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

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How to configure linux to enforce new users to change their password on first login

I'm trying to configure users password policy on RHEL 6.6 and I want system to ask newly created users to change initial password on first login. Note, that I tried to set EXPIRE variable to 0 and ...
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How to make the Firefox's message “… is now fullscreen” less obtrusive?

Illustration of the problem When a web page in Firefox switches to full-screen then even though the website is allowed to switch to full-screen automatically (Tools > Page Info > Permissions > Enter ...
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ESD considerations of an open-air/wood and plexiglas case

I am going to build a computer soon, and instead of buying a pre-built case I am planning to build my own case; either closed and built with wood and plexiglas, or open and built with just wood. My ...
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Configure Java 8 Exceptions list for all users on a computer?

I need to add several sites to the Java exemption site list in Java 8. The problem is that Java's security settings are done on a per user basis and not on a per system basis. This means that when I ...
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“Windows Security” alert when moving files in My Documents/Desktop (local disk)

Every time I try to move a file to a different location in My Documents or on the Desktop by dragging it I get a "Windows Security" alert telling me "These files might be harmful to your computer". I ...
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Does Keepass protect passwords from malicious software like viruses?

If a computer got infected with a virus or a trojan and the user interacted with Keepass, is there a chance that the malicious software would be able to get the password database? In other words: ...
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Windows' Security warning on all files on local drives

Users usually can download portable software and use it from local drives withount any warning. (I mean small executables just as putty.exe or a portable application from PortableApps.com) However ...
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Github for Mac installs a webserver, github conduit. Is that a security risk?

Github for Mac is a helpful app provided for free by the people at Github.com. It's an OS/X GUI for simple operations with git, and works quite well. It turns out that when I visit a repo on ...
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Convenient way to check AUR PKGBUILD against malicious code?

As is well known, one should take care when installing packages from the AUR, because the PKGBUILD may not do what you expect and may be malicious. For this reason, my workflow for installing and ...
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How can sensitive data written in a custom Outlook Form be protected?

We have an outlook form that is installed on some users machines, for use with their Exchange email account. All the emails sent using that form go to an internal functional/shared mailbox that is ...
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Host hacks when no access to hosts file

I would like to test website where public DNS name is not changed yet. In order to to do that I need to change hosts file on the workstation but the domain security policy prevents me to do so. Is ...
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How to allow a secure remote desktop login, yet keep things convenient?

So I want to have RDP on my main desktop machine and while I did this countless times already, I always used just the hardest possible random passwords. Which indeed works quite well on servers, as ...
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Bogus Chrome Installer?

Just a few days ago I tried to download Chrome (using IE 11) to a new Windows 7 system. I examined the certificate for the Chrome installer (clicking on the highlighted Google Inc. next to ...
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Differences between encrypting an actual PC vs a virtual one?

Are there any differences between using for example TrueCrypt to encrypt the system drive of an actual PC and a virtual one running on ESXi? Are there any security advantages/differences?
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HDPARM Keeps giving Input/Output Error

I've been trying to set the password on my Seagate drive: sudo hdparm --user-master m --security-set-pass pwd /dev/sda I get Issuing SECURITY_SET_Pass command, password="pwd", user=master, ...
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BSOD - “replacing invalid security ID with default security ID” - Cannot boot to windows, black screen

I was working away on my computer when it suddenly blue screened. It's maybe done that once many months ago. Upon Reboot it began running checkdisk, moving orphaned files and then it got to this ...
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Belarc BenchmarkSummary Error

Installed Belarc but when it is opened it does not display the report. It shows: unknown error BenchmarkSummary((Galceran-PC)).html Uninstalled and downloaded again from another source. Same Error. ...
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Security Warning on scripts, but only on desktop

Somehow over the weekend, my Windows 7 Enterprise (64-bit) computer at work seems to have developed an odd problem. I went to load a management console file (.msc) that I've had on my desktop for ...
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How to remove Ahnlab policy agent?

Anybody know how to remove the Ahnlab Policy agent? I was forced to install it so that I could connect to the campus network when I visited Korea. Now that I'm home, I would like to remove it. ...
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Do there exist any published security audits of FreeOTFE?

I see that http://www.freeotfe.org offers FOSS encryption software for Windows. This software also has a Wikipedia article devoted to it. However, it appears to have received less scrutiny than its ...
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Right way of installing Windows 8 and Ubuntu with encrypted file system

Here is problem. for which I am looking for solution My Current Installation on laptop and HDD Partition is as follows. 500 GB HDD -- C: 35 GB [Windows 8 Consumer Preview] -- D: 195 GB -- E: 195 GB ...
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John the ripper - not showing cracked passwords

I am using jtr to perform an audit on our admin passwords. It's cracked a few which showed on the screen, however when I try and get them to show again with the --show command, it says it hasn't done ...
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How does an Update Server verify that the request sent was the intended application?

If you have an update service that's running on a server listening for connections on some random port, how could one verify that any requests coming into that port are from the specific application ...
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Commandline to set perms on SQL's backup folder

I'm trying to get my webhost to grant me permissions to the daily backup folder used by sql server. I'd like to use FTP to access all files in that folder. i'd like to give the host a nice easy ...
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Is Windows 8+ Reset the same as performing a clean install from a MSFT .iso or an OEM .iso?

Windows 8 and newer versions have a "Windows Reset" feature that reinstalls windows. The question is, does it perform the same kind of clean install that you would achieve with a MSFT .iso, or does it ...
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bash Segfault by infinite recursion

I just noticed that the bash I'm using (4.2.25(1)) isn't protected against infinite function recursion. In such a case a Segfault happens (and the bash process terminates). To check this on your ...
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Why is my bitlocker data drive unlocked for a few seconds after boot?

To specify: why is the data on my bitlocker encrypted drive available for a few seconds after logging in? After a few seconds the system 'notices' the drives are bitlocker encrypted and need to be ...
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Nginx Modsecurity Apache Include Equivalent

I just switched from apache to nginx and so far I've been pretty happy. However, I've been having some issues with modsecurity. Back when I used apache I could use the following to add every rule I ...
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Windows Server 2012 WAP + ADFS 3 + SP 2013

We are looking to expose a SharePoint Portal over internet using Web Application Proxy secured with ADFS pre-authentication. The permissions to the Portal are provided through Claims based on certain ...
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Lock a folder so that user can't access but software can

i have a situation here i need to lock a folder (password protect) so that user can't access it without password application/software can access that folder.. :) What i can now: i know i can lock the ...
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Protection against maliciously altered files

Regarding this question, what can then be used to verify the authenticity of a file transferred using Internet if the uploader and downloader do not know (and can't meet) each other in person? ...
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Pairing of logitec Unifying devices uses a “secret algorithm”?

I'm considering buying a Logitec M570 wireless trackball. This device uses Logitec's "Unifying" wireless technology: a single tiny USB insert supports multiple logitec devices. This thread ...
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How to make Pixaria work without ini_set()?

I am working on a server which has Pixaria installed. After wasting (yes, completely wasted) hours trying to find out why it showed a blank page, I finally decided to try to enable ini_set() in ...
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What can a non-Mac App Store app do in terms of sandboxing and security?

I'm curious about what applications from outside of the Mac App Store limitations are. By default, what are their permissions? What can they access on my computer? From my perspective, I can see that ...
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Deny acess to file-shares (SMB)?

There are security policies like: Deny logon locally Deny logon on through Remote Desktop Services Deny access this computer from network Is there any policy to deny specific users/groups to ...
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How to require admin permissions to stop an executable in Windows 8

I have an executable on a Windows 8 machine, that I’d like to keep running. The problem is, the guy I share my dorm room and the Windows 8 machine with keeps shutting it off. Is there a way ...
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Java blocks applet on whitelisted site

On the webpage http://smbus.org/faq/crc8Applet.htm there is an applet for demonstrating the calculation of an 8-bit cyclic redundancy check. Java in Chrome and IE on MSWin7 will not allow this to run. ...
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Why was my computer try to to access the internet after I had placed it into hibernation?

From 21:30 on the 11/10/2014, my Computer was in hibernation. It started to come out of this mode and connected to the internet and with this address: https://www.google.co.uk/?gws_rd=ssl at ...
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Locate files relating to MS Security Essentials scan result

I just ran a MS Security Essentials scan on my computer. The results show two entries under "Allowed". I don't remember allowing any such items to run on my computer. How can I locate the files ...
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DisableCAD local security policy on standalone Windows 7 machine reverts to Enable after reboot or logging out

I have been struggling for days trying to resolve this issue. We are required to have our users press ctrl+alt+delete to login to our systems. The local security policy has the "Interactive logon: Do ...
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Trying to find out if chromebook Supervised User hacked device

One of the kids has a chromebook, acer c720. I set him up as a supervised user on 9/5/2014, and was able to view browsing history on supervised user dashboard. However the history stopped on ...
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Separation of work, personal, and private , for all things tech?

Increasingly I'm finding it's very difficult to separate anything on my computers and devices. Everything syncs everywhere, I need to do work from my home computer, I need to do personal things from ...
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Self Encrypting Drives - is it possible to bypass ATA password?

I am using TrueCrypt but I want to buy SSD with SED, it's Samsung 840 Evo. After firmware upgrade it "supports advanced data security features(TCG/Opal and IEEE 1667)". If I set ATA password, would ...
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After deleting all my cookies I'm still logged in my google account

I'm using firefox in private navigation. I connect into my google account then I delete all my cookies and then I'm still connected into google. Why is this so ? If I delete my cookies and ...
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How to prevent data from being copied at least within windows

How to prevent data from being copied on windows 7 with password.I saw on a computer store,that when you insert a pen drive and try to copy and paste or cut and paste a file,it prompts for username ...
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Is it possible to restrict access to certain URLs for individual programs?

I have a certain use case where I want to whitelist a list of URLs that a certain application can access. In other words, I want to sandbox it, but don't have access to blocking or white listing those ...
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How to manage SSH keys securely in Windows?

I currently have an SSH key I use to access both Bitbucket and my home server from my Windows laptop. The most convenient way I found to deal with the use of the private key was to just have pageant ...
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How do I limit X access for potentially malicious GUI application?

Application directly accessing Xorg can not just draw some good behaving windows, but also capture input, mask windows something else (e.g. password input), lock X server and so on. How can I give an ...
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New modem is not connecting to other devices

After installing a new modem, my older devices (Old phones and older computers) don't seem to detect my home internet at all? I believe the problem has something to do with the security options (or ...
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Make Chrome automatically load insecure content for specific pages/websites

Is it possible to have Chrome load content for specific web pages? I have this page that I go to all the time and I am tired of clicking on the shield each time(to load anyway). I don't want to have ...