Windows password

Discussion in 'privacy general' started by HURST, Oct 23, 2007.

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  1. HURST

    HURST Registered Member

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    Reading another thread, a question came to my mind.
    How hard/easy is it to hack a windows account password, in case a computer is stolen?
    How does startup password set at BIOS compare to it?

    Thanks
     
  2. bigc73542

    bigc73542 Retired Moderator

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    The problem is Windows has a back door if you know where it is and even if there is a login in password you can just get right in the back door.it is possible to close the back door though if you know where it is.

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  3. AKAJohnDoe

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    A Windows password keeps out the honest folk.

    The government or a technician can easily get around it.

    You can really slow them down with encryption, though.
     
  4. lucas1985

    lucas1985 Retired Moderator

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    Clear the CMOS and the BIOS password is gone.
     
  5. Doc Serenity

    Doc Serenity Registered Member

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    So how do we protect against the back door weakness. Easy enough for a novice?
     
  6. bigc73542

    bigc73542 Retired Moderator

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    All you have to do is boot into safe mode and when you get the choice to boot into a user account or the admin, choose the admin and when it finishes booting into admin safe mode go to user accounts and set a password for the safe mode admin account then no one else can just boot your login password protected computer into admin safe mode and own your comp. very simple fix but totally effective. Just don't forget the password because you might just need to boot into the comp if you ever get a corrupted login password so you can reset the login password from the admin safe mode.


    P.S.
    I would use a different password in safemode than you do in login password
     
  7. FadeAway

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    I had to do that once. Takes less than a minute if you know how.
     
  8. prozabor

    prozabor Registered Member

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    If You want to be secure, You should encrypt all hard drive by for examle free Truecrypt (AES). Few months ago I tested my XP and with special Linux Distrybution I cracked password in 15 minutes.
     
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