In this computer age, data protection is of utmost importance. For people working on sensitive corporate data, it is imperative that they exercise the necessary precautions to protect company data at all times. Even in an office setting, an employee should make sure that his computer is secure before he leaves his desk, even if only for a few minutes. You do not know if an unscrupulous co-worker wants to steal the company information stored on your computer. Even before the advent of computers, it is safe business practice to keep the desk clean and all documents and files stored in the proper file cabinets after the end of each work day.
Experienced computer users with some programming background can write some simple scripts to lock their computers, others use three keyboard keys. But there is still an easier way to lock your computer using only two keyboard keys that will only take one second to do. A nifty way to keep your documents secure when you need to leave your desk in a hurry. Here’s how to lock your computer in one second with only two keys.
- This computer lock shortcut has been tested on Windows XP. This may not work with other operating systems, including other versions of Windows OS. Windows XP has a built-in natural keyboard shortcut for locking computers using a compatible keyboard.
- You should have a keyboard with a Windows logo key. Some generic keyboard does not have this extra key. This is one of the keys that you will press to temporarily lock your computer.
- Create and setup a password for your account. If you have not done this earlier, you have to do so you will be able to unlock your computer. Go to Control Panel and look for the icon for User Accounts. Double click it to call the dialog box. You will your name as administrator if you are the only one using the computer or choose your name from the list of users. Choose the option to create a password for your account. In the next dialog box, enter the password you have chosen and re-enter it again in the next box. This helps in making certain that you have entered the password correctly. Click the button to create the password to confirm it. You will be asked if you want to make folders and files private. If you are the sole user of the computer, just select No. If there are other users, then you have to select Yes. Close the account dialog box and the control panel afterwards.
- Proceed to lock your computer when needed. Now, when you are going to leave your desk for a few minutes, press the Windows logo key plus the L key to lock the computer. With your password in place, only you can unlock the computer.
Make sure that you use a password that is easy for you to remember but
not related to things that you regularly do or things that you like that
a would-be theft will be easy to guess. Write down your password and
keep it in a safe place just in case you have forgotten your password.
Check how other Windows operating systems handle the two-key locking
procedure before you attempt to lock your computer.