Laptop Security?

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  1. Drew1

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    Hey all. Does anyone have any suggest for keeping their laptop secure? I use antivirus protection but its free but it seems okay.

    I want to know, do people here all have a password when they start up their laptop? I do not have one so if someone had access to my laptop they can just turn it on etc. So how would i do this?

    I use windows 10.

    Also if i do this, does that mean no one can turn on the computer without a password no matter what? Thus the only thing you can do would be reinstall windows 10? But doing this means everything is erased right?

    The thing is for passwords, you should be using programs to do that. But what about just your computer security etc? Like imagine someone has access to it.. sure they might not be able to access certain sites if they dont have your password. But couldnt they just click on their virus links and they could now log into your accounts? I read this is something called like keylogger or something like that? But if someone has access to your computer, then they cannot do this assuming you do not have the computer?

    Im wondering what precautions should one take with their computers.
     
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    That is a start make sure it's one that you research that works as it says. I use Defender and before that MSE which all worked fine for me and doesn't hog my system RAM to run and do it's job.

    No by default most people laptop aren't set but if you let someone use your laptop then they have all the access KEYS. But this is why with the newer O/S you should password lock the Admin/Owner account that only can be used for updates and trusted software install and create a Limited user account that has no Admin/Owner access. This works on computers used in a Family so kids and Adults that can't screw up the system but only their accounts which can be deleted and reset without causing the Admin/Owner account damages. This last part is what most owners of their laptops don't do and will regret it sooner then later.

    Good to have the latest version as this will protect your core investments since it will be updating and keep the O/S safe from harm-unless you the user does it themselves.

    Yes, no one can turn it on until you create a limited user account then they can use the software but do nothing more to damage it. So the question your asking contains multiple answer but if you set the Admin/Owner password lock then no one can use it.

    No you the user should create it so you remember it otherwise what is the point. If you lock the Admin/Owner with password others with the limited account can't change or uninstall or delete without the admin/owner login and password to do such actions. They basically are Read-Only and write to their folder but not to the Admin/Owner account.

    If you don't want others using it then secure it away-that's the fast way to secure it from tricky fingers. Otherwise Password lock the Admin/owner account and make a limited user account you and other can use and have no access to the admin/owner account. I've told users on here many times "STOP" using your Admin/Owner account like it's a everyday account your asking for trouble and it will find you sooner then you think-don't think for once because your the owner that you won't do damage but that is precisely the reason why you should only use the Limited account to stop damages.
     
  4. Jarhead

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    You should have a password for the administrator account at the very least. I'm assuming you're using that instead of a standard account (which you should use), in which case you just tell Windows to ask for the password at startup instead of automatically logging you (or an attacker) in.

    No, you can still turn on the computer if you enable the login screen, a person just can't log into Windows without it. The computer will still be on.

    However, an attacker can simply take the storage drive out of the computer and read the files without having to find out your account password. Use encryption (either per-file or full disk) to prevent this.

    If an attacker has physical access to your computer, consider it gone/compromised/attacked/etc.

    One very good security tip for laptops is to simply not let it out of your sight.
     
  5. Drew1

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    How do i set up a password for windows 10? The admin password etc?


    Well when i first start up the computer, there is nothing to enter etc.
     
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    Hey there. Well i mean what if something happens to your laptop such as it gets stolen etc. Thus if someone has that laptop, well what can be done before this where even if they have the laptop, they can only complete reinstall it and use it like new as oppose to opening up the computer and checking whats there and also checking out the hard drive etc.

    I heard someone mentioning even with a password, that isn't good enough? Thus the windows 10 password? Heard something about encrypting the hard drive?

    Can someone who uses windows 10 tell me what is proper way to make sure the computer is safe where if you do not enter a password when you first log in, then you cannot ever access the computer? Of course the risk is if you forget your password, then you cannot log back in etc.
     
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    If you want to set up a computer to completely self-destruct after a failed login attempt, maybe hook up a bomb to the inside of the computer and set it to blow up with a failed login attempt? ;).

    In all seriousness though, it's unrealistic of you to say that an attacker with physical access to your machine cannot take he drive out of the computer. It's not a difficult task to accomplish and is something I'd do if I had to get files off a computer protected by a login password (I wouldn't even bother trying to guess the password at all, actually).

    For encrypting the whole disk, you can look into Bitlocker (comes with certain versions of Windows, free to use) or VeraCrypt (free to use, born from the once-popular TrueCrypt project), as well as a few other encryption programs (though I only have experience in the two I mention). Both are rather easy to set up and use imo.
     
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    Go to Control Panel or type it in the Run box "Control Panel" and find the accounts and go to the admin/owner of which your most likely the "Owner" account and there you can set a password.

    You will not see the password "enter" box until you first setup a password.

    As to anyone taking you HDD/SDD out and becoming owner that a obvious truth if someone stole your laptop they could do so til we get there you or I or anyone can't stop someone that is going to take it.
     
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    Hi there. Went to control panel. Clicked on user accounts.

    It shows my name and under it... local account and administrator.

    Where is option to set a password?


    There is


    make changes to my acct in pc settings
    change your acct name
    change your acct type


    manage another account
    change user account control settings


    On the left though... there is

    manage your credentials
    create a password reset disk
    manager your file encryption certificates
    configure advanced user profile properties
    change my environment variables.

    So for the hard drive/ssd etc... i have an ssd on my computer. So how does one make sure no one could access the computer files if another person has access to it?

    And how hard is this process?

    I want my computer to be where you have to put a password to start up the computer... otherwise someone can just turn on computer and everything is there. And of course no one can access the computer files without a password or something like that.
     
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    Again, to make sure no one could access the computer files if another person has access to it, you need to encrypt your drive. It's not a difficult process at all (there are guides for both Bitlocker and Veracrypt online, but it essentially boils down to following prompts from the program).
     
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