Tag: security

Changing Windows account passwords and enabling the local Windows admin account

Recently, I needed to get into a client’s computer (running Windows 8) in order to fix a few problems. Having forgotten to ask for a most obvious piece of needed information (the account password), I just decided to get around it. The account that he was using on a daily basis was tied to a …

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Revisiting screen lockers and patching a security risk

Recently, I posted about two screen lockers that I’ve used in the past (xtrlock and slock). There has been some great discussion about these lockers, and some potential security problems that come along with using them. One very prominent issue regarding using screen lockers without login managers was raised by a reader, and I want …

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Screen lockers xtrlock and slock

For many years now, I have used a very simple screen locker called xtrlock in order to stop others from accessing my systems whilst I’m away from my desk. Some time ago, I switched from using Gentoo on my Samsung NC10 netbook to using Arch. Though I prefer Gentoo, it just didn’t make much sense …

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