Posts Tagged ‘Security’

Kon Boot: Getting into a Client’s Computer without using a Portal Gun

March 1, 2012 by bloodphilia. 3 comments

Okay, here you are again. Another computer from another (self-proclaimed) client for you to fix. So, let’s boot this thing and see what’s wrong with it this time. Okay, first obstacle; logging into the client’s user account. Now for me, repairs would usually pause here while I’m waiting for the moment I can get a hold of my client and ask him or her for the correct password. Annoying…

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QotW: Filesystem Security

May 23, 2011 by mokubai. 0 comments

Ultimate Fish Battle Royale

Is NTFS really secure?

I have Mac PC, in which I have created a Windows partition and have installed Windows using Boot Camp. If I log in to the Mac OS, I can read all the files from the Windows partition from Mac. If I compare the same scenario from within Windows, Windows claims to secure a user’s private files (stored in My Documents for instance) from other users with equal or less privilege. I was expecting to see the same protection from Mac as well. I was expecting an error message in Mac to show that these files are inaccessible, if I try to see or open them. Can someone explain if my perception is right or am I missing something?

While the question specifically mentions NTFS the answer applies to almost every file system that is able to be accessed by another operating system and has not had native support for that file system built in.

The same would apply to EXT2/3/4 (Linux) support on Windows, HFS (Mac) support on Linux or any combination of file systems that are standard for one system and just barely “supported” on another.

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Ask Different Podcast #1: iPhone location tracking, Dropbox, Portal 2

May 6, 2011 by Kyle Cronin. 0 comments

This is first episode of the Ask Different Podcast, an unofficial podcast about Apple and related technologies created by members of the Ask Different community.

Your hosts for this episode are Kyle Cronin, Jason Salaz, and Nathan Greenstein:

This episode was recorded on Saturday, April 23rd. You can subscribe to this podcast via RSS or iTunes. If you’d like to get in touch with us, leave a comment on this post or email us at


Iron-cladding your Wi-Fi network

March 28, 2011 by bloodphilia. 4 comments

500px-Wi-Fi_Logo.svg Not too recently, I answered two questions about Wi-Fi security. Although both about different subjects concerning Wi-Fi security, I thought it might be nice to sum up some Wi-Fi security techniques/tips, some known by “the general public” (read: non-superusers), some less known.

Is it a good idea to have Wi-Fi turned on all the time? How to see who is using my Wi-Fi?

So, what do I use to secure my network?

That’s an interesting question… It seems there’s no ultimate measure you can take to completely make your Wi-Fi network bullet proof. Like pretty much any other security method, there’s a way so hack and circumvent the measure taken. The ideal scenario seems to be to use different techniques to secure that oh-so-important wireless connection to the outside world.

In this blog post I’ll try to shed some light on which techniques are available, explain a little about how they work and share some tips that have always helped me.

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