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How to establish previous modification dates of a file? [migrated]

I've got some files (.ini and .lnk) and would like to establish their previous modification dates. Unfortunately no shadow copies are present. Is there any way to do that? I run Windows Vista. Thanks ...
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How to change MAC address on Windows Phone 8.1? [on hold]

I did't find any method to change MAC address for Windows Phone devices, unlike the Android devices, so I want to know if there is a way to change my Lumia 525 MAC address.
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What are the privacy and security implications of Windows Telemetry

There have been quite a few news stories relating to the use of "Telemetry" in Windows 10 (and also now Windows 7/8) with suggestions that users would want to disable or remove these updates due to ...
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How to store a file securely on the windows file system?

Problem: I have a windows service running under local system account. I have a blob of data that I want to store securely and persistently between reboots. I have decided to store it as afile( as ...
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How to access SQL server inside a Powershell script

I'm coming from a Linux world so I'm a bit at a disadvantage here. Assuming a windows Task scheduler script that calls a stored procedure to return some rows, and transmit a file over email or SFTP ...
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How do I identify sensitive information in a Minidump file? [on hold]

I suspect Minidump files contain sensitive information, and I'd like to inspect a file for such information. What approach should I take? Assume that the minidump references either an internally ...
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Enabling MFA in Windows 7 [migrated]

How does one set on Windows 7 that you have to login with 2 methods? For example, first time with your password and then you are forced to use fingerprint or smart card ... and after that your PC will ...
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BitLocker : Update Volume Master Key and meaning of “keyed” vs “re-keyed”

Note: Below are some information from searching around the Internet. To skip to my main question, go to the last line of this post. I've been searching around on how to change the Volume Master Key ...
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What is the point of making a complicated PUBLIC password?

I have downloaded a couple of Virtual Machine images from http://modern.ie, in order to test different versions of Internet Explorer. When running these images, a complete Windows environment is ...
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Windows 10 privacy concerns for other accounts on same computer [closed]

What are the privacy concerns for a local account on a Windows 10 computer, which has all settings set to "private", if an additional "Microsoft" account is being used on the same computer with ...
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Can a piece of malware/virus inject itself into an ISO

Let's say that I have an infected PC. I download a copy of the Windows ISO(obviously clean) and burn it to an USB. Is it possible that the malware on my computer can inject itself in this process/ISO ...
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Testing my TLS1.1 connection code [migrated]

I have a desktop client application (Windows) developed using C++. It connects to the web services hosted on the IIS on the server. Currently I am in the process of porting this application to use ...
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How secure is PIN login to Windows?

I've just noticed that Windows 10 allow me to change my login method to PIN which is obviously much more convenient than entering my long and secure password after every startup / wake. I am just ...
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How does Windows 10 allow Microsoft to spy on you?

Windows 10 is perhaps the most Internet-connected and cloud-centric operating system released by Microsoft to date. This, of course, has caused many users to be concerned about how the OS respects ...
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Help Needed To Create Custom .onion address - Please explain it like I'm 5? [migrated]

I've opened 'scallion.sln' in Visual Studio, tried to run it and have this error. I know I'm a complete noob, can someone please explain how I can do this? I've installed OpenCL and .NET 3.5. I'm ...
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Can the FBI or government agencies decrypt my hardrive and/or force me to give them the password?

I have seen other TrueCrypt questions as well "Windows encryption with BitLocker" and "Mac OSX encryption with FileVault". Does the FBI/NSA or other government agencies have access to my data or can ...
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What artifacts to acquire when looking for IoC?

I want to hunt for the Indicators of Compromise (IoC) in a potentially infected Windows PC. I am writing a batch script that would record the information needed for analysis. It includes the ...
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SYN Flood attack on private user - steps for post-analysis?

The firewall in question, used in a secured home office, reported a series of SYN Flood matches on various requests coming in over a ten-second period. The IP and country of origin changed with every ...
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How to tell if my Windows 7 copy is not modified?

I lost my windows cd I downloaded a copy from the internet. The guy who shared it said it's original without any modifications. However I get weird actions like I can't use mouse clicks or I can't ...
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Windows 10 installaton USBs sold by Microsoft [closed]

With the recent release of Microsoft's Windows 10, I dropped by a local Microsoft store to purchase a windows 10 installation media. To my surprise (somewhat) the employees said that they do not ...
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If there is a malicious attack on one partition, is the other one safe?

I recently have used Bootcamp to set up a new partition and run Windows 7. About half of my HDD is designated to my OS X partition and the other half is allocated to the new Windows 7 partition. If ...
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Is it dangerous to have the built-in Administrator account enabled?

I've seen it said that when using the built-in Windows Administrator account, the best practice is to enable it (net user administrator /active:yes), use it, and then disable it. I do realize it's a ...
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Connecting Android to Windows VPN [migrated]

I have set up a VPN on my Windows 10 computer by going into Control Panel\Network and Internet\Network Connections and hitting Alt and then going to File > New Incoming Connection... and setting up ...
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Are there technical differences which make Linux less vulnerable to virus than Windows?

What makes Linux so different than Windows in terms of anti-virus needs? My question is not if I should get an anti-virus for my Linux. I perfectly understand why an AV is important. I would like ...
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Why can't Windows 98/IE5 connect to HTTPS sites in 2015?

Recently I found an old installation CD for Windows 98 Second Edition, and looking for a bit of a nostalgia kick, I installed it inside VirtualBox. Win98SE shipped with IE 5.0, and browsing the web ...
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Is ECDH for SEC P-384 and P-521 broken in Windows 10 / Windows Server 2016 TP3?

UPDATE: Proof of concept code here, console output shown below and all involved certificates are here. Just noticed that ECDiffieHellmanCng.DeriveKeyMaterial(...) behaves differently on Windows 8.1 ...
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Is my modem compromised?

My modem automatically changes its DNS server from Norton DNS server to AdClick server. How do I prevent this from happen again? Is it possible to have protection from these for modem? How do I check ...
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How to detect port scan on SIEM within LAN or same Network?

Let's suppose a host machine in the client environment has been infected and its performing port scanning on other machine within the LAN or same Network without passing through Firewall: On what ...
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Scam caller claimed to have elderly friend's “Windows unique identifier”

An elderly friend received a telephone call similar to this Information Security SE post and this one. The caller claimed that my friend's computer had a problem that needed to be fixed. My friend ...
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Just how intrusive IS Cortana? [closed]

According to Microsoft's privacy statement: To enable Cortana to provide personalized experiences and relevant suggestions, Microsoft collects and uses various types of data, such as your device ...
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Identify Malicious/Suscipicous Processes from Process List

I have a list of 1000 processes and I want to identify which of them are legitimate and which are not. I only have the name of the processes and I want to categorize them. Is there any way to get ...
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Limiting Concurrent Login For System Admins On Windows Domain

Quick background: we are a smaller sized team meaning that we perform multi-function roles. Thus a developer is typically a DBA as well and some developers do have domain admin access. As a rule our ...
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Using Tor browser on a Windows machine

Suppose a person is running a Windows 7/8 operating system. If she/he uses the TOR web-browser, can Microsoft see what they are browsing? Would that not defeat the point of using TOR in the first ...
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What exactly is IE / Chrome checking when I view the “certification path” tab on cert connection details?

When I bring up certificate details for a web page in IE or Chrome, I have the option to view the certificate hierarchy (under a tab called "Certification Path"). Here's an example for ...
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Git server security

I want to install a Git server for my company. I'm able to get a Windows virtual machine. Now I've been asked to assess its security aspects. I'm lost on how to achieve this goal. As it is a Windows ...
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Will it improve security if I place both SHA1 and SHA256 signatures inside codesigned binary on Windows?

My application targets platforms starting with Windows 7 32bit. Many of them aren't up to date (i.e. may be missing many recommended updates from Microsoft). Given the constraints I must use SHA1 ...
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Does enabling EnableLinkedConnections pose a security risk?

As shown Microsoft's TechNet, network shares that are mapped by logon scripts are shared with the standard user access token instead of with the full administrator access token. Here's the gist of it: ...
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Malicious programs that takes advantages of Windows vulnerabilities [closed]

I was wondering if the majority of the viruses and worms are created to exploit vulnerabilities of the Windows system (not a third party app), also I would like to see a report. In Windows a normal ...
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Can I connect to a network without being detected? [closed]

Some people use software like whoisonmywifi and so on. Is there a way to bypass this software? I think it pings all IP addresses like 192.168.1.0/24 so it will ping all addresses. Can I disable ...
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Are the Microsoft Windows images found on the internet safe?

Microsoft has stopped offering the Windows images for download. It is now only possible to get the image if one has a key of a retail version of the corresponding OS. The question is now, whether the ...
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Windows: unknown program/service etc. sends HTTP request to download a file; how can I find the origin of that request?

The firewall of my company has detected and blocked a repetitive (every 15 min) HTTP request from a PC, which tries to start a download of a file called ..._chrome_installer.exe(or so) from the host: ...
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What are the chances of a normal Internet user being hacked or infected by malware? [on hold]

Say I'm a normal Internet user, I visit some well-known social networks like Facebook, twitter, play flash-based games in Facebook, visit some big websites that are known to be safe and trusted and ...
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A Solution for Block/File Encryption that is Corruption Resilient? [closed]

Question: What encryption features/(configuration options) are implemented that mitigate issues with device/block corruption? For example, if the external hard-drive gets dropped, the damaged ...
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enumeration and MS DCERPC

Enumeration, enumeration, and even more enumeration is the generic pentesting mantra, but enumeration is worthless if you can't read the results. I came across the Windows RPC service, where ...
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Protecting Uploaded Confidential Files [closed]

We have a web application in Linux (App A) using PHP and Zend and another in Windows using Asp.net C# (App B). They both access the same database. App B is for internal use only while App A can be ...
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Windows Credentials - read password

What is the cipher used by windows Credential Manager to generate credentials backup files (*.crd)? With a backup file from Credential Manager and the password used to created that backup file is it ...
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Webserver | IIS | Configuring to not run certain files [closed]

I currently have a webserver running Windows Server 2012 which is running IIS as its webserver and using PHP. Lets assume the a user is able to upload a trojan onto my server, either through a ...
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Can a Windows 7 PC with folder sharing and remote desktop disabled, still be penetrated by a rogue computer on the same WiFi or LAN?

Assume the network is already penetrated, and the attacker already fully controls another PC. Other than setting up a proxy to intercept traffic from all other systems on the network and use that to ...
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How to make sure my HTTP server on Win 7 is secure? [closed]

I'm hosting a HTTP server from home. I'm concerned about security issues since the machine has some personal files in it. I have forwarded data from external IP port 80 to my IP at port 80. The ...
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SFTP on Windows - is it likely to be disabled?

I'm a software engineer and I'm maintaining a product that allows a user to run commands and scripts on Linux servers via an SSH connection. We now need to extend this functionality onto Windows. We ...