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Can a backup HD be erased despite it NOT being able to be “unmounted”

An external portable HD simply stopped working [no longer recognised by my Mac] so I took it back for warranty replacement. He couldn't read or "unmount" it either [whatever that means] so I just said ...
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Does FileVault 2 encrypt keys in sleep mode?

I have an early 2015 13" MacBook Pro running OS X 10.11.2 and I'm considering enabling FileVault 2. I realize that the disk is always encrypted, even when the machine is in use and only parts of it ...
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Will changing your Apple ID password affect a pending remote erase request?

I had my iPhone stolen a few days ago so naturally I tried to do a remote erase. However, the device has been offline since it got stolen so the erase is still being requested. I'm thinking of ...
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How can my iPhone status change to online if it was locked when stolen

My iPhone 6s was stolen a few days ago, however because I was running out of data I switched off my mobile data earlier. When I got home I tried to track my phone and lock it using Find My Phone, ...
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“This certificate was signed by an untrusted issuer”: what's causing such an error?

I am having trouble with a specific financial services provider; every time I try to visit myvisaaccount.com to check my card balance etc, I get the dreaded Chrome red strikethrough https and x-ed ...
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Installing Adobe Reader without granting full administrative privileges

I agree with the OP of the question How can I open a .pkg file manually? that it is not so nice to grant administrative privileges to software that you do not trust "completely". The following ...
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Changing security questions

i have 15$ in my iTunes account and whenever I try to buy something, it says I have to answer security questions, but I do not remember any of them. So when I try to reset my security questions, it ...
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Second password for SSH-only access

TL;DR: I want to have a simple password to unlock my computer with physical access and a complex password to connect over ssh. This, using the same account. I'm looking for a solution to manage ...
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System Preferences saving where you last clicked?

I was wondering if this behaviour is present on anyone else's Macbook. Every time I've set up a new fresh install, I check that all the Sharing preferences are disabled one by one, and I leave it ...
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What causes loginwindow USER_PROCESS/END_PROCESS entries in Console?

I've noticed a lot of this under my Console when I logged into my admin account tonight (I do regular internet stuff from the standard). Dec 2 21:25:41 [Name's]-MacBook-Pro loginwindow[1650]: ...
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Issue with receiving Apple ID account change notification emails

I was changing the password and recovery key to my Apple ID tonight. Every other time I've done this, I receive a notification email for both password and recovery key changes and then another ...
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Time Machine not restoring properly, System Preferences not saving or malware?

Yesterday, I wiped the drive on my Macbook Pro and reinstalled OS X 10.11.1 using Internet Recovery on my home wifi network (a Netgear router that had just set up before I reinstalled with my sister's ...
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Full, encrypted, point-in-time Mac OS X (including data) backup and restore employing Drobo as backup-storage device?

Summary I want to restore any of the OS and data files my Mac OS X computers to any previous state I "save" (aka "backup"), so I can revert back to a known-working software state when a change causes ...
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How to suppress transient display of passwords on an iPhone?

Once you have defined a passcode to unlock an iPhone, and for every application asking a password, when waiting for a password an iPhone makes a transient display of any character you type. It is ...
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mDNSResponder - incoming connection from “[name of my Macbook]'s-macbook-pro.local”

As I logged into my admin account to set some things up on my Macbook (I surf using a standard account), I noticed via my third-party firewall application, Little Snitch, that mDNSResponder had ...
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Removing Air Watch without removing WiFi/Exchange profiles

Is it possible to do either of the following: Remove Air Watch from an iOS device without deleting WiFi/Exchange profiles Backup the profile and restore it after removing Air Watch?
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Can I reset firmware password via Find My Mac?

I would like to find out if I can set a new firmware password via Find My Mac? I already have my MacBook added but the firmware lock is active and I have no idea what it is, I've tried all ...
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Upgrade/Move OpenSSL in OS X to alternate Apache version/folder location

We are running a Mac Apache web server. It currently has OpenSSL/0.9.7l running on it which is not compatible with SHA2. OpenSSL is running within a special user-interface called iTools 9; iTools is ...
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How to create/write file under /usr in OS X 10.11 [duplicate]

I was going to compile a php extension using phpize, but it reported some files not found. I googled and found some solutions, In OS X 10.9, we can make a symbol link from /XCODE_PATH/OS_X_SDK/...
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Os X El Capitan: will System Integrity Protection patch .AppleSetupDone exploit/hack?

I'm unsure whether this was possible in OS X Yosemite, however OS X Mavericks has a security flaw in which : Should a individual have physical access to a computer, he need only launch in Single User ...
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El Capitan: will System Integrity Protection defence stop sandbox program from accessing System.log?

OS X El Capitan apparently has this new security feature known as System Integrity Protection, which limits root access to an array of files including: /system, /bin, /sbin, /usr, /etc, /tmp and /var. ...
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How can I reinstall OS X without a valid App Store connection?

I have a Mid 2009 MacBook Pro that was used by a "less than responsible" user. As such, it seems to have become infected with malware that rewrites all SSL certificates. These certificates cannot be ...
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Is iPhone being remotely accessed?

On a consistent basis, I try to close any open apps to save battery life. I close the apps by double clicking the home screen button & then swipe the apps upward on the touchscreen to close. ...
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List failed login attempts on Yosemite

I want to see if somebody has tried to log in on my computer, which is running Yosemite. I am primarily interested in tracking ssh log in attempts, as well as tracking people physically typing ...
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Application Password

I'm looking for a simple application that password-protects selected applications. Can anyone help please? Just bought an Apple device after several years using Android.
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Keychain won't reveal forgotten password; how to fix?

Skype automatically logs me in by getting the password from my login keychain. This means I haven't typed the password in a long time, and I have forgotten it. When I select Skype (or anything else) ...
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Logging in automatically without removing the password

Is there any way to have OSX log in automatically in a certain account when starting up, without asking for the password, while preventing remote (or even local network) connections without password? ...
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How to install subordinate CA certificate into keychain from Terminal?

I'm a Windows engineer, setting up a Active Directory PKI, but know very little about Macs. I'm aware of how to install root certificates into the system keychain using: sudo security add-trusted-...
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How to get the hash linked to a GeneratedUID in El Capitan?

Trying to find the GeneratedUID in OS X still works (see example below): dscl localhost -read /Search/Users/<username> | grep GeneratedUID | cut -c15- But entering the following into the ...
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How to find out why OS X is requesting privilege elevation for an app?

I occasionally see the standard OS dialog stating something like "Application-so-and-so wants to make changes to your system. Enter Administrator credentials to authorize." How would I find out ...
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“Verify Certificate” pops up every time I connect to the network

Every time I connect to the eduroam network, which is secured via PEAP/MSCHAPv2, the “Verify Certificate” dialog box pops up. I have to click “Continue” every time I open my laptop, which gets quite ...
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Keychain won't let copy passwords after 10.11.1 update

After the 10.11.1 update, I can not get access to some of encrypted data stored in my keychains with Keychain Access.app. Most notably, I can not see or copy passwords stored. Normally, to do so, you'...
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Is this a security flaw for Other, Others, Others… accounts having 0 (root) UID?

When running this command dscl . -list /Users UniqueID, I get duplicate UID, for the Other, Others, Others... accounts, which is the same UID root uses. daemon 1 Guest 201 ...
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What are Apple's Update and End-Of-Life policies in 2015?

I have a couple of Macs that are required to be held back from upgrade. The requirements are due to (1) use of earlier iPhone/iPad devices, (2) operational requirements, like a particular piece of non-...
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Advice on securely removing malware

I helping out a friend who thinks they may have malware on their machine. I don't what kind or to what extent, so I don't want to boot into the system. My question is Is there a good boot time ...
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security dump-trust-settings causes an error

When I type security dump-trust-settings I get the following two errors: Cert 1: GTE CyberTrust Global Root SecTrustSettingsCopyTrustSettings: The specified item could not be found in the keychain. ...
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Apple Watch stuck on Airplay

Today I looked at my Apple Watch and I noticed that the airplane mode was turned on. I had not activated it. When I looked on the glance with the airplane mode button, I noticed that the AirPlay ...
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How can I make my Mac accept a user password of 8 characters?

I just unboxed my new MacBook Pro, running Yosemite 10.10.5. When I went through the setup procedure, it didn't ask me what password to use for my account, and just set it to that of my AppleID. (I ...
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The website “secure-web.cicsco.com” requires a client certificate

My dad got the message in the subject line in Safari today, with a list of certificates and "cancel" and "continue" buttons. He chose "continue". I gather from a discussion at Apple's site that it's ...
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Disable System Integrity Protection on OS X running on VMware

I have an instance of OS X El Capitan running on VMWare Workstation 10. I need to make changes to /System and therefor have to disable System Integrity Protection. How do I access recovery mode on ...
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How is OS X able to authenticate to my router even when the disk is removed?

I removed the hard drive from my laptop (MBP 9.1, mid 2012) and started recovery mode. Once I entered recovery mode, the laptop was connected to my router (secured with WPA2), even though I had not ...
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Disable 'open this page in [Application]' prompt (iOS)

I currently have an application called App Icon, which allows me to theme my iOS device without being jailbroken, by having web bookmarks on my homepage that open the other application that I want. ...
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Multi user mac and iCloud data security

I'm currently using a shared Mac with other users. All user accounts are Administrators. I noticed that with sudo my files are accessible from other user, and I'm wondering if also my iCloud Data (...
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Password prompt diologue box

Sometimes, when one is installing a programme, a dialogue box will appear asking for an administrator password to allow the installer to ‘make changes’. That seems fine, but wouldn’t it be easy for an ...
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How can I have a LaunchDaemon script use the current logged in users Kerberos ticket

I have a LaunchDaemon that runs as root for security purposes but the script needs to authenticate w/ a URL as the currently logged in user. LaunchDaemons run in their own context so doing a kinit won'...
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Gray globe (earth) appears after restart for no apparent reason - might something be wrong?

I restart my MacBook Air OSX 10.8.5 every few days as a routine habit. Twice in the last few months it has come back with the globe (earth) image displayed for 20-30 seconds (I believe it was flashing)...
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Automatic lock screen does not work in EL Capitan

I have my preferences set so the screen locks 1 minute after sleep or after the screensaver goes up. This used to work until I upgraded to El Cap. Now no matter how long after the screensaver has ...
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Attaching External HD to Airport - Is It Secure?

I am thinking about attaching an external HD to my Airpot (ac), which I will use to back up my computer using SuperDuper on a nightly basis. However, I am concerned about security. I know that I can ...
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Finally upgraded my Mac, now I can't install security update

I finally upgraded from Snow Leopard to Mountain Lion (I didn't trust my older iMac (iMac11,3) to run the newest OS X) but now I can't install an important security update, the Security Update 2015-...
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How can the average user easily validate the integrity of their Mac's firmware?

How can the average user easily validate the integrity of their Mac's firmware? Before you downvote this question or lecture me on how I am paranoid and no one should ever need to do that, please ...