Windows users can lock their computer with either of two methods:
- At any time, you can press Control-Alt-Delete, and select 'Lock Computer' from the menu.
- You can also set the screen to lock after entering the screen saver, or after hibernating: Right-click the desktop and select Personalize (or Properties). In the window that comes up, select the Screen Saver tab. Pick a screen saver from the drop-down menu. In the "Wait:" field, set the length of idle time that triggers the screen saver. Check the box for password protection (it might say "On resume, display logon screen", or "On resume, password protect", or "Password protected"). Click OK.
Regardless of how you lock your computer, to unlock it, press Ctrl-Alt-Del. A window will appear where you can enter the password for the username under which you're logged in.
Mac users can configure Hot Corners:
- Go to the System Preferences menu and click the "Security" icon. In the "General" tab, click the checkbox for: "Require password ______ after sleep or screen saver begins" (use the pop-up menu to select an amount of time). Click "Show All" at the top to return to System Preferences.
- Click "Desktop & Screen Saver". In the "Screen Saver" tab, pick a screen saver and then click "Hot Corners," at the bottom left. Use the pop-up menus to define the corners of your screen.
With Hot Corners defined, dragging the cursor to the assigned corner(s) will turn the screen saver on; you can also put the computer to sleep. When you wake up the computer, you will need to use the logged-in user's password to unlock the screen.