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Windows 7: How would I prevent people from formatting my system ?

17 Dec 2009   #1

Windows 7 baby ! : D
 
 
How would I prevent people from formatting my system ?

Hi,

I believe I am in the right section for this. Basically I've got XP on my laptop and my goal is to "safeguard" If you will my system by preventing anyone from just deciding to using a bootable XP Installation CD for instance and going about formatting my hard drive.

How would I prevent someone from accessing my laptop when it is unattended for instance, and say use a Windows Installation Disc and formatting my computer ?

Is there anyway to prevent this ?

Would using a password in the BIOS prevent people from doing this ?


Thanks and I hope that my question is clear enough


Merry Christmas


Jordan
My System SpecsSystem Spec
17 Dec 2009   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate (32 bit)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by JordanJP View Post
Hi,

I believe I am in the right section for this. Basically I've got XP on my laptop and my goal is to "safeguard" If you will my system by preventing anyone from just deciding to using a bootable XP Installation CD for instance and going about formatting my hard drive.

How would I prevent someone from accessing my laptop when it is unattended for instance, and say use a Windows Installation Disc and formatting my computer ?

Is there anyway to prevent this ?

Would using a password in the BIOS prevent people from doing this ?


Thanks and I hope that my question is clear enough


Merry Christmas


Jordan



1.I would think password the BIOS but that can be overcome easily.
2. USB security key that if removed locks keyboard and prevents access when you are gone.
3. Actually everything can be comprimised so as far as I can see nothing can stop someone who has your laptop cab reformat your HD.

I think the answer may be your own personal security of your laptop.

I don't think I was that helpful but these are my ideas and thought for you.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
17 Dec 2009   #3

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by JordanJP View Post
Hi,

I believe I am in the right section for this. Basically I've got XP on my laptop and my goal is to "safeguard" If you will my system by preventing anyone from just deciding to using a bootable XP Installation CD for instance and going about formatting my hard drive.

How would I prevent someone from accessing my laptop when it is unattended for instance, and say use a Windows Installation Disc and formatting my computer ?

Is there anyway to prevent this ?

Would using a password in the BIOS prevent people from doing this ?


Thanks and I hope that my question is clear enough


Merry Christmas


Jordan
Hello Jordan;

First, set your hard drive as the first drive to boot in the Bios, then create the Bios password. This will give you some security from unwanted tampering.

Cheers!
Robert
My System SpecsSystem Spec
17 Dec 2009   #4

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by IggyAZ View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by JordanJP View Post
Hi,

I believe I am in the right section for this. Basically I've got XP on my laptop and my goal is to "safeguard" If you will my system by preventing anyone from just deciding to using a bootable XP Installation CD for instance and going about formatting my hard drive.

How would I prevent someone from accessing my laptop when it is unattended for instance, and say use a Windows Installation Disc and formatting my computer ?

Is there anyway to prevent this ?

Would using a password in the BIOS prevent people from doing this ?


Thanks and I hope that my question is clear enough


Merry Christmas


Jordan



1.I would think password the BIOS but that can be overcome easily.
2. USB security key that if removed locks keyboard and prevents acces when you are gone.
3. Actually everything can be comprimised so as far as I can see nothing can stop someone who has your laptop reformating the HD.

I think the answer may be your own personal security of your laptop.

I don't think I was that helpful but these are my ideas and thought for you.
I agree mostly. On a desktop, you cannot access the "Reset Password" pin if the Desktop Case has a lock preventing access to the motherboard. So that with a Bios password gives some security.

With a laptop, I will have to look to see how to "reset the bios password". Then, if the bios allows a "Boot Menu" Fkey that is not part of the Bios password, then security vanishes? Anybody know how the boot menu works with a password protected Bios?

Cheers!
Robert
My System SpecsSystem Spec
17 Dec 2009   #5

Windows 7 baby ! : D
 
 

thanks for your replies guys !
My System SpecsSystem Spec
17 Dec 2009   #6

 

Answer is simple. You don't share it, and lock it in a safety deposit box every minute you don't need it for your own use... oh, and you keep a full backup drive restore image kicking around too...
My System SpecsSystem Spec
17 Dec 2009   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Physical security is absolutely required. Somebody who can gain physical access can do anything they want with your machine.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
17 Dec 2009   #8

W7 RTM Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by iseeuu View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by IggyAZ View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by JordanJP View Post
Hi,

I believe I am in the right section for this. Basically I've got XP on my laptop and my goal is to "safeguard" If you will my system by preventing anyone from just deciding to using a bootable XP Installation CD for instance and going about formatting my hard drive.

How would I prevent someone from accessing my laptop when it is unattended for instance, and say use a Windows Installation Disc and formatting my computer ?

Is there anyway to prevent this ?

Would using a password in the BIOS prevent people from doing this ?


Thanks and I hope that my question is clear enough


Merry Christmas


Jordan



1.I would think password the BIOS but that can be overcome easily.
2. USB security key that if removed locks keyboard and prevents acces when you are gone.
3. Actually everything can be comprimised so as far as I can see nothing can stop someone who has your laptop reformating the HD.

I think the answer may be your own personal security of your laptop.

I don't think I was that helpful but these are my ideas and thought for you.
I agree mostly. On a desktop, you cannot access the "Reset Password" pin if the Desktop Case has a lock preventing access to the motherboard. So that with a Bios password gives some security.

With a laptop, I will have to look to see how to "reset the bios password". Then, if the bios allows a "Boot Menu" Fkey that is not part of the Bios password, then security vanishes? Anybody know how the boot menu works with a password protected Bios?

Cheers!
Robert

I just checked google, and there are backdoor BIOS passwords for your BIOS.

I think the info is on a Cra**ing site, so i won't give you the link, but google is your best friend.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
17 Dec 2009   #9

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 - Mac OS X 10.6.4 x64
 
 

Also remember folks that I believe the boot menu key (F12 normally) that lets you choose a device to bootup first by passes the BIOS password screen...

Once they access that menu...FORMAT is emminent
My System SpecsSystem Spec
17 Dec 2009   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Again, physical security is of the utmost importance. Leave a machine in my presence and I guarantee that I will be able to wipe out the drive. Bust the case open, plug the hard drive into another machine, low level format tool like DBAN and it's gone.
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