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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 ...
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Ideas for securing a MacBook Air?

I am in the market for a new laptop and have my eye on the new MacBook Air (13" model). It's perfect in every way, except one. Unlike the white MacBook (RIP) and MacBook Pros, the Air lacks a ...
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How can I get OS X to challenge me for password after sleep?

I'm running version 10.6.8. Where do I go to enable password challenge after sleep?
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Security problem if Mac Os X file sharing permissions for “everybody” is set to read-only?

What does "everybody" exactly mean in File Sharing in the Sharing Preference Pane in Mac Os X. Sounds as if everybody in the local network could read my files without authentication if its set to ...
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How can I log screen sharing access on OS X?

I've got my firewall on (the OS X firewall) and I've got a lot of attempts on screen sharing. Allow AppleVNCServer connecting from 93.78.170.237:2223 uid = 0 proto=6 I want to log successful ...
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Is there a way to block access to my e-mail in my iPod Touch, so I can lend it?

I would like to lend my iPod Touch 4 sometimes, but I would like to block access to my e-mails (as well as Facebook), is there a way?
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What services/apps can cause my iPod to be remotely wiped?

I've learned that simply by adding an Exchange-based email account to my iPod's Mail app, I am implicitly allowing the administrator of the email system to remotely wipe all data from my iPod -- even ...
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Natively written packet sniffer / inspector for OS X

I am looking for a packet sniffer / inspector which runs natively on OS X (Cocoa) and not with some sort of compatibility layer like X. Ideally I am looking for an application with the following ...
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How can I open a .pkg file manually?

Some applications come in .pkg files, and ask for you administrator password, even if all they do is copy the binary to /Applications. I like to have my applications in ~/Applications, and I do not ...
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How can I encrypt photos on an iPhone 3GS/4?

How can I encrypt photo files on my iPhone 3GS or iPhone 4 with a password and without any quality loss? Is there an app for that?
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Internet Sharing supports WEP but not WPA?

I am trying to make a WiFi hotspot through my MacBook. It has Snow Leopard 10.6.7 on it. The thing is that when I go to sharing and then configure internet sharing, it only gives the choice of using ...
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Untick the 'Open Safe Files' preference in Safari with Terminal

After all the fuss over Mac Defender, I thought it might be a good idea to disable the open safe files option in safari for the users in our network. I'd like to do this with the 'Send Unix Command' ...
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Hard wired link between webcam and led indicator?

In light of stories about stories about secret monitoring over laptop webcams (such as this one or this one), I wonder about the reliability of the green LED next to the camera that indicates that ...
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is it safe to key in your password in an iphone?

I've got 2 questions regarding password security and IPhone If say I access the internet and key in my gmail password. Exactly how "safe" is this action? What about if i install an app and key in my ...
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Is there a way to password protect individual apps?

Is it possible to password protect a specific Mac application? For example, I am interested in protecting Mail because even if you cannot retrieve new emails, you still can read all the already ...
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How to prevent resetting a login password in single user mode or from a recovery partition?

There are a few ways to reset the login password of an OS X user account: Starting up in single user mode, running mount -uw /, launchctl load ...
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Is there a way to verify the URL of a page loaded in a browser window inside an iPhone app?

Specifically, I'm trying to make a purchase inside a certain iPhone app using Paypal. Instead of the app opening for me a paypal url in the Safari, it seems to be loading the paypal url in a browser ...
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How can I restrict only iPad to be connectable to USB port of Mac?

I would like to allow iPads to be connected to Mac for provisioning of applications on the devices, but would also like to prohibit any other device from being connected to USB port for security ...
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What certificates and/or files are needed to bypass iOS's passcode lock?

Some forensic tools like Lantern 2.0 allow the use of a passcode bypass file to get around the passcode lock on iOS 4.2 and later. This means that if someone has your device they can get around the ...
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How to make items copied into a folder respect its permissions?

I shared a folder of pictures on my OSX 10.6 MacBook with my wife, who accesses it from her 10.5 MacBook. I created an account for her and gave her read/write permissions on the folder (via the Get ...
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Is there a good way to distribute WPA2 keys within the 'enterprise'

Due to this whole cloud thing, we've started to end up with more and more macs within our enterprise network. And, like most enterprises, we've got an internal wireless network that we'd rather not ...
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Why is SSH forwarding happening even with port forwarding disabled?

I am using an Aiport Extreme as my wireless router, and it has port forwarding set up but disabled for SSH: However, I keep seeing instances of ssh login attempts from outside -- someone is trying ...
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Is it safe to provide your raw system profile to software vendors for tech support?

I have a very expensive piece of software that began crashing after a recent system update, which presumably broke something. Unfortunately, the system logs the app throws aren't detailed enough for ...
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How to make specifics apps password protected even after passcode in iPhone?

I have passcode on iphone but sometimes i need to give my iphone to other to make calls. I want to make specific things password protected, things like mail, sms, contacts and some games. Is it ...
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Encrypting/protecting Time Machine backup drive?

How do you guys secure/protect your Time Machine backup drive? Even though it's an external drive, it's still susceptible to physical theft though. What do you guys do for precautions?
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Simplest way to audit and monitor my home network and deal with intruders (while leaving it all open)

Please don't give me a suggestion that you haven't tried and approved yourself. Also please feel free so skip and not read anything below. I trust the title is already summing up pretty good. What ...
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Login Window not blacking out my screen?

I use hot corners to lock my screen. Sometimes, my login window appears but the screen behind it does not turn black. My desktop stays visible, but behind the Login window. Why is this? Is there ...
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Is it safe to enter your credentials on eBuddy for iPhone?

I'm hesitant in using it, as it asks for all your passwords for your messaging programs. What is their privacy policy? Has anyone ever had problems with it?
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Simple encryption software for the Mac

I am looking for an application which would allow me to encrypt either a file or a folder. Something like right click on a file/folder, select Encrypt, give it a password and ready. Of course, it ...
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Turn Wifi Off via command line

I'm sharing my internet in work and forgot to turn it off! Does anyone know how I can do it via the command line? I have SSH access but thats it. D'oh.
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Disable Display of Letters on Password (iOS)

When typing a password in any password field on my ipad, it displays each letter I type for a short time. I'm on the train every day, and I always have people looking over my shoulder.. just can't ...
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itunes commercial podcast piracy security

I'm just wondering how secure commercial podcasts on itunes are protected against piracy? Does it even matter for security if the podcast is provided over itunes or is it the content provider ...
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Is there a way to test my iPhone for any potential rogue apps

Is there is a way I can test my iPhone for any potential rogue apps that someone may have installed on it? I have been working on some nondisclosure type work lately, and it appears that information ...
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Default installation folder

I am unhappy with the inherent insecurity of having to type in my system.install.root.user password when installing some applications. I realize this is necessary to install to the system wide ...
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How can I enable DVD or CD Sharing with the Firewall on?

I'm trying to enable "DVD or CD Sharing" in the System Preferences. When I enable it, it says that the Firewall is blocking it. If I go into the Security > Firewall settings, I see that the first item ...
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What does a firmware password protect?

If I create a firmware password on my MacBook, what does that protect me from? Does it protect from any of these: Reformatting the hard drive. Switching OS to boot from (e.g. if Boot Camp is ...
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Security hole in firmware password by installing another boot loader?

I set up a firmware password on my MacBook. One thing I don't understand is how I can install a tool such as rEFIt, and effectively bypass the entire firmware password (i.e. installing it never asked ...
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Does PlainText transmit data securely?

Does the iPhone App PlainText transmit data securely (i.e. does it use SSL?), or it there a risk of my data being read by third parties when I sync with dropbox?
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HFS+ case-sensitive or case-insensitive — which type to use for the primary drive partition?

What reasons are there for choosing the case-insensitive version of HFS+ when formatting the primary drive partition? Would case-sensitive not always be the best choice?
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Is there a remote desktop solution that will transfer sound output to the client?

I'm looking for a secure and hopefully free remote desktop client that will allow me to interact with my Mac OS X 10.6 machine from a 10.5 machine that will also transfer sound to the client. At a ...
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Safe to post iOS crash logs in public?

One of the iOS apps I use has been crashing a lot more than usual lately, so I'm posting about it on their forum. I've got a bunch of crash logs. Is it safe to post iOS crash logs in a public place? ...
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How am I supposed to use ProXPN on an insecure network?

It seems that ProXPN will only launch after you connect to a wireless network. How, then, can I keep my connection secure while connecting to an insecure wireless connection while using ProXPN? There ...
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What are the risks of connecting a MacBook to an insecure wireless network?

What privacy and security risks am I exposing myself to when I connect my MacBook to an open insecure wireless network? Are there any risks that are worse or better when compared to a Windows PC ...
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How do I set up a firmware password on a MacBook Air?

I'm trying to follow the instructions for how to set up a firmware password, the problem is that they don't mention anything about Mac OS X 10.6.*, nor do they mention what to do with a MacBook Air, ...
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Hibernation mode shows incorrect value?

I'm trying to follow the steps in this article to make it so the contents of my memory aren't written to disk every time the computer goes to sleep. I'm having trouble in the "Check the current ...
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Is data transmitted over 3G secure?

When data is transferred from my iPhone via 3G, is it encrypted, or is it relatively simple for a hacker to read the data that's transferred to AT&T's cell tower? What about after it reaches the ...
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Is there any good web resource that discusses about iPad security? [closed]

I am trying to collect the key security concerns (and possible solution) surrounding iPad app development? Is there a good web resource that discusses these iPad concerns, solutions, best practices?
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How to securely erase an SSD drive?

I'm pretty new to SSD technology, so I don't know how it compares to hard drives when it comes to securely erasing the drive. Is it enough to run Disk Utility and erase the drive with the option ...
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Can spyware affect the iPad?

I tried to login to my gmail, hotmail, and facebook accounts today. I could not login to those three because they said that my password is incorrect. So I tried to think what I did yesterday. I only ...
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Preparing my MacBook Pro in case it is ever stolen

How might I best prepare my MacBook Pro in case it is ever stolen? I hardened my security by flipping on FileVault (home directory encryption) and enabling the password prompt after waking from sleep ...