5 Replies Latest reply: Dec 19, 2009 1:37 PM by V.K.
MH Holden Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
Has anybody used Lojack, or any input on the firmware password for security? Are there other options available?
I like the "erase data" and locator features advertised with Lojack but I have been lead to believe it's relatively simple to circumvent the application.
A quick read of MACs firmware password sounds good as a general stop gap but is it stable and how much trouble can I cause by screwing up the activation?

MAC Pro Desktop MACbook Pro 13", Mac OS X (10.6.2), 2.8ghz 6g ram / 2.5ghz 4g ram
  • K T Level 7 Level 7 (23,700 points)
    ? Are there other options available?


    Apple has this to say about firmware password:
    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1352

    And there is always FileVault I suppose
  • V.K. Level 9 Level 9 (56,110 points)
    I've heard nothing good about lojack (heard pretty bad things about their customer service). generally, any software antitheft solutions are pretty worthless IMO. they rely on thieves being stupid enough to keep using the computer as is. some do but vast majority of computers are stolen for resale. they are reformatted and resold withing hours of theft. antitheft programs such as locjack and undercover claim that having a firmware password will prevent that. what they conveniently fail to mention is that given unrestricted physical access, a firmware password can be easily circumvented. the instructions are widely available on the web and are publicly documented by apple.
    if you want to protect your data in case of theft use encryption. but don't count on software solutions like lojack in helping with recovery of the computer.
  • MH Holden Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    Thanks both you for the input.
    Out of curiosity, is the Apple architecture that "soft" or am I giving to much credit to Wintel security?
  • V.K. Level 9 Level 9 (56,110 points)
    I'm no expert on windows but pretty much any software protection can be circumvented given unrestricted physical access to the computer as a thief would have. quite sure that's true for both macs and windows.
  • V.K. Level 9 Level 9 (56,110 points)
    yep. googling brings up instructions on how to bypass BIOS locks. so same deal with windows computers.