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11 views

Representing web app users as OS users - bad idea?

How bad an idea is to have a web app that represents its users through OS users rather then storing them in a data base? And assuming their privileges are properly set up, to handle their http ...
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1answer
79 views

Is Windows 7 Administrator user meant to be activated?

I just started to work on a Windows 7 Environment for one of our products which is, until now, still shipped with Windows XP. Now my question: The customer only has access to a very restricted ...
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2answers
38 views

Password procedures

tldr; How do people manage their myriad passwords safely and easily? Personally I have about 4 different accounts to supercomputers that are 'high security', 3 different e-mail accounts with ...
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1answer
80 views

Why can linux users see each others files?

I would have thought that basic security principles would mean that users can't see files in the home directory of other users. Many many years ago I worked on Novell servers and I seem to recall ...
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0answers
129 views

How to locate unknown user being created in windows 8?

How to identify unknown user being created in windows 8 machine? I found it in System Properties/Advanced/User Profiles/Settings as Account Unknown. It is not present in c:\Users nor in ...
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2answers
435 views

Windows 7 copy User folder

I damaged the hard drive in my laptop and had to replace it with a new one. I purchased a device that allows me to connect my damaged hard-drive with a USB port just like an external hard-drive. I can ...
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0answers
27 views

Mount encrypted volume before / during login

To reduce impact of possible computer theft, I would like to have my user profile protected using a robust encryption, so that even if someone can get a physical access to my computer, he will not be ...
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2answers
1k views

Is it okay to use an administrator account for everyday use if UAC is on?

Since I switched to Windows 7 about 3 years ago, and now using Windows 8.1, I have become familiar with the concept of User Account Control and used my PC the following way: a standard account which I ...
2
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1answer
556 views

Can I create a Windows user account without the ability for an interactive user login?

I ran into an issue when a software that was recommended to me requires to provide it with my admin user account and password not in a UAC prompt (which I do not want to do.) So I was curious, can I ...
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2answers
143 views

Using the root account on a single-user system [closed]

On Linux systems it is widely considered a best practice using the root account only on occasions that necessitate administrative privileges, or disabling it altogether and relying solely on sudo to ...
0
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1answer
242 views

Linux file folder Permission issue (Owned by group)

I have created three users: - media, media1 and media2 I have added these users to group called Media. than using chgrp i have modified group on two existing folders "Archive" and "Media". Media ...
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0answers
95 views

Should i use AWS IAM or my root credentials for my webapp access to S3 bucket?

I have a webapp that requires uploading/deleting/reading files inside a S3 bucket. What I did was I created a brand new Amazon WebServices (aka AWS) account. Let's call this AWS account ...
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1answer
167 views

SFTP access without hassle

I'm trying to provide access to a local folder for someone over the internet. After googling around a bit, I've come to the conclusion that SFTP is the safest thing to expose through the firewall to ...
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0answers
130 views

Is it possible to start all programs with admin privileges?

These days I'm having problems with "Run as Administrator" for most of my executables like Visual Studio, Command Prompt and sometimes even Notepad. It started with Visual Studio having problems ...
4
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1answer
1k views

How do I remove a user account which is invisible on the logon screen or user manager for Windows 7 Home Premium?

I am running a Windows 7 Home Premium machine with one administrator and one standard user for my son (14). My son has a standard account limited by parental controls for web content (porn etc.) My ...
2
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1answer
67 views

Find out who compressed the files

I received a message that contains a compressed RAR file. How can find out who compressed the files and created RAR file? (the user account or computer name)
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1answer
77 views

My Window's 7 is exposing me and my files I am the only administrator.

I am the only administrator on my Window's 7 Asus x53E series laptop. Why is a standard user able to access my files by just searching my name in the start menu? If I log into guest account and search ...
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11answers
12k views

How can I give my wife emergency access to logins, passwords, etc.?

I'm the digital guru in my household. My wife is good with email and forum websites, but she trusts me with all our important digital stuff — online banking and other things that require ...
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1answer
4k views

Windows 8 security user account permissions

I'm using Windows 8 Pro. When I try to save an attachment from Outlook 2010 into a specific Program Files folder I get the following message: "C:\Program Files (x86)... You don't have permission ...
3
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2answers
1k views

How to create limited user accounts in Linux

I want to create a user account for each of the key programs installed on my debian server. For example, for the following programs: Tomcat Nginx Supervisor PostgreSQL This seems to be recommended ...
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2answers
670 views

Will using public VPNs expose my user information to the VPN owners?

I am accessing the Google Play Store from a VPN software which will supposedly mask my IP to make it appear that I'm in the US (for country restrictions). My question is, will logging in to Google, or ...
0
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0answers
618 views

Windows 7 Deleted User Account Reappearing

After using Password Renew for NT's v1.1-BETA by sala (it comes with Hirens boot cd) and creating a new administrator user I'm unable to delete it. Actualy I delete it but it reappears after reboot. I ...
2
votes
2answers
107 views

User accounts in FTP

I have an FTP server(proftpd on debian) that I'm going to allow a couple friends access to, and I want some safety nets in place, just in case. These are some of the things I'd like to do: Jail the ...
3
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3answers
938 views

Isolate user from the rest of the system..?

There is a non-techsavvy user, who doesn't want to learn, and can only use Windows XP or 7. The problem is, that the computer is shared which she would like to use, and the computer stores sensitive, ...
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3answers
798 views

Prevent write access for root in home directories

Is there a Linux distribution that prevents root user from modifying/deleting files/directories in another user's home? I came across tools that allow the home directory to be encrypted. But I want ...
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3answers
146 views

Is it possible to dump Windows passwords on a locked PC?

I want to have a really strong password as my Administrator password. Say ... if I lock down my PC with WIN+L (logout). Will anyone be able to get my password somehow with a USB device, for example? ...
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2answers
592 views

If I purposely lock myself into a Standard User account, am I going to cause problems for myself later?

I'm an intermediate to lower-advanced level user --- I work in IT, do a bit of programming, etc. One of the things I'm a real stickler for in programming is "best" practices, or going out of the way ...
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1answer
17k views

Windows Firewall - simple way to block an IP address that is scanning? User keeps getting locked

I am using Windows Server 2008 - fully patched. One of my user accounts keeps getting locked. It is easy enough to unlock it - but it is happening with increasing frequency - and the user is not ...
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2answers
167 views

User acct security privledges: Is one's own User self acct recommended to have reduced privledges from (me) the offical Administrator acct, & SYSTEM?

Win 7 system. Four named "Users": 1. "Authenticated Users" (whatever that means); 2. "SYSTEM"; 3. Administrator (me); 4. "Users (me)". "SYSTEM" & "Administrator" have all privledges allowed. ...
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5answers
49k views

Why does Nvidia create UpdatusUser account and is this a security issue?

While doing a backup I have found out the existence of an account called UpdatusUser on my Windows 7 box. It doesn't appear in the account management section of the control panel. Searching on the ...
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1answer
234 views

Is there a way to view user tracks in Windows 7?

If I'm the administrator of my computer can I view for example if someone opened a file, used a program, visited a website or did some action? In other words is there a way to monitor the complete ...
2
votes
4answers
116 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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3answers
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Can 'Switch User' in Windows 7 work with Active Directory?

In Windows 7 you can 'Switch User' to anyone who's been configured locally on the machine. Can this be extended to allow someone to switch to a user defined in Active Directory (the same directory ...
4
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4answers
1k views

How can a Windows 7 user account be hacked?

Last week I had some serious problems with my PC, so I asked the shop from which I bought it to have it fixed. Today I got it back, and noticed two strange things: I have two user accounts. When I ...
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2answers
7k 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?
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3answers
5k views

Shared Linux machine - block home folder access to other users?

I'm setting up a Linux machine thet'll be shared by several users, some of whom will be admins. Is there a way to restrict access to a user's home folder (encrypt or block completely) for other ...
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2answers
17k views

Lock your computer after 5 minutes of inactivity

I know you can automatically Sleep and Hibernate your computer with a timer. But these affect running programs and stop downloads ... so I was wondering if there is a way to automatically Lock your ...
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3answers
5k views

Lost admin access to my computer due to corrupt user account (win7)

I cannot access my user account (the default "User") on my computer (Win7) anymore as it was somehow corrupted when my computer had frozen and I had to press the power button to do a hard restart. So ...
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1answer
192 views

“Slave” user accounts in GNU/Linux

How to make one user account to be like root for some other user account, e.g. to be able to read, write, chmod all it's files, chown from this account to master and back, kill/ptrace all it's ...
2
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1answer
3k views

Creating limited user account on Windows 7

I'm sharing my PC (Win 7 x64 Home Premium) with a friend, and I wanna create a guest user for her. I don't want her to reach my files, Windows settings, program adjustments etc. She should just surf ...
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5answers
443 views

Windows XP: Consequences of setting a password for an account

I do not quite understand how Windows (specifically Windows XP) handles accounts with/without passwords. As far as I can see, on a fresh Windows XP install I have one default account which has ...
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2answers
1k views

Windows XP: Bypassing Welcome Screen and Logging On Automatically on Boot

On one of my XP boxes, I have one user account. Currently, when I boot up the computer, I have to go to the welcome screen, enter the user's password, and log in. Right now, I removed the password, ...