There are many ways that you can protect your computer. One such way is to password protect your screen saver.

When your computer sits idle for a certain period of time, a screen saver appears. To return to your desktop, you only need to move your mouse. The problem with this is that anyone can gain access to your desktop while you’re away from your computer.

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By password protecting your screen saver, you can be assured that no one will have access to your desktop while you’re away. When the screen saver appears, you must type in your password to return to the desktop. This means that if anyone tries to access your computer while the screen saver is on, they’ll have to supply your password.

It’s simple to password-protect your screensaver in Windows 7 — even novice users can do it. All you need to do is turn on the feature through your computer’s Display properties window, as described in more details below.

  1. Log onto Windows 7.
  2. Right click an empty area on your desktop and click the Personalize option from the context menu.
  3. At the bottom of the Personalization window, click the Screen Saver link.
  4. From the Screen Saver Settings window, click the On resume, display logon screen option.
  5. If you are concerned about security, you may also want to decrease the amount of time your computer has to sit idle before the screen saver comes on. Simply use the up and down arrows beside the Wait option to adjust the time.
  6. Click OK.