So as to protect computer data security, many Windows users get used to setting up a logon password. But, does it really play a great role in securing data? This article will look at this issue and provide some suggestions.
In the contemporary era, data is all around. It is becoming increasingly important and difficult to protect and secure our data. For instance, with more diverse data storage media springing up, how to protect data on different media has become a great challenge. In addition, with hacking is more and more rampant, there are a lot of risks surrounding our data. Therefore, computer users are leaving no stone unturned to protect their data, including installing antivirus software, backing up data regularly, keeping some file repair tools handy like Outlook PST repair tool, and setting a Windows logon password, etc.
An overwhelming majority of Windows users will set up a logon password. But also, many of them are curious and confused about whether such a logon password can indeed protect their data. Focused on this issue, here we will probe into it in depth.
What Can You Achieve from Windows Logon Password?
There is no denying that Windows logon password is also useful to some extent. Generally, when you leave Windows locked with a password, if someone attempts to snoop around your computer but they don’t know your password, they will be blocked. The so-called “someone” only refers to those people who lack expert knowledge or have no any malicious intention to steal your personal data. If someone imperiously desires to get your data, the Windows logon password is actually futile.
Why is Windows Logon Password NOT 100% Reliable?
As its name suggests, a Windows Logon Password is only able to block someone from logging in your user account. If you simply rely on such a password without taking other actions, like physically locking down the computer tower, someone can break into your computer like a breeze. For example, if they can restart the computer, as long as they plug in an external device, such as just a USB flash drive, they will enable the computer to boot from this drive and access your files.
It is because Windows computer can boot from the removable devices. Perhaps you want to directly lock down your computer BIOS, not letting it to boot from removable devices. But if a thief steals your computer, they can open the computer, demount the hard drive and insert it into the other computer. In this case, they can still access your data. Hence, a Windows logon isn’t helpful in similar cases.
Why Not Encrypt Your PC Hard Drive to Protect Your Data?
As mentioned above, it is obvious that a Windows logon password cannot really protect your data. Its function is limited. So why don’t you use encryption? Unlike the Windows logon password, encryption will generate the cryptogram for your data stored on your computer hard drive. Even for yourself, if you want to access them, you have to input the passphrase.
Thereby, when your computer gets stolen, the thief won’t be able to access them, even if they reboot it from removable devices or plug the hard drive to another computer. Provided that you’re storing a myriad of sensitive and critical files in your computer, don’t hesitate any longer. Use encryption right now!
Shirley Zhang is a data recovery expert in DataNumen, Inc., which is the world leader in data recovery technologies, including repair damaged SQL Server db and outlook repair software products. For more information visit www.datanumen.com