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Old 12-21-2011, 05:27 PM   #1  
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Default How can someone sign on or use my PC without knowing my password

I have my pc password protected and guest option turned off. I am wondering if there is a way someone can actually use my pc without knowing my password? Here is a link to something I googled and I tried it but couldn't get on.

http://www.ehow.com/how_4694978_pass...-computer.html
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Old 12-22-2011, 06:18 AM   #2  
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The answer is simple. The average user won't be able to log on. If someone really wants to get into it there are a number of ways but it takes some expertise. If someone has a degree of expertise they can get into your system at least to see your files with no problem. Your best bet if you are concerned about your data is to make sure it is encrypted.

Nothing is secure anymore if you haven't noticed. The good news is there is no longer any such thing as paranoia, its now called reality.
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Old 12-22-2011, 07:24 AM   #3  
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The answer is simple. The average user won't be able to log on. If someone really wants to get into it there are a number of ways but it takes some expertise. If someone has a degree of expertise they can get into your system at least to see your files with no problem. Your best bet if you are concerned about your data is to make sure it is encrypted.

Nothing is secure anymore if you haven't noticed. The good news is there is no longer any such thing as paranoia, its now called reality.

so how do i encrypt things? What all can be encrypted? For instance on my firefox I have certain passwords for certain sites stored. If someone logged on, I wouldnt want them to see those.
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Go to PC World downloads or CNET downloads and search for encryption programs - there may be some free ones or at least a trial. Also, there are 3rd party password programs where you need a password to activate them before they will work for any site (you would need to log in to that program at each session). Personally, I use Norton Internet Security Identity Safe that stores passwords but needs a login to use them.

If you can't find an encryption program on either PC World or CNET, just try a Google search.
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Old 12-28-2011, 06:17 PM   #5  
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I'd recommend Truecrypt. It's an open source encryption program that works well. There are some downsides though. If you have a computer issue that would require you boot from the windows CD, you'd have to decrypt first.

I assume this is a portable computer? If its not, then I probably wouldn't be too concerned. If it is a laptop, then encrypting makes sense. In either case, someone is far more likely to steal it for the hardware than the data since they could spend a bunch of time sorting through it for nothing. It's also wise NOT to store important passwords, especially for banking or other sites.
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