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Beyond CMOS Password Security?

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I'm looking for a more secure solution to protect selected workstations (primarily XP Pro) on a nework. I know about the CMOS password, but it is to easy to get around. I'm looking for something stronger then that or OS dependent passwords.  Any ideas?
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If you are to buy new hw. Fingerscanning may interest you.
Encryption of the content of HD is discussed in:
https://www.experts-exchange.com/Security/Q_21769182.html
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We use hard drives that require a very complicated looking key to be inserted in order to function, as well as a password associated with only that key.  5 failed attempts, and the hard drive wipes itself.

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Just a point on HD password: if your HD allows password protection, it is very important to use it. There have been exploits where unencrypted HDs have had a password added by a trojan, and the password is then sold - a form or extortion.
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It appears SunBow, Richcrumble, yourself (Tolomir), and my comment all appear to have a very good thought into the answer, providing reasons and resources for further research... all of these questions seemed to answer the original question as well.  I would suggest a point split here.

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