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How to Break Into a Computer (and Prevent It from Happening to You)

How to Break Into a Computer (and Prevent It from Happening to You)

Sometimes you need to get into a computer without knowing the password. Perhaps you've forgotten yours, or perhaps you're up to no good. Either way, it's actually pretty easy to do, provided your victim hasn't taken the necessary precautions. Click one of the links below to find out how to do it on either a Windows PCor a Mac, and how to prevent others from doing the same to you.

This classic post has been republished is part of our Evil Week series at Lifehacker, where we look at the dark side of getting things done. Knowing evil means knowing how to beat it, so you can use your sinister powers for good. Want more? Check out our evil week tag page.

How to Break Into a Windows PC (and Prevent It from Happening to You)

If you're trying to break into a Windows computer—whether you've forgotten your password or are hatching a more sinister plan—you have quite a few options. Read more...

How to Break Into a Mac (and Prevent It from Happening to You)

Even if you aren't a sinister evildoer, there could be times when you need to get into a computer without the password. It's quite easy to do on a Mac, and learning how to do it can help you keep yourself better protected, too. Read more...

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What’s the Worst Advice You’ve Ever Received?

Not everyone's great at giving advice. Sometimes, you'll ask a friend for help and they'll give you the most harebrained response imaginable. So, we want to hear it, what's the worst advice you've ever received?We've all had the friend or colleague who...
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