Best place for a password?

Discussion in 'Computer Security' started by t. wise, Oct 1, 2004.

  1. t. wise

    t. wise Guest

    Under WinXP, I can set a password for my user account, in which case I'm
    prompted for the password about halfway through the boot-up process ... or I
    can set a password through my BIOS, in which case I'm prompted almost
    immediately.

    Is one a better way to secure my computer from prying eyes than the other?
     
    t. wise, Oct 1, 2004
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  2. On Thu, 30 Sep 2004 17:25:01 -0800, "t. wise" <>
    wrote:

    >Under WinXP, I can set a password for my user account, in which case I'm
    >prompted for the password about halfway through the boot-up process ... or I
    >can set a password through my BIOS, in which case I'm prompted almost
    >immediately.
    >
    >Is one a better way to secure my computer from prying eyes than the other?
    >

    Given that there are ways around either method, I'd go for the one
    that gets in first.
    The bios password at least requires the case to be opened and the bios
    reset in order to hack it ( or some fairly specialist knowledge ).

    By far and away the best method of securing your data is to use
    encryption - so that even in the event of the whole machine being
    lifted, your personal data is safe.
    Either that or keep it all on removable media.

    I use a utility called Blowfish Advanced CS ( freeware, widely
    available ), but I don't know if it works under XP. There are other
    utilities available though, including some that can make use of
    encrypted virtual drives.

    Regards,



    --
    Stephen Howard - Woodwind repairs & period restorations
    www.shwoodwind.co.uk
    Emails to: showard{whoisat}shwoodwind{dot}co{dot}uk
     
    Stephen Howard, Oct 1, 2004
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  3. "t. wise" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > Under WinXP, I can set a password for my user account, in which case I'm
    > prompted for the password about halfway through the boot-up process ... or

    I
    > can set a password through my BIOS, in which case I'm prompted almost
    > immediately.
    >
    > Is one a better way to secure my computer from prying eyes than the other?
    >


    Why not use both?

    One protects your machine from hands-on tampering.

    The other protects your machine from remote tampering, via network.

    And like Stephen Howard replied, you could use encryption to secure your
    data in case your hard drive is stolen or your network password is cracked.
    But even that isn't perfect, because if you're actively using your computer,
    that data is being decrypted while you're using it.

    So my additional suggestion is to install a personal firewall product, like
    ZoneAlarm or Sygate, and make sure your NTFS permissions are all in order.
    Wouldn't hurt to turn on some auditing (don't over do it!) so in case
    someone IS accessing your files, you have an audit trail to track them down.

    Rick
     
    Richard S. Westmoreland, Oct 1, 2004
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  4. t. wise

    donnie Guest

    On Fri, 1 Oct 2004 07:29:45 -0400, "Richard S. Westmoreland"
    <> wrote:

    >Why not use both?
    >
    >One protects your machine from hands-on tampering.
    >
    >The other protects your machine from remote tampering, via network.

    ########################
    Actually, both is the correct answer. However, don't forget the
    default BIOS passwds.
    BIOS Type | BIOS Master Password(s)
    --------------------------------------------------------
    Advanced Integration Advance

    AMI 589589
    A.M.I.
    aammii
    AMI
    AMI!SW
    AMI.KEY
    ami.kez
    AMI?SW
    AMI_SW
    AMI~
    ami°
    amiami
    amidecod
    AMIPSWD
    amipswd
    AMISETUP
    bios310
    BIOSPASS
    CMOSPWD
    helgaßs
    HEWITT RAND
    KILLCMOS

    Amptron Polrty

    AST SnuFG5

    Award ?award
    01322222
    1EAAh
    256256
    589589
    589721
    admin
    alfarome
    aLLy
    aPAf
    award
    AWARD SW
    award.sw
    AWARD?SW
    award_?
    award_ps
    AWARD_PW
    AWARD_SW
    awkward
    BIOS
    bios*
    biosstar
    biostar
    CONCAT
    condo
    CONDO
    djonet
    efmukl
    g6PJ
    h6BB
    HELGA-S
    HEWITT RAND
    HLT
    j09F
    j256
    j262
    j322
    j64
    lkw peter
    lkwpeter
    PASSWORD
    SER
    setup
    SKY_FOX
    SWITCHES_SW
    Sxyz
    SZYX
    t0ch20x
    t0ch88
    TTPTHA
    ttptha
    TzqF
    wodj
    ZAAADA
    zbaaaca
    zjaaadc

    Biostar Biostar
    Q54arwms

    Compaq Compaq

    Concord last

    CTX International CTX_123

    CyberMax Congress

    Daewoo Daewuu

    Daytek Daytec

    Dell Dell

    Digital Equipment komprie

    Enox xo11nE

    Epox central

    Freetech Posterie

    HP Vectra hewlpack

    IBM IBM
    MBIUO
    sertafu

    Iwill iwill

    JetWay spoom1

    Joss Technology 57gbz6
    technolgi

    M Technology mMmM

    MachSpeed sp99dd

    Magic-Pro prost

    Megastar star

    Micron sldkj754
    xyzall

    Micronics dn_04rjc

    Nimble xdfk9874t3

    Packard Bell bell9

    QDI QDI

    Quantex teX1
    xljlbj

    Research Col2ogro2

    Shuttle Spacve

    Siemens Nixdorf SKY_FOX

    SpeedEasy lesarot1

    SuperMicro ksdjfg934t

    Tinys tiny

    TMC BIGO

    Toshiba 24Banc81
    Toshiba
    toshy99

    Vextrec Technology Vextrex

    Vobis merlin

    WIMBIOSnbsp BIOS v2.10 Compleri

    Zenith 3098z
    Zenith

    ZEOS zeosx

    Compiled by:
    Nathan Einwechter
     
    donnie, Oct 2, 2004
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