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What is 'best practice' for password management?

Q: What is 'best practice' for password management?

Hi What is the 'best practice' for managing one's passwords A for management? password What 'best is practice' HOW SHOULD I STORE PASSWORDS Problems I need to manage a fairly large number i e So What is 'best practice' for password management? there are too many to remember Obviously I don't want to keep them inside a simple What is 'best practice' for password management? unencrypted text file in case my data gets hacked If I download dedicated password application how can I trust it I don't trust 'The Cloud' nor any of the big data owners google apple amazon drop-box et al I don't want to be tied to anything that What is 'best practice' for password management? I cant migrate with me onto my next hardware when I come to upgrade my PC s Either way I dont really want to pay anything certainly not more than a few dollars for this security I was thinking of using something like TrueCrypt to create a virtual drive that I encrypt robustly and then storing my passwords in an ordinary text file That way I would have a single master password for TrueCrypt which would give access to all the other passwords Aside Obviously if I forget my master password I'm screwed B PASSWORD CONVENTIONS As you know many sites require passwords that meet specific rules e g - At least one upper AND one lower case letter - At least one digit - No tripplets three characters the same next to each other iTunes - No more than characters Double-click problems Some sites allow extended ASCII characters e g amp which give VASTLY better security of course BUT they are a mighty pain to use regularly because if you double-click using Windows XP windows doesn't accept extended as being part of 'a word' and ignores the extended ASCII characters in your password And if you TRIPLE-click it then selects the entire line This is a nightmare if you are in and out of passwords all day SUMMARY a I want passwords that are pretty much secure e g say trillion years from my desktop to crack according to this site https howsecureismypassword net Not that I trust it not to harvest whatever I put in and use against me This is extremely hard perhaps impossible to achieve within characters unless one uses extended ASCII b For day-to-day convenience I want to absolutely minimize the number of clicks and keystrokes c For low security sites that I dont give a damn about I just want something easy to type in - Any suggestions With thanks J P S Btw for reasons of security I clear out cookies on a regular basis for convenience using a utility - CCleaner

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Please refer to the message below for information on how to remove your Dell laptop BIOS password. The information also applies to other manufacturers and summarizes a wealth of data collected from previous threads and thousand of posts related to this problem.

We no longer support any further discussion on this topic as we believe all the free help that could be given is already out there (the post below sums it up pretty well). You can always go back to your system manufacturer for support, as well as google for the dozens of third party paid support providers that are available online.

Summary of laptop password help thread:

A:Dell BIOS password removal. Read this first BEFORE posting.

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Reset password on Satellite A205:
Reset password on Satellite A100 / A105:

Password types :

Power On Password (pop). this password can be reset by unplugging the cmos battery for a while, and plugging it back in.

Supervisor/bios Password (svp). this requires reading the eeprom chip (8 leg or 14 leg) with an electronic device by using another pc's serial port or by paperclip method if model type available.

Hard Drive Password (hdp). this is usually tied to svp, but not all the time. it requires special software and a library of known manufacturer's password. but can be cracked either recovering the data or wiping the data.
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Old closed threads, with lots of info:
Dell BIOS password removal (Jun 07 - Sep 07) (543 replies)
HP / Dell / etc. Laptop password help thread (Jan-Mar 2008) (533 replies)
HP / Dell / etc. Laptop password help (April - July 2008) (937 replies)
HP / Dell / etc. laptop password help thread (Aug 08 - Apr 2009) (2200+ replies)


Dell Manuals :

DSTCD.iso : (Release date: 22-November-2005)

"Paperclip Procedure"
HTML Document:
PDF Document:

laptops unlocked:
Chip 24C02 24C04:
Dell IC Numbers:

SvcTag.exe : :
Command line Uses => asset /? (eg Asset /o for owner tag)
CmosPwd :

HP OldPass .zip includes:

[*] unlock6.exe (made in 1997)
[*] BIOS_PW.EXE (made in 2003)
[*] HDD_PW.EXE (made in 2003)

HP Oldpass2 .zip:
As above, made as a copy, using another Zip program

Dell Latitude .zip:
D35B password generator (old generator)

Dell MasterPW .zip:
D35B password generator (old generator)
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A:Laptop keeps asking for password

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Is there a customer focused operating system that I could use instead?


A:Laptop stopped asking for password

Every OS is customer focused. Microsoft is for non-Mac machines and getting things done. Linux is more powerful but requires more techy-ness to use.

Maybe try Mac OSX.

But there's nothing wrong with Windows. Sounds like you have a decent amount of problems.
Run WIndows update, make sure it's completed every update.
Run CMD.exe in admin mode, run sfc /scannow
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Have you tried using different drive enclosure other than the IT-CEO IT-700?
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A:Best practice to change password on Windows and phone

Log out on one machine before you change your password on the other.
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A:External hard disk not detected in My Computer and in Disk Management

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A:Unable to set BIOS user password

Do you have the option mentioned below?

Setting a BIOS Password

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etc....Click to expand...
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A:External HD not being recognized, not even in Disk Management

The external drive is bad...
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A:External hard drive not recognized in Disk Management

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it sounds well stuffed, however i did a quick google on the subject

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A:Hard drive not recogized in my computer or disk management

Timemachine shouldn't automatically synchronise to the hard drive, unless told to do so. Also, in order for time machine to function on that drive, it requires it to be formatted in the MacOSX native filesystem.

In case your not aware, Timemachine is Apple's backup software, designed to backup Apple systems.

If the data on the hard disk is not of any consequence (e.g. it contains no essential data), it can be formatted as NTFS, which will then be read by Windows. Unless it has been formatted as a Mac OSX partition it should be read natively anyway. In other words, it should be NTFS still.

Lets go back to basics:

1. If it's an internal hard drive, does BIOS identify the hard disk?
2. Your positive disk management doesn't identify the hard disk?

You could use a bootable partition editor like GpartED to boot from the DVD drive and inspect all your connected partitions.

You could also boot from a Linux Live distribution like Ubuntu as well, which would enable you to check your connected partitions/drives.

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/* edit */
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Awfully strange!

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Hi jaa55 and welcome to the TS Forum :wave:

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Disk Management issues
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go here ..

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A:Missing Dell BIOS (boot) password

Difficult task.
What you describe will not happen. But you can check with Dell support to see if the computer is registered to that owner. Then Dell will send someone out as an authorized service rep with a little disk that runs the fix... and has a cost.
I would first see if the hard drive can be accessed while installed in an external USB enclosure.
If it can, then even if passworded, you can put in a replacement drive. And Dell XP install disk will work.
Then you can buy a Dell motherboard on eBay. Many Optiplex boards are cheaper, and work better than the Dimension boards... for a cheaper price... around $70 to $85.... or refurbished Dell government computers are for sale at PCSurplusonline for $120 to $180 with shipping... just move the board into the 3100. And the dell OS will work.
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A:Need the tools/knowledge to get the BIOS Password for Dell Latitude C600 notebook

you can try finding the manual online and see what it says about resetting the laptop cmos.
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D420 Bios Password Removal

Hello everybody, three weeks ago i got a Motherboard from ebay for my
Dell LATITUDE D420 after i put it all together i find out that it has a
bios password. I have been reading everything i can on the web and yes i have googled for days and days.the only good thing i have found is this site. is there any one out there that can help me plz.


p/s can not boot from floppy/cd/hd

Thank you.

A:D420 Bios Password Removal

read the FAQS in the mobile computing forum:
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does this mean the end of all of my files i have on them? is there any software out there capable?
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A:Storage Drives Not Appearing in "My Computer" but in "Computer Management"

Try the Ultimate Boot CD for Windows
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it shows up in device manager, there's a green light on it,

what i've tried so far:

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- rebooted and unplugged several times,

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it has no red light blinking on it atm, Please help me if you can, if you believe you have a solution to my
answer here , thanks.

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Maybe the PC's power supply is getting weak. Try replaceing the supply
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I turned on my computer last night and was locked out with a BIOS password prompt Super frustrating and it takes a lot of time to send in laptop for quot free quot repair as noted on Toshiba Support Notice http askiris toshiba com ToshibaS iceId amp dialogID amp stateId I found the repair info over several blogs and forums regarding this problem It is a really easy fix with just a little bit of work and patience I have a Toshiba Satellite A -S This should password on certain Toshiba BIOS incorrect power-on prompt Laptops Fix also work on a A since they are of the same family Fix BIOS incorrect power-on password prompt on certain Toshiba Laptops like always with anything that you do when taking your computer apart take out the battery and unplug it common sense Remove the plastic cover piece above the keyboard called the quot keyboard bezel quot this is the piece where you can see the speakers This page gives several pictures as to how to do this http www irisvista com tech laptops toshiba-satellite-a remove-mainboard- htm I found it a little bit difficult to get the plastic retaining clips to quot pop quot loose but if you are careful you can use a small screw driver and slowly quot wiggle-pry quot between the two screen mounts this is done with the screen all the way back you could use a paper clip with a little quot bend at tip to do this also it is a tight working area Once these three retaining clips have come loose the others are fairly easy to quot pop quot Just be patient and work it slowly once this is bezel is off the rest is super easy Remove the keyboard Remove the two screws that are evident once the bezel has been removed These hold the keyboard in place Lift the keyboard up from the screw side and the retaining clips at the front of the keyboard will lift out there is no need to pry here Once the keyboard is loose you will have to either leave it connected just off to the side or disconnect it from the mother board The keyboard cable connector has a black clip along the top of it just lift this clip up a little and the keyboard cable will slide out the keyboard cable does not have a fixed connector but is just a ribbon that is held in place by the black clip along the top of the keyboard cable connector Once you have removed it you will better understand what I mean Remove the wireless card It is the only card visible at this point It is connected by metal spring clips just unclip in a similar fashion as removing ram You do not need to disconnect the wires connected to card just move card over to expose area below card This is where the magic is you will see C clearly labeled right next the jack that the wireless card plugs into There are two little solder squares approx quot at this location At this point plug the power adapter to your computer again You will have to jump the two solder squares at label C I used a paper clip to do this I used pliers to bend a quot long quot L quot and then quot scuffed quot up the paperclip with the teeth of the pliers my first try at this did not work because the paperclip had a varnish coating on it and did not adequately conduct electricity Once you have your paperclip set up or the one you used to pry the bezel with hold it in place on these two solder contact squares and press the power button to boot your computer Your computer should boot right up and bypass the bios password which is now reset erased You might see the Windows Error startup screen that gives you different options of start up to choose If you disconnected your keyboard just wait for screen to time-out and it will continue on its own Once you have booted into windows use your mouse pad to shutdown via start-shutdown method Disconnect your power Reinstall your wireless card and keyboard with screws Don t reinstall keyboard bezel at this time Once everything but bezel is reinstalled restart the computer with battery and AC adapter connected This should boot right into your computer without any trouble if for ... Read more

A:Fix BIOS incorrect power-on password prompt on certain Toshiba Laptops

Toshiba Password error

Hey Subscan
Thanks so much for the great post. I have seen your fix on other posts also. I have a different model but same problem Satellite M105-S3004 bios password error. I have a different layout on my model. I cannot find terms c88 on the board from what I can see without taking the body apart, My wireless is in a different location on the bottom thru a access panel. I have tried a boot disk that wood update bios and fix issue but no fix there either, What does c88 bypass when jumped? I also have a finger scan that gives me the scan your finger or enter password error, Any help or Ideas wood help greatly. Thanks
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A:What are good tools for cable management?

2 words for you...Cable Ties.

These will be your best friend. You need to really keep cable's to the side out of the way of airflow.

There isn't really any fast rules as to how to do that its just your own view. The best way would be to route the cable's behind the motherboard tray to keep them out of view.
My PC was a mess as you may see in my TechSpot gallery pictures so Ive tidied them up (posting picture soon)
Basically all i did was Cable tie the PSU cable together and put them behind the motherboard tray out the way. Then for the IDE cable's I put my drive in backwards and routed the IDE cable around the back of the hard drive case stand out the way.

Also when your parts come and you build in the end don't expect to use the cables that come with the stuff. In most systems Ive done Ive bought new cables that are much much shorter so as not to have anything dangling around.

Just play and see what's best. The advice I wish I had taken on board would be to get a modular Power supply. I have allot of cables I have not used and really look a mess. With modular you only need to plug in what you need. Its all good.

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Please help me. I'm new to all this and will greatly appreciate your help.

A:Remote Desktop Management

You have a couple options
1. If you have a computer which run XP Professional or Media Center Edition, Windows already has the software "built-in" that will allow you to get to the XP computer (but the reverse isn't true. You cannot use it to connect from XP to logon to Vista)

2. There is freeware available that allows you to go either way

It might be simplest (at least to start) for you to first try/configure remote logon to your XP computer.

First questions are:
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Appreciate any kind of help.........please, thanx.

A:Bad Mobo or Password

Probably a bad password... That one is a tough one if you did not set the original password.
If you bought the laptop from Dell, you can ship it back to them for removal at a price. Otherwise, keep on trying.
When you first press the on button, can you then immediately press the <F1>. <F2>, <F10>, or <F12> key and get a setup screen. If so, the motherboard is OK.
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I run Vista and just get an access denied message (no login box??). When I use a file manager (servant salamander), I at least get a login box. I type in "User" and the password for "User" but I just get an access denied message.

I also tried creating another account with the same name that I use to log into the Vista machine but still no luck. I really can't see anything I've done wrong :S Any ideas?

A:Password protected shares cannot be accessed over network

Don't forget there may be a space recorded at the end of a password... experiment with Capitalization, spaces, and spellings.
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A:Bios Password Deletion

There are 906 suggestions HERE
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A:Admin Password

If you are the registered owner of the laptop you are probably better off contacting Dell support.
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A:Password Authentication System error

Not in the way you describe the problem.
There should not be a BIOS password or Boot password unless you installed it yourself... and Dell is not much help once it has been passworded... but they will repair the password problem for a fee if you ship the computer back to them after verifying that you are the legitimate owner.
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A:XP wanting networking password

On Vista, using an ADMIN account, cp->User Accounts.

Change Guest
Enable the account
Set a password
click ok to close

Go back to Change Guest

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A:phoenix bios password hack or bypass or software to find it HELP!!

There is probably no easy way.

The passwords on laptops are designed to not be easily bypassed or reset.

I would take it back to the place you bought it and get your money back.

Wearing some oven gloves probably wouldn't hurt either.
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nubian13 said:

i have a linksys wrt54 g v8 and i forgot my pasword and i havent installed the disk so i cant reset my pasword and ive tried the reset buton but it doesent work so what can i do to reset the paswordClick to expand...

99.5% chance it that reset button works

1) make sure you in fact have the right button
2) It takes more then a quick press (so you don't accidentally hit it and reset). Hold it pressed until you see the LED lights start to blink in pattern (tho shouldn't be longer 10-15 second press tops)
3. if still not work and you're in the .05% probability, buy a new router!
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thank you Tez

A:Bios password locked

i have been trawling these treads looking for i backdoor passyClick to expand...

And you missed this huge thread, whilst "trawling these treads"


Well replying on an old thread was not the way!
I've moved your post appropriately to here, please read this entire thread
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Your machine is only using 2GB or so of ram because you have a 32 bit operating system. You might think about moving to Windows XP Pro 64 bit to get full use of your ram.
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Hello and welcome to Techspot.

Your answer may be found in this thread HERE Pages 10/11/12 maybe the interesting part for you.

Regards Howard :wave: :wave:
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A:Password problem fixed. Read problem with HDD

Read failure on internal hard drive
The problem seems to be caused by the following file: partmgr.sysClick to expand...

Looks like a fault with the Partition on the HardDrive (Fat32 or NTFS)

You could just use a Windows CD, remove the partition (prompted innitially when setting up) and then install Windows on a clean Partition

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Have a look at Gparted bootCD for that


Or run a Drive Diagnostics on your HardDrive
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I was wondering if u could be kind enough to help me out, I recently bought a dell d600 from a garage sale and when I first turn it on found a grey screen asking for password I then return to the person that sold it to me and the lady explain it was her sons laptop and had pass away from drug hover doss and
did not know any history on it and could not help me so i beg for your understanding in my situation.
your help would be appriciated
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A:Dell latitude D600 master password needed

You should remove your email, unless you want spam and viruses. You`ll hardly find someone that will reply to your email

Check this thread HERE, it could help.

Good luck, and Welcome to Techspot! :wave: :grinthumb :giddy: (i really like this little face :giddy: )

Also, you can contact this member HERE. Send him a PM (private message), he has helped people with the same problems as yours!