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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 ...
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Is there a way to access the TOR network on iOS devices?

What are my options for using TOR on an iPod Touch, either using something similar to the VPN settings, or through dedicated apps for browsing/email/RSS ?
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Can the built-in OS X “Location” feature auto select locations based on wireless networks?

My home network is very secure, but my school's wireless network is open, which makes it vulnerable to wireless sniffing (e.g. with Firesheep). I just discovered the Location feature and I think it's ...
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How secure is it to allow Safari to remember passwords on my iPhone?

What key does it use to encrypt the stored passwords? If it uses the phone's unlock code, what key does it use for phones that don't have one set up? If someone had access to the hard drive contents ...
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What are my options for full system (or at least home directory) encryption?

I own a MacBook Pro, which is obviously a Laptop, so I want to protect myself in case it ever gets stolen. On Windows I can use TrueCrypt to do a full system encryption, but would that also be a ...
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How to make new certificate recognised?

We have a large number of Mac Minis that are running a piece of software that we have developed and have been distributed to various clients. We recently updated our code signing certificate as the ...
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How secure is Mac OS X's security?

My friend's MacBook Pro was recently stolen. Fortunately, it was protected with a password. How secure is the built-in protection ? Can thieves access the data on the hard drive, and at what ...
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Set up a password policy that has a maximum failed login attempts and a reset after a certain period of time

I tried using pwpolicy to set this up. I was able to set up maxFailedLoginAttempts, but setting minutesUntilFailedLoginReset doesn't seem to do anything. When I query pwpolicy using: pwpolicy -n ...
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What is the best option to protect our Laptop?

Because any MacBook Pro in a table can be easily pick up by thieves, and we do have always our current work there (though all backed up, by Dropbox or external HD), my question is Should we ...
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Is there a tool I can use to securely wipe data from iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch?

Is there a tool or application that will securely wipe an iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad (i.e. any iOS device?) I'm not interested in a complete wipe that would brick the device. Rather, I'd want to ...
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Is it generally advisable to get anti-virus software for Mac OS X?

Is it worth to buy an anti-virus software for Mac OS X? I heard both opinions like "it's not possible to get a virus on Mac OS X" and "Mac OS X is also vulnerable against virus... " Which is true? ...
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Is there a quick way to lock my Mac?

On Windows you can hit the keys Windows+L to lock your computer if you step away. I don't want to have to remember if sleep currently asks for a password, if there is a time out where my screen isn't ...
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Unscrupulous apps on iTunes — bank account hacked by iTunes merchant? [closed]

I recently had $500 stolen from my bank account via the iTunes store. I am not certain whether the charges are directly from Apple or via some other company whose iPhone app has somehow circumvented ...