Support Community Forum Index Bill Morrow's Open Forum - The Original Thinkpad Support Forum
Follow ThinkpadsForum on Twitter
 Support this forum, shop at
  Support the forum, shop at
Our oldest longest advertiser of parts for ThinkPads
Goodbye Lorita, wherever you've gone..

If you've found this forum useful, please consider donating a dollar or two

It is currently Sun Aug 28, 2016 7:18 pm

All times are UTC-05:00

Post new topic  Reply to topic  [ 1 post ] 
Author Message
PostPosted: Mon Jul 02, 2012 2:05 pm 

Joined: Mon Jul 02, 2012 1:54 pm
Posts: 11
Location: Székesfehérvár, Hungary
I have enabled fingerprint-based authentication in my laptop. I can use my fingerprint reader to start the computer.

However, instead of the BIOS checking my fingerprint, I have win7 booting and checking my fingerprint (if I switched on the computer with my fingerprint, the reader seems to give an OK without me needing to give a print again).

Obviously, this is a massive hole in security. I need a BIOS-lock on my computer and HDD, not win7's attempt at it. Only a BIOS lock is adaqvately secure, as someone can bypass win7's password or the OS itself.

I am not carrying classified nuclear launch codes or anything like that, however I would like a secure computer. That means a BIOS password lock. Since I can turn on the computer with my fingerprint, it is obvious that the computer's BIOS has fingerprint authentication software in it (further evidenced by the fact that I can use my fingerprint to log into the BIOS setup).

I looked it up, and it appears that there is an option supposedly in the BIOS to allow this: Predesktop authentication. However, when I just checked my BIOS setup, this option is enabled! I am confused, why can't I get the BIOS to read my fingerprint instead of having the system boot up win7 and use that?

Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic  Reply to topic  [ 1 post ] 

All times are UTC-05:00

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 3 guests

You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  
Powered by phpBB® Forum Software © phpBB Limited