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]
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]
Does my wife need to abandon her email address? [more inside]
Flying into the US from another country: what's going on with security? [more inside]
Can you go through the new airport scanner machines holding a pet? [more inside]
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???
How can I take advantage of free internet at a hotel and/or cafe during the post-firesheep apocalypse? [more inside]
What are the most cost-effective ways to burglar-proof a rented apartment? [more inside]
Help me keep my bags from being stolen during the TSA security check. [more inside]
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]
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]
[NaNoWriMo Filter] Help me research network security for my novel please. [more inside]
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?
override XMLHttpRequest security policy in firefox? [more inside]
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]
How do I set up wireless security on my new Netgear modem? [more inside]
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]
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]
May I have a list of President Obama's achievements since he came into office? [more inside]
Help me design a secure method of keeping my passwords both safe and available. [more inside]
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?
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?
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]
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]
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]
I'm putting together a publicly-available web service/application and have some security questions. [more inside]
How do rich people safeguard their money from theft? [more inside]
In the event of a loss or theft, how safe is the data on a password-protected PC laptop? [more inside]
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]
How safe are my passwords? [more inside]
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]
Security clearance with a past DUI, how to handle it with bosses. [more inside]
Why does it take so long for Windows UAC to come up? [more inside]
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]
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?
Home automation I'm about to move house and would like to setup a home automation system for fun, learning and utility! [more inside]
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]
Why would my router reset itself to factory default? [more inside]
Looking for best practices/ideas for securing my laptop in a hotel room while travelling. [more inside]
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.
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]
How safe and secure is my wireless network's WPA2-PSK key? [more inside]
(US based) I think I have a good general idea of what the right is looking for in an immigration reform bill. I am much less clear about what the ideal of an immigration reform bill would be from a left perspective. [more inside]
Was someone tagging my bike for theft later? [more inside]
Gmail security: Someone keeps trying to recover, or change, the password for my gmail account. I'd previously set my gmail recovery option to send me an SMS, and I'm getting a lot of SMSes saying, "Your Google Account recovery code is: ... If you did not request this code, you can safely ignore this message". I've already changed my secret question to be really obscure, but what else should I do to protect my account? Every couple of weeks, I get bombarded with SMSes because someone is trying to access my account. Can I temporarily disable the recovery option? I'm just worried that someone might guess the answer to my secret question by brute force or some other means.
What can I do about the dubious security questions of Everbank's online banking service? [more inside]
What is the best and easiest security methods to use when encrypting and storing important text files on Ubuntu? [more inside]
What would be the best wireless outdoor security camera for my needs? [more inside]
I'd like to set up a couple webcams in my house with a couple stipulations. [more inside]
Can I expect my difficult-to-work-with landlord to use my security deposit as my last month's rent? [more inside]