Question – Secure Boot


I noticed secure boot is turned off in my bios. It may have been from when I upgraded it from Windows 7. Should it be turned on? Is there any cause for concern, with it turned off? I read secure boot prohibits unauthorized operating systems and malware like root kits from being installed.


Conversation 5 comments

  • jimchamplin

    Premium Member
    11 March, 2017 - 8:36 pm

    <p>Nah. Should be fine, but some joker might install Debian or some Hackintosh if you're not careful.</p>

  • rameshthanikodi

    11 March, 2017 - 9:51 pm

    <p>It's good to enable Secure Boot unless you're installing Linux on the same machine – but even then, any recent version of Ubuntu and Fedora will still be able to boot without needing to disable it. If the OS's bootloader on the system ever gets compromised, Secure Boot will more than likely be able to sniff.</p>

  • evancox10

    13 March, 2017 - 8:43 am

    <p>I would go ahead and turn it on. Windows 7 should work with it just fine, and I also haven't had any problems getting modern Ubuntu distributions to work with Secure Boot either.</p><p><br></p><p>Also, I wouldn't assume that you are safe just because you're on UEFI and not EFI. These are basically the same thing, UEFI is just a slightly newer standard.</p><p><br></p><p>Last, you don't have to be a spy/subversive agent for Secure Boot to provide benefits. It can help protect you against any type of root-kit malware distributed over the internet.</p>

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