Easiest Way to Lock Up Your PC

Many people have learned the hard way that there really is potential loss sitting in your PC.  If you are like most people there are things on your PC that are priceless – and not just access to credit card numbers.  Someone can steal your identity with just a few keystrokes.   When we increase the problem with the mixed living conditions of a recession then you have the makings for real problems.  The scenario we hear about most goes something like this.  A family member moves in with you while looking for a job.   They will need email access to your PC for resumes, etc.   Obviously you allow them access to your PC.   Then suddenly you notice that someone has been accessing your financial records and – boom – you have a disaster, and someone is accessing your online banking account and transferring money to another account.  You just witnessed a common scenario in this country.

There are several ways to lock up your PC.  Most new PCs provide adequate security via the user account subsystem.   On these PCs you will not only be able to protect your data, you will be able to do so without appearing to demonstrate your need for security and, hence, embarrass everyone in the house. 

What can someone do with an older PC that does not have built-in User Accounts?   That is easy to do.

Initiate the lockup process by clicking Windows + ‘L’ combo to lock the system.  This will get you into the Windows onboard Lock process.  Next, select Alt + Ctl + Delete to initiate the admin subsystem; then click ‘K’.  Then you should select the option labeled ‘Turn on Monitor Setting’ dialog and choose the ‘Create Desktop Shortcut’ to shut off your monitor.   Now you have started the security process and gained access to it from your keyboard and desktop.   Then go to your Control Panel and select ‘User Accounts’.   This will get you into the user account panel.  Click the appropriate User Account and follow dialogue instructions to set up an altered account with a new password. 

At this point you will have desktop access to your new security process for entering the password you provided during setup.   If you have a new PC you can do all of this when setting up your new computer.  

Make sure you keep your sensitive files in folders that are within User Account Control.   This means simply doing the little things that protect you – like never selecting an option that gives you an auto-login or ‘stay logged in’ to your primary email.

After any change in security or password protection make sure that you perform maintenance to your Windows Registry.  Registry repair systems do the registry fix functions and you can download a top registry software package that does all the necessary updates automatically.  This will also accomplish any needed Registry Repair.

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