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Protect your Mac using an Open Firmware banner
Authored by: foilpan on Jan 04, '05 12:56:31PM

i've thought about setting an OF password, but i have two main problems with it:

1. i never shut off my powerbook, so i'm not sure how useful it would be in the first place. if the thing gets stolen, the thief might restart it. in that case the OF password might help. but what if he/she doesn't? a thief might not even try to use the laptop before selling it or otherwise unloading the hot merchandise. who cares if it boots? thieves aren't necessarily computer techs, after all.

2. the OF password is easily overridden or circumvented. like others said, just pull some RAM and zap PRAM. or pull the HD and forget the rest.

physical access to the laptop pretty much means any security you have in place is dead in the water anyway. back up your stuff, keep it encrypted, keep the laptop at home if possible... otherwise, there's always a risk it will be stolen.



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Protect your Mac using an Open Firmware banner
Authored by: ibroughton on Jan 04, '05 03:06:11PM

I agree with the thought of using a banner, and using Open Firmware to protect your machine.

Also, the thought of using your password hint to display contact information.

Is there no way of combining these elements to display a banner every time the machine boots, rather than having to go into OF to see the banner?

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Authored by: ClassicUser on Jan 04, '05 03:56:08PM
Regarding:
Is there no way of combining these elements to display a banner every time the machine boots, rather than having to go into OF to see the banner?
Well, you could add a custom string to the login window, as discussed in this previous hint.

Not incredibly elegant, but it gets the job done...

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Authored by: ibroughton on Jan 04, '05 06:13:22PM

I agree, it gets the job done. I just wish that there was a way that would make this process more pleasing to the eye! :-(

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