Having just had a laptop stolen from my car, I was wondering what security measures you would recomend other than not leaving a laptop in the car! I was wondering if there was any way of password protection that would prevent a boot up even if the disk was changed and/or operating system re-installed. It would not stop it from being stolen but it would make it useless to the thief
For physical protection, some time ago there were devices that stuck to the laptop & connected via a chain to a lock on a desk. Are they still available?
You can password protect the bios and make sure it is set up to boot from hard drive first and of course password your logon, so it won't get it back but should stop it being formatted and reinstalled using key on bottom.
There is not a great deal of point in setting a BIOS password as this is fairly easy to circumvent or reset. BIOS tends to be different depending on the make of computer, but if you enter SET UP when booting usually by tapping F2 on boot, and look for Boot Options or Security you can set a password there. Something like this click here