fireclown: facepalm.Can't she just come with you to the ATM machine?
evaned: IamAwake: uh, no. The threat is that it will wind up at a person with rudementary sysadmin skills who thinks to try to see what was on the machine before reimaging it, and uses a recovery disk off the interwebs to get into the machine. Or worse, that the machine didn't even ask for a password at all, which is how most people's personal-use laptops are configured (auto-logon ftw!)The "threat" of the laptop making it to some l33t hackorz is very, very low.Ding ding ding!Give me an unencrypted Windows laptop and I could have the data off it in 5 minutes. Mac or Linux, probably an hour, only because I don't at the moment have a Linux box around to plug it into to access the file system. Now, I very well may not have the mindset of a thief, but if I were to steal a laptop taking a quick look around is pretty much the first thing I'd try. (Selling the thing before re-imaging it would be kind of dumb.)Give me an encrypted machine? Nope. Well, I guess I could probably find a password guesser. But anything more sophisticated is well beyond me. So as a thief, what do I do? Say "maybe there's something good on here" and spend a fair bit of money getting it to someone to maybe hack in just in case there's data worth money? Or reimage it and sell it like I planned to do from the get-go?That probably covers 99.95% of all laptop thefts.
lockers: Cookbook's Anarchist: ATM machinePeople say this all the farking time! What the hell do they think the M stands for damnit so much!?!
EvilEgg: Beeblebrox: fireclown: facepalm.Can't she just come with you to the ATM machine?No because she might see your PIN number.That's ok your account is protected by the FDIC insurance corporation.
Beeblebrox: fireclown: facepalm.Can't she just come with you to the ATM machine?No because she might see your PIN number.
miss diminutive: Shrink, linked to various kink, on the brink of going to the clink, inks apology causing a stink while his practice sinks into the drink and all because he thinks with his dink.
EvilEgg: I don't think she can fence a laptop for very much. She should have just waited for the cash.
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