Desktop Locking Guidelines

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Windows desktop locking instructions:

Windows 2000/XP Instructions
  • Windows 2000 and XP users can "lock" the desktop (network and local resources) by pressing Ctrl-Alt-Del while logged in and clicking on the "Lock Computer" button. The user can additionally automate desktop locking based on "inactivity time" by setting the screensaver to the desired time and checking the "password protected" box. The logon credentials will be used as the password.
  • Using Screensaver with Windows 2000/XP:
    1. Right Click on an empty space on your desktop and select properties. Click on the Screensaver tab.
    2. Select the screensaver you wish to use and the desired wait time. Place a check in the box that reads On resume, password protect.
    3. Click the OK button.
    4. When the screensaver is active, you will use need to press Ctrl-Alt-Del and enter your Network logon information to resume access to your computer.
Windows 9x Instructions
  • Windows 9x users can utilize a screensaver with a password option that will secure network resources (not local files) by creating a password, since the client logon information cannot be utilized with 9x versions.
  • Using Screensaver with Windows 98:
    1. Right Click on an empty space on your desktop and select properties.
    2. Click on the Screensaver tab.
    3. Select the screensaver you wish to use and the desired wait time.
    4. Place a check in the box that reads Password protected.
    5. Click the Change button and enter and confirm a password of your choice.
    6. Click the OK button.
    7. When the screensaver is active you will need to enter the password you specified to resume access to your computer.
To lock the desktop immediately-strike the Window Key and "L".

Macintosh desktop locking instructions:

Panther Instructions
  1. Open up the System Preferences
  2. Click on Security Pane
  3. Check the Box to require password to wake this computer from sleep or screensaver.
  4. Click on Disable Auto Login on powering up
  5. Open up the Energy Saver Pane and select the desired time to set the mac to sleep.
  6. To logout, go to the apple menu in the upper right of the screen and select logout.
Jaguar Instructions
  1. Open up the System Preferences
  2. Click on the Screen Effects Pane
  3. Under Password to use when waking screen effect, click in "use my Account Password"
  4. Open up the Accounts Pane
  5. Highlight your user account and if Log in Automatically is checked, uncheck the box.
  6. Open up the Energy Saver Pane and select the desired time to set the mac to sleep.
  7. To logout, go to the apple menu in the upper right of the screen and select logout.
OS 9 Instructions
  1. Go to the Apple Menu
  2. Open up the Control Panels
  3. Create a User Account for yourself
  4. Turn on Multiple Users
  5. To logout, go to the special menu at the top of the screen and select logout.

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