If you are in charge of computers open to the public or accessed by employees with a high turnover rate, you want to set the supervisor BIOS passwords on all computers to prevent users from modifying the most basic computer settings. By setting the password, you are also preventing hackers, vandals, and departing employees from setting the password and locking you out of the BIOS. Once you set the password, you must remember it or face the difficult challenge of working around a built-in security feature.
A report has recently surfaced concerning a potential security flaw in Microsoft Office applications, particularly Microsoft Word and Excel. The flaw concerns documents that are password-protected for security reasons. According to the report, encrypted documents may be easy to break into if the attacker has two copies of the document--even two copies that have been edited and saved.
There may be times when you want to grant viewers access to a password-protected site but you don't want them to have to enter the information in the Password dialog box. Fortunately, you can include this information directly in the link itself. For example, let's assume the page www.freelyenter.com/secret.htm is password protected. Also assume the username is semiprivate and the password is 48thRg. To include all the information the viewer would need to successfully enter the site, you would create a link using the following address: