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How can I password-protect all files on my laptop?

In case it's lost or stolen, nobody can go through my files, or even use the computer. I have a Acer Aspire One. Thank you!

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  • Anonymous May 14, 2009

    I follwed your instructions on locking up my hard disk: Start PC, press F2, set password for harddisk, save and exit. However, when it restarted, my passwork wouldn't work. I'm locked out. What should I do now? Thank you for your help!

  • Wim Sharpley
    Wim Sharpley May 11, 2010


    Witch o/s are you using?

    Are you looking for a util that does this for you or do you want to do it without having to download software?

    Kind Regards




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Hi there.
You can set a bios and hard drive password either by using Acer Empowering Technology application or entering the bios itself by restarting the computer and hit F2 while its just starting up, make sure you keep your password safe because if you forget the the passwords you may find yourself locked out of your own computer and bios passwords are very hard to crack.

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When you boot your laptop, at the startup screen where the manufacturers name is displayed press f2 or look below the screen for directions on getting into setup.

In the BIOS setup screen look for the advanced or security menu. on it, you'll see options for two passwords (differs with manufacturers)

choose which ever passwords you want (preferably the boot option password or startup password)

indicate your password and look below for the command to save and exit your settings.

This will restart your PC and you'll see a password screen

Please note that this is not a complete security especially when your password is revealed through carelessness and learn to use letters and numbers for passwords

Posted on May 13, 2009

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    Onyebuchim Obike May 15, 2009

    For the user who got locked out from his computer.

    There is a way of getting your pc unlocked even if its a Power On Password but theres a lot of security questions to this.

    I'd suggest the Administrators fully confirm your ownership of the PC before i can reveal a way out of unlocking the PC.



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I bought a used business laptop for use with my school work but it is password protected with no reset disk

Hello, Dominique -

Contact the seller to find out if he / she can provide the password or will pay for a reliable local (local for you) computer repair business to hack it and remove the password protection for you.

If the seller will not, ask to return the laptop for a refund.

I have purchased pre-owned laptops, but only from a local computer store where, if the laptop had password protection, a technician at the store made sure it was removed before sale.

Note: If the seller refuses to provide the password, refuses to pay for computer repair service, or refuses to take it back and refund your purchase price, the laptop _may_ have been stolen. In that case, contact your local police department and talk with a police officer.

Best wishes.

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Traveling? 10 tips to protect your laptop from theft

<p>These days, it seems that just about everybody uses a laptop or notebook computer to get work done away from the office or on the road. Unfortunately, the pervasiveness of laptop computing has made portable systems an easy target for theft. If your laptop computer is stolen, or if someone gains access to your files while your back is turned, your company information-not to mention your personal and financial data-can be exposed.<br /> Looking for information about security features you can use on your laptop to keep your data safe while you travel? This article covers some of the most pertinent. If you'd like more general security suggestions (whether on the road or at the office), check out <a href="">10 ways to work more securely</a>.<br /> Use these 10 tips to learn how you can help protect your laptop from theft when you're on the road.<br /><a></a> 1. Avoid using computer bags Computer bags can make it obvious that you're carrying a laptop. 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Protect your computer, your information, and your company?s network

10 ways to work more securely

The security of your computer and data is crucial for you and the success of your company. Lost or stolen information can reveal company secrets, or expose your confidential or personal information. The more you do to keep your computer secure, the safer your information will be. Use these 10 tips to learn ways you can help protect your computer, your data, and your company's network.
1. Work with your IT department

Make sure that you install all of the patches and updates that your IT department recommends. In addition to installing Windows and Office updates, your IT department might require you to install additional security software, such as a firewall or custom software to help you connect from remote locations. Making these regular installations will keep your computer and your company's network as secure as possible.

Learn more about ways to manage your computer and devices at work.
2. Use strong passwords

Passwords provide the first line of defense against unauthorized access to your computer, and a good password is often underestimated. Weak passwords provide attackers with easy access to your computer and network. Strong passwords are considerably harder to crack, even with the latest password-cracking software.

A strong password:


Is at least eight characters long.

Does not contain your user name, real name, or company name.

Does not contain a complete dictionary word.

Is significantly different from previous passwords. Passwords that change just slightly—such as Password1, Password2, Password3—are not strong.

Contains characters from each of the following groups:

Uppercase and/or lowercase letters.


Symbols (!,@,#,$,%, etc.)

Learn more about how to create strong passwords.
3. Don't enable the Save Password option

Make it mandatory for you—or someone else trying to access your computer—to enter your password on all operating system or application settings. If a dialog box prompts you about remembering the password, rather then requiring you to enter it, just choose no. Allowing the password to be saved negates having the password at all.
4. Use network file shares instead of local file shares

Rather than opening up your computer to co-workers, use network file shares to collaborate on documents. And restrict access to the network file share to only those who need it. If you're working on a team, you have lots of other options—such as using Microsoft Office Groove 2007 or Microsoft Office SharePoint 2007.
5. Lock your computer when you leave your desk

If you're going to be away from your desk for a while, make sure your computer is locked.

To lock your computer:


On your keyboard, press CTRL+ALT+DELETE at the same time.

Click Lock this computer (Lock Computer if you're running Windows XP).

To unlock your computer, press CTRL+ALT+DELETE and enter your password.

6. Use password protection on your screensaver

Sometimes you're away from your desk for longer than you unexpected. Plan for those situations by setting up your computer so that it locks itself after a specified amount of time.
To establish Windows 7 screensaver password protection


Right click an empty space on your desktop.

Click Personalize, and then click the Screen Saver section.

Change Wait time to 10 minutes or less.

Select On resume, display logon screen.

Click Apply.
Screen Saver Settings dialog box

Screen Saver Settings dialog box

To establish Windows Vista screensaver password protection

1. Right click an empty space on your desktop.
2. Click Personalize, and then click the Screen Saver section.
3. Change Wait time to 10 minutes or less.
4. Select On resume, password protect.
5. Click Apply.
Screen Saver Settings dialog box

Screen Saver Settings dialog box

To establish Windows XP screensaver password protection

1. Right click an empty space on your desktop.
2. Click Properties, and then the Screen Saver tab.
3. Change Wait time to 10 minutes or less.
4. Select On resume, password protect.
5. Click Apply.
Display Properties dialog box

Display Properties dialog box

7. Encrypt files containing confidential or business critical files

You keep valuable and sensitive data on your computer. You might have sensitive information about your company or clients, or your personal bank statements on a laptop you use at home and work. Encrypting your data keeps it as secure as possible. To help keep unauthorized people from accessing your data—even if your computer is lost or stolen—you should encrypt all sensitive data. In the Enterprise and Ultimate editions of Windows Vista, you can use BitLocker™ Drive Encryption to encrypt the entire volume. In Windows XP and all editions of Windows Vista, you can use the Encrypting File System (EFS) to protect important files. We highly recommend that you learn how to encrypt a file or folder to keep it safe.

Learn how to encrypt a file in Windows 7.

Learn how to encrypt a file in Windows Vista.

Learn how to encrypt a file in Windows XP.
8. Don't open questionable e-mails

If an e-mail message just doesn't look right, it probably isn't. Forward the e-mail message to your IT administrator to verify before you open it.
9. Encrypt e-mail messages when appropriate

If you're sending confidential or business-critical information, encrypt the e-mail and any files attached to it. Only recipients who have the private key that matches the public key you used to encrypt the message can read it.

Learn how to encrypt your messages using Microsoft Outlook 2007.

Learn how to encrypt your messages using Microsoft Outlook 2003.
10. Use the Junk E-mail Filter in Outlook

Receiving spam, or junk e-mail messages, isn't just annoying. Some spam can include potentially harmful viruses that can cause damage to your computer and your company's network. The Junk E-mail Filter reduces the amount of junk e-mail messages, or spam, you receive in your Inbox. Good news—if your junk mail filter is already active. But you can always change the settings.

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HDD1 pasword

This is a feature in newer laptops, to protect the files on a "stolen" laptop from being accessed by the thief.

If you have set a password, enter the password.

If you have not set a password, did one of your friends/family set a password?

If no password has been set, turn the computer off.
Disconnect the AC power.
Remove the battery.
Reinsert the battery.
Restart the computer, and see if it still asks for the password.

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Turn the computer off.
Disconnect the AC-power.
Remove the battery.

Re-insert the battery.
Turn the computer on.
Does it still ask for a password?

If so, find your original sales-receipt, and telephone Dell, and ask them to assist you, as the "registered-owner" of the computer.

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It sounds to me that someone has passworded the hard drive. If you do not know the password, there is no way to access the hard drive. The two options in this case are get the password from whoever put it on or uy a new harddrive. People usually password their harddrive in case it is stolen or lost, then nobody can read thei data or use their computer.

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