Laptop Security Bypass Questions

July 6, 2011 at 09:40:52
Specs: JoliOS, Atom1600 / 1GB
Is it feasible that these types of Posts could be reported & deleted. I would assume we have at least 10 a week if not more.

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July 6, 2011 at 10:08:14

People have asked me before to delete these posts, but I have always taken a more cautious approach. I believe that if a user would like to answer these types of posts, that is his or her preference. I think it really is a judgement call as to whether you think this is a hacking attempt or not. There could be a lot of valid reasons someone might have that question.


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July 6, 2011 at 18:04:19
Mostly it seems to be Alzheimer’s because they say they have "forgotten" their password. Hard to imagine anyone else getting up one day and suddenly forgetting it.

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July 6, 2011 at 19:45:18
"Hard to imagine anyone else getting up one day and suddenly forgetting it."

Used to believe that too. Then I turned 50.

"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."

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July 6, 2011 at 21:25:53
In my opinion it would be a bad move to start answering these type of questions with any sort of constructive advice. Once it becomes known that Computing .net is the place to go for "password advice" the forum will be besieged with requests... once it starts it will never be stopped. I have no doubt whatsoever that there are genuine cases of forgotten passwords and these are usually from people who rush in and create a password (any password) because they are in a hurry to get up and running. They never write them down and 10 minutes later they have forgotten it. The tone of the post usually indicates the genuine poster and I think it is up to the helper to respond in whatever manner he/she thinks fit.

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July 6, 2011 at 22:48:17
To assume "I forgot my password" to be bull may be a bit aggressive. My son has forgotten his paycheck.

In general I do not respond to these posts because 1) both microsofts web site and most manufacturers sites have posted instructions to solve these issues and 2) I don't deal with this sort of thing much and fear that the instructions I give could be a hack of sorts. I don't want that responsibility.


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July 7, 2011 at 13:36:47
I get some password related questions in the Office forum, but it's more likely to be someone looking for the product key to install MS Office.

For that I have a standard answer:

"If it's a valid copy of Office that you own, contact MiscroSoft. If not, please don't ask for the product key in this forum as it's against the rules of this site. I then include a link to the site's rules about "hacking questions".

For password questions, I post a link to the rules with a polite "We have no way of knowing if it's really your file or not, so we're going err on the safe side and not offer any password cracking advice."

Since there are a multitude of places on the web willing to offer ways to crack an Excel file, I don't think there's any advantage to adding the Office forum to that list.

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July 9, 2011 at 10:13:42
'My son has forgotten his paycheck.'
Doesn't sound too bright to me...I LOVE money ;-)

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