men deactivate my parents' alarm?

Someone scammed my parents. But what, exactly, is the point of the scam? They called my mom, claiming to be from AT&T, saying that something in her house was causing interference all over the neighborhood, and that they needed to come over. They came, showed fake credentials, identified the interference as coming from my parents' security system, deactivate they system and left. [more inside]
posted by grumblebee on Dec 25, 2010 - 31 answers

Keeping apartment safe during maintenance

My landlord wants me to leave my apartment unlocked so maintenance people can enter during the day. This makes me uncomfortable. How much should I push back? [more inside]
posted by Maarika on Dec 21, 2010 - 35 answers

Can I take the camera out of an iphone?

Quick and simple. Will my iPhone still work when I take the camera out? [more inside]
posted by ctmf on Dec 19, 2010 - 12 answers

How to handle a greedy landlord?

Interested in tenant rights: NYC landlord is asking for more money (additional $1000) than security+pet deposit ($2,400)?? [more inside]
posted by mooselini on Dec 17, 2010 - 9 answers

If I only wiped 10% of a hard drive before selling it, am I 90% screwed?

What damage control measures can I do for selling my PC on eBay which was only partially wiped? Yes, I know how stupid this was. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 15, 2010 - 8 answers

Deprivation does terrible things.

Suffering through the great midwest Comcast outage of late 2010. What ill may come of this? [more inside]
posted by thusspakeparanoia on Dec 5, 2010 - 14 answers

How to protect a website from hackers & Firesheep?

How to protect a website? [more inside]
posted by Aya on Nov 30, 2010 - 6 answers

phishing home security system emergency contacts

My parents just got a weird call about 30 mins ago (11:50pm). They were getting ready for bed, so my sister picked up. [more inside]
posted by wuMeFi on Nov 28, 2010 - 4 answers

Home Protection Ideas?

Our house got robbed last week for the second time in less than a year. Short of moving, what can we do to get our peace of mind and sense of security back? [more inside]
posted by kmz on Nov 24, 2010 - 37 answers

Wife's email was haxxored, please halp

Does my wife need to abandon her email address? [more inside]
posted by r_nebblesworthII on Nov 23, 2010 - 14 answers

Fucking airport security, how does it work?

Flying into the US from another country: what's going on with security? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 23, 2010 - 10 answers

Airport scanner with pet?

Can you go through the new airport scanner machines holding a pet? [more inside]
posted by ThePinkSuperhero on Nov 22, 2010 - 12 answers

Extent of "grope/enhanced patdown"???

I'm going to be flying next month, and I'm already annoyed/upset, etc... about the pornoscanners and groping issue, but I'm even more nervous now due to one article I read and am wondering if I'm misunderstanding the groping issue and it is actually WORSE than I already believe it to be: Is the "enhanced patdown" an actual under/inside the clothes grabbing of genitals? I can't find a clear statement on the TSA site (great PR, not so great information architecture) and one blog explicitly detailed the touching of her labia but other blog posts I've seen can be read either way (as underclothes contact or overclothes, they're not particularly clear). Help???
posted by symbioid on Nov 19, 2010 - 18 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

Burglarproofing for renters?

What are the most cost-effective ways to burglar-proof a rented apartment? [more inside]
posted by Metroid Baby on Nov 16, 2010 - 25 answers

Preventing bag theft during TSA inspection

Help me keep my bags from being stolen during the TSA security check. [more inside]
posted by bchaplin on Nov 16, 2010 - 23 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

So what about Mint?

I like Mint.com and I want to use it. My wife, she disagrees. This has caused some consternation. Maybe you can help. [more inside]
posted by kbanas on Nov 10, 2010 - 45 answers

I'm really not planning to forge report cards, honest.

[NaNoWriMo Filter] Help me research network security for my novel please. [more inside]
posted by bardophile on Nov 6, 2010 - 8 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

override XHR policy

override XMLHttpRequest security policy in firefox? [more inside]
posted by nihlton on Oct 22, 2010 - 8 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

Setting up wireless security?

How do I set up wireless security on my new Netgear modem? [more inside]
posted by meerkatty on Oct 14, 2010 - 3 answers

How do I post a photo album to a Facebook business page?

My Facebook account was apparently compromised. I have regained control of it, but a weird thing is happening and I need help figuring out how to fix it. [more inside]
posted by Mr_Zero on Oct 5, 2010 - 13 answers

Help me kill this autoexecuting at start script!

Is there a way to trace down where a script is attempting to start from on Windows XP? I had a bit of a drive-by download happen, and I mostly removed the infestation with some antispyware tools. However I manually deleted one file before getting the tools to do their work, and so some remnant of the startup process is trying to start this 36525.js script [more inside]
posted by symbioid on Oct 4, 2010 - 4 answers

What has your president done for you lately?

May I have a list of President Obama's achievements since he came into office? [more inside]
posted by captainsohler on Sep 24, 2010 - 7 answers

Accessible and secure - can they be friends?

Help me design a secure method of keeping my passwords both safe and available. [more inside]
posted by Tehhund on Sep 23, 2010 - 31 answers

Dual citizenship (US and CDN) and security clearance

Can a dual citizen (American and Canadian) get a Secret level security clearance in the United States? I'm starting to hear rumors that they'll ask me to give up my Canadian passport to get the security clearance. And - by giving up my Canadian passport are they asking me to renounce my Canadian citizenship to get the security clearance?
posted by raising_arizona on Sep 15, 2010 - 10 answers

Two separate online email accounts have been broken into within six months.

Two separate online email accounts (Hotmail then Gmail) of my wife's have been broken into within six months. Each time the hijacker changes the password, sends a message to the contact list asking for some emergency money, then deletes the contact list. Any idea why my wife would be targeted? And what should she do to protect herself from now on?
posted by markcmyers on Sep 13, 2010 - 14 answers

Backups during solar storms

What's the best way to safeguard my backups from the effects of a solar storm? Should I worry about that at all? [more inside]
posted by lord_yo on Sep 11, 2010 - 9 answers

To save money or sanity at the airport?

Leaving the car in airport parking for a week, is it worth it (security-wise and hassle-free-wise) to park in long-term rather than the economy lot? [more inside]
posted by ms.jones on Sep 7, 2010 - 5 answers

Smile, you're on suprisingly cost-effective, internet-capable, DVR-connected camera!

What's the "best" standalone security/surveillance DVR? Assume that I want the best mix of value, quality, cool features and durability/longevity. Are there "prosumer" DVR products? [more inside]
posted by iknowizbirfmark on Sep 3, 2010 - 2 answers

Web Service, Web Application and HTTPS Questions

I'm putting together a publicly-available web service/application and have some security questions. [more inside]
posted by syzygy on Sep 3, 2010 - 7 answers

How do rich people safeguard money?

How do rich people safeguard their money from theft? [more inside]
posted by devnull on Aug 25, 2010 - 33 answers

Is a stolen PC effectively protected by a password?

In the event of a loss or theft, how safe is the data on a password-protected PC laptop? [more inside]
posted by Clambone on Aug 24, 2010 - 12 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

How safe are my passwords?

How safe are my passwords? [more inside]
posted by Joe Beese on Aug 18, 2010 - 15 answers

Can you get fired for accessing Wikileaks from your home computer?

Can an employer fire you, or threaten to fire you or any other employee, for accessing the Wikileaks site from a personal (non-employer) computer? You are not directly employed by the government or a member of the military, but your employer does contract you and other employees with security clearances to the government. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 13, 2010 - 17 answers

How to handle a past DUI and security clearance in a small company.

Security clearance with a past DUI, how to handle it with bosses. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 11, 2010 - 12 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

"I'm here for the singing ladies, not the numbers stations."

I'm leaving for Bulgaria tomorrow with a bunch of professional radio/recording gear. Kindly lavish me with advice on getting there and back with all my equipment intact. [more inside]
posted by mykescipark on Jul 29, 2010 - 5 answers

How do Airport body scanners work?

At one airport, the scanner always beeps if I pass through without removing my shoes. The same scanner lets my colleague pass without removing shoes. At another airport, our roles are reversed. The colleague has to remove shoes because the scanner beeps, while I pass through without any problems. Both scanners (at different airports within Australia) are the gated type, not the enclosed-chamber sorts. What is going on?
posted by vidur on Jul 28, 2010 - 8 answers

Home automation for fun

Home automation I'm about to move house and would like to setup a home automation system for fun, learning and utility! [more inside]
posted by dance on Jul 28, 2010 - 2 answers

Will an expired license prevent me from flyiing to oregon

I have a flight tomorrow morning and just found out that my Driver license is expired. Will this prevent me from getting through the airports. [more inside]
posted by sharkhunt on Jul 24, 2010 - 20 answers

Rerouted! But why?!?

Why would my router reset itself to factory default? [more inside]
posted by Crotalus on Jul 21, 2010 - 10 answers

Help me safeguard both my laptop and my peace of mind while travelling

Looking for best practices/ideas for securing my laptop in a hotel room while travelling. [more inside]
posted by Dr Dracator on Jul 12, 2010 - 19 answers

Could this be a scam?

A couple of wannabe college students showed up at my door asking if I would be interested in a $1,500 home security system and lifetime service in exchange for posting a security company sign in my front yard. They left me a card to fill out that asked for all my crucial information, including social security number and date of birth, that had boxes to check for accepting, or rejecting, the promotional offer. The card they left didn't have the name of the alarm company on it, a website address, phone number, nada. What do the guys get out of it? The company pays them $500 toward their tuition for every customer they sign up. What does the company get out of it? Supposedly, free lawn signeage/advertising.
posted by zagyzebra on Jul 10, 2010 - 30 answers

I do not like weird Facebook link spam.

I sometimes see sketchy links that automatically post that you "like" them on Facebook when you click on them. How harmful are they, exactly? What can I do to prevent them from showing up? [more inside]
posted by Metroid Baby on Jun 29, 2010 - 3 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

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