Notebook Security, Effective Passphrases and passwords

I have been getting my notebook ready and secure for going mobile.

Step 1, to physically protect the notebook get a notebook combination cable lock.

Step 2, to protect the notebook contents, activate a power-on passphrase.

This article from a Microsoft Security employee (via Rob Hyndman) strongly argues that a passphrase (requiring more characters than a normal password) is more effective than a password. Other articles argue that passwords are past their prime.


If I’m going wireless, there are other things I need to do. More on that another time.

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