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Windows 7: Does a windows password "stop hackers"


28 Oct 2011   #1

Windows 7 Panasonic CF F9 (used to have CF F8)
 
 
Does a windows password "stop hackers"

Do we keep our passwords on boot or sleep mode to prevent a hacker getting onto a network and then finding your mac address so as to access your machine?

Is that the only reason we have it?

(Also for the other reason that if you left your machine unattended or for privacy but my question is more for anti-hackers).

If the answer to the question is no then i might undo my one....

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28 Oct 2011   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (64 bit), Windows XP SP3, Linux Mint 17 MATE (64 bit)
 
 
Not for that reason

The password and MAC address are independent and unrelated.

If your PC is connected to a network (and the network card has power) your MAC address is available for functions like "wake on LAN".

Your password only "prevents" (reduces the chances of) unauthorized access to your user account.
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28 Oct 2011   #3

win7 ultimate / virtual box
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by lister
Do we keep our passwords on boot or sleep mode to prevent a hacker getting onto a network and then finding your mac address so as to access your machine?

Is that the only reason we have it?

(Also for the other reason that if you left your machine unattended or for privacy but my question is more for anti-hackers).
no , your windows password is meant to prevent access to your windows account from anyone at your system or who is already on your network

The main reason for your windows password is to prevent anyone logging on as you when they have access to your keyboard
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28 Oct 2011   #4

Windows 7 Panasonic CF F9 (used to have CF F8)
 
 

so for me that only uses this machine i might as well remove it then - do you?
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28 Oct 2011   #5

win 7 Pro 64 Sp1 win 8.1 pro Xunbuntu
 
 

I still would keep a password, granted it is to keep the "casual unauthorized user off", are you on a "private" LAN, such as your work or whatever. Then you must have credentials to access the network.
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28 Oct 2011   #6

Win 7 Pro x64 x 3, Win 7 Pro x86, Ubuntu 9.04
 
 

It's required for Terminal Service (remoting into the machine). That's a good enough reason for most of my computers...
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29 Oct 2011   #7

win7 ultimate / virtual box
 
 

I don't have a password on my main PC at home as only me and my daughters have access and they have their own systems so no reason to use mine

My networking device is a NAS which holds all my files needed remotely.

I only ever use this PC to remote in to other peoples systems
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04 Nov 2011   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Its always best to have a password on your PC. What if it was stolen? A vicious person could do alot with the data that could be on there.

Dave
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04 Nov 2011   #9

Windows 8.1 Pro (x64)
 
 

By default an account without a password cannot login remotely though the network. So even if you didn't have a password on your account, a remote login would be impossible.
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04 Nov 2011   #10

Windows Seven, Ubuntu
 
 

Even if you lose your computer and you have a password people can get all your data with a Linux Live cd. Just boot with linux live cd and copy and paste data to usb. Unless you used bitlocker or truecrypt to encrypt your data.
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