Discussion in 'Windows Vista Administration' started by tanuxaxa, May 21, 2007.

  1. tanuxaxa

    tanuxaxa Guest

    Hello everyone! I just picked up my laptop from Bestbuy. It was taken
    care of because of outside spill damage. It was not nesessary to log
    in in my computer during repairing process so I didn`t provide my
    account password. So, right after I picked it up I log in an BAM! here
    is no password on my account!

    How could Bestbuy guys do it???? My account was password protected in
    a safe mode as well and it is the only account on my computer. If they
    could do it everyone else can!

    How can I protect my personal data for 100%???
    tanuxaxa, May 21, 2007
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  2. Did you originally buy that computer from Best Buy?

    If so, it's possible that they have recovery options that will allow their
    tech support to log in if a user forgets their password. You really need to
    contact them and ask about this.
    Ronnie Vernon MVP, May 21, 2007
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  3. It is easy for someone with unrestricted access to the computer to
    bypass the password.
    Do NOT count on the password to protect your data.
    This is not just a limitation of Windows but every operating system
    from every source.

    "How can I protect..."
    "...everyone else can!"
    Very true, everyone else can and very easily.
    If it is that important to you, the hard drive should not leave your

    Also see:
    Particularly Law 3.
    Jupiter Jones [MVP], May 21, 2007

  4. Without physical security, there is NO security. Linux-based password
    cracking utilities abound on the Internet, freely available to anyone
    who can use Google, much less an expert.

    (And I guess I'll have to revise my estimation of the capabilities of at
    least some of Best Buy's employess; I really wouldn't have expected them
    to have the requisite ability.)


    Bruce Chambers

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    Bruce Chambers, May 22, 2007
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