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You'll never guess what you can do once you steal a laptop, reflash the BIOS, and reboot it

mark l 2 Silver badge

I always shutdown my laptop after I have finished using it, but then again my laptops battery is pretty knackard so it only last about 15 mins off the mains, so putting it into sleep would probably mean I would come back to find I would have to cold boot anyway when the battery eventually ran out.

To be honest 99.9% of the time when your laptop is stolen it is by some some petty criminal who is looking to sell it on to make a few quid. If they find it is asking for passwords they cannot easily bypass they will probably just throw it in the nearest bin and go and nick another one. They are very unlikely to have the skills to do any of the stuff that is mentioned in the article, as if they could they probably wouldn't be going around nicking laptops but have well paid consulting jobs.

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