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

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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 ...
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can a virus execute by itself?

is there any type of viruses can execute by itself after download then on the HDD without clicking on it?? if there is ..... can you refer me to any sites about them?
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Is Gtalk communication encrypted?

What is the level of security offered by gtalk against eaves-dropping?
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Chrome Saved Passwords security issue

If I save a password in Google chrome someone else can easily see the password from Setting -> Advance Settings -> Manage saved passwords -> Show (in required password field) and use it ...
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How to disable “Download scanning protection” of new Chrome-17?

In recent update of Google Chrome internet browser (in stable channel), there is a new security/privacy option: http://chrome.blogspot.com/2012/02/faster-browsing-safer-downloading.html In ...
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Why use a VPN connection? [closed]

I've been reading the news about Lulzsec and I was wondering why they use a VPN before connecting to Tor or proxy servers? The latter 2 can be used for hiding your identity so why is the VPN used ...
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Is software from NCH Software safe? [closed]

I just downloaded Fling from them (an automatic ftp uploader) having been looking for a good app to do this for a long time. It just seems to good to be true to finally stumble across what looks to be ...
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Safari keeps asking permission to access the keychain

Normally when I save a password in Safari it will get added to my login keychain without fuss (assuming that it is already unlocked). But after I set a a master password the default keychain was ...
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How does a downloaded ISO get corrupted? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is it possible to get corrupted download with http? I downloaded an ISO for fedora. Went to install it as a VM. It failed 5 times the installer. The warning for the ...
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Weird hits on port 2703

I'm getting these periodical console messages on my Mac: 7/22/11 8:01:03.925 AM Firewall: Stealth Mode connection attempt to UDP 10.0.0.1:2703 from 91.143.232.133:15881 7/22/11 8:01:05.885 AM ...
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Change permissions on folders (mass)

I've had some problems in my server and now I need to give some write-permissions on some folders, but I have a lot of folders to do it. My server is Windows Server 2008, and if I select all folder ...
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Does using a certain kind of numbers make a good password?

Do special numbers (transcendental number, first few elements of a certain sequences and so on ...) make good passwords in terms of brute force breaking ? EDIT: Why am I asking this ? A friend of ...
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How can I leave the remote screen locked when I ARD/VNC/etc. to my Mac?

I'm currently using Jolly's Fast VNC and Mac OS X's built-in VNC server (System Preferences, Sharing, Screen Sharing) to access my iMac remotely. Here's my problem: When I'm using the iMac remotely, ...
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What is the Windows 7 command-line to remove all remember passwords in Credential Manager?

We can remove remembered/cached passwords via Credential Manager as here and via a command cmdkey as here. I want to have one command that quickly clear all the passwords. How can we do that?
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Scripting Bitlocker Decryption of a local hard-drive

In summary: I'm attempting to create a script that unlocks (decrypts) a hard-drive on the Windows 7 Ultimate local machine, then execute a couple of programs afterwards. I have a small SSD that ...
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Windows-7 system files integrity

Is there a tool that will check integrity of system files in Win7 and search for invalid or changed ones. I would like to find which files were changed by rootkit installed on system. It would be nice ...
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“Trusted Sites” settings in Google Chrome

Is there equivalent of Internet Explorer Trusted Sites settings in Google Chrome? Here is the issue: When I download an excel file from a website using Chrome the file is marked as unsafe as seen on ...
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How to wipe a hard drive so that it's safe to recycle (while keeping the recovery partition intact)

My aunt and grandparents have some computers that they want to get rid of, all of them have windowx-xp and a recovery partition (which allows them to restore the computer to factory settings). So what ...
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Practices/tools to remove personal data from a computer

I'm leaving my current job and want to remove my personal data from the Windows computer I was using. The way I want to do this is to remove my user from the system and erase my directory under ...
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What's the easiest way to detect and delete “Flash Cookies” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to automatically remove Flash history/privacy trail? Or stop Flash from storing it? This article has some disturbing information on how "Flash Cookies" even ...
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How to lock Windows screen on startup?

I like to go get coffee while the computer starts. However we have a policy that says the screen must be locked when away. How can I make sure that the screen locks immediately after logging in?
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Tracking information on HTTPS connection

My organization uses cyberoam firewall. They are monitoring all activities including my search text in Google, Wikipedia etc. So recently i changed to HTTPS versions and now using HTTPS connections of ...
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Are the Windows 8 Password, Pin, Picture Password options all equally secure? [closed]

Windows 8 allows me to log in with my Microsoft Account username and password. But Windows 8 also lets me setup a 4 digit pin. It also lets me setup a three gesture touch password. These are ...
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How do I know whether my Debian is being hacked/infected?

My laptop seems to be acting rather weird - saying that another person is logged in when I try to shut it down (or maybe it likes being turned on). So how do I know whether my Debian laptop is being ...
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Can Windows based computers ever be secured? [closed]

In light on this excellent article series by Ars regarding the black security work by HBGary - HBGary claims to have coded several rootkits and had access to 0-day exploits that could compromise a ...
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how to grant access to a folder using cacls

I have revoked a permission for a folder test using cacls. cacls d:/test /D adsd14 Now I trying to reassign permission to this folder using the same command. cacls d:/test /E /G adsd14:F ...
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How does Antimalware Doctor infect computers?

I didn't do anything stupid like run random .exe or visit questionable websites, but as I was just Googling I get infected by Antimalware Doctor. At that point I just shutdown my computer and ...
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Linux File Permissions & Access Control Query

Let's say I am user bob in group users. There's this file: -rw----r-- 1 root users 4 May 8 22:34 testfile First question: Why can't bob read the file as it's readable by others? Is it simply ...
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Allow one Windows user to only execute 2 applications

I'm using Windows 8 Pro. I'm trying to create a very limited Windows account. The account will only have: Remote Desktop Access Shell replaced by our own in-house application Access to the one FTP ...
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Securing Windows 8 against changing utilman.exe to avoid login bypass?

Is there a way to secure Windows 8 against this login bypass? Basically an administrator can rename the utilman.exe (for example, to utilman.exe.bak) then copy cmd.exe to be utilman.exe, then at the ...
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Program to wipe HD? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Securely format a hard drive How to wipe a USB hard drive What is a freeware app i can use to wipe a HD? I have two 1) My external which is <1yr old and is ...
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Is securing Wifi with MAC Filter enough?

I have a MAC filter in place for everything that connects to my router. I also have WPA2 on the wireless. When a friend comes around, I tell them the password (I trust them), they type it into their ...
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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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Port scan revealed port 1111 open. What is it?

I am new to systems administration and have a new server running a website with http (at port 80), https (at port 443) and ssh (at port 22). I did an nmap port scan using my personal laptop and other ...
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If I use an SSH tunnel to get around a firewall, what does the sysadmin see?

I use an SSH tunnel for the port my browser uses to access the internet. The result is I get around the firewall my network uses, which prevents me from using many sites I want to use (facebook, ...
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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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What does Trusteer Rapport do?

Recently, both of my banks have been trying to foist Trusteer Rapport on me when accessing their online banking services. I haven't downloaded it because I can't figure out what it actually does, and ...
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Block domain, website, without waiting for localhost (hosts)

There is a related question here. I can use Administrator, install extra software, whatever needs to be done. My problem is: I can't block websites entirely. Like in AdBlock Plus, you add a rule ...
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Using a decoy operating system, with another OS hidden by TrueCrypt?

TrueCrypt provides an option to use a hidden operating system. This works by having a decoy operating system residing on partition 1, and using partition 2 as (encrypted) data storage for the decoy ...
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“Cannot connect to the real Gmail.com”

Dunno what happened, but suddenly I cannot connect to Gmail from Chrome on this computer: Under "more" it says: What does this mean? gmail.com normally uses encryption (SSL) to protect ...
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Secure setup of home wireless network

How to configure home wireless network to ensure that it is sufficiently secured and at the same time its usability is not restricted. EDIT Just to clarify by "usability is not restricted" I meant ...
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How Wifis and wifi security work?

I see tons of videos dealing with WEP cracking, but actaully none of them teach about how Wifis work. They are just a bunch of commands thrown at the screen. Where can I learn about the inner ...
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Lock Mac after N mins of inactivity?

Is there a mac app that can lock the screen after N minutes of inactivity? Preferably N mins after the screensaver has kicked-in. Locking when the screensaver comes on is annoying - I want my ...
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Unintentional mouse movements, am I paranoid?

I have noticed for a few months that my mouse will randomly jerk across the screen. I'm super paranoid about security. Has anyone else experienced this, and found out what causes it? It happens to me ...
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Easy way to transfer a private key to another machine?

ssh-copy-id makes it easy to transfer a public key to a remote machine. Is there any equivalent tool for moving a private key? update Don't do this! (see answer)
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How can i prevent file copy in my usb stick?

I want to prevent other users of copying my files from my usb stick. Is there any method to do that? Thank you very much!
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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 ...
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Are WiFi transmissions over an open network encrypted?

By "open" I mean the router does not require a password to connect.
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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 ...
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Standalone firewall + antivirus or combined security tools?

For years I'm using some antivirus software and different firewall. Now every antiviruses have got some firewall features and there are complete "internet security" complexes... and every firewall get ...