How to Bypass ANY School Security Software





Introduction: How to Bypass ANY School Security Software

Edited: 7/27/14
I posted this a few years ago when I thought this was cool. After learning more about computers and "hacking", I realized how naive this instructable is.

Over the years I've noticed the comments are full of individuals headed in a very dangerous direction. Be curious. But be aware of your actions and their consequences to you and others.

I'm leaving it here more as a memory than a tutorial and I would like to reiterate the warning below. This is only information on a set of tools. Use them wisely.

DISCLAIMER: This instructable is meant simply to show you HOW to do this. This instructable is in no way meant to tell you that you SHOULD do it. Any trouble you get into is a result of your own stupidity not the fault of this instructable.

I'm sure anyone who has ever gone to school after the new millennium has been fed up with the restrictions placed on our education through computer security software. This instructable will show you how to bypass any OS based restrictions without leaving a trace.

The concept is simple: if the OS is a problem then write your own OS.

This may sound like a large and complicated task, and that is because it is. But it is a cool way to give yourself some on a secure computer.

Required Resources:

-An OS that can fit on a floppy disk or CD/DVD drive (e.g. Slax MikeOS , etc.)

Option A - The Floppy Drive:
-Personal computer with a floppy drive (very uncommon now but the easiest storage medium to boot to)
-Floppy disks
-School computer system that have floppy drives on their computers

Option B - The CD Drive:
-PC with a CD/DVD drive with read write capabilities (much easier to find)
-Rewritable CD's or DVD's
-School computers with Read/Write CD/DVD drives (needs to be Read/Write capable if you want to save any data to the CD)
-Another instructable (unfortunately I haven't attempted to do this with a CD yet so I cant help you yet)

Optional Resouces (if you want to build your own OS):
-a working knowledge of assembly language

Step 1: Build & Burn the OS

Depending on your choice this step can be different but I will go through what I did to build MikeOS on my floppy drive on a Linux Fedora VirtualBox:

1. get MikeOS and extract to [OS directory]

2. insert floppy but dont mount

3. burn floppy image to disk using the dd command (very useful command to learn see here:

code: dd if=[OS directory]/disk_images/mikeos.flp of=[floppy directory]

4. wait

5. eject

6. done

Other resources:

-Mike OS on Windows: (also useful if you intend to build your own OS)

-Slax on any computer: download the iso file and burn to disk or download the .tar.gz and follow installation instructions on the site

Step 2: Welcome to Freedom

Take the floppy drive where ever you go. If you need to do something without being watched, pop in the floppy, reboot, welcome to your new OS!

Step 3: How to Prevent This

As stated before I do not want anyone who reads this instructable to use it on a computer you do not own! This is meant to show people how to do this. Not state that they should do this.

As a result I feel I should give a tip to all school IT men out there on how to prevent this:

1. Block booting to removable devices in the BIOS (easy to do but easy to circumvent)

2. Prevent users from restarting without a passcode (strict, some flaws, not recommended)

3. Search students for removable devices (super strict, invasion of privacy, NOT recommended)

4. Have a teacher near the students when their on the PC (easy, reliable, recommended )



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    While making your own operating system could be really cool, you'd benefit from a larger community. It's relatively simple to make a portable flash drive have Linux installed on it. Think, it has a pretty good GUI, lots of support (community based), and can run Firefox, OpenOffice, whatever. As well as the ability to run Wine, a Window OS emulator, or you could run a virtual machine that runs Windows through Linux...

    Also, if you just use Linux it would be relatively easy to brute-force any passwords... Not recommending any illicit practices, of course...

    Bruteforce requires every possible combonation and it tries it soo... gonna take like a few mins or few hours or even years you never know

    I'm doing this with a flash drive and Ubuntu :)

    kali linux is a lot better coz its less easy to track in terms of mac addresses and stuff

    You can spoof your mac address... spoof it into a school mac address...and I like...

    This would be good except it will not work as I'd like to think all network administrators are smart enough to set a bios password and set it to boot from HDD only.

    Also you ca Bypass the BIOS password... I wouldn't recommend it but find the admin hash and then trace it

    That is actually very uncommon at schools, since the IT administrators really don't see the students as smart enough to pull something like this. I was pretty much the only one in my graduating class who could even think of trying something like this. (class of 2012) Oh, and I did it often. :P

    Plus , if the admins are anything like at my school, they don't configure the computers they get at all before putting them into the labs. All the filtering software is over the network, so the BIOS is free.