How to Add a BIOS Password

This article was modified on 2012-05-29 10:25:09

Adding a BIOS password will definitely help you to increase your computer security. Actually this is the first step when it comes down to security. No, it won`t keep the bad guys ( skilled ) away, it will only delay them. However when combined with other protection methods this will definitely help. It`s definitely better to have this enabled if you`re taking security seriously. There is one thing to keep in mind, do not forget to ALWAYS REMEMBER what password you used. If you will lose your BIOS password, well...let`s say...that there are articles on the Internet which explains how to reset a BIOS password but most of them are old. Not to mention that for a laptop it`s way harder due to difficult access to motherboard. So make sure that you don`t forget your BIOS password.  I don`t think that you can recover your BIOS password and once forgotten probably your best bet is to search for a way to reset the password. However, the purpose of this article is to show you how to enable or add a password to your BIOS and that`s it.

A. Power on your computer and make sure that you press the F2, DEL, F8, Space or anything else. As you can see in the following picture, at my computer I need to press F2 in order to gain access to the BIOS interface.

Press F2 to enter SETUP
B. You may notice that your BIOS interface looks different. I have seen a lot of them, it all depends on your computer/laptop brand. The good thing is that they all look the same ( almost all of them use the blue and gray colors ) they are pretty intuitive and the navigation is somehow the same. That`s how it looks like on my laptop.

Phoenix BIOS Setup Utility 
C. Regardless of your BIOS you may want to locate the ``Security`` area as from here you can add a BIOS password. All I have to do is to navigate to ``Set Supervisor Password`` and hit ``Enter``.

Set Supervisor Password
. Now you can add a password. You will have to type the password twice and it will match hit ``ENTER``.

Enter and confirm supervisor password
If the password was successfully added you will see the following confirmation window
Changes have been saved
E. You just received the confirmation that you added a password in the previous picture. If you noticed there is a second confirmation - take a look at the ``Supervisor Password Is`` status as now has been changed to ``Set`` instead of ``Clear``.
Supervisor password is setD. Obviously now you need to ``Exit`` the BIOS interface but not until you will save the changes that you have made. Depending on your BIOS interface options, locate the ``Exit`` area.  Once you`re there make sure that you save the modifications. For example I will navigate to ``Exit Saving Changes`` or ( take a look on the right corner-down ) I can press ``F10`` which is a shortcut for ``Save and Exit``

Exit Saving ChangesThis is another confirmation: ``Save configuration changes and exit now?`` Press ``Yes`` to save.

Save configuration changes and exit now
That`s it but wait a second, make sure that you test if this works. Reboot your computer and press the button that opens the access to your BIOS - F2, Del, F8 or whatever it works for you. If the password was properly added you should see a similar pic. It will prompt for the password.

Enter BIOS password prompt messagePlease remember that setting up a BIOS password as a security measure should be only one tiny step. Performing this will stop a normal friend to change the boot order on your computer, preventing him to load a Trojan or keylogger from a USB device while you`re at the toilet for 5 minutes. The same thing applies if you`re thinking to enable password on boot from BIOS, it won`t stop a thief if he gets in his hand. If your computer is stolen or it`s physically compromised this method will only delay a real attacker so make sure that you don`t forget the real purpose.

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