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

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How do I configure my Linksys routers to resist the WPS brute-force vulnerability?

US-CERT recently released Vulnerability Note VU#723755. http://www.kb.cert.org/vuls/id/723755 In short, this describes how modern wireless routers can have their PSKs discovered within just a matter ...
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KeePass justification [closed]

I personally have about 20 accounts (my personal user id on lots of machines). For shared "system" accounts, there are about 45 per environment; development, test, and production. I have access to 2 ...
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How to hide Browser Plugin Details in firefox for more privacy?

I'm trying to trick the results in this page to have more privacy/anonymity: https://panopticlick.eff.org/index.php?action=log&js=yes So far the best I could do is change the user agent, with the ...
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How is software hacked and patched?

It is really strange to see, that almost every famous and good software is cracked and patched. Adobe software, windows, IDM and many others... Is it really that easy? What are the techniques that ...
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What are the possible ways to prevent laptop theft? [closed]

How can I prevent laptop theft? What are the possible ways to secure the laptop itself and any data on the laptop? I have seen anti-theft cables in malls. Can I use these in my home? Will laptop ...
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What are possible security issues with an SSH daemon?

I'd like to be able to SSH to my Ubuntu 10.04 office PC from the outside. I am thus thinking to start up an SSH daemon on the PC. What are the security issues, possible glitches, specific ...
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Whats the link between security and processors

So I have been on the web for a while today and came across the intel xeon processors. In the feature list, it mentions security. I remember in many other places, I've seen security somehow linked ...
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How to encrypt an USB stick?

When storing personal data on a USB stick, data needs to be encrypted to ensure privacy. Regrettably, this is far from easy to do without introducing a lot of overhead; ideally, the whole encryption ...
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Finding the physical local path associated with a Share UNC folder

Let's say I am Admin on a server named "Server1" and a share exists using the following UNC path \\Server1\Share1 If I remote to Server 1 and log in as Admin, how do I find the physical drive ...
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How much information can my ISP see?

Is it possible for my ISP to see the passwords that I enter on websites and in chat programs? And what about SSL websites that start with https, do they encrypt my username and password before ...
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Is it possible to encrypt home folder on windows 7?

Ubuntu and MaxOS has an ability to encrypt home folder in case laptop is stolen. Is it possible to do same thing on Windows 7? I need to encrypt home folder so it will be encrypted and decrypted ...
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Access denied even though I'm an Administrator?

My user account on Windows 7 is part of the Administrators group which has a full control permissions on C:\inetpub\wwwroot: However, when I try to create a folder in it, I get the "access denied" ...
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Windows 7 equivalent for ntrights.exe

What is an equivalent for ntrights.exe on Windows 7? I need it to be able to be run from the command line.
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Change EUID of running process

On Linux, how can I change EUID of running process from command line (provided I have root access)?
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Is it safe to store 1Password data file on DropBox?

I would like to know if it is safe to store the 1Password data file on DropBox? It can be safely assumed that there are a LOT of people already doing it without any negative security side effects, ...
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Is moving an “all-in-one” PC when turned on/off dangerous?

I have an "all-in-one" computer. I know that moving a computer when it is switched on is harmful to the hardware components. What I would like to know is if the same applies to "all-in-one" computers ...
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Is Steam for Mac effectively running as superuser?

When you download the client it does not weigh too much, and seems to do very little. Inside the app bundle there is a script that—upon inspecting the environment and deciding you're not running ...
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Difference between Malicious Software Removal Tool, WinDefender, Security Essentials?

What is the difference between these three products? Malicious Software Removal Tool Windows Defender Microsoft Security Essentials
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WebCam as a security camera

I am looking to mount a webcam to my laptop (which sits at home all day) to act as a security camera. I'd like to it to write the video to an external hard drive, which I can then review later. It ...
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Top ten security tips for non-technical users

I'm giving a presentation later this week to the staff at the company where I work. The goal of the presentation is to serve as a refresher/remidner of good practices that can help keep our network ...
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Which ports to open for Microsoft SQL Server?

Having searched the internet a few times on the best way to open up SQL Server connectivity through windows firewall i've yet to find a best way of doing it. Does anyone have a guaranteed way of ...
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Are saved Remote Desktop credentials secure on the local machine?

Are saved Remote Desktop credentials secure (loosely speaking) on the local machine? They aren't stored as clear text anywhere at least, are they? Edit: I understand the inherent risks of saving ...
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How to find out when a disc (DVD) has been written/burned?

Is there a way/tool to determine the date and time when a disc has been written/burned with high certainty? This is about data forensics and should be a solid proof. I already tried IsoBuster, but it ...
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Recommended offline on-demand virus scanners

I have never run full anti-virus on my Windows XP systems. Instead I use various anti-malware tools to manually perform scans every few weeks. This approach, combined with Windows updates and ...
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Does NAT provide security?

I'm following discussions about the IPv4->IPv6 transition, and IPv6 doesn't seem to like NAT at all. I've always thought that NAT was helpful in v4 for some security, I know it doesn't really hide ...
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Prevent installation of IE toolbars?

If there is one thing I would like to see become a standard feature in Internet Explorer it would be the ability to prevent installation of damn toolbars and for those preventative measures to be ...
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Mac OS X security export won't accept passphrase

I'm trying to export some items on my keychain like this: hostname:~ username$ security export -k login.keychain -t all -P "passphrase" but I always get this error: security: SecKeychainItemExport: ...
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What is the modern day equivalent of Firesheep?

Firesheep came out on the scene in 2010 and rocked the world... and never made it to version 1.0. Mozilla has since released 15 major versions of Firefox and is incompatible with the extension. Is ...
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How secure is Apple's Bluetooth keyboard?

Can anybody post any documentation on how Mac OS X and Apple's Bluetooth keyboard pair up with each other? I have seen the articles Apple keyboard pairing over Bluetooth and Which wireless keyboard ...
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How to browse safely?

Just curious. What are the best practices and tools you use for safe Internet browsing? How to stay away from spywares, adwares etc? Update: For my work, I use Internet Explorer on Windows and ...
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How do I skip the “known_host” question the first time I connect to a machine via SSH with public/private keys? [duplicate]

How do I skip the "known_host" question the first time I connect to a machine via SSH with public/private keys?
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Is the wifi password stored somewhere in windows-7? [duplicate]

One of my friend connected me to the wifi in our area . Now my computer automatically connects to that wifi. I don't need to enter the password. I wanted to browse internet using my android phone. ...
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How to secure my Windows 7 PC?

Hi I am going on vacation. I wanna secure my PC. Is there any way I can lock down my PC so that nobody can boot up it? Any BIOS level security? BTW. I am running Windows 7 Ultimate.
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Should I Upgrade My Old Wireless Router?

I have an old wireless router, and I mean stone age old (5 years). There is nothing wrong technically with the router, it serves my wireless needs at home but it is really darn old. A search on ...
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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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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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Browser for paranoid people?

Is there a web browser out there that is more suited for paranoid people? Why would you choose it/ What feature would your ideal paranoia browser have? For instance i would want one which Sends NO ...
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Do end users need to do anything about the Heartbleed security bug? What?

I see in the news about the “Heartbleed” security bug. As an end user, do I need to do anything about it?
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Windows XP Mode Vulnerabilities as of April 8th, 2014

EDIT I appreciate the answers I've gotten so far, but I might not have worded the question clearly enough. Is the Windows 7 side of the machine running in XP Mode exposed to any dangers it would ...
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How to know which Certificates to leave in my browser, and which to remove

I would like to tighten up security a bit, so I am disabling unneeded certs from my browsers. For instance, the "WoSign CA Limited" cert from China I obviously don't need, yet "Thawte Consulting cc" I ...
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How to “jail” Java applications in OS X?

Is it possible to "jail" Java applications? My bank has an applet that requests "unrestricted access" to my computer. That makes me feels very uneasy. There should be a way to tell the java ...
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Thinking beyond passwords [closed]

I was having a discussion with a co-worker earlier this morning related to passwords and the future of computing. One of the topics we discussed was whether passwords could be replaced with visual or ...
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How to disable CSP in Firefox for just bookmarklets?

Today I have noticed that I am unable to run bookmarklets on https://github.com/ due to Content Security Policy (CSP) restrictions. Is there a way to disable CSP in Firefox for just bookmarklets, and ...
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If Mac code signing is tampered with, what might fail?

What annoyances or real problems may occur when the digital signature of a Mac application is broken? Applications on a Mac can be digitally signed. When the signature is somehow broken, I know a few ...
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Encrypted WiFi with no password?

Is there any standard that allows a WiFi connection to be encrypted, but not require a password? i know that (old, weak) WEP, and newer WPA/WPA2 require a password (i.e. shared secret). Meanwhile my ...
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Unix: How can I allow only one person to see my folder in the same fs?

I want to give an access to a dir for a friend. He has the access to the file system, where the dir is located. I don't want to set the permissions to all users. How can I allow only a person to see ...
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If a “forgot your password?” page emails your old password, is that definitive proof that they have stored it in plain text?

When a site emails your old password, as opposed to requiring you to reset it on the site, I'm wondering what that implies about their security measures. Does this mean that they store the password ...
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Is email encryption practical enough?

All emails I have ever sent were sent as plain text. Like postcards, everybody on the way to the addressee could easily read and store them. This worries me. I know privacy is something of the past, ...
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How to send a batch file by email

Trying to send a batch file as an email attachment, I get the following error: mx.google.com rejected your message to the following e-mail addresses: foo@googlemail.com mx.google.com ...
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Are .docx or .pdf files potentially dangerous?

Just a general question of computer security - if I download a .pdf or .docx from an untrusted source, can it seriously harm my machine/give a malicious user access to my information? Or is it ...