3 Tips for Password Protecting User Account in Windows 7

Mar 19


Tony Allen

Tony Allen

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This article mainly shows you 3 easy methods to password protect your user accounts in Windows 7.


Password protecting your PC is a widely-used security method to prevent unauthorized users from accessing your sensitive computer date. It's highly suggested to protect your computer with a password right now if you haven't. In this article,3 Tips for Password Protecting User Account in Windows 7 Articles it will introduce you some common tips to this job.

1. Set up a Windows login password

Windows login password provides the first liner of safeguard for your computer data. It is required at the Windows logon screen. To your Windows 7 use account login password, just go to User Account window by clicking Start >> Control Panel >> Family Safety and User Accounts >>User Accounts. Next click the Create a password link. It's extremely easy job.

After creating the login password, please remember to create a password reset disk for this user account. This will be useful when you forgot the password as the disk can help you reset a lost Windows login password easily to a new one. Otherwise, you have to resort to third-party software or reinstall Windows when the eventuality occurs.

2. Encrypt your computer

Encryption software can keep your computer files and folders more secure. If you are a user of Microsoft's Windows Vista/7Ultimate and Enterprise editions, just use the built-in BitLocker Drive Encryption to encrypt your hard drive and protect files.  Go to Start, click Control Panel >> Security >> BitLocker Drive Encryption. Then click Turn On BitLocker and it will The BitLocker setup wizard will come up. Next you just need to follow the instructions in the wizard.

If your computer is running other Windows 7 editions, BitLocker is not available. But a great many of third-party encryption software exists and many of them are free of charge. TureCrypt, DiskCryptor are the top of the free ones. You can have a try.

3. Enable Screen Saver Password

Setting a Microsoft Windows screen saver password can help protect your computer for the times when you're not in front of your computer. Right-click your desktop and select Personalize, then click on Screen Saver in the bottom right.  On the Screen Saver Settings, check the box in front of On resume, display login screen, next click Apply to save changes. Please note the screen saver password is the same as your Windows 7 login password.