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4 comments on “Is a Password-protected Windows Login Secure?”

  1. I recently found how easy it was to reset the password on Windows7. My father purchased a new 7 computer and before he could write down his password, he forgot it. I Googled it and found a place that would sell me the software to unlock 3 machines for 19 dollars. I paid the 19, burned the download to a disk and in 3 minutes had reset his password. I left the disk with him in case it happens again. I did not realize that it was that easy. Now we know.

    It needn’t cost any money either. As mentioned in the article you just commented on, this article of mine describes how to do it for free: I’ve lost the password to my Windows Administrator account, how do I get it back?

    Leo
    31-Mar-2010

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  2. The only time it’s useful is when you’re part of a network of other computers and that there are other people.

    You should have atleast a basic password on an account. This will atleast stop anyone from entering your computer via the network or from physically login to your computer. Also unlike Leo most people don’t have a clue as to what a firewall is.

    If you have children in the house and are concerned that they would destabilize your computer then have a password.

    People of technical know-how already know that having a passwordless system would jeopardize the system if your firewall or network security goes down.
    But as Leo says when the computer is stolen there is nothing that would protect it.

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  3. Windows passwords are not worth the Post-it notes you write them on. There are a number of readily available, perfectly legitimate tools that will find and remove passwords. I often use alternative Operating Systems like Linux Puppy or Ultimate Boot CD to retrieve gigabytes of data from Windows machines that have become infected or corrupted in some other way. Boot from either of these two options, and the security provided by your Windows password simply ceases to exist. Your Windows password protects you from honest people, but that’s about it.

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  4. Thanks Leo, that’s v useful and informative. I just rely on the W7 password to stop other people in the house using my machine. If it gets stolen I aren’t that bothered. My data is backed up and at another location, so even if the place burns down I’ve still got my i-Tunes !!!!

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