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how to prevent use of computer by others

  1. #11


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    Windows 8 (plain '8')


    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Phelps View Post
    Unless you are moving somewhere to which you have to fly, not drive, my advice is NOT to let the movers handle your PC. Instead, you should move it yourself. The safest way to ensure that some one can not access your PC is to deny them physical access to it. IF the PC is in your possession at all times, then you don't have to worry about anyone else gaining access.
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    If i were able to move it myself then i wouldn't have had to post my question but my taking it is out of the question. I do no banking/etc. paying bills with it... but thank for replying.

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  2. #12


    Joisey
    Posts : 315
    Windows 8.1 consumer 64 bit


    If it is a desktop you could take the hard drive(s) out and ship the rest. A hard drive won't take up much room at all, cushion it with your socks. Google images of hard drives to see what it looks like.
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  3. #13


    Austin TX metro area
    Posts : 640
    Windows 7 Pro 64bit [MS blue-disk set]


    Unless you're using Bugs Moran St. Valentine Moving & Storage, I doubt the movers will bother your computer. Once you have a bios password, and a setup change password - you should be ok. I may be using the wrong word "bios," I mean the password that has to be entered before anything can happen with the computer. The setup password concerns only entering bios itself.
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  4. #14


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    Windows 8 (plain '8')


    Quote Originally Posted by mikeytg View Post
    If it is a desktop you could take the hard drive(s) out and ship the rest. A hard drive won't take up much room at all, cushion it with your socks. Google images of hard drives to see what it looks like.
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    Naw - would never attempt that - LOL
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  5. #15


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    Quote Originally Posted by RolandJS View Post
    Unless you're using Bugs Moran St. Valentine Moving & Storage, I doubt the movers will bother your computer. I'm sure you're right but that was a funny-thought! Once you have a bios password, and a setup change password - you should be ok. I may be using the wrong word "bios," I mean the password that has to be entered before anything can happen with the computer. The setup password concerns only entering bios itself.
    ok i 'think' i understand what you're saying: here's what i will do if it meets my 'temporary-move' concerns (no one else uses computer-have no 'guests' listed):
    ''Win 8 ''change PC settings/''users''/sign-in options/''create a password'' .....fill- in password and once that's done even if computer is booted=up the ability to even see the 'desktop' will not appear until the password is entered ...do i have that right? To remove the password when i want to, all i have to do is above - (Users/sign-n options/ and remove password ? I hope i have it right ! thanks so much !
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  6. #16


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    Windows 8 (plain '8')


    Quote Originally Posted by CountryBumkin View Post
    No disrespect or embarrassment intended - but how can you be a Power User with such a high "reputation" when you don't seem to understand the most basic elements of the computer? What kind of advice are you providing to earn all those "reputations"?
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    that's ok to offence taken ..... trust me, it wasn't 'my' doing - LOL - i never voted myself 'power user' -when i first noticed it, it thought it was referring to the number of 'posts' one places on Board - LOL
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  7. #17


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    Win8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by edythe View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by CountryBumkin View Post
    No disrespect or embarrassment intended - but how can you be a Power User with such a high "reputation" when you don't seem to understand the most basic elements of the computer? What kind of advice are you providing to earn all those "reputations"?
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    that's ok to offence taken ..... trust me, it wasn't 'my' doing - LOL - i never voted myself 'power user' -when i first noticed it, it thought it was referring to the number of 'posts' one places on Board - LOL
    Sorry. I had no business commenting. My comment had no relevance to the topic. Sometimes I post faster than my brain can consider the implication. I deleted my comment/question.
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  8. #18


    Posts : 376
    W8.1, W7


    Bios pw + HD pw, the solution I use (excellent, as long as one does not forget the password!). The HD content would not be accessible even if taken out of the pc. If the motherboard\bios should fail, HD can be unlocked by connecting it to similar laptop\pc.

    HD encryption is also a possibility. Whatever the situation (wrong password, virus, theft, hardware failure, user error > format :0) etc), do regular imaging\bu'ing and store in a safe place.
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  9. #19


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    Windows 8 (plain '8')


    Quote Originally Posted by CountryBumkin View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by edythe View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by CountryBumkin View Post
    No disrespect or embarrassment intended - but how can you be a Power User with such a high "reputation" when you don't seem to understand the most basic elements of the computer? What kind of advice are you providing to earn all those "reputations"?
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    that's ok to offence taken ..... trust me, it wasn't 'my' doing - LOL - i never voted myself 'power user' -when i first noticed it, it thought it was referring to the number of 'posts' one places on Board - LOL
    Sorry. I had no business commenting. My comment had no relevance to the topic. Sometimes I post faster than my brain can consider the implication. I deleted my comment/question.
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    i meant to say ''NO'' offence taken (LOL) ..anyway you didn't do anything wrong - you were just asking a question and you 'were' very polite about it ...and you made a good point i.e. if i 'were' a 'power user' i would know what to do !! i totally agree with you. I just know enough about computers to know what i don't know !! i find the more one learns the more there is waiting around the corner to fry your brain ! I get cross-eyed thinking about it !
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  10. #20


    Austin TX metro area
    Posts : 640
    Windows 7 Pro 64bit [MS blue-disk set]


    CountryBumpkin, you do have a point! Personally, I'm a power user in regards to some, but not many, things. I'm an absolute duffer user on some things. It depends upon what each of us has experienced and/or researched over the years -- concerning computers.
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