Can your password be bypassed?

Question

I have placed a complicated logon password on my laptop so that if I loose the computer it will be useless to anybody. Can this password be bypassed or can my data be viewed by others?

Answer

This question was answered on February 22, 2004. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

It is very hard to bypass a logon password but if you want you can add a boot password By setting a boot password, you can make your computer prompt for the password every time it is restarted You can set the boot password in the BIOS when your computer is starting up Usually the computer tells you when you can enter the BIOS (press Del to enter setup) The BIOS is different for different computers If you check the documentation for your computer, it should tell you how to set a password Or, if you feel comfortable exploring your BIOS, simply enter setup and look for a security or boot option

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Posted by Student of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on February 22, 2004