How do I setup the wireless?

  1. Press right side ALT + ESC key launches on the Wireless menu to walk through steps to configure.
  2. Select “Wireless Network” to see your “Available” choices. You will then be prompted to enter the password (if password protected).
  3. Once you connect, the color of your wireless icon should change to green. You are now connected to your SSID.
  4. Click X on the top right to exit or Press right side ALT + ESC key to exit.
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How do I remove an existing SSID?

  1. In the Wireless Network options, select “Saved” tab and click the name of the existing SSID you want removed
  2. Click “Forget selected networks
  3. Select “YES


How do I launch BIOS-SHIELD?

  1. Power up your laptop and click on the enter key.
  2. You will see a message on the lower screen that reads “Press any key to enter BIOS-SHIELD”, enter your password that you set up on initial installation.
  3. Once you’ve successfully entered the password, you may now log onto the BIOS-SHIELD Dashboard. You will be able to view and/or change several of the system configurations such as Status, General, Time, Recording, GeoIP, IP Firewall, USB, Snapshots, Watermark, Upgrade, System, and Advanced.
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How do I setup the time in BIOS-SHIELD?

  1. From the Dashboard, select Time
  2. Now select Edit Time Zone. You can type in the search field the name of the city you want or use scroll bar for choice of time zone.
  3. When you’ve selected the one you want, Confirm the choice and press Apply


What does the RECORDING feature do and how do I enable it?

Whether you are using your laptop for personal or business, the risk of having someone access your personal data on your laptop, can be a concern. By enabling this feature, laptop owners can select to record screen images. The time period of capture depends on the number of hours of usage and the size of your hard drive. A typical 5 GB Hard Drive can store about 7 days of screen capture. Once this feature is set, only the laptop user can disable the feature.

Here’s how to set the feature:

  1. From the Dashboard, select RECORDING
  2. You will see an option to click ☑Enable Screen Recording.
  3. If you want to enable this feature type in password and hit Apply.
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How does the USB feature help protect my data and how can I enable it?

USB or flash drives enable users to save and share data from one device to another making it a popular, portable business tool. This same device however can be programmed to steal your data or transfer a virus or malicious code. This feature, once enabled, can help protect your data in two ways:

  1. It encrypts your data. After you enable it, you can format your flash drive so that it is paired to your specific device. Should you lose the drive, no problem. The drive can only be read on your laptop.
  2. It blocks untrusted activity. Should an unauthorized user attempt to plug in a USB drive, the device will reject it. This feature adds a layer of protection against data theft and malicious code.

Here’s how to set up the feature:

  1. Launch BIOS-SHIELD
  2. Select USB (USB can now be configured by filtering in three different ways)
    1. Option 1: Allow all devices:
      1. All Connected Devices inserted automatically ☑checked.
      2. All Integrated Devices automatically ☑checked.
      3. Encryption can be enabled or disabled for storage devices.
    2. Option 2: Allow specific device types (must be inserted in USB port)
      1. Connected Devices dependent on Device Types to show or ☑check selection.
      2. Integrated Devices dependent on Device Types to show or ☑check selection.
      3. Encryption can be enabled or disabled.
      4. Device Types– Options to detect devices if ☑check such as:
        1. Audio
        2. Printer
        3. Smart Card Reader
        4. Storage
        5. Vendor-specific
        6. Video
    3. Option 3. Allow specified devices
      1. All Connected Devices must be inserted and ☑checked in order to work.
      2. All Integrated Devices must be ☑checked in order to work.
      3. Encryption can be enabled or disabled.
      4. Apply


What is GEOIP and how do I set it up?

Surfing the internet is the most common way to unwittingly click on an infected site and upload malware without you even knowing it. By selecting this option, you can pre-select and limit internet access to known high risk regions. This allows users to greatly reduce the risk of connecting to a spoofed site.

Here’s how to set up the feature:

  1. Launch BIOS-SHIELD
  2. Select GeoIP
  3. You will see a map image like the one below. GeoIP offers 3 modes:
    1. Disabled
    2. Block all regions except those in whitelist
    3. Allow all regions except those in blacklist
    4. Select or type in country name in search field and use the arrow to allow or block and hit Apply.
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How do I configure IP Firewall?

There are different options for filtering: Port Management and IP Filtering. Let’s walk through both step-by-step:

  1. Port Management
    1. Protocols- TCP or UDP (fill in appropriate settings accordingly)
    2. Add and hit Apply.
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  2. IP Filtering
    1. IP Filter Disabled
    2. Block all IP addresses except those in whitelist
    3. Allow all IP addresses except those in blacklist
    4. Add and Apply


What is Snapshot and how does it work?

Whether you accidentally delete an important file or click on a malicious link, there are times when you may want to turn back the clock and upload an earlier version of your laptop files. Once set, this feature allows you restore your data quickly. We strongly recommend that laptop owners create a “golden image” within the first few days of initial set up and store it as the control version. You can also set up a daily option to capture the most recent image of your hard drive. Once set, the system is able to restore the user to either the last recorded saved image or the previously recorded “golden image”.

Here’s how to set up the Snapshot option:

  1. Launch BIOS-SHIELD and select Snapshots
  2. From here you can choose to Take a snapshot or Rollback to an earlier snapshot.
  3. Once you select your option, hit OK
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What is a Watermark and how do I enable it?

A watermark is an identifying image or pattern that appears on a document when viewed. Watermarks help to protect your data or Intellectual Property and discourage counterfeiting.

  1. Launch BIOS-SHIELD
  2. Select Watermark and configure
  3. Select your settings: Position or Opacity
  4. Set the following Text options: User, Host, Name, Host IP, Guest IP, Date and Time
  5. Image options allows user to import .PNG images from a USB stick.
  6. Once selections are made – hit Apply.


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