Secure your Windows BIOS

For any computer system the BIOS is the first one to be loaded before the operating system. Basic input Output System or BIOS occupies a unique, important and highly privileged position in all computer architecture and is to be protected first. We generally can’t notice what’s going in the system BIOS, so it is quite necessary to protect the system BIOS from any internal damage, or malware activity. Here is the tutorial how to secure your computer BIOS.

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BIOS being an important and privileged architecture need to be taken care of. Malware on BIOS can activate itself and can bring out lot of changes and errors on your system. It activates itself much before the Anti-virus is activated to detect the infection. Certain malware or malicious program operate at such a low level that it becomes difficult to control your PC without providing a clue that it was there. BIOS infection was first confirmed in the year 1998’s Chernobyl virus, which caused the BIOS infection and the vulnerabilities that enabled that exploit are not present in today’s PCs.

Windows 8 provides UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) and the secure boot mechanism which gives protection against malware infection. But, prevention is better than cure. You should protect your system BIOS before it gets infected by any malware activity. For better protection to your system BIOS, you should keep your BIOS password protected that is with an administrator password that must be entered before a BIOS update can occur. To password protect your system BIOS for better security, follow the steps given below.

Boot or reboot your system. During its start up, repeatedly tap the DEL, F1, or any other special key that is required to launch the BIOS. The details regarding how to enter the system BIOS is typically displayed onscreen during the boot process, although it might not be immediately obvious. Generally appears precisely at the bottom of the screen for just a few moments after we start our computer

:BIOS Setup :XpressRecovery :Boot Menu :Qflash

Once you enter the BIOS setup menu or upon loading of your system BIOS, search for the menu item that will enable you to set up a password. There might be more than one.

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Generally BIOS provides you to set up both a supervisor password and a user password. You need to log in with the supervisor password to make changes to the BIOS. The user password only allows you to see the current BIOS values.
Select the menu that is necessary for creating the password and entering a password usually twice, to verify what you typed the first time. If it’s difficult for you to remember the password, as BIOS are not accessed frequently. You can store it in a password locker utility such as LastPass that will allow you to remember the password.

Before leaving the BIOS make sure to save your BIOS changes and your computer will reboot. Once done with the settings and rebooting your system you’ll need to enter the password set by you to make any changes in your system BIOS. As your BIOS will be password protected no one can make any changes on the BIOS be it any outsider or any malware. Moreover, they will have a harder time in harming your PC.

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