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Windows 7: Mom Needs Help with Teenager overriding Password

29 Mar 2011   #21
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DarkXeno View Post
Well I hate to say this one but you can go to the extreme and see if your machine has an option in BIOS for a power on password. So once the machine is turned on it ask for your password before it even boots.
That's a good option, but resetting the BIOS via the CMOS jumper or battery will wipe out the password giving access again.


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29 Mar 2011   #22
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by GEWB View Post
Well, power cords are cheap or can be "borrowed" from other devices.

My first thought is to use a product like TrueCrypt:

Free open-source disk encryption software for Windows 7/Vista/XP, Mac OS X, and Linux
Main Features:

* Creates a virtual encrypted disk within a file and mounts it as a real disk.

* Encrypts an entire partition or storage device such as USB flash drive or hard drive.

* Encrypts a partition or drive where Windows is installed (pre-boot authentication).

* Encryption is automatic, real-time (on-the-fly) and transparent.

* Parallelization and pipelining allow data to be read and written as fast as if the drive was not encrypted.

* Encryption can be hardware-accelerated on modern processors.


See:

TrueCrypt - Free Open-Source On-The-Fly Disk Encryption Software for Windows 7/Vista/XP, Mac OS X and Linux

Maximum PC | How To: Encrypt Your Entire Hard Drive The Easy Way Using TrueCrypt

Regards,
GEWB
This looks like a good option for you SuperMom since you do have Windows 7 Ultimate.
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29 Mar 2011   #23
wilywombat

win7
 
 

1 more vote for Truecrypt...best of all its FREE!!!!
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29 Mar 2011   #24
Shootist

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SuperMom View Post

I have a first generation dell XPS running Vista. I'm all game for anything
Here is the deal with Dell notebooks, as I know them.
If you set a BIOS password and something happens that somehow locks you out of the PC there is NO way to remove the BIOS password and or use the hard drive in any other system.

Note that was the way it was a few years ago, reports all over the net of this happening to people making there PC useless.
Not sure if it the same way today.
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29 Mar 2011   #25
gregrocker

 

I'm not sure why the feature that's built into Win7 for this purpose is not being considered here.

After all, everything mentioned besides BitLocker is only as strong as your password, which seems to be the problem.

So make the password much stronger, assure there is no keylogger reading it, then set boundaries using Parental Controls in the Control Panel.
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30 Mar 2011   #26
wilywombat

win7
 
 

Just had a thought...If you connect to your router by cable from your desktop, buy a wireless USB adaptor for your desktop. Once this is setup to use on your network you can only access the internet while the adaptor is plugged in. Remove the adaptor...remove the teenager (only don't leave the cable lying around!!
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30 Mar 2011   #27
Imperfect1

 
 

SuperMom, I don’t know if this will help you, but here’s a ‘time-lock control' software app that was posted by marsmimar on the "Software which locks computer" thread. As mentioned in that post, it’s older software, but if you run it in compatibility mode it might work.

Software Time Lock - Control when and how long the Internet, specific computer programs, and the computer itself can be used each day of the week.
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30 Mar 2011   #28
FliGi7

XP / Win7 x64 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
I'm not sure why the feature that's built into Win7 for this purpose is not being considered here.

After all, everything mentioned besides BitLocker is only as strong as your password, which seems to be the problem.

So make the password much stronger, assure there is no keylogger reading it, then set boundaries using Parental Controls in the Control Panel.
I'm with you on this.

I think we need to take a step back and figure out how she is actually getting on the computer even after changing the password. There's talk about "getting in to the computer" but that the passwords are figured out even after clearing the cache and temp files. Which password(s) are we talking about here? The password to log on to the computer or passwords stored in the browser? These are completely separate issues.
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30 Mar 2011   #29
brady

 

Without giving too much info out on this topic, any password can be bypassed at startup.... Except disk encryption passwording.
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30 Mar 2011   #30
FliGi7

XP / Win7 x64 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by brady View Post
Without giving too much info out on this topic, any password can be bypassed at startup.... Except disk encryption passwording.
And without giving too much information on that, disk encryption can be bypassed as well. Regardless, this may have nothing to do with the actual logon password, as SuperMom talks about clearing temp files but the daughter still getting the password, which has nothing to do with the logon password.
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