Security for Data Theft

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  1. JohnnyBgood macrumors member

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    Hi,

    I would like to protect my mac mini data (running 10.4) in case someone breaks into my house and steals it. How can I make it so they cannot log on or access my data?
     
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    Always log out when leaving the machine unattended and use a strong password for logging on.
     
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    If you're really paranoid, you can encrypt your hard drive. As well as do what the other person said.
     
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    Is a password enough to keep a thief from accessing my data?

    Their was an attempted break-in at my house last week, fortunately we were home, so nothing happened. It got me to thinking about what a thief would do with my mac if they stole it, and how easy it would be for them access my data. I do use a password, though I have no idea how much protection that gives me.
     
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    Absolutely not, on its own. An OS X password can be reset in about 5 minutes with a system disk.

    I would recommend not keeping things that are that sensitive on your computer.
     
  6. JohnnyBgood thread starter macrumors member

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    Is their a way to keep a thief from gaining access to my computer?
     
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    Yes, keep your doors locked.

    Seriously, if someone wants your computer, or whatever, bad enough, they'll get it.
     
  8. JohnnyBgood thread starter macrumors member

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    I mean that if it is stolen, is their a way to prevent a thief from gaining access to my data and internet passwords?
     
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    As mentioned already above, log off when you're not using it, use a strong password and encrypt your hard drive.

    As long as your user password is strong, you'll have nothing to worry about if it gets stolen.
     
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    If it ever gets to that point you're going to have a lot bigger problems than your data/internet passwords.
     
  11. JohnnyBgood thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks for the info.

    I found information about how to create a firmware password using the system disk here:

    http://support.apple.com/kb/ht1352

    Since this was not mentioned, I am wondering if it is a good idea or bad idea?

    I also found the Eikon fingerprint reader, ideally coupled with 1pass password manager. Any opinions on that (and if it will work with 10.4)?
     
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    Just don't ever forget that password or you're going to be really sorry. Seriously.
     

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