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Questions tagged [security]

For questions asking for ways to protect animate or inanimate objects. Includes physical and cyber security. Use additional tags to denote the thing being protected.

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Ancient Egypt - Primitive Blockchain Technology

Premise The goal is to implement a bronze age version of blockchain in ancient Egypt to introduce a layer of security for the royal tombs. Tomb raiding was rampant, and at times even the legitimate ...
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How can the remains of a god's corpse be kept off the black market and out of the hands of mortals?

A demigod is a mortal being infused with divine energy. This essence comes from a divine spark in their soul that activates due to some external traumatic event. This spark is very rare, and most ...
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How to protect a small modern military base from a large number of primitives?

So, let’s imagine a force of about 500 people, armed with what we would consider modern weaponry (or, more so, 1960s weaponry), are facing up against a force that outnumbers them at a ratio of 34:1, ...
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How can I keep my planet the safest in the galaxy and still engage in war?

Background info In the galaxy that I'm working in, 20 other nations exist. Around 15 of them possess thousands of planets and billions, sometimes trillions of people (they spread throughout universal ...
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Fortifications capable of withstanding atmosphere-clearing blast

On the Atomic Rockets site, there is a series of handy tables, the first of which is aptly named "The Boom Table", providing examples for a wide range of energy releases (in both Joules and TNT ...
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Carrington Event Shield

If a nascent colony world can be wiped out by a geomagnetic storm on a scale similar to the Carrington Event, what could the colonists build either in space or on planet to protect their electronics ...
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Maintaining assets during time jumps

I started to ask this question in the Writing SE, but realized that I want both a method and a mechanism, so decided that for the latter, I'd come over here. I'm building a novel where the MCs are ...
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How to prevent superluminal traveling idiots from wrecking half of the universe?

Linked but not a duplicate of this question. An example of the problem During the last Star-Wars movie, I was dumbfounded by the sheer stupidity of admiral Holdo's move, during this particularly ...
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Team of people need to destroy a highly guarded room without hurting anyone [closed]

In my fantasy novel, there is a rebellion that needs to be stopped. They have a weapon in a highly guarded room that is under ground. The team tasked with stopping the rebellion plans to drop several ...
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How could intelligent animals defend against humans?

Some Context This story is a fable set in a magic forest full of intelligent animals that live in a huge community. Maleficent depicts a forest that's very close to what I'm thinking. The magic ...
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How to keep the anonymity of people attending a regular event taking place at the same location everytime?

In my setting, a handful of characters have to attend a daily event (such as classes). They do so anonymously, as attending this event could endanger their civilian life if the wrong people were to ...
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Locking an old spaceship from the outside?

I know it may be a bit of a silly question and not really something of great importance to a story, but how would you secure a spaceship when you leave? For example; when the Millennium Falcon lands ...
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How to use a certain technology to communicate with colonies but keep the how-to a secret?

I'm building a world for a role-playing game campaign using the Stars Without Number system. Some background information first: Stars Without Number Original Setting: In the original story ...
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What did shipping/storage crates look like in the Middle-Ages? [closed]

If you search "medieval crate" on google you get 2 things: 3D crates that look suspiciously modern or you get real, chest-like boxes. I'm wondering if the latter is the norm for the time period?
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Why might the government keep the gold at Fort Knox, even though super-villains steal it all the time?

So, I’m creating a world were superheroes, and villains, are real and exist in the real world. Everything else is the same, like the gold depository in Fort Knox, Kentucky, which brings me to my ...
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Smartphone camera resolution can image a human retina: can we save retina biometrics?

RIDGEFIELD PARK, NJ – April 2, 2019 – Samsung Electronics America, Inc. announced that the new, award-winning Galaxy S11 and Galaxy S11+, which have been recognized by smartphone reviewers worldwide ...
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Vigenère cipher with a regularly-changing key

There's a plot point in my current piece that involves some encrypted radio messages to/from a hidden lab and corporate headquarters, some time in the 1910s. In-universe, the corporation's board of ...
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Julius Caesar with a one-time pad

Julius Caesar used a substitution cipher (now called a Caesar cipher) for sensitive private and military correspondence. The cipher involves shifting all of the letters in a message in one direction a ...
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Reasons for every floor of an office building needing a unique code to access that floor via the lift [closed]

In my story the protagonist has found them self on the bottom floor of a New York Office sky scraper and has to escape. For whatever reason they cannot exit via any means other than through the roof ...
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AI hijacking accounts [closed]

People over at the IT security stack exchange decided this question was too frivolous and speculative in nature for their time and suggested me to post it over on this forum. Please do not redirect ...
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What security measures can stop robbers from digging a tunnel into a cash vault? [closed]

There is a huge bank vault with billions worth in save deposit boxes (jewelry, bullion, documents, certificates, etc) and cash reserves. It is also a regional base for ATM cash resupply, so there are ...
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What would happen if an Emperor's bodyguard became a national interim police force for a decade? [closed]

A certain sprawling empire in a world like ours recently overcame a revolution instigated by the Civilian Government (imagine the UK Parliament overthrowing the Crown). In this revolution, the ...
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How to secure a 16th century warehouse?

As the title says: How can a warehouse be secured to the point of highest possible security within a 16th century setting? The warehouse is located at a harbor and roughly 50 meters in length and 15 ...
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How would quantum computers be safely released to the world?

My understanding of quantum computers is that because of their theoretical vastly superior processing speeds, brute-forcing your way through securely encrypted software would become feasible, ...
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What circumstances would necessitate an international “Supernatural Police” organisation?

Some background on this question, I was trying to construct an international organisation whose main job is to patrol, investigate and protect its member countries from anomalous threats that have ...
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Reliability of Planetary Quarantine

Setting: In the future universe, with technologies based on real science that we know that theoretically can be implemented (though not feasible with today's technologies) and sub-light travel, a high ...
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Metainfomation that is more important than the infomation itself [closed]

For example: an officer is theoritically allowed to read a report if he ask, but he isn't allowed to know about the existence or the secret level of that report. Can the secret level of an infomation ...
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How to keep unwanted visitors out?

In my stories, there are two fractions of beings called Shining ones - and regardless of their war, they live (very close to each other) in Nightshine Asylum, an abandoned fortress from an age of ...
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Creating a uncopyable physical key

In many stories, a mysterious indent in a wall acts as a lock to a secret vault full of ancient treasures. The way to unlock this archaic door? A strangely shaped stone. By placing it into the indent, ...
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Why won't police help? [closed]

I am writing a book where time travelers want to kill me because I foil their plan in the future. Luckily I find out before it's too late. Obviously, the best plan to protect myself from future ...
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Encryption - How to claim authorship anonymously?

In my writing, a guy wrote a politically acrimonious pamphlet (basically the summary of the communist manifesto) and disseminated its copies secretly. The guy just so happen to be a very vain person ...
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Where can I transform without being noticed?

I'm just your average person. Not rich, or particularly skilled at anything. Until a few days ago, when (for a reason I can't disclose) I got some amazing superpowers: I can fly, I'm completely ...
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Would policemen still be around if one must have their limbic system partially removed?

Year 2023 C.E. crimes rate soar in every parts of US and there are corruption at every corners of the once mightiest nation in the world. The new president elect Mr. User6760 (wins 540 votes before ...
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How to make classified document (hard copy as well) impossible to be teleported to another location?

Year is 2367 CE, the invention of teleporter enables an object or even a person to transverse anywhere at the speed of light reliably and efficiently. However just like wiretapping the electromagnetic ...
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Storing information in the future; was it safer in the past? [closed]

I work in IT and I'm grateful for the many conveniences computers have brought into my home and workplace. While doing some research on encryption and the pros and cons of encrypting your hard drives ...
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How might you hack this voting protocol?

There is a society with about the same technological development as we have today, but they are more civically-minded and more astute when it comes to security issues. They are also democratic and ...
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Breaking in with sleight of hand [closed]

You can perform perfect sleight of hand and pickpocketing. Safely assume that if something isn't physically secured to someone's body, it can be yours. The only person who would notice is the victim ...
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Could a civilization without access to computers have cryptography?

There's a person who has enough working knowledge of our current real-world methods of cryptography (e.g. knows how a few modern algorithms work and could implement one or two from scratch). That ...
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Where would an identity implant be implanted in the body? And what would make it secure?

In this imaginary future, everyone carries an implant like an RFID chip that identifies them to scanners that then authorize access or orders. Today, such chips are usually implanted subdermally, ...
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What would happen if an alien race gave us a computer capable of 2^256 calculations per second?

The security of public key cryptography relies on computers not being able to generate anywhere near 2256 guesses per any reasonable time length. The obvious implications of a computer this powerful ...
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How to enforce a sign language curfew in a maximum security prison?

In Democritzstan, prisoners enjoy an almost full humans-right treatment. Democritzstan former prime minister Yrtra is running for next UN Secretary-General, and has full backing from his land. But in ...
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How can a prison offer a safe way for inmates to commit suicide?

I am living in a society which considers autonomy over one's own death a basic human right. That means killing someone is very, very bad, no matter the circumstances. Our society is strictly against ...
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If I have multiple identical AI Oracles that can answer only Yes or No, can I play them against each other to detect a treacherous turn?

On an air-gapped supercomputer in my basement, there's a self-improving prediction machine — a so called Oracle — that knows everything that is on the Internet but cannot send any data outside. (Let's ...
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Impacts of the collapse of the current cyber-security? [closed]

Much of the information transferred over the internet is encrypted using methods which rely on the fact that currently, very large numbers are extremely difficult to factor. Imagine that in the near ...
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Would the need for control limit a superintelligent rational agent's expansion in the universe?

My thoughts go like this: I postulate a superintelligent rational agent, that is given, or assumes, control over its mother civilization. I call this agent "the Ruler". I postulate that in order to ...
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How would society recover from the collapse of digital trust?

Imagine a coordinated attack by a large and motivated hacking group, that results in a nation-level compromise of the financial systems we take for granted: credit card payments, accounts at the top ...