I have always liked having my laptop BIOS boot password on. i.e. you can't even boot from a CD unless you have first supplied credentials. However I've always been too lazy in the past to login 'twice', once to the BIOS and then to the operating system (OS) as a user. I've got around that as follows:
Now you have to supply credentials every time you want to renew access to the machine, but you only have to supply credentials once on boot.
- Make sure that your screen saver is password protected and enabled
- Make sure your OS requires a password after resume
- Enable automatic user login.
- This is only useful if the machine is used exclusively by you
- You can either use '
sudo' (Linux and OS/X) and '
runas' (MS Windows) or logout/login to run programs as another user.