Let's take your Windows PC security to the next level with these simple steps


Are you tired of the same old Win+L routine to lock your Windows PC?

There are some optional security features you might not know about. From face recognition to dynamic lock, we have a few other options to explore.

So, let's learn how to lock your Windows PC.

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Windows pc home screen. (Kurt “CyberGuy” Knutson)

The Basics: Accessing Your Lock Options

First, let's figure out where the magic happens:

  • Click windows icon in the bottom left corner

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Steps to access your lock options. (Kurt “CyberGuy” Knutson)

  • Next, tap Adjustment, that looks like a gear icon
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Steps to access your lock options. (Kurt “CyberGuy” Knutson)

  • In the Settings window, look for “accounting book” and click on it
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Steps to access your lock options. (Kurt “CyberGuy” Knutson)

  • Now, find and click on Sign-in options
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Steps to access your lock options. (Kurt “CyberGuy” Knutson)

  • Here, you can find a list Standard Options To lock your computer. You can set up face recognition And Fingerprinting (with compatible devices), Pin, Security Keys And PasswordsYou can set up, change, or remove any of these options.
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Steps to access your lock options. (Kurt “CyberGuy” Knutson)

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Password: Classic Option

Don't forget your old password:

  • Under “Passwords,” click “Add” If you haven't set it up yet
  • create a strong password and confirm it
  • You can also do it Change or delete your password here, if necessary

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PIN: Quick and Easy

Want something simpler than a password? Try a PIN:

  • Under “Pin,” click “Add”
  • create a pin It's easy for you to remember but hard for others to guess
  • Confirm your PINAnd you are all set
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Windows Hello PIN option. (Kurt “CyberGuy” Knutson)

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Face recognition: make your face your password

If your device supports Windows Hello face recognition, here's how to set it up:

  • Under “Face recognition,” click “to install”
  • follow the On-screen instructions To scan your face
  • Look straight to camera and stay still while he does his work
  • Once done, you can use your face Unlock your PC. how cool is that?
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Windows hello face options. (Kurt “CyberGuy” Knutson)

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Fingerprint: Unlock with one touch

Do you have a fingerprint reader? Let's use it:

  • Under “Fingerprint recognition,”to install”
  • choose which finger You want to use
  • Place your finger On the reader and pick it up when prompted
  • Repeat this process Until your fingerprint is fully scanned
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Windows Hello Fingerprint Options. (Kurt “CyberGuy” Knutson)

Safety key: For extra precaution

If you have a security key, here's how to set it up:

  • Under “Security key,” click “manage”
  • follow the Allusions To set up your security key
  • insert the key Act when prompted and follow any additional instructions
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Security key option. (Kurt “CyberGuy” Knutson)

Dynamic Lock: Your phone becomes your key

Now, here’s a cool trick – to automatically lock your PC using your phone.

  • Scroll down “Dynamic Lock” Sign-in options
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Steps to automatically lock your PC using your phone. (Kurt “CyberGuy” Knutson)

Make sure your phone is connected to your PC via Bluetooth. If not, let's do this:

  • Click “Bluetooth & other devices” in the left sidebar.
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Steps to automatically lock your PC using your phone. (Kurt “CyberGuy” Knutson)

  • Click “Add Bluetooth or other device”
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Steps to automatically lock your PC using your phone. (Kurt “CyberGuy” Knutson)

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Steps to automatically lock your PC using your phone. (Kurt “CyberGuy” Knutson)

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Steps to automatically lock your PC using your phone. (Kurt “CyberGuy” Knutson)

  • Please attest it pin on both devices
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Steps to automatically lock your PC using your phone. (Kurt “CyberGuy” Knutson)

  • Now, tap “couple” on your phone and “Add” On Your PC

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Steps to automatically lock your PC using your phone. (Kurt “CyberGuy” Knutson)

  • go back Sign-in options by clicking Arrow Pointing left in the upper left part of the screen
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Steps to automatically lock your PC using your phone. (Kurt “CyberGuy” Knutson)

  • Under “Dynamic Lock”, check the box that says, “Allow Windows to automatically lock your device when you're away.”
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Steps to automatically lock your PC using your phone. (Kurt “CyberGuy” Knutson)

Now, when you leave with your phone, your PC will lock itself. How is this feature?

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Kurt's main points

This one's for you, folks. Lots of options to keep your Windows PC locked down tighter than Fort Knox. Whether you think face recognition is life, prefer classic passwords, or want your phone to do the work for you, Windows is for you. Remember, the best security is the one you'll actually use, so choose the method that works best for you.

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