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forfyv

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PostPosted: Sun 24 Apr 2011, 23:25    Post subject: kids
Subject description: not kids
 

WindUpToy wrote:
kiddies know that if you remove+replace the CMOS battery, when you boot up there is no password required and the CMOS sets the BIOS up automatically on modern computers, with CD-boot as the first option.


In my case I don't worry about "kids", and if I power up my system and it does NOT need a password, then I KNOW I have been hacked, cracked and compromised, I can then take steps to minimize the damage, ie, passwords, accounts, etc.

Without that boot protection, I may not know that my data has been compromised.

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PostPosted: Sun 24 Apr 2011, 23:32    Post subject:  

WindUpToy wrote:
re: "Unless one sets the BIOS to only boot from the HDD, and locks it with a password"

I don't mean to rain on your parade, but today's "curious" kiddies know that if you remove+replace the CMOS battery, when you boot up there is no password required and the CMOS sets the BIOS up automatically on modern computers

True, but instead I would worry about the fact that, assuming the BIOS password will be respected, then no one can use the computer at all except The Great Guardian of the Key, which defeats the purpose of having a multiple account system, which was being discussed.
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