Register FAQ / Rules Forum Spy Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read
Go Back   MacRumors Forums > Apple Hardware > Notebooks > MacBook Air

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old Jan 5, 2011, 04:25 PM   #1
gianly1985
macrumors 6502a
 
Join Date: May 2008
Security torx screws and bizzarre SSD drive as security means

I mean, isn't it cool?
Perfect for low tech threats (= most likely).
They can't login in OSX without your account password.
They can't boot off a USB drive without Open Firmware password (make sure you set up one).
Even if they manage to open the Air and figure where's the ssd drive, they still need another Air or a unusual adapter to read it. Then FileVault will kick in. But do you really need to use filevault, given all of this?
Of course depends on how valuable is the data stored in the Air.
For most people, chances are your data will be safe anyway.

Ever looked at it this way? (vs ranting about security torx and non-standard SSD drive)
gianly1985 is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Jan 6, 2011, 06:07 AM   #2
miles01110
macrumors 604
 
miles01110's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
All of this is pretty pointless. The workarounds for all of these "security features" are COTS products. Plus, thieves are typically uninterested in breaking the machine open and getting your data- their goal is to resell as quickly as possible.
__________________
Got a problem? Check here first.
miles01110 is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Jan 6, 2011, 07:45 AM   #3
gianly1985
Thread Starter
macrumors 6502a
 
Join Date: May 2008
Quote:
Originally Posted by miles01110 View Post
All of this is pretty pointless. The workarounds for all of these "security features" are COTS products.
Of course.
Still the likeliness of owning those tools (security torx and non-standard-Toshiba-pico-SATA to USB adapter) is lower than philips screwdrivers, regular torx (non 5 point security) screwdrivers and a SATA to USB adpater.
Quote:
Originally Posted by miles01110 View Post
Plus, thieves are typically uninterested in breaking the machine open and getting your data- their goal is to resell quickly as possible.
Of course. Still, whoever EVENTUALLY put his hands on "my" (i don't actually own one) laptop probably will have to trash it. Or bring it to a technician, who will need to crack it open (hell, not even iFixit guys owned the proper screwdriver at first) and format the SSD (using another Air or a Photofast "pico"SATA to USB adapter). At that point (before formatting), they would be able to read my data (provided they use a mac, or windows with HFS+ reading software), if I didn't secure it with filevault or truecrypt.
I won't get the laptop back but there's a lower chance low tech thieves/buyers will look at my stuff.
gianly1985 is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Jan 6, 2011, 09:45 AM   #4
chaoticbear
macrumors 6502
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Locks only work for the innocent

But I imagine most people who have an MBA probably don't have any particularly sensitive data on it, and if they do, they probably shouldn't be losing it at a bar.
chaoticbear is offline   0 Reply With Quote

Reply
MacRumors Forums > Apple Hardware > Notebooks > MacBook Air

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Similar Threads
thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Chinese Security Team Exploits Safari Security Flaw at PWN2OWN MacRumors Mac Blog Discussion 30 Mar 17, 2014 01:12 PM
Security Researchers Detail New Combination of Touch ID and iOS 7 Security Feature Bypasses MacRumors iOS Blog Discussion 66 Oct 7, 2013 07:49 PM
Is the 'Security Bit' version of the Torx T8 required for Mac Mini? joeloco Mac mini 4 Jan 20, 2013 03:28 AM
Mid 2012 MacBook Pro's HD uses torx screws Paintball613 MacBook Pro 14 Jun 27, 2012 08:11 PM
Is Social Security means testing right or wrong? senseless Politics, Religion, Social Issues 6 Jun 18, 2012 09:23 PM

Forum Jump

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:19 PM.

Mac Rumors | Mac | iPhone | iPhone Game Reviews | iPhone Apps

Mobile Version | Fixed | Fluid | Fluid HD
Copyright 2002-2013, MacRumors.com, LLC