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How should I use VPN on a Mac to prevent compromise before the VPN starts?

As most experienced users will have heard, using a Mac in a public untrusted Wi-Fi can be potentially harmful. A tool like Firesheep1 has made it very easy to intercept unencrypted communication. ...
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Neighbor's Airport Extreme extending my wireless network?

I noticed a new machine on my network -- it's my next-door neighbor's Airport Extreme! My network is set up with a WPA2 Personal password, and I don't believe that he's cracking passwords to steal ...
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Can a FileVault-encrypted partition be accessed using a password I supplied during OS X install?

I have a MacBook (Retina, Mid 2012 if it's relevant) which I installed Mountain Lion onto, creating one user account only (an Admin account). There is a Guest User, marked for "Sharing Only". The hard ...
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Do Java security settings in Mountain Lion cause java.lang.ExceptionInInitializerError?

In a nutshell, I have a java app that crashes in java.lang.ExceptionInInitializerError and I'm looking to see if my OS/Java settings might be causing this error. I cannot change the security settings ...
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Can't enable Apple Two Step Authentication

I see from all of the various blogs and news sites that Apple finally has two step authentication with their Apple ID. That's great -- especially with the latest security hole where you can now reset ...
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“Airplane Mode” in OS X. Alternative command for `rfkill`?

This question is an exact duplicate of this post from superuser.exchange.com. I believe this is a valid question for both of sites and hope I am not (if any) violating stackexchange policies. ...
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How to protect my Mac from reseting the admin password

Yesterday I was studying and writing some texts in german. I closed my MBP and went watch some TV which made me forget about the german keyboard layout. When I came back, my password wasn't being ...
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Random shutter sound

Every once in a while I hear a loud sound from my Mac. It sounds like either a camera shutter or a keychain lock/unlock. It all started a couple of weeks ago. I fear something is snapping shots of my ...
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How to stop remote connection/intrusion

First of all, I am new to Apple and not a very technical person. Please bare with me. A person within my network got access to my MacBook Pro through Wifi, and somehow now he can connect remotely. ...
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Embedding Web Snippets in Wiki Server and Security Settings

I want to edit the embed security settings in Mountain Lion Server's Wiki Service because with the default settings you can't embed anything on pages, which makes it a lot less useful. We're in a ...
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Remove app from Location Services?

I've used App Cleaner which clears preference and associated files, but I can't clear it from Location Services permissions list in System Preferences > Security & Privacy > Privacy. Any idea how ...
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Is it possible to program an OS X screen lock? [duplicate]

I want the ability to lock my Macbook at my command. I don't want a screensaver or sleep lock. Don't you get tired of repeatedly typing in your password in all day? I don't want to wait for my ...
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How can I ensure only “whitelisted” applications run on OS X

There is a security technique called whitelisting (available in Windows 7) that ensures that only specific applications and processes will run. This is different from email whitelisting and only ...
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Where are OS X document versions stored? Are they secure?

Support for OS X versioning is spreading among apps (e.g., TextWrangler has just added this feature as of version 4.5), but it is unclear what the security implications of this are. For example, if I ...
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How to determine which traffic goes over the PPTP VPN?

I setup a PPTP VPN on mac os x lion, on the advanced tab I do not have the send all traffic over VPN connection checked. I only want traffic to a specific server connected to go through the vpn, ...
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How can I be sure that Mac chat applications like Adium won't leak my Gmail, iCloud, AIM, or other account/password credentials?

Mac chat/instant-message programs like Adium, Jabber, and AIM require you to enter your chat service account login and password information in the preferences, to enable them to function. How can I be ...
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Is the Guest account a security risk with full disk encryption on Mountain Lion?

I have File Vault 2 full-disk encryption enabled on my 2012 MacBook Air running Mountain Lion. By default it also has a "Guest" Safari-only account available. I just tried it the other day and found ...
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Is there a way to limit how frequently you can start an application?

On my phone, I'm am enjoying a new tweak called MailStop which sole purpose is to limit my reflex of checking my mail far too often. I have set it to not allow me to start the Mail app for five hours ...
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Can I safely remove /usr/bin/java from Mountain Lion 10.8.2?

If I do so, will something, such as a service, break?
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How can you reset security questions on an Apple ID when you have the password, but the security email is incorrect?

There's a bit of a story, but the nub of the issue is we have forgotten the answers to the security questions on an Apple ID used for purchasing apps and music and can't reset the answers / questions ...
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Should I block incoming connections from “netbiosd”?

My (application) firewall settings are configured to block incoming connections from netbiosd. I don't recall setting this myself, and wonder what the consequences are. What are the consequences of ...
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Can malware move from Windows to Mac

I recently got a Mac, and am transferring files from my old Windows laptop which had kept freezing with very high hard-drive activity, and may or may not be infected with malware. I'm wondering if ...
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Encrypt Folders [duplicate]

I seem to remember there being an option to encrypt my entire file system which I passed on but is there a way to just encrypt a folder / directory the way you can on Linux?
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Why is the Lock feature not working on my folder?

I have a private folder on my drive that I keep personal docs in and i want to make it password protected. So I thought I would click Get Info > make it write only in the Sharing & Permissions ...
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How can I use FileVault encryption and still track my laptop if stolen

I've spent quite some time over the last few days trying to work out how I can combine the clear data security advantages of encrypting my machine with FileVault 2 under Lion, and the theft-recovery ...
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Will it work well to use a .dmg as an encrypted folder?

I have a folder containing files including Wills, Trusts, personal financial statements etc. Most of these files are word docs, excel spreadsheets, PDF's and jpegs. I would like to protect this folder ...
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What is the effect of permissions on external drives?

I've set the permissions on files on my removable external drives in ways that seem to make sense to preserve some degree of security. For example, for files that only I should have access to, I've ...
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Transparent locked screen

On my iMac, I keep a lot of supervision windows (displaying alarms and trends). These windows lead to priviledged access to very sensitive equipments. I would like to protect this iMac from any ...
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When will I use the FileVault 2 recovery key?

I enabled FileVault 2 on my Mac, and I remember that it gave me a recovery key. When will I use this recovery key?
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Activity & Hardware Audit

I have an iMac running OS X 10.7 that stands in a public space. Recently, someone stole a Mighty Mouse that was connected to it. I know the time period when it happened so I was wondering if I can ...
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Does anybody know an email client for iOS that is password protected?

I am looking for an email client, that when opened, asks for a password before showing email messages. Is there such an app available for iOS?
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How to unlock iTunes account when prompted for my old e-mail address

This question was locked in an older post, however there was no resolution to the problem. I had a similar issue and was able to resolve it in the following manner with the help of the Account ...
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How to trace who sent email from yahoo account; family member hacked email account

A user's iPad shows a message sent but the user did reply or respond to the email received, and did not send a reply back to sender. The user believes that someone accessed their Yahoo mail account, ...
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external drive network security

I work in an office where all user accounts are on a server, the admin has access to all the screens and devices though the network. How can I protect the drive I connect to my system from my snoopy ...
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What to do if I sold my MacBook Air and didn't disable iCloud

I recently sold my MacBook Air, and I deauthorized iTunes, wiped the hard drive, and reinstalled snow leopard (the os version that came installed with the MBA). I stumbled upon this shortly after, ...
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How can I tell if I'm viewing a secure page in Safari (6.0.2)?

Safari hides the http: or https:, so how can I tell if I'm viewing a page over SSL? Some pages show issuer information in the URL bar, but not all of them. So the ones that show issuer info are ...
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How can I keep my Mac awake AND locked?

I want to leave my Mac awake overnight so it syncs 4GB of data from Dropbox. I need to prevent the machine from going to sleep because that pauses the Dropbox sync I've been using Caffeine to keep ...
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Can Gatekeeper be disabled via terminal in OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion?

How can you disable Gatekeeper via Terminal Commands in OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion? I am looking to replicate the Security & Privacy preference pane selection to allow applications downloaded from ...
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VPN and insecure WiFi on iPad

I have a question about VPN Access on my iPad. After every time I lock it for more than 15 minutes, when I return to using my iPad, it reconnects to WiFi but doesn't re-establish the VPN connection ...
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Does Console.app also log passwords?

I'm a newb of OS X (or any flavor of *Nix for that matter) so this came to mind lately.. As the Console.app logs every single process that's running, does to also mean passwords & such are also ...
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How can I better understand iCloud security for 1Password data?

My understanding is iCloud uses server-side encryption of customer data. I am no expert but what about the data e.g. of an app like 1Password which can syncs very sensitive user data to many devices ...
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Does anyone know what the file ~/Library/Preferences/com.npvdata.client is for?

I had a heck of a time with the file ~/Library/Preferences/com.npvdata.client. Looked like it was some kind of cryptographic key file, and when I went to edit it, not only could I not change it, but ...
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Enabling Wireless Before Logon for Active Directory

We are purchasing computers in the next week on our Enterprise network and will have a mix of Macs and PCs. We are currently running our AD server on Windows Server 2008R2. We use folder redirection ...
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Way to tell where a password dialog is coming from?

Sometimes a piece of software will automatically update itself, and I'll abruptly get the "type your password to allow this" dialog. Is there any verification going on behind the scenes before the OS ...
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How do I generate cryptographically random numbers on OSX?

I need to generate several cryptographically random numbers in OSX and save it to a text file. How should I go about doing this?
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Firewall Being turned off

Is it possible for an application to close my OSX firewall? Several times I have opened the security pref and I find FireWall off while I do not remember turning it off. For antivirus I use ClamXav ...
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Apple alias in Mail and iCloud revealing my identity

I've set up a few email aliases in iCloud under pseudonyms. If I receive an email to one of them (e.g. "Alias Name <pseudonym@icloud.com>), and I try to reply in Mail for Mac, it uses the ...
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Is signing a pdf file electronically with Preview safe?

I would like to sign PDF forms using Preview but I am hesitant that the signature can be copied by the receiving party. Has it been ensured that it cannot be copied? Of course, I realise that it could ...
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Unable to view secure web pages from one particular user account

My dad's computer is running OS X 10.5.8, and is almost always unable to open secure web pages from his account. It's not that he can't log in—it's that the servers never even send a reply. ...
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Someone has created an account using an email adress in a domain a I own

I own "mydomain.com" (actually something else!) and have a catchall to receive all emails sent to any xxxx@mydomain.com Earlier this week I received an email from appleid@id.apple.com asking me to ...