Best software for locking down pc

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by BonyTony, Oct 17, 2002.

  1. BonyTony

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    I want to lock my pc down whilst i go away on holiday which means i want the harddrive protected with software somehow in case it gets stolen no one can acces the harddrive...at all !.

    Which software would you reccomend for protecting your pc from nosy peeps ?
     
  2. sboulema

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    damn you must have some important data on youre drive :)
    You can always put a bios password on your pc..., but to protect the drive i think you can put a password on all your folders if you use ntfs...
     
  3. BonyTony

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    Work within the courts !.

    The bios password is quite easy to get around i was thinking more of locking the harddrive down even if its removed from the pc,looking around at the moment but alot of junk out on the net.
     
  4. sboulema

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    sorry dont know a program that can do that :(
     
  5. madmatt

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    XP comes with a lock feature, not quite like what you are talking about, but if you do it right, then you should have no problems.

    First, the lock pc shortcut:

    %windir%\System32\rundll32.exe user32.dll,LockWorkStation

    Simply create a shortcut, with that being the command line.

    Secondly, make sure you have a password set for yourself that your screen saver also uses the password feature.

    A quick tweak to remove the shutdown command from the welcome screen is as follows (as long as you are using Professional).

    Open Group Policy Editor
    Computer Configuration
    Windows Settings
    Security Settings
    Local Policies
    Security Options
    "Shutdown: Allow system..."
    Change to disabled

    Although, if you want to leave your PC inaccessable, I recommend turning off the welcome screen all together.

    And just to be extra safe, disable the guest mode and all user accounts other than your own.

    Run compmgmt.msc
    Local users and groups
    Right click
    Properties
    Tick account is disabled.

    This is the best way to keep your PC and files safe without going to drastic measures.

    Good luck.
     
  6. sboulema

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    they can always rip youre hdd out of the case and put it in another pc... :p
     
  7. madmatt

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    Well, of course. The only way to stop them from doing that is removing it yourself and locking it up in a safe.

    But then they might crack the safe. So maybe he should take the HDD with him.

    But then they might follow him. hmm. You're stuck dude.
     
  8. djwhite

    djwhite OSNN Senior Addict

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    Why not just take the hard disk with you if its that important??
     
  9. sboulema

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  10. BonyTony

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    Sorted it out...

    Well....thanks for the "helpfull" replies :rolleyes: but i found just what i am after here http://www.pcguardian.com just got to find a shop that sells it near me
     
  11. Nick M

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    " Well, of course. The only way to stop them from doing that is removing it yourself and locking it up in a safe.

    But then they might crack the safe. So maybe he should take the HDD with him.

    But then they might follow him. hmm. You're stuck dude.


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    Sorry, had to comment:

    LOL Hillarious :)