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Trying to securely erase hard drive, but Security Options not available (Mavericks)

Recently got a new Macbook Pro 13″ and I'm preparing my old Macbook Air for sale. I'm following steps in the Apple Support article on this topic (as well as other similar articles I've found). I'm ...
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Could I trust such a FlashPlayer update?

On the same track than this old question: How do I tell if the Flash Player Installer is a virus? I see a new proposal regularly poping up during my web browsing: Nothing within this installer ...
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Is Java 6 on Mavericks safe to use?

I have some web applications (java applets) which have trouble running with Java 7 and java 64 bit. The tech support wants me to install Java 6 and disable Java 7, here are the instructions: ...
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Can the Macbook's webcam be ON without LED indication?

Was reading some topics online about hackers accessing user's webcams (on Windows) to spy on them etc, and I am now interested to know if I'm at any risk. To make it simple, these are my questions : ...
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Running Java in “Unsafe mode”

Since the last Safari update (I'm on Lion, 10.7.5), I've been unable to connect to a client's VPN. Their VPN runs via a Java network client from Juniper Networks, and it appears to require ...
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Keychain passwords suggestions that I can't remember, how do I log in from a different pc

I hope that I put it right, that you guys understand. Everywhere I read that Keychain can suggest strong passwords and remember them so I don't have to remember them. Works wonderful. The thing is, ...
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Blocking websites for a user account

I want to block certain websites for a user account - but at the same time still allow all the other accounts on the computer to access the sites - whats the best way to do this ? I was looking at ...
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FileVault2 effect on speeds [duplicate]

I would like to know what kind of speed implications using FileVault2 would have on my MBPr (late 2013). As there are much faster SSD's in these machines I want to know whether there is a noticeable ...
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Is iTunes required for iOS7 iPhone to trust PC with Windows 7?

Every time I connect my iPhone 5S (7.0.3, but have had this issue since 7.0 with both 5S and iPhone 4) to my computer (Latitude E6410 with Windows 7 Pro) I get prompted to Trust the computer. I trust ...
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How to configure `ipfw` on Lion, Mountain Lion?

I'd like to configure and start ipfw on Macs running Lion, Mountain Lion. I found that pfctl is configured and started with: /etc/pf.conf /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.apple.pfctl.plist How is ...
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Software was blocked from opening because it is not from an identified developer

I went to run LibreOffice on my OS X 10.9 and it would not let me install it. It said it was from an unidentified developer. I'm aware of the security features of the Mac and went to System ...
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Why is Mavericks forcing a password reset on every lock screen?

I just upgraded to Mavericks. Now, every time I wake it up from the lock screen or standby and proceed to type in my password it rejects it. To get back in I have to select "switch user", then type ...
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What does Security & Privacy/Accessibility enable?

After upgrading to OS X 10.9 Mavericks, the System Preferences app occasionally opens itself to "Security & Privacy", with "Accessibility" selected. My guess is that one of the apps listed ...
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Adding Apps to “Security & Privacy” Settings (Automatically)

I am looking for a way to automatically add applications to the "Location Services" and "Accessibility" (Mavericks only) lists in the "Security & Privacy" settings pane. Optimally I could just ...
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What does “'Copy Job' would like to control this computer using accessibility features” mean?

Since installing OS X 10.9, I periodically get a message that 'Copy Job' would like to control this computer using accessibility features I believe the source is SuperDuper! (2.7.1), but am unsure ...
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How secure is Activation Lock on iOS 7?

Apple showed this new feature in iOS 7 called Activation Lock, that if you enable "Find My iPhone" on a device that is lost or stolen, a person that finds/gets the iPhone will not be able to wipe it ...
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Prevent data on unsecured wireless, until VPN is connected [duplicate]

There's a lot of good advice around about avoiding connecting to unsecured wireless networks, and using a VPN (for all traffic) if you absolutely must use one. What seems to be missing from this ...
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Yahoo email account hacked on iPad2

This has happened several times. I have changed my passwords and it's still being hacked. This happened when I was in England and also in Santa Barbara, sending out messages, deleting sent messages. ...
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Remotely disable Macbook Air through network access

My Macbook Air was stolen. The stolen Mac is showing up in Baku, Azerbajan. I don't have the skill to do it myself, but I could imagine that there would be a way to do something nasty. Perhaps a ...
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How To Securely Erase Free Space Using Terminal?

A friend told me that when you delete a file on your Mac in the normal way it actually stays where it is, but it is just no longer usable by your Mac. The addition of more files to your Mac causes ...
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MacBook Air/Pro: run script upon lid close?

How can one configure MacOS (10.8 or higher) to automatically and immediately call a user-designated script (probably a bash script) upon the user closing the display lid of a MacBook Air or Pro? ...
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In Disk Utility, does Secure Erase include the Erase Free Space option

...or do I need to Erase Free Space as well as Erase with secure option. I'm prepping a Mac for resale.
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iMessage Security issue: Typing Status Indicator Actually sends what you are typing?

I have a iPhone4 (iOS 5.0.1 [9A405]), and I noticed that from time to time instead of the typing indicator (...) I can see the part of the future message that I'm just about to receive. Is this a ...
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Change user password by providing new password as hash in a script

Currently working on a deployment of a large number of Mac's, on which I want to set the password for an administrator account without putting the password plain-text in the script. Is there some way ...
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Automounting & fix permissions for home folder on encrypted sparse bundle?

For security on a shared machine, I've moved my entire home folder to an encrypted sparse bundle disk image. I then set my User settings home folder to the image. But along the way, I believe ...
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How to display the remaining time that the device will be locked for?

I locked my iPad by accident after upgrading to iOS 7 and noticed that it no longer displayed the remaining time that the device will be locked for. Is there any way to enable this?
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My mother changed her session password and now the system can't unlock the “login” keychain

The title says most of it. My mother changed her password through the Accounts pane of System Preferences to a lengthy one (17 characters) about three weeks ago. Then, the next day, she left for ...
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How to isolate an application from the system (fully sandboxed application)?

Is it possible to do something like the concept of sandboxing (like all apps on iOS have its own system software resources) for all existing applications (so - not while designing an own new ...
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How can I prevent changing of networks?

Is there a ways to prevent people from changing wireless networks and other networks? Does Apple have any kind of ACLs or something like Windows where you can control what the users can do?
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Remove personal data without doing a full reinstallation

I am selling an old Mac with OS X 10.4 (Tiger), and I don't have the installation CD anymore so I can't format and re-install; I have to leave the current installation intact. Obviously, I'd like to ...
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Trim Enabler Safety

I have a quick question. I am a bit anal about what I run on my Mac, tend to use the apple apps (aperture/terminal) rather than alternatives (Picasa/iterm2) because I like to make sure I'm running ...
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Change Security & Privacy setting from terminal

I need to enable the "Require an administrator password to access locked preferences" on about a dozen Macs. I would like to do it from ARD as a unix command. Is this possible?
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Is there a detailed activity log on Mac OS X that lists my recent commands and actions?

How can I see what I just did on my computer? For example, an activity log showing that I copied a file from here to there?
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Checking the security over WLAN

I've become majorly concerned when reading this article that describes a bad actor that use Terminal access from his/her Mac to change the syslog and have stealth access to all data and passwords. ...
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How can I effectively hide my macbook while traveling to prevent theft

I will be taking my Macbook Pro Retina for a backpacking trip and will be working from public places (i.e. coffee shops, public squares) for a while. I am quite concerned though, that it will be ...
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Safari not warning on SSL certificate hostname mismatch

For some reason (e.g., bad preferences setting, maybe?) Safari 6.0.5, on OS X 10.8.4, is failing to give me an SSL Certificate Warning when I visit a site whose hostname doesn't match the hostname ...
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how to reset security question [duplicate]

I forgot the answer to my security question and no email to rescue mail received. How can I change my rescue email? Or is there a way to change the answer to something like "used code for mobile ...
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Can we validate that the iOS apps on users phones are the same exact apps we submit to Apple? [duplicate]

This is a bit of a security tinfoil-hat question: Is there any sort of validation (checksum etc...) that our users are receiving the exact iOS apps we submit to Apple? The thought experiment is: We ...
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How many tries on iTunes Security Questions

I folgot the answer to one of my security questions and now, for the first time in years, I need to answer them to buy music from my iPod. Now, I know I can change my questions, but I would really ...
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Require Admin level to mount removable media or network attached storage device

Is there a way to require Admin level privileges on a MacBook in order to mount any type of removable media or network attached storage device?
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What could be causing my MacBook Air 13inch (Mid 2012) 2 GHz Intel Core i7 OS X 10.8.4 to throw the “could not join” WiFi error?

For some reason, my MacBook Air 13inch (Mid 2012) 2 GHz Intel Core i7 OS X 10.8.4 will fail to connect to my Siemens SE567 ADSL Modem when WiFi security is enabled on it. It throws the following error ...
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Unexpected app “Admin Alert” running on my machine

All of a sudden I noticed an application called "Admin Alert" in my dock. This is a work computer, I'm wondering if this is some sort of "spyware" that our lovely IT department has installed on my ...
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Applying Filtering on NAT'd Packets NetBSD (pf.conf)

Is there a way to filter packets after applying NAT? What I am trying to do: Apply NAT to packets going to some host, but block packets with a specific port. I have tried a few things but nothing is ...
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Can I use an encrypted disk image for my home folder?

At work, several people use my machine. Can I set my home folder to be inside an ecrypted disk image? How would it work as far as mounting/unmounting whenever I log in/out?
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Keychain Access is empty

When I open my keychain access, it is empty. I can't see anything in it. However, I know that all of my stuff is still working (websites don't prompt me to log in, I join wifi networks, Xcode still ...
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What is the s/mime encryption strength on iOS?

I've set up S/MIME on my iPhone, but unlike other mail clients, I'm not given the option to select the hash or encryption algorithms. I assume iOS makes this decision for me. Can anyone tell me what ...
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I can't find a setting to disable WINS in Network settings

In my Network settings under WINS I have the NetBios name (elly) that I would like to disable (kill). The message shows that the "elly"is currently been used ? By whom, for what ? There a bunch of ...
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Set OS X Server for remote-only administration

I have a Mac Mini with OS X Server in another room with nothing attached but the network cable. I manage it remotely using Apple's Server and Remote Desktop. Is it possible to disable "locally" using ...
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How Do I Know if my MacBook Pro is Using WPS?

I have learned that WPS is not secure. There is a WPS button on my XFinity modem; but how do I know if it's enabled so I can know if I need to adjust my router settings (or perhaps decline to use an ...
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I have an iPod 5 gen, how do I view my wifi password? I've lost the wifi password [duplicate]

My iPod 5 gen is connected to wifi, I've lost the wifi password, how can I view the password on my iPod, could you please give me a step by step guide on doing this as I'm not tech savvy....