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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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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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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 ...
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How secure is Apple File Protocol from Airport Extreme

How secure is the file sharing feature for use over WAN on an Airport Extreme? i.e. Are the content and/or passwords encrypted when accessed over the Internet?
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mac osx lion security configuration guide

I could find the security configuration guide for mac osx versions at http://www.apple.com/support/security/guides/ however, I can't find any for OS X Lion. Any one know if it is in the works or if it ...
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Does Notational Velocity/nvALT securely sync with Simplenote?

I set nvALT to use a single database to store my notes. Using a database provides the benefit of encryption. I also sync my notes using Simplenote. I just noticed this warning at the bottom of the ...
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How should I debug AFP issues?

I'm having some problems connecting to a Time Capsule's shared drive from a Macbook Air running OS X 10.7.2 Lion. I can connect to the share without problem from a Macbook Pro running OS X 10.6 Snow ...
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Tools to compress and encrypt files

I want to compress several files and encrypt them with a password if possible. Are there any build-in tools in Mac OS that provide such functionality? If not, can you recommend me a (freeware) ...
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How to know if I can rely on an app to keep my password?

How can I know if an app of an unknown author (like gTasks) is reliable for me to give my mail password to use it?
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Securely erase deleted files?

I was wondering if it's possible to make sure that some files I've deleted in the past on my mac are really gone? I know about the option in Finder (Finder -> Secure Empty Trash...), but what if I ...
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Will a thief be able to access the data on my iPad 2 by bypassing the passcode?

Recently, my iPad 2 was stolen. It was protected by a lock screen passcode. Can the person who stole it access my data even if they don't know the passcode? If I understand correctly, the only ...
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How do I password-protect access to specific apps in iOS?

currently, I have a 4 digit lock on my phone. I know this isn't really secure - and can be broken through if neccessary. It just kind of stops the situation if someone picks up my phone, they won't ...
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Motion Detection with iSight/FaceTime Camera

I'd like to use my iSight camera to detect motion, and if any motion is detected, record a short movie (until the motion stops) for security purposes (ok, I want to spy on my cat). Is there software ...
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Issue with deleting user account

I want to delete a user account before selling my machine, so I chose the secure delete account option in System Preferences > Users & Groups. I think I saw a progress bar at first as it was ...
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sshdfilter and ipfw - why are my rules flushed so often?

I have sshdfilter setup to maintain ipfw rules when someone is un invitedly trying to login my system. This has been working quite a while. Since a while - beginning to suspect the last lion upgrade ...
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Launchd network access control in Mac OS Lion

First of all, I've used pf extensively on OpenBSD so I know its rule set quite well. Even though I'm more used to the more recent versions. However, I would like to know if there is a simpler way to ...
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Dealing with bad Gmail certificate in Adium

My wife and I are both running current versions of OS X (10.7.2) and Adium (1.4.3). We both use gmail accounts in it for instant messaging. She launched Adium yesterday, and it complained that ...