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How do you prepare or secure your Mac for the possibility of being stolen?

I'm using the great applicaton Prey which hopefully never has to get used, but just in case, I want to be prepared. So basically I have a request for password after sleep/screensaver enabled, but ...
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With FileVault enabled, do I need to overwrite my hard drive with 0's before getting rid of it?

When I give up my laptop I like to securely delete the hard drive. I would assume that since it's full disk encrypted using file vault that I should be able to just delete the real key for boot ...
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How to disable certain Apps & access to PIM data on iOS

Anybody can describe how to disable certain apps on iOS and disable access to PIM (calendar, contacts, reminders, email) data? I've looked at the Restrictions feature and find that it limits access to ...
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What's a good way to wipe a hard drive for resale?

I'm selling my MacBook and would like to wipe the hard drive in such a way that the current data can't be easily recovered after I reinstall OS X. Can you recommend a free tool to help me do this? ...
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How to wipe a thoroughly secured old computer

I have an old computer of mine (the first MacBook Pro model) that I'm trying to wipe clean and repurpose. But back in the day, I was quite security conscious, and my own barriers are foiling me: ...
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Apple insisting my ID info is not correct, but it is, what to do?

My Apple ID is an old email. I have just tried to update some apps but it's telling me my password I entered is wrong (it isn't). Then I tried to reset my password. As my Apple ID is a no longer a ...
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How do I configure a VPN in Lion?

I've tried to configure VPN in Lion (both L2TP and PPTP), but it never connected successfully. The same VPN works fine in Windows 7 and the iPad and other mobile devices, so I think it could be a ...
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OS X Lion Password Changed, What should I do?

I have a MacBook Pro running OS X Lion. This morning when I turned my machine on I went to log in and my password was incorrect. This frequently happens because of spelling mistakes, caps lock is on, ...
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How stealthy is the stealth mode of the firewall? Does it increase security?

In the System Preferences there is the option: `Security & Privacy -> Firewall -> Advanced... -> Enable Stealth Mode Does this options significantly increase the security when ...
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FileVault Performance Compromise?

I'm thinking of using FileVault to secure my computer - it looks like an ideal solution for everything. However, I'm wondering - will it effect the performance / battery life of my computer ...
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Secure erase drive in Single User Mode

My 2007 Macbook Pro has suffered from a failure of its GPU and will now only boot in Single User mode. I want to sell it on eBay for spares, but obviously I don't want a hard drive with live data ...
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What is the difference between the WPA2 Personal, WPA and WPA2 WiFi security passcodes?

I was editing the configuration for my Time Capsule, when I noticed that I had the following options for network encryption: Why is there an option of WPA/WPA2? Is it as secure as WPA2 Personal? ...
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Are there security risks for an iOS device?

My Dad just got an iPod touch and raised an interesting question. Are there security risks for an iOS device? He was planning on storing sensitive personal information on it, but wasn't sure if it was ...
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How secure is Apple File Protocol from Airport Extreme

How secure is the file sharing feature for use over WAN on an Airport Extreme? i.e. Are the content and/or passwords encrypted when accessed over the Internet?
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mac osx lion security configuration guide

I could find the security configuration guide for mac osx versions at http://www.apple.com/support/security/guides/ however, I can't find any for OS X Lion. Any one know if it is in the works or if it ...
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Does Notational Velocity/nvALT securely sync with Simplenote?

I set nvALT to use a single database to store my notes. Using a database provides the benefit of encryption. I also sync my notes using Simplenote. I just noticed this warning at the bottom of the ...
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How should I debug AFP issues?

I'm having some problems connecting to a Time Capsule's shared drive from a Macbook Air running OS X 10.7.2 Lion. I can connect to the share without problem from a Macbook Pro running OS X 10.6 Snow ...
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Tools to compress and encrypt files

I want to compress several files and encrypt them with a password if possible. Are there any build-in tools in Mac OS that provide such functionality? If not, can you recommend me a (freeware) ...
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How to know if I can rely on an app to keep my password?

How can I know if an app of an unknown author (like gTasks) is reliable for me to give my mail password to use it?
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Securely erase deleted files?

I was wondering if it's possible to make sure that some files I've deleted in the past on my mac are really gone? I know about the option in Finder (Finder -> Secure Empty Trash...), but what if I ...
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Will a thief be able to access the data on my iPad 2 by bypassing the passcode?

Recently, my iPad 2 was stolen. It was protected by a lock screen passcode. Can the person who stole it access my data even if they don't know the passcode? If I understand correctly, the only ...
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How do I password-protect access to specific apps in iOS?

currently, I have a 4 digit lock on my phone. I know this isn't really secure - and can be broken through if neccessary. It just kind of stops the situation if someone picks up my phone, they won't ...
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Motion Detection with iSight/FaceTime Camera

I'd like to use my iSight camera to detect motion, and if any motion is detected, record a short movie (until the motion stops) for security purposes (ok, I want to spy on my cat). Is there software ...
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Issue with deleting user account

I want to delete a user account before selling my machine, so I chose the secure delete account option in System Preferences > Users & Groups. I think I saw a progress bar at first as it was ...
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sshdfilter and ipfw - why are my rules flushed so often?

I have sshdfilter setup to maintain ipfw rules when someone is un invitedly trying to login my system. This has been working quite a while. Since a while - beginning to suspect the last lion upgrade ...
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Launchd network access control in Mac OS Lion

First of all, I've used pf extensively on OpenBSD so I know its rule set quite well. Even though I'm more used to the more recent versions. However, I would like to know if there is a simpler way to ...
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Dealing with bad Gmail certificate in Adium

My wife and I are both running current versions of OS X (10.7.2) and Adium (1.4.3). We both use gmail accounts in it for instant messaging. She launched Adium yesterday, and it complained that ...
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MacBook Air Kensington Lock Alternative

The MacBook Air has no Kensington lock slot. What other options are available for protecting it from theft?
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How can I run a script on a Mac before Airport starts?

I wrote a small shell script to spoof my wireless interface mac address. I'd like to run this script on my mac (snow leopard) before the airport utility starts and attempts to connect to an access ...
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What makes the iPhone video encryption so tough?

It seems that there isn't a single iPhone app that does video encryption. There are a lot of "privacy" apps that "protect" videos and photos with a password and without encryption and there are some ...
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NoScript for Safari

I find myself drifting away from Firefox to Safari, but the lack of NoScript is making me a little uneasy. Is there an equivalent plugin for Safari?
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How to disable single-user boot (command S)

By default, Macs are extremely insecure if somebody can get physical access, as they can simply shut it down, press the power button, hold command-S, and there, they get root access in 5 seconds. Is ...
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Is password to make purchase from App store on iPad and iPhone encrypted?

Is it safe to purchase apps when connected to an unsecured Wifi network (like Starbucks)? Can your password be seen?
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Does an iOS app have the ability to set iOS Safari cookies?

My specific interest is in the context of the Facebook for iOS app, but it can be asked of an iOS app really. Given all the recent changes to Facebook and the way that Facebook cookies are not ...
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Create a WPA hotspot

I would like to share my wired connexion by Wifi. As you may know, Mac OS Internet Sharing option doesn't support more than WEP security protocol. In other words, it's creating a nearly opened ...
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Password protect removal of apps on iOS

I have had instances of people deleting my applications (purposedly or unpurposedly) and it's a real annoyance to get them back, plus you lose all of your data. Is there a way to password protect the ...
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Protect each user account in Lion?

I have enabled File Vault in Lion on a shared computer with several user accounts. Is it possible to encrypt each user home directory such that other users cannot access their data? As it stands, I ...
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Problems with Apple's Security Update 2011-005 (Lion)? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why folders keep shifting their positions? Today I downloaded Apple Security Update 2011-005 for Lion (http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1447). However, I got some issues ...
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Why does OS X warn me before running an app downloaded from the Internet?

I'm always hearing that there is practically no malware threat in Mac OS: clearly claims that there is no Mac malware are exaggerated, but the received wisdom is that they are a negligible threat and ...
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How do I disable quarantine on Lion?

I've been tearing my hair out trying to get rid of the quarantine "Do you want to open this?" warning because I don't like it. The well documented way (defaults write com.apple.LaunchServices ...
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How do I un-trust or remove blacklisted root CAs from mobile Safari on my iPhone or iPad?

The DigiNotar root CA has been compromised and has been blacklisted by Mozilla and Chrome. I've already un-trusted their root CA in Keychain on my OS X devices, but how can I do something similar on ...
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How do I create a passwordless keychain?

Just what the title says - how can I create passwordless keychain on OS X? Using 10.7.1 OS X
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Can websites be locked down on the iPad?

In our network, we use NetMotion to lock down laptops in the field so they can only access what we allow them to access (no ESPN, news, Google) in the truck. As we look at iPad 3Gs (and similar ...
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Looking for advice setting up a new Mac Mini with Lion Server

I am setting up a new Mac Mini server which will serve as a web server (with Apache and MySQL) as well as some other pieces of functionality. I have seen little on securing OS X for such a scenario ...
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Is is possible to prevent OS X firmware password removal?

The title pretty much says it all. I have set a firmware password on my MacBook Pro just to make things a bit harder in case of theft. Still, by pulling the RAM and resetting the PRAM, it would be ...
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iPhone SHSH for go back to 3.1.3

I have a iPhone 3GS with iOS 3.1.3 in my job. I have to update it to 4.1 and after I need to go back to 3.1.3. We have only this iPhone with it, so if I do something wrong, I will never can go back. ...
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Can FileVault show the login window as 'name and password', not 'list of users'?

Normally, Mac OS X lets you choose to show the login screen as a list of users (you click to enter the password), or two text fields (you enter the username and password): But, I use FileVault 2. ...
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Is Apple's Screen Sharing tool secure?

I've been using Apple's screen sharing tool to connect from a client to an Xserve for a while and it's just occurred to me that doing so might be quite a bad idea! I know VNC is inherently insecure ...
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How can I disable Mac OS Lion asking if I really want to open a downloaded file?

I already tried this: cd ~/Downloads find . -print0 | xargs -0 xattr -d com.apple.quarantine But it doesn't seem to work under Mac OS X 10.7 (aka. Lion) anymore: xattr: ./cabin/Cabin-Bold.otf: No ...
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Will FileVault 2 wear out my SSD faster?

I'm considering using FileVault 2 when I upgrade to Lion. Though my understanding of it is weak, it seems as though it shouldn't really increase the number of reads or writes per disk operation ...