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What is the best way to password XP. If you password an account you can boot into safe mode then in as administrator and change it with out knowing the password. Should you start by pass-wording the administrator? Thanks
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Security on a computer is only as good as the weakest link or the technological know-how of the user.
Even if you were to apply passwords and what not, putting the drive in another computer and utilising known techniques will still allow the files to be accessed. Ways are available without even needing to do that.
Realistically if your computer supports Hard Drive Passwords (most laptops do) then that is as secure as it gets, otherwise all the other methods can be easily defused. A HDD password is not bypassable, can't be disabled by putting it in another computer and if you don't know the PW, you ain't getting in. The only problem is if you set such a PW you may not be able to remove it later and if you do forget it, say bye bye to everything on it.
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