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How should I select which antivirus software to install on my new laptop?

I'm in a bit of a dilemma here. I have bought a new laptop with no antivirus installed. I'm wondering how to choose an appropriate antivirus software to install.
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How to decide “I'll trust this software” for closed-source or precompiled software?

I am interested in watching an upcoming webinar that will discuss Puppet on AWS. In order to participate one needs to install a software application. Naturally, I won't do that as I can find enough ...
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Is there a way to use VirusTotal.com offline?

I live at a place where we don't always always have internet. I wonder if there is something like VirusTotal but that could work without internet connection and sync when I have some wifi to update ...
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How does WifiKill work?

How is possible for Wifi Kill to block someone from using Wi-Fi, even if you don't have access to the router settings and you even don't use MITM (I think)?
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Examples of software web clients (web browsers, IM clients, etc) written in “secure” / managed languages

After reading this article ("Everything is broken" by Quinn Norton) I was about to ask a question similar to this one (Why are security-crucial software written in unsafe languages?)... but actually I ...
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Can someone use IP spoofing to access your facebook profile as an administrator?

Do any IP addresses have security so they cannot be used by a hacker to access secure pages? For example, could a hacker spoof a Facebook IP address to enter someones profile page and make changes as ...
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How should we announce vulnerabilities in our application?

I have asked about security release notes Considerations for security release notes I need additional clarification about security vulnerabilities announcement. We create major release of our product ...
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How does Trusteer Rapport make accessing websites more secure?

Trusteer claims that: Trusteer Rapport verifies that you are really connected to the genuine website as opposed to a fake website created by criminals. Surprisingly, it is not trivial to reach a ...
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Insecure versions of crypt hashes

I read at crackstation not to use these variants of bcrypt* ($1$, $2$, $2a$, $2x$, $3$),but I've used bcrypt ($2a$) in various sensitive implementations recently. Can any security expert clarify why ...
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Basis for “trusting” third party code and services

I remember reading an article mentioning, that third party services and code should not be trusted, meaning blind trust. So, i was thinking, everyone uses third party code in software development ...
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Protect software from copy [duplicate]

Imagine I wrote some software on .NET which will run on client machine. Is it possible to detect that someone copied my software to different computer? (Assuming my software can connect to a remote ...
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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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Why is Steam so insistent on security?

Is there any particular reason why the Steam application attempts to be so secure? It seems to force you to take more security measures (two-factor authentication, emails confirming all trades, etc) ...
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What exactly is endpoint security?

Would someone explain what endpoint security is, exactly? What do companies like McAfee and Symantec sell with their endpoint security suites? I also would like to learn if endpoint security ...
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Secure Software Distribution: Is serving a file through HTTPS good enough?

I'd like to know whether HTTPS can be used as a secure means of software distribution. Concretely, can I put up a file on a server making it accessible through a public HTTPS URL and be sure that it ...
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Secure Software: How to ensure caller is authentic?

For multiplayer (competitive) games, there is often the issue of needing to detect illegitimate players so they can be denied service. On the other hand, legitimate players should of course be ...
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Why should I add a certificate to “Trusted Root Certification Authorities”?

I want to use a programm, which lets me modify touchpad gestures. http://www.multiswipe.com/faq But I need to add their certificate ( see in FAQ [ How to install MultiSwipe? ] ) to make it work. ...
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Is MD5 considered insecure?

After all these articles circulating online about md5 exploits, I am considering switching to another hash algorithm. As far as I know it's always been the algorithm of choice among numerous DBAs. Is ...
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Why is Kickass Torrents banned in my browser? [closed]

I am trying to access Kickass Torrents, but getting warning from the browser like this: Reported Unwanted Software Page! This web page at kat.cr has been reported to contain unwanted software ...
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What reputable site should I download Putty from?

I recently did a Bing search for Putty and can only guess at which distribution is "trusted", contains no malware, or sleuthing code. If you needed to download Putty for a high security Windows ...
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Is library version specification (Java's pom.xml, Python's requirements.txt, etc) fundamentally insecure?

Everytime I see a pom.xml file or requirements.txt that says that a given project requires a specific legacy version of a library, it makes me cringe. Am I right when I assume that it's usually ...
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What is the difference between antivirus and firewalls

I need a brief explanation about the differences between antiviruses and firewalls
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Affordable web application attack tools

I've been using Burp Intruder (part of Burp suite), but in the free edition of Burp Suite the Intruder functionality is Time-throttled. As a student pen tester however, I can't justify the cost of ...
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Connect to a wifi through code [closed]

Is there any way a person could write a software using for example C++ to connect to a wifi completely by using code?
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Reverse Engineer and Exploits researching [closed]

Can some one give me a start point for finding exploits in software and reverse engineering? I need some kind of a book or a site... I have background with programming with high and low level such ...
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Docker: Central daemon model is flawed?

I've read this article about CoreOS's new container runtime, rkt, and I'm curious about this section: Why not just fork Docker? From a security and composability perspective, the Docker ...
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SDN Security - why not attack the controller itself?

I have been looking into SDN (Software Defined Networking) and one advantage of using this is to be able to redirect traffic to stop DDoS attacks. The traffic is ultimately thrown away. My question ...
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How do I find vulnerabilities in software? [closed]

I read an answer here which talked about becoming a PenTester. The answer said that you have to learn to break software. I posted a comment on the answer asking where do I start learning to break ...
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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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Looking for credit card data and other PII in files

I'm looking for ways to check for the presence of credit-card data and other personally identifiable information in files on a network I'm testing. Currently i'm doing this manually with the usual ...
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Is KeePass a good defense against keyloggers?

KeePass is a program in which you can store your password and copy and paste them into websites. Does anyone know if it is safe against key logging software? Does key logging software pick up what you ...
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How to monitor kernel mode driver traffic (ESEA client)

E-Sports Entertainment Association (ESEA) is an alternative method of finding players to match up against in (among others) Counter Strike GO. They are known for having the best anti-cheating measure ...
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Is there reliable information on the prevalence of debug backdoors in software?

Developers sometimes forget to turn off the debug features of the software they ship: CWE-489 It is said here that About 20% of home routers have a backdoor in them, and 50% of industrial ...
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Security Bugs in Scala Code

I'm currently reading "Software Security: Build Security In" by Gary McGraw, and he makes the distinction between security bugs and security flaws. Security bugs being implementation errors in code, ...
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Is it a security risk to have 'Control + j' functionality enabled in a production instance of PeopleSoft?

The control + j feature within PeopleSoft outputs a list of potentially interesting data for a potential attacker. The feature is generally used to aid in debugging. Here is a the [censored] output ...
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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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Is there a full disk encyption software that shows different content depending on what password has beeen used? [closed]

I'm searching for a 256-bit full disk encryption software that allows me to access different content on the same disk with different passwords. Like: Password A opens partition 1, password B opens ...
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Is the security of this .net application flawed?

Ok, I know that every obfuscated .Net application can be reverse engineered. And I know that it is better if I go the open source way if possible. But unfortunately I cannot because there is no ...
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How to avoid to lose data encrypted because it was encrypted by no longer supported software?

How can I avoid losing data that is encrypted using methods that may become obsolete? I have valuable family records I wish to secure, so I plan to encrypt them before putting them in long-term ...
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How can I generate short signatures?

I'm looking to create a licensing system, and I need a serial generation scheme. I want to sign some data with a private key and verify it with a public key embedded in the software. I don't need ...
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Where to find safe downloads of R.A.T. like Dark Comet or Nj Rat?

How serious hackers find them ? Because when I search, it seems that most of the downloads I come across may contain backdoor. Is there some kind of "official" site for one good R.A.T.? Thanks.
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Software Testing vs (Web) Penetration Testing

I would like to ask about the differences between Software Testing and Web Application Penetration Testing. I am aware of usage different tools in both disciplines Software Testing (JIRA/Selenium) ...
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What should I do if I get no response from a security mailing list I reported a vulneratility to?

Two weeks ago I reported a vulnerability to a security mailing list of a large open source software organization. I provided details of how to reproduce the issue and the exact place in the code where ...
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What precautions I can take to secure software against user?

I want to build a client that connects to my server and uses server API. You can consider this as a banking application because data security is the most important thing. Since the users or hackers ...
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Downloading and updating the software via Playstore

I'm using android play store to download and update software for my phone. And some times its automatically updated as by settings.The play store is linked to one of my Gmail account. Here my question ...
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Is having Steam installed a security risk?

Speaking to one of our security administrators at work, he insists that Steam is a well understood security risk and it shouldn't be installed on work machines. Saying it's not work related I ...
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Obstacle in Implementing a Time Limited/Number of Use Limited Software

How does one implement a trial period in a product properly, e.g. a trial period that lasts 30 days, or limits the number of product uses to 10? Storing the entries, even in an encrypted form, isn't ...
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To release as Open Source for Audit or to Keep “in house”

For cryptography, it is considered good practice to release the code so others can audit it...is this also true for penetration testing software?
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Proving SQL Injection Vulnerability

I have recently come across what I believe to be a serious flaw in the security of a 3rd party computer program used within my company. Apologies for deliberately keeping details vague, but I hope you ...
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Fosshub as an alternative to sourceforge for osx open source project, is it safe to use? [closed]

I want to download a well known open source app for OSX (security/encryption related), but I don't want to use Sourceforge for my download because I'm worried about malware. This is the second time ...