laptop security

  nobbyhigo 09:52 29 Nov 2008
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i am having a laptop ac jack repaired. If it it password protected on the start up screen will that protect my personel details or should i do more thanks

  GANDALF <|:-)> 10:21 29 Nov 2008

By passing a password protected start up screen is so easy that most computer literate 8 year olds can do it. The best way is to remove any personal data such as bank statements etc. Then again it is not a good idea to keep personal data such as passwords or bank login details on a computer.

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  DippyGirl 14:17 29 Nov 2008

Or keep sensetive stuff in encrypted folder/drive/partition using something like trucrypt click here
I still would keep credit card/bank details or bank logon details on my PC - as Gandalf points out.
Mind you I dont do internet banking so not an issue for me

  DippyGirl 14:20 29 Nov 2008

I still would keep should read I still wouldnt keep

  rawprawn 15:08 29 Nov 2008

Make a full backup to an external drive using Acronis, then delete ALL sensitive files and send your laptop for repair.
Restore everything from your backup when it is returned.
That is what I did with my Sony Vaio, perfect and no worries.
You can buy Acronis TI 10 click here
You don't need to get the latest version

  AL47 15:34 29 Nov 2008

my password screen is just for sisters etc,

i keep a spare blank hard drive if it ever needs to be dent back to dell for repair, so i can switch them

if you take it out and about, yeah id get someyhing better

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