Why destroy encrypted data?

Although data encryption is one of the most important data protection methods, there is no guarantee that 1) the password (or key) will always remain confidential and 2) the encryption will protect the data permanently (in other word for an infinite period of time) even if the password always remains confidential. Destroying data allows the data to be protected permanently. Hence, it provides another protection layer to the data whether or not the data is encrypted

How to hide user names from the logon screen

Hiding user names enhances security. Attackers have to guess both username and password. It is also useful when you have a forced account setup in your computer.

You can hide user names by editing the registry key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows
NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\SpecialAccounts\UserList

For more info see:
http://winhowto.blogspot.com/2007/06/how-to-hide-users-in-windows-vista-xp.html



Quick Links: Forced Account

How to create a forced account.

A forced account is a computer user account that is configured to destroy sensitive data in a forced logon or a logon as a result of forced username and password disclosure. When someone logs onto a forced account in your computer, your computer will destroy sensitive data. Thus a forced account provides another layer of protection for the data in your computer. The following steps create a user account, which you can use it as a forced user account.
  1. Click Start and click Control Panel.
  2. Click Add or remove user accounts under User Accounts and Family Safety.
  3. Click Create a new account.
  4. Type in a user name, which will be a forced user account name.
  5. Select the account type: Standard
  6. Click Create Account.
  7. Select the account you just created.
  8. Click Create password button
  9. Type in a password for the user account and an option password hint.
  10. Click Create password button
The above instruction is applicable to Windows Vista and Windows 7. Windows XP has an equivalent instruction but each step is not exactly the same as the above.

Quick Links: Forced Account

How to configure a forced account

1) Select Start > All Programs > Accessories > System Tools > Task Scheduler.


2) Select Action > Create Task
3) Enter task name- any name of your choice.
4) Enter the administrator username under "When running the task, use the following user account:".
5) Check 'Run with the highest privilege'.

6) Select trigger condition as "At logon" with the username of the forced account in Triggers tab page.

7) In Actions tab page, enter "c:\program files\bin\sdelete" or an alternate location of sdelete.exe program in your computer. In the argument field, enter "-s 'c:\users\confidential'". You can subsitute 'c:\users\confidential' with your own folder that you want to destroy.

8) Uncheck all in Conditions tab page.

9) Check "If the task fails, restart every" in Settings tab page.

10) Press OK.

Note: If you do not have SDelete, you can download it from this Microsoft web page.

The above instruction is applicable to Windows Vista and Windows 7. Windows XP has an equivalent instruction but each step is not exactly the same as the above.

Quick Links: Forced Account

LAlarm selected as a must-have laptop security

The Virus Experts blog recently hand picked 7 must have laptop security software. According to the blog, LAlarm is one of the seven must-have laptop security software.

Read the original article

How to enable Windows XP logon password

  1. Press Win+R
  2. Type in the following command: "control userpasswords2" without quotation marks
  3. Click OK
  4. Highlight the user you want to log into automatically, then check the box for "Users must enter a username and password to use this computer"
  5. Click on Apply or OK.

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GRsites.com provides many free sound files. Here are some categories you can choose from.

LAlarm version 5.7

LAlarm version 5.7 features:
  • Enhanced zone detection ability - allows faster and more reliable zone change detection.
  • Enhanced health alarm.
  • Other minor enhancements.
The latest version of LAlarm is always available at: www.lalarm.com/download

Christmas sound

You can easily find Christmas sound on the Internet. The sound search engine findsounds.com lists some sleigh bell sound files (in .wav format).
Please note that the sound files on the Internet may require a license depending personal or business use.

You can also get free Christmas sound files from freesound.org, which is free but requires a registration to download:

LAlarm version 5.6

LAlarm version 5.6 is now available at www.lalarm.com/Download

The new version features:
  • You don't have to restart the computer after changing Alarm Options. (but logoff and logon still needed)
  • A beep sound is played when you press Win+L. It means theft alarm is armed.
  • You can use LAlarm in a guest account or other low privileged user account as well.
  • Other minor enhancements

LAlarm version 5.6 beta

LAlarm version 5.6 beta is available at www.lalarm.com/Beta

New features include:
  • You can use LAlarm in a guest account or other low privileged user accounts as well. *
  • A beep sound played when you arm the theft alarm by pressing Win+L
  • Other minor enhancements
* You still have to login as administrator to install it.

LAlarm Version 5.5

LAlarm Version 5.5 is now available at: www.lalarm.com/Download

This new version includes:
  • Automatic mute button.
  • Louder siren sound for theft alarm and panic alarm.
  • Optimized health alarm.
  • Enhanced Email tab in Options.

LAlarm Version 5.5 beta

LAlarm Version 5.5 beta is available at: www.lalarm.com/Beta

New features include:
  • Automatic mute button
  • Louder siren sound for theft alarm and panic alarm.
  • Optimized health alarm
  • A user friendly enhancement in Options Email tab.

How to press the mute button automatically

When an alarm goes off except theft alarm, there is a mute button on the screen. The mute button allows you to stop the sound. By the default setting, the alarm sound will continue until the mute button is pressed. You can configure LAlarm to press the button automatically.
For example, if you want LAlarm to automatically press the mute button within 30 seconds from the health alarm going off, do the followings:
  1. Append "-mute30" string to the end of the sound filename. For example, chirping-mute30.wav.
  2. Start LAlarm Options.
  3. Click Sound tab.
  4. Choose "chirping-mute30.wav" for health alarm sound file. (e.g. c:\users\[username]\music\ chirping-mute30.wav)
  5. Press OK.
After the above procedure, LAlarm will press the mute button 30 seconds after the health alarm going off. As a result, the alarm sound will stop. You can specify a different amount of time instead of 30 seconds. You can also configure other alarm by using the above procedure above except panic alarm and theft alarm.

See also: How to make alarm silent

This tip applies to LAlarm version 5.5 or later.

How to make alarm silent

You can make an alarm silent without disabling it. An alarm will show a pop up message without alarm sound when an alarm goes off.
  1. Download silence.wav.
  2. Select Start > All Programs > LAlarm > Options > Sound
  3. Click browse button for the alarm that you'd like to make it silent.
  4. Select the silence.wav file from selection window.
Note this silencing method is not suitable for theft alarm.

See also: How to press mute button automatically

LAlarm version 5.4

LAlarm version 5.4 is now available at www.lalarm.com/Download

This new version introduces Panic Alarm. It helps protect the safety of the laptop user. In addition, some other user friendly enhancements have been added to this new version.

LAlarm Version 5.4 beta

LAlarm ver 5.4 beta is available at
www.lalarm.com/Beta

Version 5.4 beta includes Panic Alarm, which alerts your emergency contact in case of an emergency. In addition, it emits a loud alarm sound to protect your safety. Other user friendly enhancement added to this new version.

LAlarm version 5.3

LAlarm version 5.3 is now available at www.lalarm.com/Download

This new version introduces Health Alarm. It helps reduce health risks due to prolonged computer use and increase productivity. The version 5.3 also includes a user friendly help menu for the alarm message windows and the icon in the notification area.

How to reduce eye strain with LAlarm

First enable the health alarm and then restart the computer. Just use your computer as you normally do. When you use your computer for a long time (50 minutes by the default setting) without a break, the health alarm will go off and show a health warning message on the screen like this.

Screen: health warning

When you encounter the message:
  • break away from the computer and do some simple eye exercises for a minute.
  • do not use the computer until the health warning message is gone on the screen.
This may relief on eye strain in your daily computer use. You may notice a difference as early as 24 hours from a trial.

If you have chronic eye strain or repetitive stress injuries and still have to use a computer, you may adjust the Work Duration to 20 minutes from the 50 minutes default and gradually increase when it is suitable for you. You may do the same when you're setting up health alarm for your children. The duration of break is 10 minutes by the default setting, but you can also adjust it in the LAlarm Options.

The health alarm will be running fully automatically without user intervention- no need to start or stop a timer. Even the warning message will automatically be appeared and disappeared accordingly without user intervention. It can help you develop a healthy computer habit. Once you develop a healthy computer habit, the health alarm will no longer show you any warning message.

This tip is not intended to be a medical advice. This tip applies to LAlarm version 5.3 or later versions.

LAlarm version 5.3 beta

LAlarm version 5.3 beta is now available at

www.lalarm.com/Beta

What's new:

  • Health alarm
  • Other user friendly enhancement.

Health alarm is designed to reduce health risks by alerting the user for using a computer for an extended period of time without any break.

How to check for the latest version

You can check for latest version of LAlarm from the LAlarm Options.

In Options, click 'Help' and then 'Check the latest release'.


The same can be done with the Help menu in the Setup program.


A LAlarm icon in the notification area

When the theft alarm is ready to use, a LAlarm icon in the notification area.

Another screen shot of the icon.

It might take several minutes for the icon appear in the notification area in Windows Vista after a restarting. The load and speed of your computer will also affect how soon the icon might appear. In general, it takes less time on Windows 7 and even far less than on Windows XP.


When you click on the icon, it will show a menu.


This applies to LAlarm version 5.0 or later versions.

LAlarm version 5.2

LAlarm version 5.2 is now available:

www.lalarm.com/Download

LAlarm version 5.2 is easier to use and user-friendlier than previous versions. The installer and uninstaller have been simplified to make it easier to use.

LAlarm version 5.2 beta

LAlarm version 5.2 beta is now available.

www.lalarm.com/DownloadBeta

LAlarm version 5.2 beta is easier to use and user-friendlier than previous versions. User interface for installer/uninstaller has been simplified to make it easier to use.

LAlarm version 5.1

LAlarm version 5.1 is now available.

www.lalarm.com/Download

Version 5.1 offers a performance improvement with the theft alarm. For example, it starts theft alarm sound quicker than previous versions when a USB flash drive is unplugged. It also provides an easy access to LAlarm Options. You can directly run LAlarm Options without having to run LAlarm Setup first.

LAlarm 5.1 RC

LAlarm version 5.1 RC (release candidate) is now available.

www.lalarm.com/DownloadBeta

Version 5.1 RC offers a performance improvement with the theft alarm. It starts theft alarm sound immediately upon unplugging a USB flash drive. It also provides an easy access to LAlarm Options. You can directly run LAlarm Options without having to run LAlarm Setup first.

LAlarm ver 5.0

LAlarm Version 5.0 is now available at the LAlarm download page: www.lalarm.com/download.

This new version is now compatible with Windows 7 as well as Vista and XP. It supports both 64 and 32 bit Windows. With this version, LAlarm icon will appear in the notification area (the bottom right side of the screen) when the theft alarm is ready to use.

LAlarm version 5 Release Candidate

LAlarm version 5 RC (Release Candidate) is now available:

www.lalarm.com/DownloadBeta

Hacked Gadgets praised LAlarm as software packed with tons of cool features

Hacked Gadgets praised LAlarm as "it is packed with tons of cool features".
If you use your laptop in public places LAlarm is a piece of free product that could help you (small fee for corporate use). This system is basically an alarm for your laptop, best of all it is packed with tons of cool features like sending an SMS message to you or destroying your sensitive data if it is stolen.
Source: http://hackedgadgets.com/2009/09/29/physical-laptop-security-using-a-thumb-drive/

EverythingUSB praised LAlarm as impressive piece of this software

EverythingUSB praised LAlarm as impressive piece of this software and also mentioned that "this can definitely give you an edge on keeping your laptop safe." Here are some excerpts.
LAlarm (Laptop Alarm) program looks like a pretty serious attempt to be a poor man's version of laptop security. While you are running this program you are able to use just about every conceivable piece of hardware as a tamper alarm.

The most impressive piece of this software is the amount of attention has been given to its long term use. It monitors hard drive health and battery status to make sure you are alerted to any condition that might keep it from functioning properly. It can also make sure your laptop is not used outside of your defined network locations using IP address monitoring. ... FREE for personal use this can definitely give you an edge on keeping your laptop safe.
source: http://www.everythingusb.com/lalarm-17756.html

LAlarm Version 4.0

LAlarm Version 4.0 is now available at the LAlarm download page: www.lalarm.com/download.


This new version is compatible with Windows Vista 64 bit as well as Vista 32 bit, XP, Windows 2008 and Windows 2003. Also supports two additional data destruction methods: UK HMG IS5 and Russia GOST P50739-95

LAlarm blog

LAlarm blog url is blog.lalarm.com. This blog is maintained by www.lalarm.com

Sound file: Silence.wav

  • Description: Silence. No sound.
  • Filename:silence.wav.
  • To download, click on the filename.