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Are questions about interacting with users on-topic

I was going to ask a question about how to get user buy-in to some security changes I'm making at work. I know what changes I want to make, how, and why, but I am looking for advice on how to show ...
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Tamper data in Chrome question closed

Tamper data Chrome not working Could you please explain to me how a question about an extension, used for tampering data by many of security experts, is not related to a QA site on Information ...
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Is it acceptable to ask for software recommendations?

I'm searching for an Online Password Manager to move all my passwords to, and I'd like to ask to the community their choices and preferences. Is it acceptable to ask for the "top" Password Managers, ...
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“Digital Forensics” — on topic here, or create a separate site?

There is a proposal currently in evaluation to create a new site in the field of digital forensic science: Digital Forensics This appears to be a part of "Information Security" but we don't ...
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Is this question about doing damage on a system ethical and on-topic?

The following question understandably popped up in the Hot Network Questions: I have the ability to run arbitrary Python code on the 'apache' user. What damage can I do? To my surprise, however, it ...
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Are code obfuscation techniques off topic on this site?

In questions like: Obfuscating JavaScript code are treated some aspect of obfuscation of scripting languages, but not the obfuscation techniques for themselves (es. How can I produce obuscated code ?)....
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Code review / Deobfuscation: Why is it considered off-topic here?

I viewed the help center multiple times and, unless I'm missing something, I didn't see anything related to code-review being off-topic, so all this time, I assumed it was allowed here. Let's take ...
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Would (parts of) this question be on-topic at security.se?

Over on Computer Science SE, we have a question about implementing an electronic signature system (signature in the sense of the scribble you put at the end of the letter): How can I implement a ...
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Is this question about allowing SSLv3 on topic?

I was looking at Need to access old forgotten router that only supports SSLv3 and while I am fine with having it on the site, I am wondering if it fits on this site. On the Topic help page it ...
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Should we be more strict about legal questions

Questions like "Is it legal to do X?" or "how to do Y legally ?" are quite frequent on the site and they benefit no one - most of them get closed pretty quickly but still waste everyone's time, ...
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Are question on how to use security hard- / software on-topic?

I have questions on how to use a specific cryptographic device (e.g. a smartcard) in combination with a standard OS (e.g. Windows and other well-known tools). These questions aren't about risk ...
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Is Security.SE only for professionals?

I recently asked a question that made it to "Hot Network Questions" and picked up a huge number of views, upvotes and favorites in a very short time. The moderators put it "On Hold", because the ...
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Are questions about malicious scripts off-topic?

Here is my question: What does this malicious PHP script do? where I've asked about malicious PHP script which I've found on my hacked server and its method of action. In other words what harm it ...
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Breaking a specific system and How to demonstrate an understanding of concepts involved

I recently noticed that a lot of questions asking for how can I exploit this specific code or filter get closed (but a lot of them also do not get closed) or marked as duplicates of the general topic ...
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Aren't questions about possible vulnerabilities (or undesireable features) of Android on topic?

In the android tag I'm seeing a wide variety of topics: How effective is a feature protecting data Why apps ask for more privileges they need What dangers represent a certain feature What dangers ...
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The string describing the audience of this site begins with an uppercase letter

The tour page of this site asserts: Information Security Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for Information security professionals. In its second appearance here, the word "information" ...
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Is X vulnerable to Y bug?

As of today, 90% of the questions asked are: "Is [insert favorite device/application] vulnerable to Shellshock?" Is this question really on topic? I understand if the question is related to how ...
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Q&A Page about Exploit-development

i was asking myself if some Information Security Page is not to general for asking questions about exploit development. So what could i do or someone else to establish/build a Stackexchange Q&A ...
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Are technical questions about programs on-topic?

I would like to understand how Aescrypt works. Since I only know little about cryptography and programming, I wanted to ask a question about how the files are created by Aescrypt? For example, I ...
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Theoretical security implications

Say that I have a theoretical computer security question - such as 'what if a 2046 bit processor exists. what would the impact on modern cryptography with 2046 bit keys be?' or 'if we decreased the ...
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Should we migrate all new Tor questions?

Stackexchange has a new beta site dedicated to Tor. Although i have questioned the site's overlap with IT Security, it went ahead to beta anyway. I think we should migrate all new Tor questions over ...
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Would all questions listed in the bitmessage proposal be on-topic on IT Security?

Over at Area51, the Bitmessage proposal is receiving close votes for being a duplicate of IT Security. Are all example questions on-topic here? Currently, those are: What are some alternative ...
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Following up a Question

I was highly impressed by @TildalWave 's answer and so I wanted to follow up on @D3C4FF 's question and ask how physical cameras (CCTV/IP) can be disabled. My questions here are: 1 - Is following up ...
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IT security or Security only?

Just a thought, the site is security.stackexchange.com but the logo in the header of the page clearly says 'IT Security'. Since a broad spectrum of questions regarding physical and procedural ...
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Is Asking a Question on Considerations for Hiring a Security Consultant Off-Topic?

I was wondering if the below question would be off-topic(?): Considerations for Hiring a Security Consultant Say I am opening my own company which processes/transmits/stores payment cards ...
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Questions relating to use of hacking tools described in a non-hacking scenario

So there's a couple of questions over on the main site that have either been closed or have multiple close votes that essentially (to me) talk about using "offensive" security techniques (as opposed ...
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Are questions about security courses on topic?

I have been looking for a sort of CBT that covers the web development with a 'hacking'/security focus by addressing a methodology along the lines of: a) covering aspects of web development; and b) ...
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Is a question on databases to hold medical records for clinical trials in the United States on topic?

I have run into an issue related to material that would have been pertinent/on-topic on the ill-fated Healthcare IT, but I'm not 100% positive it would be on-topic here. I have a question regarding ...
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Question about rsync daemon ontopic?

I have a question about the security of the rsync daemon. I asked it at https://unix.stackexchange.com/questions/53884/rsync-server-daemon-security but it hasn't got much attention. Would this be on ...
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Is asking a question about the legality and ethics of hacking back out of scope for this forum?

I've posted a question about the usefulness of hacking back to corporations, asking the question to be taken apart from legal and ethical concerns. The legal and ethical concerns are an interesting ...
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Is question about security aspect of VM in scope?

Shouldn't this question about security aspect of Virtual Machine on CS.SE migrated on this site? While it is barely in the scope of CS, I have a guess that this will better suit to Security.SE
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Is there any aspect of computer forensics that is off-topic for IT Security?

There is a proposed Stack Exchange site about Computer Forensics. Are there any questions there that would not be on-topic on IT Security? I'd say no, but I'd prefer to have confirmation (or ...
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Regarding Our Scope: What's Acceptable, What's Not

This has been asked, but this will be a list rather than a question (hence I recommend everyone CW's their responses). Regarding this: What about Physical Security? What specific topics and types of ...