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Can I trust Apple Store's employees with my laptop?

This might be a bizarre but crucial question, can I fully trust leaving my laptop in repairs (Genius Bar) while they have full access to it ? I recently went to the genius bar to get my display ...
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iOS 6 - does it save my location?

I recently found out that the iPhone keeps (at least on older versions) your location data in a data file: http://petewarden.github.com/iPhoneTracker/#faq I have an iPhone on iOS 6 but my ...
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Is it true that Apple security has been very successful? [closed]

According to this article, the author mentions that Apple's App Store still has more high-quality apps, and in terms of security, it hasn't yet been beaten. Is it true that Apple security is ...
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For maximum FileVault2 security, why is hibernation recommended?

Many discussions of FileVault 2 security suggest using: sudo pmset -a destroyfvkeyonstandby 1 hibernatemode 25 Some of those discussion state that FileVault keys are stored in RAM during normal ...
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Apple id security questions not allowing me to download apps

I bought an iPhone 4S. I am trying to download apps from the App store but it is not letting me do it. Every time I try to download an app, a window pops up asking me to type in my Apple ID password. ...
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What options do we have to keeping our hard drive secure in case of theft?

If you have work files on your laptop that are sensitive, what measures can you take to keep things secure? is it possible to encrypt the entire drive?
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entered wrong password while switching users, now can't switch, log out, or sleep?

I attempted to use the fast user switching menu to switch to a different account on my mac (it's a new Macbook Pro with OS 10.8.2, but I migrated users and settings from my old mac). I misremembered ...
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How can I find out if my iPhone Is jailbroken?

How can I find out if my iPhone (or iPad) has been jailbreaked (with a drive-by injection for example)? Is there an app for that?
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Facebook Photo Verification on iPad's Safari

I work with a social media company and recently experienced something very vexing at a live event. We have visitors sign in temporarily on iPad kiosks for registration purposes to their Facebook ...
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Mac security problems

im having a problem installing an application (vuze). Ive gone into the regular settings tab and i cant find anywhere to change any particular setting. I looked online and i just randomly see the ...
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How to configure an Airport Express router to block a machine after many failed wifi connection attempts?

There's someone in my neighbourhood that keeps cracking the WPA2 password on my Airport Extreme router, connecting, and using between 5 to 15 Gigs of bandwidth a day. I've read online that with ...
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Access denied when creating a Python file?

I'm trying to compile a file using Python and I receive this message: error: could not create '/Library/Frameworks/Python.framework/Versions/7.3/lib/python2.7/site-packages/tulip': Permission denied ...
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How to open files from unknown developers without a warning in OSX?

I believe I have too much security on my mac. Whenever I try changing a file name or install a program I have to enter my laptop's password. Moreover, I cannot quickly access downloaded programs ...
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Steganographic key ring

I am using a key ring app on my iPhone and would like to see an improved or alternative version that makes additional use of security through obscurity in general, and steganography in particular. ...
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Limit list of apps user can launch?

In Windows it is possible to configure system so, that user runs only some list of applications (for example Word, Excel, PowerPoint...) and user can't launch anything else. How can I configure OS X ...
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How can I instal VirtualBox without Admin permissions? [closed]

I am using a MacBook Air. Its got a 60gb harddrive. I want to install VirtualBox so I can run Horizon, Modio, and Usb XTAF explorer. I've tried using Crossover (I don't know how it works :(. I tried ...
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How do I automatically connect to a VPN when using Wi-Fi in OS X?

The FBI issued a warning regarding hotel Wi-Fi access points, and any other public access point. I'd like to make sure my apple device always uses a VPN when using Wi-Fi. That way even if an attacker ...
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Locking down all apps except the phone/call app on the iPhone 4 running iOS6?

Is there a way to lock out all apps except just the phone app in order to make calls? I understand "Guided Access" isolates you to a particular app and not let you move out. This works fine but is ...
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AD User as an administrator on the Mac?

I'm looking for a way to add an Active Directory user to a Mac and let them administrate the machine, without making more than just that user an administrator. Right now, I'm using Directory Utility ...
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secure erasing empty space without destroying the disk

I know I can use Disk Utility to secure erase a disk. My question is: I have a disk half empty. I would like to know if there's a way to secure erase the empty part of the disk. I mean, an ...
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Calendar, addressbook access by an app and the data use policy questions

When an iOS app seeks permission to access my addressbook or calendar, what is it that they can do with my data? I am thinking of these things. Do they transfer the data from my device to their own ...
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How can I enable fingerprint authentication on a Mac? What compatible scanners are available?

Do you know if there's a way to have fingerprint authentication on Mac? If so, is there any scanner compatible available?
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Clipboard survives a reboot. Is it secure?

I noticed that things in my clipboard survive a reboot - love it, very convenient. But I'd guess that's written to disk, and if I had physical access to your machine, I could reboot it and access the ...
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How to fetch an AirPort/Wi-Fi password using /usr/bin/security

I have been trying to use /usr/bin/security rather than hard coding login/password information into scripts. For example, here's how you get the password for 'pinboard.in' security 2>&1 ...
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Is JavaScript secure? [closed]

I have a couple of websites I have to use that require Java so I am leaving it on in Java Preferences.app, disabling it on all browsers bar one that will only be used for those sites. Am I safe to ...
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How to not allow other people to access your mac?

i've been noticing strange things since I moved in my apartment. One time or another I can see airplay icon that appears out of no where, I'm concerned that someone might get access to my mac, is ...
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How do System Preferences remain unlocked?

To make certain modifications to system preferences, you first need to unlock the preference pane. Some of these changes are done on a system level and the command-line equivalent would need to be ...
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What potential dangers arise from a mass iOS UDID leak?

Can anyone enlighten us with what a hacker could use one (or a list of) UDID for? The leak reported September 4 of 1 million UDID's by AntiSec makes me worry. But should I? What is the worst case ...
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What is Logger.bundle?

I am running a late 2010 MacBook Air running OSX Mountain Lion with latest update. Looking around in my system folders I found a file called Logger.bundle and it's in my ...
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Is there a way to enable Java only for specific applications?

I know that it is possible to completely disable Java in OS X, and to disable its use from within a given browser. I use just one or two applications that require Java, and would like to enable it for ...
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how to track the pid of a process using mDNSResponder?

I'm searching the right way to identify which pid/process ask to mDNSResponder to resolve dns query. In other terms I want do identify which process do which dns query through mDNSResponder and in ...
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Avoiding malware in recommendations?

Occasionally, answers on this site include software recommendations. Let’s assume a "legitimate developer" pretends to have created a useful application that is (secretly) capable of doing harm. How ...
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Public Wifi spot + “Not trusted” = Danger?

Occasionally, when trying to connect to open Wifi spots (unknown to me)... ... my iPhone gives me a warning about the server identity... ... and shows a dialog that looks like a certificate ...
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How I do permanently authorize an app on my mac?

I use Clean My Mac to periodically clean out old log files and caches. Right before the clean, it asks me permission and I have to enter my password to authenticate. Is there any way I can authorize ...
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Why does OSX hang when logging in to a Windows network?

For the last couple of years I've used a MacPro + SnowLeopard at work. We have a Windows network so I have to do a network login into our domain. I sometimes login with my local Mac machine account ...
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Do I have malware? Mysterious connection made by app

I have Little Snitch installed. I use an app [that shall remain nameless in case this is a false alarm]. I was recently reviewing connection attempts in Little Snitch, and it claims that [this app] ...
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What does OS X use “associated” Apple IDs for?

On OS X it is possible to associate Apple IDs with user accounts. Apple lists three consequences of doing so: The Apple IDs can be used to reset the user account The Apple IDs can be used to access ...
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Remember Kerberos tickets after reboot

I need to use Kerberos to connect to my network at work. The built-in kinit and ssh in Lion work fine for me. However, I need to get a new ticket and re-enter my password every time I restart the ...
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How long does Apple provide support for Mac OS X?

I am currently using Apple 10.6 (Snow Leopard). How long will Snow Leopard be supported for? Does Apple provide an end-of-life policy in writing? I have read that Apple tends to only provide security ...
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What is accessible to an attacker who has reset my administrator password?

I understand that it is possible to reset the administrator password on a Mac, allowing someone with physical access to a machine to create a new password that gives them access to all files unlocked ...
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How are passwords stored by Apple TV?

Apple TV stores a number of passwords (or some kind of credentials) needed to access services like Vimeo and YouTube, as well as the Apple IDs needed to access the iTunes Store (and the now defunct ...
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Has iOS Always had Secure Boot?

In Apple's recent iOS Security paper here http://images.apple.com/ipad/business/docs/iOS_Security_May12.pdf They speak about the Secure Boot Chain, my question is has iPhones/iPods/iPads always had ...
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What steps I should take for data security and prevent misuse of my lost iPhone?

I lost my iPhone 4 and mistakenly wiped it using "Find my iPhone" from https://www.icloud.com/. Can i even track it? It was locked by password. Now I think it's sure that I can't track my phone. I ...
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Should I use the same Apple ID for iCloud and iTunes?

Should I use the same Apple ID for iCloud and the iTunes store? My immediate assumption was "sure, of course, keep it simple", but today I read the following recommendation: One potential problem ...
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Does Remote Wipe securely wipe the contents of the drive?

With all the ruckus surrounding the Mat Honan debacle, I'm curious: When you remotely wipe a Mac, is it a secure wipe or does it just lock down the machine with a code? From the Wired article: ...
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How does Apple's Power Nap interact with File Vault?

If a machine is periodically waking up to check for updates with Power Nap, does this also mean the disk encryption keys are always in RAM? If so, this makes a DMA attack against a "sleeping" Mac ...
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Where are Safari 6.0 passwords saved?

Prior to version 6.0 Safari had no features for managing passwords distinct from the system wide support provided by Keychain: but Safari 6.0 adds a new tab in its Preferences dialog for saving and ...
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Why is Mountain Lion more security conscious?

Whenever I open an application not downloaded from the App store (or a trusted vendor) I get a warning. The warning reminds me a bit of the awful window popup that comes up every time you want to ...
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Apple Developer certificates for signing mail?

If every registered Apple developer have a certificate for signing their apps. Is that certificate also good for signing mails? And by this, I also mean if their certificate is backed up by a root ...
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With a firmware password set on a Retina MacBook Pro, what are recovery options?

I am considering setting a firmware password on my Retina MacBook Pro for security reasons. If I do this and later lose the password (or other such extenuating circumstances), how can the data be ...