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Old Apr 26, 2012, 01:12 AM   #1
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Possible to set PBG4 to self-wipe on wrong password?

Title says it. Is it possible for a PowerBook G4 12" running Leopard to wipe itself upon someone getting the user password wrong a set number of times in case the laptop falls in the wrong hands?

I know that prevention is better than cure and that it is always best to keep my laptop attended, but Murphy's Law can strike, so at least I would like some kind of contingency.
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Title says it. Is it possible for a PowerBook G4 12" running Leopard to wipe itself upon someone getting the user password wrong a set number of times in case the laptop falls in the wrong hands?

I know that prevention is better than cure and that it is always best to keep my laptop attended, but Murphy's Law can strike, so at least I would like some kind of contingency.
I don't know of any way to do that, but it is very easy to boot into single-user mode using Apple-Option-S, and then get the user's password (Or completely delete the user's account), so set an open-firmware password if you don't already have one.
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Also, someone could easily boot your PowerBook into Target Disk Mode and root around in your file system. It's the key failure/convenience of Target Disk Mode.
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Also, someone could easily boot your PowerBook into Target Disk Mode and root around in your file system. It's the key failure/convenience of Target Disk Mode.
Bloody hell. It seems the only way around is higher vigilance, then. Thanks for your info.
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