Originally Posted by CEO
I was ready about the stolen laptop thread, and was also saying to myself: If you have a laptop and install lojack. It wouldnt be at least 50% helpful. Think about it if your smart enough to install lojack on your computer you must be smart enough to put a password on Bios and the xp on start up. but if you have a password in start-up how can they get on the internet. Because even if you go through safemode you cant install any programs,(cause of the admin password) since you can't get into AOl.
And the scenario of reformat and other smart things then came to mind that the idea of one of the theives being A+ computer smart and if he's that computer literalte don't you think he might know how to hot-wire the password chip. RENDERING THE SOFTWARE USELESS and thats right all the arguments going back and forth talking about will it work on bios will be totally useless.
But even on the site these people should have there laptops stolen cause their idiots, cause to get in the OS you need the password or be have a degree in computer engineering, so can you disscuss with me if i am right
EDIT: sorry about the typing, its cause im on my down time on the adderall. and my touch pad on my C640 makes the cursor go haywire. and it doesnt help that im typing reading and watching tv. But im not ranting or stupid just disscuss this without flaming PLZ i just need to know some answers :chris:
Originally Posted by MitchellO
Can you explain what he was on about?
His first statement is about lojack. He basically said that if someone was paranoid/smart enough to want security like lojack wouldn't they password protect the BIOS or windows. And if that is the case then how would lojack work in the first place if the computer couldn't even get to the Internet.
Also he was asking if someone was persistant enough to know that the BIOS password is on a security chip, would someone be able to short out that chip and still have access to reformat the drive.
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But lets face it, most laptop thefts are for the hardware, not the information. People could care less if they had access to your term paper or not but a laptop is worth money. So does a BIOS password really help for college students. Not really, it just keeps people from using your laptop but they will still steal it. So the real answer is not to let the laptop be in a situation where it could be stolen. And if you have xp pro you should be encrypting the hard drive anyways just to feel more safe.