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1answer
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Idiot-proof antivirus/security for mac machines [closed]

Apologies if this is a duplicate, but I can't find anything similar. I've got a small office with 8ish mac machines, laptops and the desktops of varying age, running the latest appropriate Mac OS. ...
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3answers
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Is keeping a directory with all password a bad habit? [closed]

I use a mac (though this is not critical to the question, it has some relevance) Every time I have to choose a password, I make a plain text with name of the website, username, and password in it. ...
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4answers
340 views

finding MAC address from a remote computer using a private IP

I want to know the MAC address of a device from a remote computer. I also want to know the security threats if somebody knows my MAC address?
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1answer
278 views

How can I export / import a single keychain item via the command line in OS X?

OS X has a command line tool called security that is made for working with keychains. The man page has examples of how to export all items of a specific type / all items for a specific keychain - but ...
3
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1answer
143 views

Does Mac Mail Transmit Plain Text Password During New Acc Setup When Mail Connects to Server?

It appears that whenever you set up a new mail account on Mac Mail (or on iPhone etc), that as soon as you enter the server and the mail account password, Mac Mail tries to connect to the mail server. ...
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0answers
80 views

I want to make my MacBook Pro's security settings location-aware and automatic

I travel back and forth, using the same macbook pro at the office as I do at home. How can I get my MacBook Pro to recognize when it's at home and doesn't need to keep bringing up the password screen ...
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0answers
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How to mount a network drive with authentication at startup on Mac OS X?

I need to keep a network drive mounted at all times. I figured out how to mount it at startup, but this requires a password that changes every 3 months. How can I get around having to change the ...
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1answer
186 views

How to set up ssh for public key from any machine

I have a Mac running Lion at home. I disabled password ssh login; I just want to use public key. I generated private/public key pair, but now I'm confused. I start a new job tomorrow, and want to ...
1
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2answers
159 views

Where does sandboxing stop?

I used Norton's iAntivirus app from the Mac App Store to scan my entire hard drive. As expected, it presented me with an Open dialog at the root of my hard drive. I clicked "Open" and let it scan. ...
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0answers
63 views

How do I safely recover data from a compromised Mac OS X account?

One of the non-administrator accounts on my mac-book has been compromised. The password to the account has been reset, and I noticed some suspicious looking activity (the user was logged on to my ...
0
votes
1answer
134 views

Mac OS X admin password reset utility

Is there any way i can reset my mac admin password with a tool like chntpw. Booting from a Mac OS X Install CD is not an option, since the firmware password is set. Are there any simple ways of doing ...
0
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1answer
45 views

Gate Keeper Behaviour

I have recently installed Mountain Lion (clean install) and my gate keeper is set to "Mac App Store". I found an old app downloaded on my mac, it was a game named Tribbi.app when I tried to open it, ...
1
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1answer
214 views

gpg2 on Mac: How to enter passphrase on terminal instead of getting a GUI prompt?

I am using Mountain Lion and when I encrypt a file using gpg an annoying GUI prompts for me to enter the passphrase. I would like to be prompted for the passphrase in the terminal, not in an external ...
2
votes
1answer
863 views

How can I tell if the lock screen is active from the command line on OS X?

I have a cron script that I want to run regularly if I am logged into my Mac. I don't want it to run if the Lock Screen is up. Is there a way to check from the command line / Terminal if the Lock ...
0
votes
1answer
304 views

Using a SD card as a smart card for two-step verification for Mac logon

What I am trying to do is create two-step verification to logon to my mac, one being that you would need to input a SD card (formated with special format or something) and then also have a password. ...
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1answer
575 views

OS X stealth mode: where is it enacted?

I am working through the security guide from apple (which they did not update since Snow Leopard). In the firewall section it states that ipfw has a default allow rule: 65535 allow ip from any to any ...
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1answer
50 views

MAC filtering, How to auto log in to a webpage?

My building provides internet access but before you can use it you need to browse to website, from there you are redirected to the buildings router which asks you for a user name and password, after ...
3
votes
1answer
357 views

Can I make a Smart Card using a flash drive?

I want to require a user to plug in a flash drive before letting them authenticate with his/her password. Are there any solutions that work well for laptops, preferably Macs? I'm not looking for a ...
0
votes
0answers
351 views

Protecting/securing a single Mac OS X partition (dual-boot setup)

I want to know how to protect a specific Mac OS X 10.7 partition which is installed on a dual-boot machine. I do not need anything too powerful or secure, but I have two Mac partitions on the same ...
1
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2answers
1k views

Why does my password for the ssh private key does not work (on Mac)?

I have a pair of private and public keys. The public key is on my server and I have my private key on my local disk. The file's permissions were changed with the command: chmod 600 private_key Now ...
2
votes
1answer
300 views

Lock screen with different password (Mac)

[OSX 10.6] Is there a way (or app) to enable screen locking with a different password from that of the current user. I have a high-ish security password for my user account. The problem is that it ...
0
votes
1answer
997 views

How do I use Keychain to open web accounts once the password is in my Keychain on my Mac?

I have figured out how to put a password into my Keychain, and I went to my web account, to change the password, so it is the same in both places. Now, how do I get the two to coordinate, so I don't ...
8
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3answers
9k views

Simple built-in way to encrypt and decrypt a file on a Mac via command-line?

Are there any built in command-line tools that I can encrypt and decrypt a text file (and provide it some sort of password).
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0answers
135 views

Mac Book Pro locks screen and then won't accept proper password to unlock

I have a MBP 6.2 running mac os x 10.6.8 and I've just recently starting seeing this problem. When I go away from my Mac, I always lock the screen. When I come back and put in my password, the mac ...
5
votes
4answers
770 views

How can I prevent Google Street View from tracking my location?

Since a Google Street View car has passed by my neighborhood, it has associated my wireless router's MAC address to its geographical address. The problem is that my address can be easily obtained by ...
0
votes
2answers
596 views

Allow internet connection through nothing but a certain VPN connection in Mac OS X

How can I configure Mac OS X such that it can only allow an internet connection (both downloads and uploads) through a given VPN connection? If the VPN connection disconnects, the internet should ...
2
votes
4answers
115 views

Snow Leopard reports other users, but who are they? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why there are two users showing in uptime command results? My MBP reports other users, but I'm the only one using this laptop: $:> uptime 19:30 up 13 days, 16 ...
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2answers
562 views

when i send someone a file, are the details (Date created / Date modified / Owner / Computer) sent as well (by default)?

I have created a file asd.asd: I want to know when i email this file directly to other people, what kind of information (Date created / Date modified / Owner / Computer) will be exposed. I am ...
3
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6answers
2k views

What Mac OS tool do you use to generate random passwords for logins? [on hold]

What Mac OS tool do you use to generate random passwords for logins, and back them up (encrypted) in case your computer dies?
2
votes
2answers
142 views

Client-side encryption before the desktop backup software ships my data off to the cloud

I have a good price and fast upload with a local online back-up provider. I like their service and only really have one complaint: they don’t encrypt my data client-side before transmitting it to ...
1
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2answers
682 views

How do I remotely destroy parts of my Macbook hard drive?

I would like to connect to my Macbook through a reverse shell to be able to delete data remotely. It will have an internet connection through WLAN The hard drive will not be removed from the computer ...
3
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9answers
2k views

How do I crash my Macbook Pro digitally?

Yep, you read it correctly. I would like a way to crash my Mac OS x hard drive/hardware so that it cannot boot anymore. Through a software solution. This is because if my Macbook ever gets stolen I'd ...
4
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2answers
743 views

I want to make Macintosh Security Settings Location-Aware and Automatic

I have a Macbook Pro that I take from home to work to coffee shops to hotels. When I am at home, I want it to not require a password except after 4 hours of inactivity. When I am traveling, I want it ...
7
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10answers
7k views

How to intentionally mess up a Mac? [closed]

Inspired by this question: How to mess up a PC running Windows 7?, I'm interested in repairable ways that you could intentionally 'mess up' a Mac computer. Note from a Mod on the other question, that ...
0
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1answer
189 views

Prevent scp to .ssh folder, Public Key Authentication security

I really know exactly know how to best ask this best and is taken care of in the backend, but I have recently delved into the world of public key authentication over ssh. This led me to wonder about ...
3
votes
1answer
655 views

Secure delete logs in Mac OS X

Securely erasing data from OS X is easy. But is there a way to securely erase all logfiles (including the system logs contained in some database) without actually messing the system up?
3
votes
1answer
425 views

Is it possible to change the background behind the OS X login box screen saver unlock?

I have my Mac configured to require a password when it goes to sleep or when the screen saver comes on. When I wake it up I'm presented with a login box and the screen behind it is flat black. I would ...
2
votes
1answer
135 views

How to tell Skype on Mac that it is ok to open even though downloaded from Internet?

After rebooting my Macbook Pro, when I click Skype to open it, it says "This file has been downloaded from the Internet, are you sure you want to open it?" It doesn't give me the option "this ...
2
votes
3answers
1k views

MacOS : crypt all web traffic within a ssh tunnel

I have set up a ssh tunnel to communicate with internet. This allows me to ensure my data are crypted and can not be stealed if I am using a non-trusted connection. I add a sock proxy in connection ...
2
votes
1answer
303 views

Why do I have a redswoosh-install.log in my /tmp?

My /tmp directory contains a file called redswoosh-install.log. Wikipedia tells me that RedSwoosh was a peer-to-peer content delivery company, later acquired by Akamai. The file was created ...
5
votes
2answers
6k views

Where are Mac user account passwords stored?

How can I access the encrypted value of a local user account password in osx? Would it be possible to check against it or even copy it to another account?
4
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1answer
680 views

Mac OS X: Java Applet requests “unrestricted acces”

My bank has a Java applet that requests "unrestricted access" to my computer. Obviously, this seems a little 1984 to me... What happens when you allow this? Is the applet allowed (Root) access to ...
0
votes
4answers
7k views

Make XAMPP program directory writeable?

I'd like to be able to write to the XAMPP directory so that I can run PHP scripts from there rather than my "Sites" user folder. How can I do that? I'm using 1.7.3. Currently, if I try to write ...
0
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2answers
1k views

How to wipe an IPod with DBAN

I'm looking to use a utility such as Darik's Boot And Nuke (www.dban.org) to wipe my iPod (classic fifth generation) so I can sell it on Ebay (without having to worry about my data being recovered.) ...
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1answer
178 views

Mac Security - Which one?

Recently I had my credit card cloned. A few hours after shopping at an online store (in which I trust and buy since 2006) I received a call from my bank asking if I recognize a $5,000 debt to a ...
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2answers
1k views

How to detect device type from device connected to router?

I have a att router and there is an unknown device connected to my network. I can't seem to kick it off because of how att's router settings are created which is kind of dumb. I am able to see its ...
2
votes
2answers
2k views

Mac OS X: How to change language when screen is locked?

How do I change the language when screen is locked? I can't see any menu's there for changing language also the shortcut (cmd+shift+space) does not work either. Any ideas how can I do that?
2
votes
2answers
2k views

How can I lock my Mac when I walk away? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Equivalent of Win-L on Mac This has got to be an easy, trivial question but as a new Mac user, how can I lock my Mac when I walk away? On Windows this is dead simple - ...
6
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6answers
2k views

Is it safe to put a Mac directly on the internet?

In the past I have always run a NAT router between my Windows PC's and the internet. I'm wondering if I still need this or whether the OSX firewall is good enough to let me put a Mac directly on the ...
1
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1answer
1k views

How can I get a data usage/access log for an external hard-drive?

I'm working in an office with many people and sometimes I leave my external hard drive with my personal data inside. I would to know if there is some way to see if my hard disk was used during my ...