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Pop-up windows that disappear mysteriously

It's been a while since, every now and then, I see a pop-up window appearing for a few milliseconds, that then disappears. I don't even have the time of reading what it says. Any idea on what could ...
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Is my Mac infected with the Flashback trojan?

I own a 2011 model of MacBook Pro with a Core i7 processor and Snow Leopard. I have found out there is a trojan horse which now controls 600,000 Macs. How can I find out if my MacBook is being ...
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How do I change the output power on the OS X internet sharing wifi network?

I'm on 10.7, and I want to alter the broadcast power (so my wifi network doesn't extend beyond 10 ft radius or so). Also, if there's a way to change the security to WPA, which windows 7 can do, I'd ...
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How do I block OS X's auto detection of shared drives?

I'm a little concerned that I have a bunch of drives from other people's computers showing up in Finder whenever I'm at a company site. I don't plan to access those at all. I have sharing disabled, ...
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Does iOS have a firewall?

Does iOS support a built-in firewall like Mac OS X does? I don't see anything about it in Settings.
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How to limit my Mac's exposure to malware?

With OS X malware increasingly in the news (see the Flashback Trojan issue), is there anything that I should do to increase the security of my Mac and reduce my exposure to malware? What I'm doing ...
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If my stolen iPod touch gets reset, will I receive a notification from iCloud?

My iPod touch was stolen. If the person type the wrong password 10 times, it will erase all my data. And, if that happens, will I receive the notification ("find my iPod") I requested in iCloud when ...
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What is Apple's policy for supporting security updates on older versions of OS X?

Does Apple have a policy regarding how long they will continue to release and support security fixes for each OS X release? I've looked around the Internet, and found some forum posts that claim ...
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Flashback malware on Snow Leopard

My Mac OSX Snow Leopard got exploited by the Flashback malware. There's a summary by F-Secure that I'm trying to follow in order to remove it. This link is similar, and provides a little more detail. ...
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Are TimeMachine backups password protected?

If someone was to steal my external hard drive would they need to input my password to be able to read the TimeMachine backup data on there?
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Why can I no longer open the Security & Privacy pane of System Preferences?

Problem Since April 2012, one user of my MacBook Pro can no longer load the Security & Privacy pane. When I click the icon, a sheet drops down: Translated from Chinese to English: Error ...
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Is this possible? Prevent Live-Linux from booting and grabbing your files without encrypting your disc?

I am a medium-experienced Power User with knowledge about most of the stuff (studying this since two years) and I know something about how Linux and Windows work; I have screwed up countless ...
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Does PhotoStream send pictures encrypted over the Internet?

When I'm on a public Wi-Fi network and my photos are being synced to Photo Stream, is there any way for someone on the same network to be able to see them? What about anyone else on the way to Apple's ...
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How to completely disassociate iMessage from my device?

I have an older iPhone that I was thinking about selling soon in order to get a new one. I've set up iMessaging on the device. Normally I would just erase the phone a couple of times and be done with ...
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How secure are iCloud backups?

Are iCloud backups encrypted, both when transmitted and stored? Is it possible for someone at Apple to access any backup made to the data enter? I have heard that when apps have been pulled from the ...
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1answer
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Does FileVault encrypt my BootCamp partition?

If I enable the new FileVault feature in Mac OS X Lion, will it also encrypt my existing Windows bootcamp partitions? (And/or any new bootcamp partition I create?) Update: If not, where can I get ...
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Can I block ports and network traffic when using Personal Hotspot?

I would like to block ports and network traffic when using my jailbroken iOS device as a Personal Hotspot. The reason is I don't want my backup program, computer updates, or any high bandwidth usage ...
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How can I install Adobe Flash manually or without giving root access?

Background info: I've locked down my /Library folder so even the admin group can't write (only root can). The Adobe update app opens the password dialog when I click "install". Is it possible to ...
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Can I disable the iPad's “helpful” password/number shadowing?

I use my iPad for lectures. During this, it is connected to a Big Screen that the students can see. Every now and then, I forget to turn off the "auto lock" feature meaning that I have to wake it up ...
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Prevent users from unchecking “require password to wake computer from sleep or screen saver”

I've recently been given the task of securing a small network. One of the things we want to have happen is to have the computers lock down after a period of inactivity. The easy thing for this, of ...
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How to disable save as in Photoshop/Illustrator?

We have basic security applied to a shared folder so only the authorized user can access the resource. The folder contain Illustrator and Photoshop files. We would like to have a better authority ...
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Data Leak Prevention software for mac OSX

We are using a software in window environment which provides the following feature to prevent a data leak. This software is protecting a folder which contains a lot of AI and PS file in window ...
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Convenient way to store sensitive information on Mac/iPad?

Currently I keep an obscurely-named text file on my hard drive which contains things like bank account and credit card details, various passwords, PINs, and other bits of sensitive/confidential ...
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Is allowing port 80 on Little Snitch safe?

In Little Snitch, I allowed port 80 when a "google.com" popup appeared on my screen. I'm wondering if that was a good idea. If a hacker installed a program on my Mac, and that program sent ...
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Can I secure a Mac's ad hoc network better than just the default WEP?

I have created an Ad Hoc network broadcasting from my iMac. Since I am on a University Campus I think it is likely that at least a few people know how to crack WEP. Is there any way on Mac to use WPA? ...
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Can I unlock my iOS, or access it's data some way, via PC?

In other words, if my iOS device is stolen, will the person be able to get my data by pluging it in a PC and use some trick (or by being able to jailbreak my device while it is protected with a ...
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What are the risks of connecting an iPhone to an unsecured wireless network?

This is a similar question to this one, but since I can't tell how well that translates to the iPhone, I'm asking it again. I've recently been abroad on holiday, and with very expensive data roaming ...
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Protect a Mac from all unwanted inbound/outbound traffic?

A friend of mine asked if there is some sure way to protect a Mac from all unwanted traffic. He was esspecially wondering about applications accessing the web asking for the updates and other "behind ...
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How do I prevent iOS devices from being backed up in iTunes when plugging into a friend’s computer?

Say you plug your iPhone or iPad into a friend’s computer. If iTunes is installed on this computer (which it will be on every Mac, for instance) it will automatically open and take a full backup ...
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Improving security of Mac OS X 10.6

I own a 10.6 Macbook Pro with which I have to use a public IP (that does not change) frequently. I'm also required to idle at various IRC channels. As part of security, I use pretty strong passwords, ...
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How to update Java JRE in Lion?

Sofware update says everything is up to date, however Java Preferences says it's running Version 6 Update 29. The Java website says there is a newer version: Version 6 Update 31 with critical ...
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How can I get the exact URLs/requests that a program is trying to connect to?

I currently use Little Snitch to control network traffic on my Macbook Pro, and see what my apps are connecting to. Unfortunately, Little Snitch only shows you the hostname that an app is connecting ...
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How can I remotely delete sensitive data and log out from a stolen Mac?

Is there any software or a procedure that would allow me to log out of all services (gmail, dropbox etc.) and/or delete any sensitive data remotely ...from a machine that has been stolen?
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How to disable automatic wifi connection?

When OSX already knows an wifi network it auto connects to it, but when it doesn't know the wifi network it will auto connect depending of the setting of the "ask to join" toggle setting in system ...
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How can I report security vulnerabilities for open source OSX applications?

In the event of finding a security vulnerability in the Linux world, the procedure involved would be to report the vulnerability... ...to the developers or the maintainers of the package in a ...
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What user behavior is necessary to make Filevault 2 maximally secure?

Situation: Filevault 2 passwords can be stolen Passware has released the Passware Kit Forensic 11.3 which is able to steal the FileVault 2 password from the RAM by performing a DMA Attack via the ...
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What traffic is sent over the build-in VPN connection?

Under System Preferences > Network > VPN > Advanced > Options I can choose to "Send all traffic over VPN connection". Contrariwise, this would mean that if this option is not enabled ...
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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 ...