How to Lock Windows® XP®
Get to know more about the different ways to lock up the Windows XP system?
If you want to protect the system from the unauthorized access, then you need the lock up features. The identity theft is one of the common issues today. This is because of the unprotected system you have. You could avoid this identity theft by providing proper protection to the system. This process of locking the system to prevent the unauthorized access is known as the lock up of the system. You could follow various methods to lock up the system. For example, the password protection method. This is a kind of system lock up method. You could provide password to each of the folder in the system.
Following are the different ways to lock up windows XP:
- Fast user switching
- Lock the welcome screen
If the system is not protected with a password, then any one can access the system and the secret information inside it. So it’s your responsibility to keep the system safe. The password protection is the better way to lock the system. If you want to use the lock feature, then set a password by going to User Accounts in the Control Panel and then click Create Password. This will prevent the unauthorized access of the system and the data in the system will be safe after protecting that with a strong password.
Fast User Switching
Fast User Switching lets multiple login sessions at the same time. Whether this feature is enabled or disabled would make a big difference in how your locked system could be accessed and on the behavior of your shortcuts when executed. If this feature is in the enabled condition, executing any of the above locking methods would bring up the Welcome screen and other users would be able to log on to the system, as is the norm for Fast User Switching. With this feature, you could not save any of the data in the system, this only blocks the profile. Any other user could just log on to your system and use it. If Fast User Switching is disabled, you would have to enter a password to unlock the system. Double clicking the shortcut would bring up the unlock Computer password dialog box. This is the same lock method that Windows NT and 2000 uses.
You could lock the system by locking the system screen. f the Welcome screen is enabled, you can also lock your computer in 'Task Manager'(Ctrl+Alt+Delete) by clicking the 'Lock Computer' option in the Shutdown menu list. This option will only appear if the 'Welcome Screen' is enabled, without 'Fast User Switching' being enabled.