Security in terms of "computer security", such as protection of information, protection from theft or data destruction.

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How to set up a highly restrictive browser? [closed]

I need to configure a machine so that users can only use it to browse the internet, and that Internet access is permitted to just a small set of whitelisted URLs. I don't need fanatic protections but ...
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Computer Security-Why Don't Companies want better security? [closed]

Why is it so hard for companies to implement better security when developing their websites? For example, Sony, a multi-million dollar company thought it was okay to store user names, passwords, and ...
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MySQL SQL rules for user [migrated]

Let's say I have a MySQL database, with a table session_data containing: | ID | SESSION_KEY | SECRET_DATA | 100| ABCDEFGHIJK | bankAccountNumber=123123 Normally, users would have to authenticate ...
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I've run wipe programs, yet recovery programs can still recover my pictures. Why? How do I wipe these pictures? [duplicate]

I have some images on my drive that are persisting after an operating system install and multiple high strength drive wipes. Programs like Cipher and CCleaner aren't effective. The partition is small ...
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Is there a program to check the list of root CAs in Firefox?

Motivated by this and this question, I'd like to ask if there is a way to check if additional certificates have been maliciously added to the list of root CAs of Firefox. Possible ways could be: an ...
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Is there any encryption of the wifi password during chromecast setup?

In order to setup my Chromecast I have to connect the device where the configuration application runs (e.g. my laptop or my android tablet) to the Chromecast's WiFi network. This network doesn't have ...
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Is it safe to add an untrusted certificate to Trusted Root Certification Authorities?

Before I access the internet at work I have to sign-on to their system. The sign-on page is ipass.swu.ac.th. Unfortunately the security certificate they use appears as not trusted (in Chrome). I have ...
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security block self-running java program

I'm running a java program, but it is blocked by security software(maybe McAfee), I got a pop-up which says: Application Blocked by Security settings your security settings have blocked a ...
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Is windows remote desktop secure?

Is windows built-in Remote Desktop secure? I mean, does it use any encryption methods? or someone can hijack the data that have been transferred between two system?
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How can I import a security template in Windows 7 using command line?

I would like to remotely deploy some specific change in Security Policies to several computers via remote console (SSH). This is my just exported security template .inf file, extracted according ...
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Windows Password Policy: What exactly do the complexity requirements involve?

I am currently viewing this feature in Windows 7, but I imagine it is very similar if not identical in many of the other Windows OS versions. I am looking for an explanation of the exact rules for ...
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Where can I ask Windows security related questions that are not product specific [closed]

Following up from this I'd like to know if there are any Windows Security forums that are not product specific. I want to use such a forum to ask about combinations of Free Firewalls and Virus ...
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Is it really possible for most enthusiasts to hack people's Wi-Fi networks?

I heard from a trusted computer security expert that most enthusiastic users (even if they are not professionals) using only guides from Internet and specialized software (e.g. Kali Linux included ...
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How to find the hidden trojan’s file in my server

I have several web applications which are under an Apache/2.2.9 web server installed in a Linux server Distributor ID: Debian Description: Debian GNU/Linux 5.0.10 (lenny) Release: 5.0.10 ...
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How to prevent the sethc.exe hack?

There is an exploit that allows users to reset the Administrator password on Windows. It is done by booting from a repair disk, starting command prompt, and replacing C:\Windows\System32\sethc.exe ...
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What vulnerabilities have previous versions of windows (before xp) face after they went out of support? [closed]

Are there examples from previous versions of windows as to the consequences of staying on an os whose support cycle has ended - in terms of major malware or phishing attacks the OS became vulnerable ...
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Will installing a new motherboard make my computer usable?

My friend left his job a year ago and did not hand in his corporate laptop. He recently contacted his old employer and they told him not to bother returning it. However the laptop is now completely ...
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When WinXP support ends on 2014-04-08 will MS continue to make security updates for Premier customers? Will those the update be available to others?

Microsoft is wrapping up extended support for Windows XP next month (2014-04-08), which officially means the end up security updates. But this answer to an old question implies that some heavy-hitting ...
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Linux create limited user

I am working on a program to monitor multiple computers. The program resides on a raspberry pi and uses python to issue a reboot command over ssh to the various other Linux machines. Thinking ...
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Is it possible to keep several files on windows partition after re-installing windows?

Is it possible to keep several files and programs on windows OS after re-installing it? because of someone can steal the device that uses windows OS, then just removes the windows and install another ...
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Will Windows Update still work for existing patches for XP systems after next month?

As you likely know, official support for Windows XP ends next month. I have a question about the exact implications of this. I know that no new patches will be created after the April 8 end of life ...
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Why trust a public gpg key?

I'm trying to verify the integrity of TrueCrypt binaries (not the source like Xavier). Am using Xavier de Carné de Carnavalet's Guide "How I compiled TrueCrypt 7.1a for Win32 and matched the official ...
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Standard ICA Encryption Levels (XenDesktop)

Trying to determine if there is a default ICA posture for encryption, out of the box so to speak. With XenDesktop in mind, I have always thought that the encryption level is defined at the ...
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XP Security after support for LAN file transfers

I'll make a long story short. I have an XP computer that is used to run a machine in our factory. Our machine vendor will not perform an upgrade to a newer version of windows. I am required to keep ...
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Are there security implications to referencing webpages sequentially?

For instance, what is the reasoning behind YouTube URL assignment using the format: ?v=qv-8pquw9wQ ?v=lW5kB906mh8 ?v=SwUg7oTZoTY Instead of: ?v=0Cn0phjvk8a ?v=0Cn0phjvk8b ?v=0Cn0phjvk8c
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Security of Microsoft Windows, Windows on a network, and network backup?

I recently got a laptop to accompany my desktop, and to manage files across them I am considering backing the laptop up to the desktop over a network, and then backing up the desktop in turn to an ...
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Windows 8: should I install programs to «secure location» (path)? What kind of programs? What happens if I do not

Extracted from the "Release Notes" of RealVNC Server v5.1.0 : «FIXED: Key combinations such as Alt+Tab are now supported for connections to Windows 8 computers. Note VNC Server must be installed ...
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Can a local MAMP installation be accessed from outside?

I alway use MAMP for local development and noticed that I can access the htdocs folder from the LAN. Is it easily possible for a hacker to access the htdocs folder or my mysql databases from outside ...
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What is the function of the F8 key? [closed]

I know absolutely NOTHING about computers. What is the function of the F8 key and what do I do if an outside source locks my computer and demands money for unlocking?
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In sysctl.conf settings, what is the difference between 'all' & 'default'?

In context of sysctl.conf settings, what is the difference between (all vs. default) like net.ipv4.conf.all.accept_source_route & net.ipv4.conf.default.accept_source_route in sysctl settings ? ...
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Stop IE from being started from a URL shortcut

This question is similar to How to disable Explorer.exe for given user?, but with a key difference: I've already blocked IE, mostly. In Group Policy I have added iexplore.exe to the list of ...
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Secure file transfer: VPN vs SFTP

We have a client who needs to transfer small, secure data files between customer sites and a central server. They wanted us to develop an application for them that would make use of a VPN to send the ...
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Router Intrusion in firewall's log

Everytime my router connect to internet I am finding in my router's firewall log intrusion warnings. Could you please explain what it means? Is it actually someone hacking my router or is that ...
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What Trusted Root Certification Authorities should I trust?

After two recent Slashdot articles (#1 #2) about questionable Root Certificates installed on machines, I decided to take a closer look at what I have installed on my machines. (I use current versions ...
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System Integrity event on wpshelper.sys

In the Windows Event Viewer, I noticed many events of type 5038 "System Integrity", with the following text: Code integrity determined that the image hash of a file is not valid. The file could be ...
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How can I know if someone has logged into my account in Windows 7?

In Windows 7, is there a way to know if somebody has logged into my account when I was absent? Specifically, is it possible to know if a person with administrator privileges somehow entered my ...
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Linux File Protection

How can I protect my linux box from any physical access to my files and folders. When you protect your linux, a user can use LiveDVD or mount to another bootable PC and access to all content of your ...
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Debian 7.4 - Home PC security

After looking around on the Internet for a while, I've only come up with ways to help secure Debian when it comes to production servers, not home PCs. (Aside from this, anyway. I do everything the ...
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What does the RADIUS server do in a WPA2 Enterprise setup?

I'd like to upgrade my WiFi from "WPA2 Personal" to "WPA2 Enterprise" mode because I know that in principle, on a WiFi secured with "WPA2 Personal", devices who know the PSK can sniff on each other's ...
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what program would make this http request? have I been hacked?

I have a small digital ocean instance running a personal blog. I recently set up apache logging and noticed people are making requests trying to hack wordpress (I'm not running wordpress). I also ...
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Privacy with new windows accounts?

Windows 8 is insisting me to use Hotmail account to login into operating system. Having this, will it be possible to identify me with Internet Explorer from any site? UPDATE If I go to Hotmail site ...
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In Keepass is there any plugin or way to have a login form submitted?

In Keepass 2 is there any way to have it automatically log you into a website that it has been setup to do so? The only reason I use lastpass over Keepass is because it save me a great deal of time ...
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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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Can not access any site with Chrome but Chromium does access any site well at the same time

I'm in for trouble with Chrome on my Mac after I backed to my home. The problem is I can not access the site such https://www.google.com with error code "ERR_ACCESS_DENIED". Even It's not restricted ...
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Making a tunnel VM with centos 6.5

I been thinking about this and I would like to hear from other superusers and SA... At my new job I have to access a number of servers over 20 lets say to make it easy.. I setup VirtualBox on my ...
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My ISP is rewriting google.com's DNS entry. how can I circumvent?

I am in Thailand, and my ISP is ToT, and I am using Windows. When I do a nslookup for google.com, I get the following: C:\Windows\System32>nslookup DNS request timed out. timeout was 2 ...
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Is it bad to have a stand alone firewall that disables the native system firewall?

I've heard claims that firewalls such as the one that comes with Avast are better than others that disable the system firewall. Is it correct that it could lead to problems disabling a firewall built ...
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USB drive data transfer control?

I want to allow only authorized USB drives to transfer data from my computers. How can this be achieved? My computers have win 8/win 7 installed.
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What details would you view in a certificate to check if it is trustworthy?

I have a question need help: What details would you view in a certificate to check if it is a trustworthy website?
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Windows 8.1 multiple passwords needed to sign in

I've been having some security issues lately so i was wondering if there was any possible way to have multiple passwords needed to sign into one user on windows 8.1