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

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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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Permission to make symbolic links in Windows 7?

How can I grant a particular user the permission to create symlinks in Windows 7? I've searched through "Group Policy" and Google, but haven't found anything. On a side note, is there a way to ...
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“Panic Password” on Linux

I run Linux on my netbook with an encrypted home directory (decrypted when I log in). One idea I had (partly from Cory Doctorow's Little Brother) was to have a password that I could enter which would ...
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How can I make my OS appear as if it is running virtualized?

A lot of malware these days is able to detect when it is running virtualized under VMWare, VirtualPC, WINE, or even in a sandbox such as Anubis or CWSandBox. This essentially means that malware will ...
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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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Uses for Windows 7 fingerprint reader

I just bought a Thinkpad T410s. It comes with a finger print reader. I'm using it on Windows 7 Pro 64-bit for loging in. Anyone have any other practical and useful ways to use it? For example, for ...
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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 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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How do you hide installed plugins in Firefox?

How do you hide installed plugins in Firefox? This website shows that too much about you can be seen: http://centralops.net/asp/co/BrowserMirror.vbs.asp Most plugins don't need to be seen by content ...
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How do you protect your computer from Live CD's?

Linux has grown in popularity in the past few years. Many more people are using Live CD's now than they were say 3 years ago. And with this comes a new problem for network admins. How do you stop a ...
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Can a virus on a flash drive run itself without autorun?

Someone told me that it's possible for a virus to run itself from Flash memories even if autorun.inf is not present or this feature is disabled using gpedit.msc. He said a virus can run itself as ...
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I found two usb sticks on the ground. Now what?

As from subject. I want to see what's inside. I am seriously interested in finding the owner if possible and returning them, but I am worried it could be an attempt at social engineering. I own a ...
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Downloading Microsoft Security Essentials via HTTPS

I want to download Microsoft Security Essentials on my brand new Windows 7 home PC. The official site presented to me is http://windows.microsoft.com/de-CH/windows/products/security-essentials, as I ...
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Is there a point to using theft tracking software like Prey on my laptop, if you have login security?

Hey, so I have a Thinkpad that I use in a variety of places (coffee shops, work, etc.). I don't generally abandon it, but I figure there's a chance I might get careless and it gets stolen at some ...
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Do I really need a firewall?

I've been using the Nod32 security suite for some time now, and out of all the others that I've tried, it's great (low memory footprint, fast, fairly cheap). However, I've been installing a lot of ...
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How useful is hard drive encryption?

So, let's say you have a notebook, and you encrypt the entire hard drive. Whenever you boot it's gonna ask for a password, meaning nobody can access your data without the password. On the other hand, ...
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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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Does PDFTK respect PDF security flags?

I have a PDF File which says that document security is enabled. It says that the only things allowed are: Printing, Content Copying or Extraction, and Content Extraction for Accessibility. I'm trying ...
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Linux Group Permissions not being enforced correctly.

I am running Ubuntu 10.04 server and am having some very counter-intuitive experiences with users/groups. For example: sudo touch test_file # create empty file sudo groupadd test ...
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Sensible Password Policy

I've been tasked with putting together the company security policy. As part of this I want to define what is a sensible but secure password (length, characters etc), how often they should be changed, ...
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Disable Windows 7’s “Open File - Security Warning” dialog for exe on local drive?

I am trying to run Eclipse java-galileo-SR2-win32 when I get open-file-security-warning. The files are just extracted from a zip file and put into a directory ...
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Will microwaving a flash drive destroy the data on it?

After reading the answers on Permanently delete files from a flash drive, where the top rated answer was simply to pulverize it with a hammer, I wondered whether a microwave could be used to the same ...
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Media Sanitation

What is considered the minimum amount of overwrites to sanitize media? For example; there are 1, 2, 3, 7, and 35 overwrites methods to make data irrecoverable. Using standard recovery methods (such ...
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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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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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How much data does Chrome really collect?

One of the companies I work for recently informed me that browsing the Intranet using Chrome is not accepted (nor supported) because it "collects data", therefore making it insecure. However, they ...
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How can I configure my wireless network for the strongest security?

There seem to be many security features in wireless routers from MAC address filtering to the authentication type and data encryption. WPA or WPA2 PSK? AES or TKIP? When I set up a new wireless ...
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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 ...
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Why some recovery tools are still able to find deleted files after I purge Recycle Bin, defrag the disk and zero-fill free space?

As far as I understand, when I delete (without using Recycle Bin) a file, its record is removed from the file system table of contents (FAT/MFT/etc...) but the values of the disk sectors which were ...
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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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How does the “Steam” platform work? Is it DRM? Can I trust “Steam”-powered software? [closed]

UPDATE: This question lives on at gaming.stackexchange.com. So – I just bought the new game Supreme Commander 2. This question is not about the game, but about the online software ...
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How to get the real IP address of someone using a proxy?

I was researching digital goods and security when I stumbled upon this company. One of the services they provide is "Real IP". They claim to be able to get the real IP address of users even when ...
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How can I prevent file execution in a specific folder in Windows 7?

I don't want to inadvertently execute programs in my "Downloads" folder. How do I do that in Windows 7 Home Premium?
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Remote into Linux workstation behind a firewall

Let's say I have a Linux workstation at work, behind a firewall. So even though I may have a remote access server set up on it (such as the most excellent NoMachine NX Server), I can't access it from ...
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Denyhosts keeps adding my IP address to hosts.deny

I have setup Denyhosts to run on my server, and have been using it succesfully for the last few weeks, to allow me to ssh into my server from my home dev machine. This morning, I accidentally typed ...
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Is Gtalk communication encrypted?

What is the level of security offered by gtalk against eaves-dropping?
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Locking down a Windows 7 PC to just a browser

I have been tasked with building several PCs to act as secure kiosks that allow users to view and use an intranet site at my company. Our LP staff will cover physical security, so that is not a ...
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How can I encrypt the swap file under Windows 7?

Mac OS X has the ability to use "secure virtual memory", meaning that anything from RAM that is swapped out to disk is encrypted. This improves security by making sure no passwords / keys are ever ...
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Can you fully remove a user's (administrator's) password in Windows 7?

I've recently sent my computer to be repaired and I am almost certain that I set a password to my account - the only account on the system. After the repair has been completed I've found out that my ...
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How to migrate my old PGP key to a more secure algorithm?

I have an old PGP using old GnuPG algorithm defaults. According to Best encryption and signing algorithm for GnuPG: RSA/RSA or DSA/Elgamal?, those algorithm settings are no longer sufficient, so I ...
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Multiple instances of conhost.exe

My desktop has two instances of conhost.exe running in the background at all times. Some googling brought up a few articles, like this one, but they don't explain why I have multiple instances of ...
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How to Benchmark an AntiVirus Software

We just installed Windows 7 in our brand new PC that we build ourselves. There are heaps of antivirus software out there, avast, panda, avg, etc. We would like to balance between speed and security. ...
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Allow restricted users to install software on Windows

Is there any way in Windows XP, Vista or 7, where you can set a domain user as a restricted user, but then allow to install certain approved applications? For example, allow them to download and ...
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How can I use Event Viewer to confirm login times filtered by User?

I'm required to log my start and finish times at work. Occasionally I forget to do this and had a bright idea that checking the Security events log would allow me to retrospectively ascertain my ...
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Grant permanent UAC permission to one program? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Selectively disabling UAC for specific programs on Windows 7 Is there a way to grant permanent UAC permission in Windows 7 to a single program? I have an old program ...
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How to run Firefox in Protected Mode? (i.e. at low integrity level)

I noticed that Firefox, unlike Chrome and Internet Explorer, doesn't run in the Low Mandatory Level (aka Protected Mode, Low Integrity) Google Chrome: Microsoft Internet Explorer: Mozilla ...
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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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What is the default administrator password?

Sorry if this is an overly simplistic question, but I'm a bit stuck here. :) I need a windows machine for me to do some programming for class. Since I have my Macbook with me everywhere I go, I ...
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Why do browsers have so many possible exploits?

When browsing I am ocassionally given warnings about pages that host malware "that could damage my computer". I am seriously perplexed as to why, in 2010, browsers still have possible exploits and can ...
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How can I safely open a suspicious email?

Suppose I receive an email that I highly suspect is some form of spam but I'm not 100% sure. Suppose also that I'm using form of webmail (like Gmail) with good spam filters, but this message made it ...