taking MBPro in for service... security concerns

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by whaleboy, May 30, 2007.

  1. whaleboy macrumors member

    Feb 14, 2007
    I have a Macbook pro I bought at the beginning of the year, and its never quite worked right as far as sleeping goes... sometimes it goes to sleep when you shut the lid, sometimes not, and when it does it sometimes wakes up with the lid closed and the drive starts turning on and off... anyway, I'm going to drop it off at an Apple store so it can finally be fixed.

    I'm slightly paranoid about security though. There are two passworded logins, but should I worry about someone accessing the accounts? I don't really have anything super sensitive on the drive, other than access to my email account (and website passwords that the machine has remembered). Should I clear that stuff out and delete my email account (on the laptop)? Or should I not worry about it if the main logins to the machine are password protected? Deleting stuff then resetting it all up would be a pain, but if that stuff is accessed, it could be more of a pain...

    What to do?


  2. 0007776 Suspended


    Jul 11, 2006
    I don't think that it should be a problem, but if you are that paranoid then it would not hurt to delete them.
  3. majordude macrumors 68020


    Apr 28, 2007
    Sorry to say that those photos of you in a thong swimming with a harbor seal are already on my blog. :D

    However, truth be told, I too worry about things like this. I mean, if people spit in food at restaurants, what could "Geniouses" do with time, passwords and etcetera? :(
  4. aquajet macrumors 68020

    Feb 12, 2005
    You could always create an encrypted disk image and store anything you don't want anybody else to look at. If you're bordering on schizophrenia, you could just format your hard drive with the 35-pass option and then maybe send the machine through a degausser for good measure.
  5. hayduke macrumors 65816


    Mar 8, 2005
    is a state of mind.
    Another option is to create a user for the apple maintenance folks. Then just trash that user when you get your machine back. I'm not sure that they need/require an admin account. If they do then this "solution" doesn't really work. You would also want to make sure that the problem is reproducible under the new user. If it isn't that is good/bad news!
  6. Kermit the frog macrumors regular

    Kermit the frog

    May 30, 2007
    Atlanta, GA
    Take it from me i had music downloads movie rips and "home movies ;)" there is a security permission slip that i signed only authorizing apple to do what they need to do. you can always download an app to lock the folders

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