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tech_droid
07-26-2012, 12:36 AM
This is something I noticed when originally checking out the security feature of the G75, I've noticed that entering passwords for both the HDD and the Admin/User pre BIOS boot.. It only takes lowercase passwords.

I tend to use the standard Uppercase, Lowercase, Alpha-Numeric with special characters. I freaked out at first when it took my complex passwords when setting up, but after rebooting I was pretty much locked out. Then having tried the password as all lowercase I was ablet to unlock it.

So the main question I have is.... What is the password requirement/capabilities of the G75? I use Drivelock with the HP Elitebooks we use at work, and never encountered such a problem. The sad thing is I highly recommended this laptop to the company I work for, as I realy liked how cool and quiet it ran compared to other gaming laptops. However the security issue might be a big enough deal that we will be sending these back. Hopefully I can get some info regarding this.

~ TD

MaXimus711
07-26-2012, 12:47 AM
The BIOS settings in 99% of the laptops don't allow for such complex passwords....you're not in Windows dude, it's a BIOS = Basic Input / Output system

tech_droid
07-26-2012, 01:04 AM
MaX,

Using just basic upper and lower case with numbers is hardly complex (No special Characters). The HDD password security is a joke compared to the HP DriveLock setup which is also done via BIOS on the Elitebooks I setup at work using Linux and not Windows. I'v never encounters BIOS that didn't take upper and lower case with numbers.

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07-26-2012, 01:22 AM
The BIOS settings in 99% of the laptops don't allow for such complex passwords....you're not in Windows dude, it's a BIOS = Basic Input / Output system

This. It's a standard function not a professional level one. The G series is not a business notebook - please look at the P or B series.

tech_droid
07-26-2012, 02:13 AM
Thats what I was starting to think, makes it a bit rough with having to manage the laptop security wise for a company that develops games and trying to stay within security policy. Business notebooks don't cut it performance wise and the gaming laptops don't cut it security wise. One could only wish someone would merge the two together.

~TD

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07-26-2012, 02:46 AM
There are hard drives or SSDs that offer native level encryption (http://communities.intel.com/thread/20537?start=0&tstart=0). Tbh, unless the system has a TPM module, BIOS passwords are useless anyway afaik.

Linux doesn't have encryption software options?

GottiBoi55
07-26-2012, 05:03 AM
This is something I noticed when originally checking out the security feature of the G75, I've noticed that entering passwords for both the HDD and the Admin/User pre BIOS boot.. It only takes lowercase passwords.

I tend to use the standard Uppercase, Lowercase, Alpha-Numeric with special characters. I freaked out at first when it took my complex passwords when setting up, but after rebooting I was pretty much locked out. Then having tried the password as all lowercase I was ablet to unlock it.

So the main question I have is.... What is the password requirement/capabilities of the G75? I use Drivelock with the HP Elitebooks we use at work, and never encountered such a problem. The sad thing is I highly recommended this laptop to the company I work for, as I realy liked how cool and quiet it ran compared to other gaming laptops. However the security issue might be a big enough deal that we will be sending these back. Hopefully I can get some info regarding this.

~ TD

No special Characters are allowed in BIOS.

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07-26-2012, 01:08 PM
There are hard drives or SSDs that offer native level encryption (http://communities.intel.com/thread/20537?start=0&tstart=0). Tbh, unless the system has a TPM module, BIOS passwords are useless anyway afaik.

Linux doesn't have encryption software options?

I agree with Marshall, there's not such a need for complex BIOS password. Most people who use a PC have no idea how to bypass this function and if they do they will typically not have a clue of what to do once they get in. For those that do know how to get in we typically have a good idea of what we're looking at.