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11 views

How to modify file on windowsapp folder

I have been trying to modify and add content to a app folder. But for some reason it does not allow me to modify or add new content to that folder. These are the things I have done: 1) Take ...
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1answer
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gpedit Remote Desktop Session Host security option missing

i am trying to configure a secure remote connection to a pc though a guide, and when i tried to find the Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Remote Desktop Services > Remote ...
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'net stats server' has password violations

I've been messing with Windows net commands on my personal PC and noticed something. I ran net stats server and the result showed 106 Password Violations. This is quite odd since I logged on to the ...
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Stolen Windows 8 Toshiba P855-5102 - Bitlocker enabled?

One of my users had his laptop stolen last weekend. I am trying to validate that the hard drive was encrypted. Unfortunately, I cannot find the Recovery Key for this particular machine. My ...
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0answers
35 views

Windows: How do I recognize that someone has access to my PC?

I'm a Windows user (Windows 7 and 8.1). How can I see that somebody has access to my system and how do I block this? I mean both scenarios: Some person somehow knows my password and can access my ...
0
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1answer
70 views

Bitlocker disk encryption without admin override

I am a somewhat paranoid CTO exec that just received a Microsoft Surface with Windows 8.1 and I would like to enable disk encryption to protect my information. I know that bitlocker can be enabled to ...
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1answer
131 views

Why did Windows 8.1 damage the security permissions on a drive from another Windows installation

I have a problem with Windows 8.1 and doing a "quick" backup of the files and folders on another installations HDD Scenario: Computer A: My computer = Windows 8.1 fully patched Computer B: ...
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1answer
30 views

Windows 8 drive somehow keyed to a computer?

Having an odd issue wherein I am working on a Windows 8 laptop and cannot access the hard drive after extraction and placement into an external enclosure that works. I removed the drive to pull some ...
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2answers
80 views

Permission errors when copying files from the former internal drive of a defunct WIndows Vista laptop

I'm helping a friend resurrect data from the internal drive of a Windows Vista laptop which survived a house fire -- call this SingedDrive. We bought a new Windows 8 laptop, and I've installed ...
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47 views

Website Lock for Windows

Is there a way/hack/software to lock a domain (not just the main page but the whole domain. e.g. Not just superuser.com but also superuser.com/questions/ask and everything else.) in Windows 8 with a ...
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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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1answer
33 views

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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1answer
371 views

Why don't you have to press CTRL+ALT+DEL to logon anymore in Windows 8?

In previous versions of Windows, you had to press Ctrl + Alt + Delete to logon, or to unlock a locked workstation. This was because this key sequence was recognized directly by the BIOS, and thus ...
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0answers
96 views

“Access is denied” when editing Windows Store app files even after taking ownership

I'm having a strange problem. I want to edit Windows Store apps' files, but for some reason the WindowsApps folder doesn't give even administrators access by default. So I take ownership of the folder ...
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2answers
184 views

Why does after Installing new windows folder and file asking for Permission?

When I install new Windows OS (Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7), many files and folders become inaccessible. I mean I cannot access those folders and files, cannot copy, rename or move them, and I ...
7
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1answer
538 views

Did my computer unlock itself?

I woke up around noon to find my computer unlocked, despite having remembered locking it the previous night and not using it since. I checked the security log, and saw a "logon" event from 11:16 AM. ...
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0answers
91 views

How to locate unknown user being created in windows 8?

How to identify unknown user being created in windows 8 machine? I found it in System Properties/Advanced/User Profiles/Settings as Account Unknown. It is not present in c:\Users nor in ...
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1answer
1k views

Windows 8.1 stuck on security setup

I have a new laptop Lenovo with already Windows 8 installed. I have made the upgrade to Windows 8.1 After the upgrade was complete, i have made some basic configurations and then i arrived at the ...
2
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1answer
134 views

Is there any risk of someone knowing my license key of Windows 8?

I am in the process of purchasing Windows 8 and then upgrading right away to 8.1 for free via the store. I have found a eBay seller that sends you a licence key and a download. However, is there any ...
0
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1answer
125 views

Is it safe to publicly share Minidump files? [duplicate]

Is it safe to publicly share Minidump files which are created after windows crash for like diagnosing let's say posting there links here at SO so other users can have a look and diagnose the issue?? ...
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3answers
3k views

Windows 8.1 sign in to Microsoft account without using Microsoft online password?

With Windows 8.1, Microsoft appears to be pushing users even harder towards signing in with a Microsoft account rather than a local user account. My Microsoft account has a secure (long, hard to ...
0
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1answer
503 views

Business Laptop with BitLocker Disk Encryption

I am getting a new laptop soon which comes stock with 2x128GB Raid0 for the primary partition with Windows 8 Pro installed on it. It also has a 1TB hard drive for storage stuff. My question is that I ...
2
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2answers
2k views

VMware workstation windows host shared folders issue

My laptop is a Linux mint powered host and a windows 8 guest via VMware Workstation. Yesterday, I get the bad and stupid idea to upgrade my windows 8 to windows 8.1 final release, using the Installer ...
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2answers
2k views

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 ...
2
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1answer
2k views

Disable auto-lock on inactivity [duplicate]

How can I disable the automatic locking on idle mechanism in Windows 8? I have tried: Disabling screen saver and screen saver "lock on resume" --> done Disable lock on wake in power options --> done ...
2
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1answer
349 views

Encrypting a folder

I'm familiar with bitlocker, having been using it for a while, but I am looking at just encrypting a folder instead. But I just don't understand the options it's giving me ... When i right click a ...
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1answer
350 views

Windows 8 requesting duplicate updates

Am I not alone when it comes to Windows requesting "...Flash Player for Windows 8 for x64..." multiple times even after updated, along with a few other security update duplicates. Is there a fix so I ...
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1answer
359 views

Is it safe to use remote desktop to connect Windows 8 pro from remote location?

I want to access my home PC from outside from time to time. Is it safe to enable port RDP forward on home router and remote desktop home Windows 8 from remote location? Is another layer of SSH or ...
5
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4answers
3k views

Removing the “Open File - Security Warning” in windows 8?

I like to study a lot of code from various sources from around the internet, and a big part of that involves downloading and opening the files to view the source code. Now every time I try to open ...
5
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2answers
767 views

Are standard users still useful when Windows 8 has UAC?

My last computer ran XP; administrators had unrestricted access (no UAC) and my normal day to day account was a standard user. I simply did a 'run as' then entered the admin credentials when I needed ...
5
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2answers
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How do I make my folders inaccessible by other administrator accounts on Windows 8?

I want to make my folders private, so that they can only be accessed after logging in with my own account, but be inaccessible by other local accounts, even the administrator accounts. I have a PC ...
0
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0answers
84 views

Windows 8 locking files

I have my UAC settings dialed down to 0 (lowest setting), but when I uninstall a program it wants to delete some profile data stored in my user directory. Win8 denies access to the installer trying ...
0
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4answers
3k views

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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1answer
305 views

Windows 8's Confusing Security

I'm using Windows 8 Pro x64. My account in the PC is an administrator account. Among several logical drives in the PC, admins have full control permission on all drives. I've confirmed this by drive's ...
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792 views

How safe is my Windows 8 Microsoft Account? [closed]

In earlier version of Windows (Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7), my various secrets are protected with RSA encryption: encryption file system saved credentials IE passwords ...
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1answer
72 views

windows prevent app from accessing internet

I bought a desktop password management application and I want to make sure it is secure and doesn't send any data to the developer. So I want to block it from using the internet. I am using Windows ...
4
votes
2answers
174 views

If I disable password logins, are there any network login implications? [closed]

If I disable logins (eg enable an automatic login as described here) do I open myself up to a host of remote attack possibilities? I would prefer not to have to log in each and every time, but I ...
1
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2answers
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AppLocker Windows 8

Windows 8 only includes AppLocker support in the Enterprise version (Where as Ultimate and Enterprise had it in Win7) it's there in Win8 Pro but doesn't enforce the rules. SRP runs in usermode and ...
5
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3answers
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Is the UAC level in Windows per individual user?

Can each user have different UAC level in a PC? Specifically, can an Admin have UAC level set to "never notify" and a User have UAC level set to "always notify" and so on?
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1answer
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Windows 8 security user account permissions

I'm using Windows 8 Pro. When I try to save an attachment from Outlook 2010 into a specific Program Files folder I get the following message: "C:\Program Files (x86)... You don't have permission ...
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3answers
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Does Windows 8 include the Windows Help program (WinHlp32.exe)?

In 2011, Symantec reported on the use of the Windows Help File (.hlp) extension as an attack vector in targeted attacks. The functionality of the help file permits a call to the Windows API ...
3
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2answers
809 views

Can't change owner for a folder even login as build-in admin

I login as the build-in admin and try to change owner for a folder: After I click on the Change link, I suppose to get a dialog box to enter new users, but instead, I got the following: WHAT??? ...
5
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2answers
3k views

Windows 8’s Mail application does not support TLS/STARTTLS for IMAP accounts?

The built-in Mail application does not seem to support TLS using STARTTLS for IMAP on standard IMAP port 143. This is the only option my email server offers, and it works for every other email client ...
4
votes
1answer
147 views

How can I install an app I bought with my Microsoft Account on my kid's local account?

My kids can't buy an app. But I can. And I can install on up to 5 different machines/profiles. What are the steps for me to be able to install an app I bought with my Microsoft Account on my kid's ...
2
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2answers
256 views

Can a malicious Windows app disable my webcam light?

I have a webcam built in to my laptop with a little LED that lights up whenever an application uses the camera. Is this LED controlled on hardware level? If not, does Windows have special provisions ...
4
votes
2answers
223 views

How to make sure nothing is shared from Windows 8?

One of much praised features as I read in Windows 8 is sharing. I do not use any social networking and I don't want to share (however I use SkyDrive to keep some of my files accessible from different ...
1
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2answers
198 views

Is WinRT really as secure as it's made out to be? [closed]

Prior to releasing Windows 8, Microsoft claimed that all WinRT apps are cleanly removed from your computer after uninstalling them, and that WinRT apps should not interfere with other running ...
7
votes
2answers
7k views

Windows Defender vs. Security Essentials in Windows 8

What is the difference between Windows Defender on Windows 8 and Microsoft Security Essentials? They practically look alike, so is there a need to install Security Essentials?
3
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4answers
6k views

Can a Windows 8 machine safely run without an anti-virus? [closed]

One of the new features of Windows 8 is the UEFI "Secure Boot", "which uses a public-key infrastructure to verify the integrity of the operating system and prevent unauthorized programs such as ...
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2answers
267 views

What extra security features does windows 8 offer over windows 7? [closed]

What improvements/additions to security have been made to Windows 8 as compared to Windows 7?