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November 3, 2005, 1:35 am
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Re: Boot password
It provides a reasonable degree of protection, unless someone takes a
screwdriver to the box and knows what they are doing. On many cases
you can fit a padlock.
You can set Win/XP to ask for a logon password which also provides a
degree of security. That happens after the boot process. No doubt
there are also modified boot loaders which provide security I've never
For some reason using the protection in ATA disks seems limited
to laptops, maybe because they are expected to be stolen more.
The secret of security is to know what the threat is and to provide a
measured solution which defeats it. As all systems are vunerable,
another factor is to know when they have been compromised.
Re: Boot password
Just about any password can be bypassed...and if someone has access to
the guts of your machine then, well, it's all over.
The common options are: System Password - simply prevents access to
the bios without a password; User Password - as per system, but also
prevents the computer booting; Boot Loader Password - third party app
which handles the boot process ( such as XOSL ).
All can be bypassed once access to the bios is gained - and in some
cases it's not even necessary to open up the machine. I've had bioses
crash on a power outage and reset themselves to default.
If you want real protection from prying eyes then encryption is the
way to go.
Password protection offers convenient low-key ( excuse pun )
protection from casual browsers, but decent encryption app will keep
your data safe from all but those with the necessary clout ( and money
) needed to crack the code.
I use, and recommend, Blowfish Advanced CS.
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