Friday, December 16, 2011

Protect Your Computer From Children
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  • child-with-compIf you work a lot on your computer, or if you have a lot of valuable data on your computer – you must be fuming everytime your toddler or your kid touches your computer  and accidently deletes a file. You adore your kid, but at the same time, you don’t want anything to happen to your computer. If you experience the same problem, then read on:

    1. Password protect

    Problem: If your kid is smart, then he can start up the computer on his own and log in to your user account and can potentially delete all the stuff your really care about.

    Solution: To avoid this, always set up a password for your user account. It need not be a complicated password, just some four to five letters maybe, but it is important that you keep a password.

    The passwords option for your user account can be found in the control panel.

    2. Lock your Computer

    Problem: You are going away somewhere, with your computer turned ON. Your kid props up from somewhere and (potentially) starts deleting all your files.

    Solution: A simple solution to solve this problem is to lock your computer with a simple shortcut Windows + L. By pressing this, you will be taken to the Windows Login screen where you would have to enter a password to login to your account. (If you have set up your password).

    Warning: Before doing so, make sure you save all the stuff you were working on, as the login screen of Windows also has the Shut Down button. If your kid presses that, your computer will turn off instantly.

    3. Lock your Keyboard and Mouse

    lock-keyboard-and-mouseProblem: You are in a hurry and you are downloading a huge file (probably a HUGE presentation from work) and locking your computer isn’t an option.

    Solution: A small and nifty utility app called KeyFreeze [requires .NET 3.0 to install] comes to the rescue here. This app does exactly what is told – it locks your keyboard and mouse completely. Nothing happens – even if your kid bangs the keyboard. Once you open the app, it blocks your screen in 5 seconds. To unblock, Press Ctrl+Alt+Del and Esc button.

    4. Scare your child

    Problem: Your kid is now not interested in using the computer (since the keyboard and mouse is locked) and is now playing with the CD Drive or the power cord of the computer.

    Solution: While you cannot physically stop your computer from being physically manhandled by your kid, you can still use softwares that scares your kid into not using your computer.scary-lock-keyboard

    lock-keyboard-mouse-scaryToddler Keys is the one of the best choices you have at keeping your computer locked, as well as displaying a scary picture (with sound) to scare your child.  While this may  seem a bit insensitive on your part, your child will have a fun time too, as in the lock screen, every key pressed will bring a picture and the mouse trails are colorful too. You need to type quit [you can change this in options] to unlock it..

    You might want to disable the message showing you how to unlock screen, if your kid knows how to read.

    5. Set up a Scary Screensaverscreensaver-scary

    Problem: You forgot to lock your computer/keyboard/mouse and you are really far away from your home. Your kid now has the exclusive right to delete all your files

    Solution: Similar to the above mentioned solution, an effective solution to solve this problem is to put a scary screensaver. On the Screensaver dialog box, use the “My Pictures slideshow” option.

    settings-screensaver-pictures [Click to enlarge]The next step is to get a bunch of scary images from the internet. Save all of them in a separate folder and then in the settings, locate that folder (Screenshot) and click on OK to apply the changes.

    You should also enable the option to show the login screen after the screensaver quits. Decreasing the wait period of your screensaver greatly helps.

    If you have any other problems regarding the topic, do send them in!

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