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Windows 7: Need a tip to protect computer from other users while computer active.

07 Mar 2015   #1
DeanWin7

Windows 7. 32 Bit
 
 
Need a tip to protect computer from other users while computer active.

Hello forum,

I have people around me that like to use my computer when I am not in front of it. Most of the time when I walk away from it I put it into sleep mode or do something to protect it... I have sleep mode set for 20 mins so if it's not active it protects itself... anyway sometimes I forget!

Does anyone know of a way I can have the computer auto protect itself every 5 mins popping up a window that says enter password or better still click on an icon or something to let it know I am the correct user?

Many thanks for any suggestions.


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07 Mar 2015   #2
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Use an account password, and lock the computer when you step away from it using CTRL+ALT+DEL, and choosing the LOCK THIS COMPUTER option.

More info:
Password - Create for a User Account
Lock Computer - Create Shortcut
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07 Mar 2015   #3
Alejandro85

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

First of all your user account MUST have a secure password, with the usual requirements (difficult to guess, not shared with anyone, preferably long with mixed symbols, etc).

Then setup a screensaver for your account, that popups automatically after 5 minutes of inactivity, and be sure to tick the option to show login screen to exit it, so that it requires the password. The net effect is that after 5 minutes (or whatever time you like) of not touching anything, a screensaver will appear, and only a password can exit it.

Without waiting for the screensaver to popup, do as Golden says, lock the computer yourself. Windows + L is the shortcut, in addition to the previous post.
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07 Mar 2015   #4
DeanWin7

Windows 7. 32 Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Alejandro85 View Post
First of all your user account MUST have a secure password, with the usual requirements (difficult to guess, not shared with anyone, preferably long with mixed symbols, etc).

Then setup a screensaver for your account, that popups automatically after 5 minutes of inactivity, and be sure to tick the option to show login screen to exit it, so that it requires the password. The net effect is that after 5 minutes (or whatever time you like) of not touching anything, a screensaver will appear, and only a password can exit it.

Without waiting for the screensaver to popup, do as Golden says, lock the computer yourself. Windows + L is the shortcut, in addition to the previous post.
Many thanks Alejandro85 that was just the trick I was looking for.
Thanks for solving my problem.
Regards,
Dean.
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