The use of physical measures (such as locks and tamper-proofing) or policies (such as Clean Desk) in order to protect sensitive information from unauthorized access.

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Are powerline ethernet adapters inherently secure?

I have 2 Zyxel PLA407 powerline adapters. Router is downstairs connected to one adapter, other adapter is upstairs about 30 feet away connected to a desktop. I have a house, not an apartment or ...
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What is the security of random code for authenticating products?

I have seen a startup (Verify Kero) that is building a product for verifying consumer goods. It places a 16 digit secret code under scratch-able coating. Consumer finds the code behind coating and ...
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Is physical security less important with disks on a server being encrypted?

If you could get physical access to a server, you could change the root/admin password even if you did not know the current password. However with encrypted disks, I don't think this is possible ...
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Why did the Papal conclave use a Faraday cage in 2013 when selecting the new pope?

The Wikipedia article about Faraday cages has this anecdote: A Faraday cage was used in 2013 by the Vatican to shield the Sistine Chapel from electronic eavesdropping during the secret papal ...
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Evaluating the security of home security cameras

My parents have a vacation home out in the country and are looking to setup a home surveillance system for remote viewing. I've heard that there can be serious vulnerabilities in these products. What ...
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Physical protection of your servers?

Here is a scenario. You are a small startup company that makes a video game. In your video game, you can exchange money for items. You are not dealing with the credit card/debit card directly but ...
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SSH Key vs Complex Password with Fail2Ban & Two Factor Authentication

Normally you hear that using an SSH Key is far more secure than using a regular password. However I've been wondering if this statement is really true. Let's say we have the following variables for ...
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Ethical Hacking Certification (CEH v9) From A Web Developer's Perspective [closed]

I just finished a week of training for the CEH v9 certification. I have two questions: What are some strategies I can take for studying for the CEH v9 certification coming at the test as a web ...
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Is it possible to determine if the BIOS has been modified between two points in time?

Is it possible to determine if the BIOS of a computer has been modified between two points in time from that computer while it's running ? Effectively I'd like to be able to gather the equivalent of ...
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How can I prevent someone from carrying out a file from a machine

Assume the following scenario: You have to set up a machine in a way that a user is unable to bring out a certain set of files (or a single file only) from that machine while he has to be able to ...
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Risk of tampering when hardware shipment is delayed

I am currently receiving an order of computer parts in the mail including an SSD. Tracking showed that the package arrived in my town on day X, and was originally scheduled for delivery on day X as ...
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Sophos Safeguard detecting content of zip files being uploaded

Is it possible to use Sophos safeguard to detect when computers in the network upload certain files online when they are compressed in a zip file? (or 7z or similar). I've seen it is possible with ...
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How should I set up emergency access to business-critical secrets in case I am “hit by a bus”?

I work as the primary developer and IT administrator for a small business. I want to ensure that business can continue even if I suddenly become unavailable for some reason. Much of what I do requires ...
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Can single-purpose PCs be useful as a security measure in this situation?

In the context of a small scale operation, we are considering use of single special purpose PCs allocated to single security-sensitive tasks - for example, certain financial operations. The intended ...
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Why fear hardware brought to China, when most of it comes from China?

A lot of people will bring disposable hardware (laptops, phones) to business trips to China, eg. Employee laptops in China. Considering that most of that hardware was manufactured there, what is the ...
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How does a clean desk policy provide security benefits?

I'm starting to study for Security+ using Darril Gibson's book. I took the pre-exam and one of the questions is “What is the most important security benefit of a clean desk policy?” The choices are: ...
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CISSP Cert: can an IT sales pro pursue CISSP? [closed]

I am a sales and product professional who has a total of 9 years experience in IT; related to selling products indirectly or directly. I started my career working as a product manager for hardware ...
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Apple's Keychain - good security?

This management system runs under a user's password. Should you let this software manage your Disk Utility encrypted folder passwords and the like (e.g. GnuPG!)? My thoughts are, "No." Why should ...
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Is the content of my RAM kept if the OS is shut down but the PC is still running?

I just asked myself if the content of my RAM is kept when I shut down the OS but the PC is still running. For example when I do apply updates they sometimes require a reboot. Is the informaiton that ...
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Cell number and imei details

Is there a device i can install to collect cell number and imei numbers for people within a vicinity? We want to install in an area for security reasons so that we are able to trace the people in the ...
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Thumbdrive and its obsolescence?

Using USB drives in the corporate environment is always the topic of security because viruses and malware can be introduced maliciously or unintentionally. For corporate environment, I am thinking to ...
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Is there a way to physically trace stolen hardware?

This must have been asked before, but I cannot find any related question. Is it possible to put into hardware, some kind of "transmitter", so that in the event of it getting stolen, it can be ...
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What is the difference between types of motion sensors?

So i understand there are a number of different motion sensor technologies out where including Active Infrared (AIRs), Passive Infrared (PIRs), Microwave motion sensors and Ultrasonic motion sensors. ...
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What method of secure erase is sufficient for MacBook Pro SSD Drives? [duplicate]

I would like to securely erase the hard drive of a SSD in a MacBook Pro. The Disk Utility does not give me the option to wipe this drive even when I boot into the System Partition. (it is greyed ...
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Is it possible to prevent unauthorized copying or recording of data by photographing screens?

I am thinking on a way which would prevent unauthorized copying or recording of data by photographing screens. I also think, if the content of a screen is understable for an eye of a living human, it ...
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I want to lock my Macbook lid shut. Where to buy? Alternatives? [closed]

I'm attempting to lock down a computer from unauthorized access. I own a macbook pro late 2011. Backstory I've gone through the basics with file vault and firmware password etc. I'm also getting a ...
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Cheap door logging for home?

Does someone here knows a cheap DIY door logging system? What I have: - 2 doors that needs to be logged - 1 netbook (running OpenBSD with internet connection & root permissions), the two doors ...
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How could an hard-token be packaged such that the recipient could trust it?

I purchased a Yubikey NEO, which arrived in a small plastic thing, inside of a padded envelope. An attacker with access in transit would have had basically unlimited ability to manipulate it. Which ...
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What's to stop someone from 3D print cloning a key?

My friend just posted a picture of her key to instagram and it occurred to me that with such a high res photo, the dimensions of the key could easily be worked out. Therefore the key could be ...
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SAM Card deployment best practice

As part of my current project we will be deploying smart card readers containing SAM cards for decryption purposes. The deployment process involves a third party software integrator who will control ...
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Safely disable firewire/thunderbolt, patching up DMA exposure

I understand that Firewire 400/800 and Thunderbolt have DMA enabled, and a malicious hardware device can easily read and manipulate system memory at will. If I disable the software drivers for these ...
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Disable USB keyboard pluggability on MacBook

I'm concerned about USB devices being physically attached to my MacBook laptop when I am about to unlock my computer or while my computer is unlocked. My threat model involves an attacker who is ...
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Is encryption possible at the physical layer?

When we talk about encryption in relation to the OSI Model we usually hear about encryption at Application (Email - PGP), Transport (SSL), Network (IPSec) and even Data Link Layer (WPA). But I have ...
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why Windows Firewall in XP cannot block outbound connections [closed]

wikipedia say: XP's Windows Firewall cannot block outbound connections; it is only capable of blocking inbound ones. another article says: XP defends you with your traffic coming from the web but ...
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Is it safe to use my personal password as my password in work related accounts?

For example I have this complex personal password cary1bondoc21cary2bondoc as my password and because I am forgetful I also want to used that in work related accounts like company email, etc. Is there ...
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Why isn't MSWindows product code kept secure? [closed]

Yesterday I have noticed MSWindows product code on KFC's machines is exposed to the public (photo below). It might be a mistake but it made me think of something a friend of mine told me once, how he ...
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Is there any way to tell if CCTV is on or not?

Is there any way that an attacker can identify if a CCTV camera is on/operational without direct physical access to the cable/camera? If it is on, is there any way an attacker can tell if its being ...
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Preventing boot from external media in case of theft of laptop or physical security breach in case of desktops?

I wanted to protect my Laptop from common theft. What I did was that I installed an anti-theft software on my Ubuntu 14.04. The guest account is enabled so that the thief can use my laptop while I ...
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A cctv system for a small shop [closed]

I am not sure if I should ask here but I really can't find any information anywhere else. A family member of mine (let's say X) runs a small fashion shop in Hong Kong, China. The problem is that ...
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Defense in depth vs single security architecture

Traditionally, we have been that defense in depth is the best practice approach if we want to secure our premises from security breach. However, I recently read about DoD's Joint information ...
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Do I need to secure a computer from physical attacks when attackers can already harm in many other ways?

Recently, I was working on a computer system for a model railroad club. This computer system is capable of monitoring and controlling the positions of all the (physical) trains which could be ...
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Securing the security guy's home office: what should we do?

I read an article in the latest InfoSecurity magazine (an infosec trade rag by Elsevier) saying that us security professionals aren't necessarily taking the correct steps to protect our own home ...
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What are the security implications of a dead laptop?

My laptop recently died. I've got a replacement, and I've already pulled both hard drives out of the old one and ensured that there's no disc in the DVD drive. As far as I know, that should ...
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Is there a cryptographic function that generates a reconizable visual pattern?

I have to build a system that will ultimately print a pass allowing access to a building. The validation of this ticket will be done manually (it can also be automatic but that's not likely at this ...
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How do Travel Sentry locks work? (supposedly openable only by security agencies)

Apparently Travel Sentry locks can only be opened: by their owner, by the TSA, CATSA and "other security agencies". How do they work technically? Is there some electronics embedded with ...
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Could Google Mail or Google Drive work as a path to a company's network?

I am a newbie to data security and would like to ask few questions related to Google Mail and Google Drive. What I want to know is how these two apps could be used to access a company's network AND ...
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Security software to shutdown PC unless specific approach? [closed]

For future refence: In light of answers and critique, my question should have been: 1. How does one make sure a physical attacker with access to a powered, but locked FDE PC fails his/hers attempt to ...
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How can someone sniff dial-up connection using phone line?

Let's assume we have a computer that sends packets to the internet using dial-up connection, and we have access to the analog data on the phone line(we have access to the phone line), how can we make ...
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Should I wipe a brand new Machine and HDD ?

So I am buying a brand new machine and a HDD separate, when I buy this new HDD should I wipe it before I install it ? What necessary steps should I take to make sure it's pretty much clean of any ...
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Risk of spyware on seized devices

This question (Prevention measures against laptop seizure at US borders) addresses a number of techniques for securing data while crossing borders. Perhaps the most useful advice was to simply not ...