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Will installing a new motherboard make my computer usable?

My friend left his job a year ago and did not hand in his corporate laptop. He recently contacted his old employer and they told him not to bother returning it. However the laptop is now completely ...
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Webcam automatically takes picture when the computer wakes up

Is it possible to have the webcam take a picture if my computer is woken from sleep mode? I have seen that there are some programs with motion detection, but I would prefer a method that takes a ...
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Linksys router shows “Unsecured” connection with Windows 8

I have a new Lenovo laptop running Windows 8 and a Linksys wireless router. While using it, the wireless notified me that it was not connected. Tried unplugging and replugging modem. Now it reports ...
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Why don't consumer laptops have trusted platform modules (TPMs)? [closed]

I've noticed that only "business laptops" (eg. Dell Latitude series, Lenovo ThinkPad T or W series, etc.) tend to have trusted platform modules (TPMs). In today's world, security is not a ...
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Is it safe to use a laptop AC adapter with 220V power if the AC cable is not rated for 220V?

The AC adapter supplied with my laptop is designed to accept voltage in the range of 100-240VAC at 50-60Hz, but the AC cable that plugs into the adapter unit itself is only rated to 125VAC 7.5A 2.5A. ...
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Automatically lock screen of Chromebook when lid is closed

Can a Chromebook be configured to automatically lock the screen when I close the lid? There is a discussion in If someone steals my chromebook while it's off, will him be able to see my cached data? ...
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Safety Guide for Riding in a Car with a Laptop? [closed]

Besides the obvious - needing to get yourself a good enough power cable to attach to the cigarette lighter - what other tips do you need to protect your notebook when on the road? For example, Are ...
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How to know your built-in webcam specification and functionalities (security related)?

I've made series of pentests in my network and one of the things I've tried was record webcam and microphone. Recording microphone seems for final users a stealth thing. But what about the webcam? In ...
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Improving security in Windows XP

Apparently a password protected copy of Windows XP can be easily hacked using methods like this one: ...
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Lenovo's password security

We talking about a T500 Lenovo notebook, but take the question generally. So: I have a BIOS password, a Windows password, a Boot password. Does that mean my HDD is hardware encrypted and I'm safe ...
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Is there a point to using theft tracking software like Prey on my laptop, if you have login security?

Hey, so I have a Thinkpad that I use in a variety of places (coffee shops, work, etc.). I don't generally abandon it, but I figure there's a chance I might get careless and it gets stolen at some ...
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How to secure a laptop against thieves [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What are the possible ways for prevention of laptop theft? Hi ! I'm looking for some security hw/sw based solution for my laptop (non standard solution maybe? open the ...
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Best way to insure my college daughter's laptop? [closed]

My daughter is about to head off to college in the fall. I love her dearly, but I have low confidence that she won't misplace her laptop in the first week! Does anyone know any good options for ...
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750 views

Linux laptop encryption

What are my options for encrypting the /home directories of my Ubuntu laptops? They are currently setup without any encryption and some have /home as a separate partition whilst others don't. Most ...
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813 views

What are the possible ways to prevent laptop theft?

How can I prevent laptop theft? What are the possible ways to secure the laptop itself and any data on the laptop? I have seen anti-theft cables in malls. Can I use these in my home? Will laptop ...
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Unauthorized computer use via keyboard or remote access?

I’m suspecting my computer is being used when I’m not at home. This is happening either physically or remotely. My wireless switch is off. Is there any way possible to detect and/or monitor activity ...
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345 views

Track my lost laptop [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to prepare your PC or laptop for theft Today I was searching for some software which can track my lost laptop. There, I found a software for Windows XP and Vista which ...
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How to prepare your PC or laptop for theft

Of course preventing them from getting stolen is the top priority, but invariably, someone is going to get jacked. What are some good practices to minimize the damage incurred when your PC is stolen? ...