You can reduce the risk
of open documents being viewed by unwanted eyes when you have to step away from
your desk by setting up a screen saver password. Once your password protected
screen saver is activated, no one else can use your computer until the correct
password is entered. ( NOTE: It is possible to get around the screen saver
password by simply powering down the computer and restarting it. A screen saver
password may deter the nosy, but if you’re storing national secrets on your
machine, you’ll need to do better than this.)
Here is how to set up your screen saver password:
Click Start, Settings, Control Panel. Double-click Display and choose Screen Saver. Click Password Protected so the box is checked. Click Change, type in the password and then confirm it. Enter the number of minutes you want to wait before the screen saver is activated (give this number some thought. You may not want your screen saver popping up when you have stopped typing for a minute or two, but if you are working on sensitive documents, the hassle of having to type in your password may be outweighed by the need for privacy.)
Click Apply, then OK.
When you no longer need a screen saver password, it is easy to eliminate it. In the Screen Saver window, click the Password Protected box to deselect it. Click Apply, OK.