Securing Your Computer. Dell XPS M1530, M1530

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Securing Your Computer

Security Cable Lock


Your computer does not ship with a security cable lock.

A security cable lock is a commercially available antitheft device. To use the lock, attach it to the security cable slot on your Dell computer. For more information, see the instructions included with the device.


Before you buy an antitheft device, ensure that it will work with the security cable slot on your computer.

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Passwords prevent unauthorized access to your computer. When using passwords, observe the following guidelines:

• Choose a password that you can remember, but not one that is easy to guess. For example, do not use the names of family members or pets for passwords.

• It is recommended that you do not write down your password. If you do write it down, however, ensure that the password is stored in a secure location.

• Do not share your password with other people.

• Ensure that people are not watching you when you type your password.


Passwords provide a high level of security for data in your computer or hard drive. However, they are not foolproof. If you require more security, obtain and use additional forms of protection such as data encryption programs.

Use the User Accounts option in the Control Panel in the Microsoft



® operating system to create user accounts or to change passwords. Once you create a user password, you must enter it each time you turn on or unlock your computer. If you do not enter a password within 2 minutes, the computer returns to its previous operating state.

For more information, see your Windows documentation.

If you forget any of your passwords, such as the hard drive and BIOS

passwords, contact Dell (see "Contacting Dell" on page 160). For your

protection, Dell technical support staff will ask you for proof of your identity to ensure that only an authorized person can use the computer.

Fingerprint Reader

You can use the Fingerprint Reader Suite to add biometric security to your computer. The Fingerprint Reader Suite gives you the ability to enhance your security in the following ways:

• Associate digitized images of your fingerprints with your user name, password, and generated security keys in your own secure passport

• Use the fingerprint reader to manage OS-level authentication


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• Register applications and web pages in a password bank so that you can use the fingerprint reader to enter your password

• Launch a favorite application by swiping your finger over the fingerprint reader

• Store confidential information in an encrypted folder

If for some reason, the fingerprint reader is damaged, a backup password can be used to access the function of Fingerprint Reader Suite. The backup password can be created during enrollment.

Computer Tracking Software

Computer tracking software may enable you to locate your computer if it is lost or stolen. The software is optional and may be purchased when you order your Dell™ computer, or you can contact your Dell sales representative for information about this security feature.


Computer tracking software may not be available in certain countries.


If you have computer tracking software and your computer is lost or stolen, you must contact the company that provides the tracking service to report the missing computer.

If Your Computer Is Lost or Stolen

• Call a law enforcement agency to report the lost or stolen computer.

Include the Service Tag in your description of the computer. Ask that a case number be assigned and write down the number, along with the name, address, and phone number of the law enforcement agency. If possible, obtain the name of the investigating officer.


If you know where the computer was lost or stolen, call a law enforcement agency in that area. If you do not know, call a law enforcement agency where you live.

• If the computer belongs to a company, notify the security office of the company.

• Contact Dell customer service to report the missing computer. Provide the computer Service Tag, the case number, and the name, address, and phone number of the law enforcement agency to which you reported the missing computer. If possible, give the name of the investigating officer.

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The Dell customer service representative will log your report under the computer Service Tag and record the computer as missing or stolen. If someone calls Dell for technical assistance and gives your Service Tag, the computer is identified automatically as missing or stolen. The representative will attempt to get the phone number and address of the caller. Dell will then contact the law enforcement agency to which you reported the missing computer.


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Key Features

  • Intel® Core™2 Duo T9300 2.5 GHz
  • 39.1 cm (15.4") 1280 x 800 pixels 16:10
  • 4 GB DDR2-SDRAM 667 MHz 2 x 2 GB
  • 320 GB
  • NVIDIA GeForce Go 8600M GT
  • Bluetooth 2.0+EDR
  • 90 W
  • Windows Vista Home Premium

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