Requiring a log in password is an excellent first line of defense in protecting your data. Even if you have more than one profile, you can set the same or different passwords for each account.
In Windows 7 (XP and Vista are similar), click the “Start” button, click “Control Panel,” and then click “User Accounts.” A window should open showing your “Administrator” account as well as a number of options.
To enable a log in password for this account, click “Create a password for your account.” Type in your new password and then retype it again to confirm it.
You can also create a password hint to help you remember your password should you forget it. Keep in mind this hint will be displayed just below the log in box, so make the hint vague enough to stump others and familiar enough so you don’t stump yourself.
You can personalize the picture and account name options too. When you are done, click the “X” in the upper-right to close the Control Panel.
If you decide you don’t want to mess with the log in password option any longer, go back into “User Accounts” and click “Remove your password.” Type in your password and click the “Remove Password” button.
If you have other accounts, click “Manage another account” and personalize the settings that matter to you. Close the window to save your changes.
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