Since there's renewed attention on Google Chrome not securely storing passwords, lots of people may be wondering what they can do to prevent people that have physical access to their computer from stumbling across their login information. You know, nosy siblings, snoopy co-workers, those types. If you have a Mac running OS X, you can quickly and easily lock the screen on it to prevent anyone that doesn't know you're desktop password from gaining access.
Once you've enabled a login password, there are two quick ways to instantly lock the screen:
One of the easiest ways to lock your Mac is by using the keyboard and typing in a shortcut in order to lock it.
For Mac users that have an eject button on their keyboard, the shortcut to lock the screen is as follows:
If you don't have an eject button on your keyboard but have a power button, the keyboard shortcut to lock the screen is as follows:
That's all there is to it. Your Mac will lock and require a password when it's woken up as long as you've chosen for it to require one immediately in settings.
Another way to lock the screen of your Mac in record time is by setting a Hot Corner to turn the display off. In order to activate a Hot Corner to work for screen lock, use the following steps:
That's it. Now if you drag your mouse to that corner of the screen, it will lock the display requiring a password.
Is there anything you guys do in order to secure your desktop quicker and easier when you step away from it? Let us know in the comments!