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Hacks related to creating or maintaining a secure environment for a given item or person in a [home] or other place.

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How can I safely destroy a hard disk?

When a computer need to be replaced, I remove the hard disk. However it seems a hell of a job to physically destroy the hard disk without heavy tools, which i don't have. What is a safe way to ...
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Best way to know if someone opens my notebook

In death note, he puts a piece of paper in the door frame and if it falls he knows someone went in his room. What’s a similar tactic I can use on my diary to know if someone even opens it?
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Keeping valuables safe whilst in costume

I'm going to a fancy dress (I think cosplay may be the term used in other parts of the world) event wearing an improvised costume in which sweat pants are the only item with pockets. These are not ...
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How to protect coffee machine from others in a public space?

Soon our group will get a coffee machine. However, we will have to put it in a place that's accessible for other people, since it's a kitchen in Uni. Now we don't want other people to use it for many ...
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How can I know the people following me just use multiple cars but not a GPS tracker?

Dealing with a very toxic situation, I am listened/spied on by my neighbor and his friend and they follow me as soon as I leave my home, be it on foot or by car. Is there a trick I can use to ...
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How to get package into house discreetly?

I've recently wanted to order some things, presents and the like, but I have no way to keep the package out of other's noses. In addition, the finding of the package by parents probably wouldn't end ...
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How to physically secure my laptop in my office desk?

I work in an open plan area. We have "hot desks" (first come first serve). I use a laptop and don't want to carry it with me all the time. How can I leave it in the desk, making sure it is not ...
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How to remove/hide/destroy senstive information written on paper without a machine? [duplicate]

Let's say you have a small amount of information written down on a small amount of paper. What is a quick and easy way to destroy the information? I noticed scribbling over it isn't very effective but ...
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Storing bags while in the city

When visiting the city from the suburbs, I'll often spend most of the day there, shopping, eating and engaging in similar fun activities. I'll usually take a backpack in which might have water in it, ...
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Keep room door partially open at night, allowing air flow but prevent anyone from entering?

I want to keep my room door partially open so that air can flow easily, but I don't want anyone to enter my room (peeking is fine, just prevent stealing things from my room). How can I achieve this? ...
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keeping cats out of open loft

I have rented an apartment, that has open area above the kitchen cabinets where the ducts and electric items are. Any advice what to put up to prevent cats from jumping from counters to top of duct ...
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How do I stop my room's lock from being opened with a coin without unscrewing it?

Occasionally when someone comes over, they will open my door with a dollar coin. This is a pain, and sometimes I am working on something private when they open the door. I would like to be able to ...
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Destroy discs in bulk

On a similar note to How can I safely destroy a hard disk?, I have dozens of CD and DVD discs that need to be destroyed before disposal. While I've seen shredders which promise to destroy discs, this ...
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Need sensor to sound remote alarm when dog crosses a line

We have a dog (rescued from a puppy mill) that goes to the back door when she needs to go out, but she doesn't make any noise. After a couple of minutes, she does her business right by the back door. :...
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Broken Key in Safe Lock

I have an electronic locked safe that has the back up key broken off in the lock. Now, the easy solution is to use the electronic keypad but the batteries have died and it is unusable. I've tried the ...
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How to see inside a sealed document without opening it? [closed]

A company is paying me to transport highly important legal documents to the US. I'm a bit skeptical as I never heard of the company and got connected through a friend. I don't want to be transporting ...
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Degrade capacity of internal mobile phone battery

After reading this question (https://security.stackexchange.com/questions/65382/is-it-possible-for-a-phone-to-be-transmitting-even-while-turned-off-and-the-batt) on security stack exchange I wanted to ...
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How to create unique, strong yet easy-to-remember passwords [closed]

Can someone suggest a good technique that is as simple to remember as possible but can help one remember a set of passwords for different sites? I don't want to have to spend too much time mentally ...
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A housemate-moving-things-around-in-my-room-to-unnerve-me situation: concealed camera and dummy camera as a way forward?

Two months ago, my housemate started moving things around in my lockless room while I'm at work to unnerve me to get me to leave. It became worse and worse for a week or two until one day the live-in ...