internet security

Is there a means to review and adjust our personal account security settings for this site? i.e. privacy concerns 

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Airport Security...

We all hate it... it makes air travel a hassle... way too much attention is paid to it... it's useless... what do you think? what should we do about it? tips?

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Car security ?

So I was wondering if anyone would have any knowledge on car alarms i want to make a app that will send me a notification whenever my car is messed with using a modified viper security system 

Question by gavinh6 


Bicycle security!

Hey hey, so the other day i came up with a way that i thought might work well for a bicycle security...thing. anyways, since just about all bikes are made of metal, except the carbon ones, and metal conducts electricity, what if you had some way of making your bike, electrically charged? i guess (i dont know all the proper words heh) so if a person comes up to your bike and wants to take it, at some point in the process of taking your bike, he would come in contact with some metal part and get shocked. i thought if you made it properly, and made the shock strong enough, it would be a great way to keep your bike safe...cause i know if i went to take someones bike, and all of a sudden i get zapped all of a sudden every time i touch the bike, i would not want that bike! i figured you'd need some batteries with enough voltage to give him a good shock, enough to make him not want to take the bike, but not so much that you would kill him...that obviously would not be good.  but i'd imagine that more powerful batteries might be to big, and not fit anywhere on your bike. i thought that maybe you could hide everything in the seat tube after you take the seat post out, and maybe have a hidden switch somewhere on the bike so you could turn it off. im sure there's more issues i havent thought over, just an idea, and im far from an electrical expert, so i dont know how rubber shoes might ground the person, or how you would go about wiring it, and other stuff like that. i just wanted to see what some people here thought about it, and if it is even possible for me to do

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Security moniter

Does anybody know how i can take an old Toshiba T.V. and a Samsung camera and make a security camera and moniter? Or any other way i can make a security setup using the old T.V. moniter?  

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Home Security

I'm planning on setting up a simple home security system for my home. I was thinking of using Wireless IP webcams, placed in strategic locations, monitored by software with a motion sensing function. I would tweak the sensitivity and add null zones as needed. I would probably only use two or three cameras to start out, and have the software save ten or twenty seconds of video when the motion sensor was triggered. EASY. Once I have the motion sensing bugs worked out, I'd like for the software to email/text message me. I think most of the security programs for webcams out there can do this. I've had good experiences with one program that also let you run an image server so you can view current images through the internet. The TRICKY part is how I would like to set up the network of wireless IP webcams. What I was hoping to do is have one machine that was dedicated to running the cameras. My goal was to use my two wireless routers so that I could have two seperate networks, one for the cameras, and one for all the other devices (laptops, desktops, game systems, printers). My question is, do I connect the router for the cameras to the computer that will run the security software, or do I plug that router into the router for the other devices? I've never worked with two of these small LinkSYS routers at the same time, so I'm not sure if I should be trying to create some sort of network bridge, or if I would maybe connect the camera router and camera computer via the WAN port of the router, since all of the camera images would be displayed on a image/web server running on that computer, accessed from the internet via the other router. Also, I've never worked with wireless IP webcams, so if there is any sort of quirck that I should know about that your average instructables user couldn't figure out, any help or advice with that would be much appreciated as well. Thanx Tony P.S. Eventually, I'd like to add in a strobe that would blink and a siren that would sound for a short time. I think I could figure this part out with "Pico Servers" and some relays.

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Arduino and Airport Security

Has anybody had any experience with taking an Arduino and electronics misc through airport security. Carry-on or baggage or in your in your shirt pocket? I suppose some ladder climber could make something of it for points seeing a bunch of wires and electronic type stuff. I am planning on a international flight in Feb this next year so i am investigating it now. Thanks W

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Securing a Car Door

I have a car with a mechanical door lock that is broken. Hence I cannot lock the car door (drivers side). I tried to stick a couple of staples (from hasp and staples) using superglue to the door and body work with the idea of putting a padlock through both. To my surprise the superglue would not stick. Has anyone any idea how I can secure the door while the lock is broken. Thanks

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Security Certificate Expired

Has your security certificate expired? I am using Internet explorer 8 on Windows 7 32bit. Here are some pictures, because I suck at explaining things. Screenshots are of where the webpage should go, and the address bar edit: more pics

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Pro signup not secure?

I was recently asked to renew my pro subscription via email.  When I visited the renewal page, I noticed that I am asked to enter my credit card information on an insecure web page (http vs https).  Please fix this.   If there is a secure page already, this should be the default.

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Security concerns for a macbook? Answered

I'm concerned about the security of my macbook while I'm in a public network, even though I'm pretty sure I'm reasonably secure: Can someone just clarify this for me? If no one else can physically get a hold of my macbook, and I've got remote login, remote desktop, remote management, (etc) all turned off, is there still much of a chance that my data could be stolen and/or my macbook messed up? I still need access to the internet, and bluetooth at times, however... 

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N64 security screws

Does anybody know how to open up an n64 without buying a special screw driver? I'm going to make an instructable on how to make a cheap, good, desktop power supply out of the n64 powersupply. If you look at it's specs it's pretty good for it's size! 3.3 volts at 2.2 amps and 12 volts at .8 amps. I'm going to but a boost circuit in and get 5 volts too (didn't want to use a 7805, if you're going to be using the 12 volts you want all the amps you want, plus what project uses 2.2 amps of 3.3 volts?). Plus I'm going to make it so that you can still use it as a power supply for the n64, and it won't be ugly.

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Laser beam security

Hi all, I'm new to this forum and here is my question: How do I find the schematic for the laser beam home security system? Using the step by step explanation the schematic is not displayed. Regards HtG

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ALtoids Key security?

I have an idea for a key security device! altoids tin you would use some batteries, and croduce a current through the key via copper wire. if someone (who knows the location of the keys) decides to take it they'll get a shocking suprise! to safely take the keys, just remove bateryes. oh and you mite have to coat the inside of the tin with something

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Instant computer "security"

Browsing NOTCOT today, I came across an interesting "artistic statement" on what to do when the Thought Police decide you've crossed the line from artist to terrorist. I read it twice before I noticed the author. Make sure you read the comments there before you start commenting here about how it won't really work. Yes, young lady, I'm looking at you!

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How do I secure my double-hung windows?

I want to secure the bottom sash of my double-hung windows so I can lower the top sash for ventilation.

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D3CRYPT3D won SXSW Interactive Innovation Award for Privacy & Security

Hey everyone! For a long time, being a modeler and working in the industry, I have always felt that Modelers get the short end of the stick.  Things get re textured, models get hijacked and studios just kind of store models and stock pile them up. Some people will even resell models that don't belong to them. I used to see it all the time. Well, my crew and I came out with a software that enables you to share and collaborate on your 3D files securely. We won the SXSW Innovation Award for Privacy & Security last month and just released our beta this week.  We would love for you all to try it out and give us your feedback so that we can make the best product possible.  If you are interested, here is the link to download -   www.d3crypt3d.net/downloadnow/ Thank you!

Topic by D3CRYPT3D 


how to make a camera?

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Reverse proximity alarm ?

If my backpack or suitcase was moved away from me an alarm would go off in the luggage if the luggage was moved more than a few meters . This would be a 2 piece gadget , 1 piece in the luggage and 1 in my pocket . Cheers

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How do I add entry detection, and possibly concealed video capture, to my office door?

I suspect someone is pilfering through my things at work, when I leave my office to walk across the lobby to the restroom. I need to be alerted if this is happening, and, even better, get a video capture of the person doing it that may be burned to disk as proof, and reprimand!

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Why won't instructables.com remember that I'm logged in? Answered

No matter where I log in, whether it's on the top of the page, on the dedicated login page, or on the pop-up box when I click "View all on one page", I always have to log back in when viewing a new instructable.  This happens at work, using IE7, and at home, using FF3.6. And yes, I'm checking the "keep me logged in" box.

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Problem with website's security certificate

I am using Nortan web security and it blocks access to your website due to "The security certificate presented by this website was issued for a different website's address"

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What type of security tag is this? Answered

Hello, Could anyone tell me what type of security tag this is? I have Googled and Wickipediad en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Security_tag  around the subject looking for,  'induction coil security tag',  but I mainly find information about the flat strip type. I'm new to electrickery so I am guessing it is an induction type of device? Also, is the green component a capacitor? ...um...  Thank you.

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Making a Wireless Security Camera

Managed to pick up a Swann swpro-642cam night vision security camera. No idea if it works, haven't tested it. But I would like to turn it into a wireless security camera for home. Assuming I would need a transmitter, but I'm not sure what kind. I would prefer to have it so I can just pop it up on my computer or phone, so could I avoid using a receiver and can it be recorded on my laptop as well?

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connecting xbox to secure wifi?

Im in hotel and trying to connect to thier wifi. have user and password but xbox does not promt for them.connects to network but not to internet.

Question by robeh44 


Troubles with a Torx Security screw

This is a Tamper Resistant screw called Torx Security because it has a pin in the middle and a common hex driver can't go in. I need to take it out without having to buy a Torx driver (very expensive) and not knowing the size either (I guess 2/4" or 6mm). Thank you for your input!

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How NOT to Secure Your Ride

It's good to learn about the best way to keep your ride secure. The only time I've had anything stolen from my bike in several years in San Francisco was because I was lazy and didn't lock up my wheels with a cable. I figured that they were crappy wheels and weren't worth much, but he replacement cost for a new set sucked and they never rode as well as the first. Live and learn.Speaking of which, here are some great locking mistakes that mostly apply to cars. I wonder where these are from because I've never seen anyone do stuff like this in the States ever. 15 Strange Moments In Anti-Theftvia Neatorama

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Need room security! please!

I need help. my younger siblings (5 of them) keep coming into my room. today my little brother scratched my computer screen, touch out the disc drive, and messed up the movement pad. i need a security alarm that will let me, my parents, my older brother, or the babysitter know of the intrusion. my bedroom is strait off a hall with no door or door jam for that matter. it pretty much is a hall that opens into a room. sorta. i was thinking of a triplaser with sound or somthing. please help. i can not let this happen again

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Car Camera (security) system

I've had my car knocked into when parked and could not find any witnesses to the incident. That set me out into the market and internet to find a camera system that can record about 12 hours when I am away from the car. Unfortunately, every system I've come across is a "black box" system. It records moments before an accident so you can have evidence. Anyone knows how to build one?

Topic by legan 


Securing programmable IC chips Answered

I've just started playing with Arduino boards and programming and I am curious about firmware or downloading a program to a chip upon completion so the project remains so I can keep it intact after I remove the Arduino interface. Can you buy inexpensive chips and download a program to the chip with all the instructions on it so I don't have to leave the Arduino board connected to it. I've heard there are inexpensive one time chips that you can download too and that's pretty much it. Once the program is in, its in and you can't reprogram it again so my questions are this 1) can this be done? 2) does anyone have an Instructable for a project that uses this, and finally, where can I get such programmable chips? Any assistance or advise is most appreciated.

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DIY Motion activated security camera

Ok i like the idea of where you put a security camera in a hidden spot around the house to capture those unwanted trespassers, but recording unwanted recorded video from the the night you were on vacation sometimes is a pain to watch since you have to watch the whole thing or fast forward to the part where someone came "unnoticed" (especially when you have some people in the neighborhood egging your house). anyone have an idea where a standard security camera (mini cameras, cctv, wireless w/ IR lighting) can be hooked up to a computer (or better a stand alone hard drive) and able to use a motion detector and also only record video that shows "someone" on the property when activated?

Topic by KT Gadget 




How do I bypass a card-reader type security system?

I'm trying to find a way to bypass the security system in my building, a simple card-reader setup. Really more a prank than not.  My boss has been watching my card and logging the times it's accessed, I want to show him that he can't trust the card.  Nothing nefarious, just proof that I can be around and not have to access my card.  If it helps, the security company is Datawatch.

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TSA Security and why George Orwell is the New Nostradamas

This is basically ripped from Digg, but I'd much rather open discussion here rather than over on Digg as Digg isn't a discussion, just a horde of comments...Travelers at Sea-Tac and dozens of other major airports across America are being scrutinized by teams of TSA behavior-detection officers specially trained to discern the subtlest suspicious behaviors...Such people are referred for secondary screening, which can include a pat-down search and an X-ray exam. The microfacial expressions, he said, are the same across many cultures. ...a central task is to recognize microfacial expressions....ArticlePerhaps you've read Orwell's 1984 - if you haven't, do so.He did not know how long she had been looking at him, but perhaps for as much as five minutes, and it was possible that his features had not been perfectly under control. It was terribly dangerous to let your thoughts wander when you were in any public place or within range of a telescreen. The smallest thing could give you away. A nervous tic, an unconscious look of anxiety, a habit of muttering to yourself—anything that carried with it the suggestion of abnormality, of having something to hide. In any case, to wear an improper expression on your face (to look incredulous when a victory was announced, for example) was itself a punishable offence. There was even a word for it in Newspeak: facecrime, it was called.Digg Linked HereAgain a link to the Surveillance map - in which we (US) have joined the UK, Russia and China as an Endemic Surveillance society...LinkHow do you feel about your privacy?I say this as I personally have almost nothing but contempt for the TSA.... I say that as someone that almost always gets extra screening - so much that almost all of my flight tickets of the "SSSS" designation (indicating you get special screening without anyone picking you out).

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Can I connect the output of the recorder ( BNC ) for my wireless security cameras to an LCD flatscreen monitor ?

The flatscreen monitors I have seen have d-sub connectivity. My recorder has a bnc output ( analog?) connection. Manufacturer says the output can be sent to a tv set so I assume it is an analog signal. I want a nice size screen but small unit than a tv set for desktop. Can this be done?

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Instructables doesn't use HTTPS for its logins

I just noticed instructables doesn't use https for its logins, which is terribly insecure.  You should secure at least your login (and preferably the whole site) http://www.chapterthree.com/blog/why-your-site-should-be-using-https

Topic by zkus 



paracord weaving?

I would like to know how to use 550 paracord to weave a ball at the end of the cord. basically making a billy jack club. thanks

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How to create reed switch that activates wireless alarm?

I've been reading alot about reed switches after learning about a security feature for cars, a reed kill switch. I wanted to know how to or if someone could create some kind of setup where if the reed switch closes the circuit, it will activate a wireless remote or something like an alarm within a reasonable distance from the actual switch. I've seen those window/door entry alarms. Would those work? For a car, would it be possible to have the reed switch activate a small alarm in a key fob type of thing?

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Wireless Webcams

Ok after having a murder next door and a neighbor pulling a gun on another neighbor I've been thinking Homesecurity. I want to just set up a series of Webcams always streaming to my computer that i can just hit record at a moments notice, any suggestions

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Any tips on disassembling bullet camera and relocating the lens module?

Hello!  I've been reading instructables for a while and now it's time to join and post a question. I've been finding nails in my driveway and want to catch who's doing this.  I've got a 4 channel security camera on it's way and have been thinking and researching ways to hide them.  Due to the 'clean' surfaces around my home, it's going to be tough to make the 2" diameter x 6" long bullet cameras blend in (so people don't vandalize/steal them).  I've spent hours searching how to camouflage cameras, so I know the 'typical' tricks. I'm thinking about making a fake gutter extension and hiding the camera in there (so it blends into my one story house), possible installing a gable vent on my garage and pointing a camera through that, or trying to mount a camera about 20' up a nearby tree.  My favorite idea is to take apart a bullet camera and move the camera lens module, which is much smaller than the whole camera housing, to a more discreet location. I've searched for a while but can't find anyone who has done this with an IP66 outdoor style camera.  I know I'm going to lose the IR LED's around the lens, and that's ok (I'll have 3 other cameras for night vision).  I think I can point the camera through a small knot hole in my privacy fence and be able to detect who has last walked by when the nails appear.  I might make a small weather proof enclosure to protect the lens module...I think I'm a good tinker-er so this isn't the problem. Has anyone hacked apart a security camera and moved the lens module (by extending the wires) to a remote location?  I know there are small cameras for sale, I know I can hide a camera in a bird house, etc...but I like to make things.  I'm just looking for advice/tips from someone who has done this.  When I search for 'hack apart a security camera' I get a bunch of 'hacking into a security system', or 'spy on your neighbors'...I don't want to do either of those.  I have great neighbors, I live in a corner house where a lot of people/kids walk...I just want to catch them.  Once I know who's doing it, I'll move the cameras to more visible locations (to deter others from doing anything else). Thanks for any help!

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How should I make a webcam as a door camera and use it

I have a TV of aiwa model A1419 from past 25 yrs at home which I have not been using it since past 1-2 years and have not even started it because I bought a plasma TV 2 yrs back but my old TV even works fine till date if cable is plugged in. Now since I have this TV lying around and I also got a Lifecam Show & Lifecam HD 5000 webcams lying around I want to make a better use of it. So I would like to know how can I make them work as a security camera's outside my house door and watch anyone who comes at my door on the TV itself. The distance between my house door and the TV would be of at least 5-6 meters.

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USB Cam to Coaxial?

I have several old USB webcams and it seems the you can get them pretty cheaply now. I would like to hook them up to old school CCTV monitors with coaxial connectors. I don't know if it's possible. I was wondering if I could cut the USB cable off and add a coaxial cable and connector. If so, how. I know I'm going to need a separate power supply but I don't know how many volts, if it should be DC or AC, and where to hook this supply up to.

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Patio Door lock?

Does anyone know what style of patio door lock this is?  https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-oinwyBKNIsM/T-ZqobLgrnI/AAAAAAAABiA/WcRRkQzOzvo/s831/IMG_20120623_191630.jpg https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-AK6eMRKrE_w/T-ZqvqGKpsI/AAAAAAAABiM/B70J1LERjvc/s831/IMG_20120623_191645.jpg Or where I could get an exact replacement.  There's nothing wrong with it.. I just want a second one to make a modified door jam so I can still lock my apartment, yet vent my AC without having to worry about anyone breaking in. anyway, any help is appreciated.  Thanks Alphonsus

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Must be logged in to email an Instructable to a friend

For some time, we've allowed anyone, site member or not, to email an Instructable to a friend or two simply by entering the friend's email address and clicking a couple buttons.  On Sunday, against our terms of service (see link in the footer), someone ran a script that hacked this feature to send out mass emails to a very large number of people.  And the emails looked like they came from us.  Not good!  I hate to say it, but someone used Instructables to send out spam. So, yesterday I updated the site to prevent this from happening again.  I changed it so you could only use this feature if you were logged in.  We're thinking about different ways to handle it, to still allow people who don't have an Instructables membership to share Instructables with friends, but limit it in some way to prevent anyone from sending spam again.  Once we've decided on the best long-term fix, we'll implement it and I'll post about it here.

Topic by rachel