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Preventing anyone from using my computer

Would like to know what I need to do to lock out anyone from using my computer. I don't want them to even be able to get past the window screen without knowing the password. This way, it will be useless for them to even try to use my computer.

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There is a security lock available in the BIOS, giving password access to Startup and BIOS settings change. However, anyone with some knowledge of hardware can reset the BIOS by opening the computer. But for keeping the normal folks away, it works fine.

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There's not much you can do that someone with the right skill level can't circumvent, short of physically taking the unit with you (which only works well with laptops).

The CMOS password is a good idea, unless someone knows how to short the battery and cause the settings to reset. Taking the power cord with you every day would work, until they find a replacement. You can install locks on the power button, which works until they pick the lock OR steal your key some time and have a copy made. You could take some key hardware component, but the more you move it around like that, the more likely it is to be damaged or destroyed. You need to assess the skill level of the people you're trying to thwart, and then decide on some appropriate means.

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Another thought

XP has greater security controls than Win9x.
Password procect your administrator account.

Again if somebody is determined to access your system it can be done, XP just makes it a little harder.


Bill

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