Do you ever want to leave your computer on but not let anyone else have access to your computer? Just follow these few steps for total privacy!
Windows has the option of locking your computer with a screen saver password. You set the amount of time the computer is idle before the screen saver will come on. When that time is up without a movement of the mouse or a key punch, the screen saver will appear. Then someone must enter the password to access the hard drive. This is important on a personal work computer or for home use for roommates or children. Once someone moves the mouse or uses the keyboard, a box pops-up on the screen asking for a password.
What is the Screen Saver Password?
You can help make your computer more secure by creating a screen saver password, which locks your computer when the screen saver is on. The screen saver password is the same password that you use to log on to Windows.
How to Set a Screen Saver Password on Windows XP?
Step 1: Right-click an empty area of your desktop and click on "Properties".
Step 2: Click on the Screen Saver tab. Make sure you have a screensaver selected.
Step 3: Place a checkmark next to "On resume, password protect." If you have more than one user, it will say "On resume, display Welcome Screen". Click OK.
Step 4: Remember to Password Protect your user account in the Control Panel under Users.
Of course, you can also create a Windows xp login password for protecting your PC. But it is a bothersome and annoying thing when you forgot Windows password. So when you first create a password, it is better to create a Windows xp password reset disk for this.