Possible to set PBG4 to self-wipe on wrong password?

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by kylera, Apr 25, 2012.

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    kylera

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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.
     
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    Ariii

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    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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    kylera

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    Bloody hell. It seems the only way around is higher vigilance, then. Thanks for your info.
     

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