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Prevention measures against laptop seizure at US borders

Since laptop and other electronic device seizures at US borders became legal without a warrant (including making copies of data), 7% of ACTE's business travelers reported being subject to a seizure as ...
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Can a steel woven wallet prevent RFID scanning of credit card information?

According to the Popular Mechanics article RFID Credit Cards and Theft: Tech Clinic, the fact that many new credit/debit cards have a RFID chip embedded on it, there is a risk (albeit, small according ...
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How do large companies protect their source code?

I recently read the canonical answer of our ursine overlord to the question on How do certification authorities store their private root keys? I then just had to ask myself: How do large companies ...
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Somebody hacked my router and changed my wifi SSID

One of my neighbours hacked the password of my router and he uses my limited internet package. I change the wifi SSID almost daily, but he can hack it easily. Today, he changed the SSID to a hate ...
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Is it possible for my password to have more than one password combination?

Can my password have more than one password combination? I read up on physical combination locks (the lock you open with numbers) and I learned that a combination lock can have about 40 or more ...
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Is there a way to make a WEP-secured AP uncrackable?

For some days, I was feeling that my Internet bill was booming. Then, I recently found out that a boy near my house was accessing my router to use the Internet. Then, I read some articles how to crack ...
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How trustworthy is `sudo apt-get install (package name)` in Ubuntu?

One of the easy ways to install a program in Ubuntu Linux is to type a command in the terminal, but how do I know that the program is coming from a trusted source and not from somewhere dangerous? ...
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Could my bank's two-factor authentication be hacked?

When I attempt to log in to my bank, an SMS code is sent to my phone. I then type this nine-character code into the bank's Web site, to login to my account. Is this vulnerable to attack, without ...
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Protecting Health Care Database

I am doing a minor project on information security in which i am implementing techniques listed below to protect a HEALTH CARE database. Preventing SQL Injection (using prepared ...
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What measures should be taken when losing an iPad

When losing a tablet that has been used to access email accounts , beside changing the passwords, is there anything more can be done? What are the most common problems that might occur if the iPad ...
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SQL Injection if table structure/db structure not known

could an attacker who'd just found out that you're using mysql make an SQL Injection attack with only this information? If you don't know Any table/db name how come you can find it out? Is that even ...
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How can I protect myself from Evercookies?

I recently learned about the existence of the Evercookie. Is there any way I can prevent an Evercookie being placed on my computer without disabling JavaScript or cookies entirely? I don't want ...
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How important is it to protect demo data by HTTPS enabled server?

If the application is not in production mode, there is no commercial contract signed with customer yet, and you just want to give a link to the customer (or give the demo yourself) so that they can ...
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How to protect from caller-id spoofing?

Yesterday, I listened about caller-id spoofing and was left astonished as it's misuse can result in severe consequences for victim. Please tell me how to protect myself from this prank and is there ...
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Hardware Level Write Protection for a CD-R

Let's say you burn a CD-R and it is finalized. Later, if you put it into a CD drive with some OS running, is it possible for the OS to write to it ? Obviously, this shouldn't typically happen, ...
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Why don't sites implement a system where a wrong password causes a 3 second delay?

I am into bitcoin right now, and the password threats scare me a little... Not so much for me, because I use LastPass and generate new passwords at 20 characters and it includes symbols, upper and ...
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Building a project on ARM Cortex-M, anything I can do to keep IP secure? Dealing with Chinese knockoffs and sick of it

Chinese have decided to ripoff a PIC product I make. Switching to ARM for other reasons anyhow, mainly that Microchip is a joke, either STM32 or NXP LPC, exact chip is open still. There are sites ...
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IPS fail close vs IPS fail open, what are the risks and benefits?

If a desicion is to be be made on selecting a mode of fail for an inline IPS that is protecting servers, what are the criteria that should be considored for selecting one of the failure modes: 1- ...
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How does time-limited trial software work? [closed]

I'm curious about how time-limited (e.g. 30-day trial) software works. I know how serial keys are generated and designed, but the time-limiting part is more complicated to understand, because it is ...
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Protect partition from formatting

How can i protect my Linux and Windows partitions from being wiped,from a windows installation CD,with password?
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Is it possible to dump an exe from ram and create a distributable exe from it?

Is it possible to dump the ram and get an exe and use that ram dump to distribute an app? If so, is this something that is a practical concern and if so how best should a developer protect against it? ...
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How Secure Rooted or Jailbroken Devices are?

I am just wondering, but how can I harden the security of jailbroken or rooted devices? I understand that SD Card can be still accessible, but how could potential adversaries compromise for example ...
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What are some ways of protecting a VM image?

I am looking to distribute a linux VM image (with a modified linux kernel to suit or product's needs) that runs some proprietary software that will already be on the VM I distribute. The goals is to ...
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How can I send and receive untraceable emails? [duplicate]

I have been receiving threatening emails from someone, and I don't want them to know my location for my safety's sake, but I need to send them a "Cease and Desist" notice. This person has great ...
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Copy protection in SD cards

I have created a map for using in GPS devices. The map is copied to a microSD card and then, GPS can read the map data from the card. My question is, how can I create copy/clone protection of my data ...
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Security of data distributed to different cloud providers

This is an purely educational question: Suppose we have different cloud storage providers. Imagine a files as a stream of bits and we save each 'th byte on the ( module )'th cloud provider's storage ...
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Is accessing carelessly not protected data of any service unlawfull? [closed]

The following scenario: I just visited the webpage of an phisshing company of an german service which is here in germany acting at least not unlawfull, but just trying to get money for not even giving ...
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How to protect personal data requested by Certificate Authorities from data theft?

I recently uploaded images of my passport and driver's license to a Certificate Authority (CA) to apply for SSL certificates. The submission was rejected because I have added watermarks to prevent ...
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Linux Memory Protection from buffer overflow

I am practicing Linux buffer overflow exploitation. when trying to exploit a vulnerability in crossfire, everything works well and I get the shellcode placed in the right place, and the program flow ...
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What prevents a coder from brute forcing a wifi?

I know that a coder is able to connect to a wifi through code so my question is: Is there anything that will make it difficult to brute force a wifi password?
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Old floppy disk protection

can somebody explain in detail how old floppy disks copy protection works? Someone told me that it was based on an error on a trace of the floppy that was read only during the copy (and never when the ...
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Use of openssl could be a weak point in an Android App?

I'm reviewing an Android app (consists of Java and C source). There are complicated obfuscation steps in the build process (for content protection). But it uses statically linked openssl library ...
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Is possible to prevent input emulation with SetWindowsHookEx in specific application?

The one of technique of input emulation protection with automation toools like AutoIt or ACTools used most of simple game bot programs is SetWindowsHookEx usage WH_KEYBOARD_LL flags. This solution is ...
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Linux Runtime Memory protection [closed]

I'm searching for a solution to protect process memory at runtime level in Linux (just like GameGuard in Windows). I googled many times but didn't get any useful information. Does anyone know any ...
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How to secure Epson Beamer?

I work in a school and we have several Epson Beamers but some of our students have download an application for their mobile (with infra-red and WiFi connection) and they now have remote control and ...
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Protecting Password in Code

I am writing a program in Processing (which is basically java), that (amongst other things) downloads files from a FTP Server. To connect to the Server the program needs the correct FTP-password, ...
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I don't understand how BIPS got hacked [closed]

http://www.networkworld.com/news/2013/112513-bitcoin-robbery-276352.html In this story we can see BIPS got hacked, but I don't get how it was hacked when it was offline because of the DDoS.
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Security precautions for beaglebone?

I am currently operating a beaglebone as the control PC of a scientific instrument. In order to increase its potential, it is connected to the internet, currently without password, i.e. everyone who ...
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Will an IP packet to the own IP address ever leave the computer? [duplicate]

I am working on a system that consists of several applicaitons communicating with each other. Some of these applications will run on the same server and some will run on a different one. So there is ...
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Data Protection act, who is liable? [closed]

Recently, a large UK shopping chain had the staff payroll database leaked (including bank details, all unencrypted) We've been told that we cannot take legal action and have so far been denied ...
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How to check if our clients were compromised by security breaches in other web applications?

Every now and then a known website is hacked, such as what happened to Adobe or Cupid Media. In such incidents user data is leaked, including usernames, encrypted (and sometimes plain text!) ...
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What else can be done for better security against keylogging softwares? [duplicate]

I've been hearing about keyloggers for the past two years, but never took them seriously. Now, as I've started net banking and managing social networking accounts, I'm very much concerned about ...
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Can I find out if my employer is snooping on me? [duplicate]

I work at a large university and have a computer supplied by my employer. I would like to find out whether my employer is snooping or can snoop on my files or activity on my computer. Can I find that ...
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Which exploit types does software diversity have a benefit against?

This classical paper of Paul van Oorschot: Revisiting Software Protection, mentions in section 3.4 that by employing software diversity "an exploit crafted to succeed on one instance will not ...
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How can I implement DVD copy protection?

I want to make a DVD movie which will be playable on a standard DVD player, but I want to make it copy restricted. I know it is practically impossible, but I just want security to protect it from ...
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Antivirus monitoring activity: why do they not have an internal firewall to prevent processes' access to user's documents?

A question that arises after an updated and licensed version of Norton Internet Security has detected a trojan installed in my new laptop (Win7 installed on 26 Aug'15 and fully updated). Trojan ...
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Protecting the root ca bundle

Applications (e.g. Firefox) often include a root ca bundle file containing trusted certificates. How can I protect those files from malicious agents trying to modify them? I think signing is not an ...
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Securing iOS applications communication from client side

Many of you have heard about instagram flaw that facebook has not fixed yet, The flaw allows the attacker to hijack the session by sniffing the session cookie on Instagram iOS app since it does not ...
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Completely Protected Virtual Folder

I am a Python / C developer currently working on a extremely important piece of software. The details of the code will not be mentioned, and the only place the code appears is on my own hard drive, in ...
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Malware infected ATMs in China via specialized device

Hackers inserted a specialized device which was connected to the notebook into the card reader slot on the ATM and installed malicious software. 100 thousand US dollars were stolen from at least seven ...