How to Make a USB Security Key

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How to Make a USB Security Key
USB flash drives will act like a key to gain acess to your computer. (flash drive image by jimcox40 from Fotolia.com)

Making a Universal Serial Bus (USB) security key requires installing a software program, such as Desktop USB Security Key, ID USB Lock Key or USB Lock Pro on a USB flash drive. This will enable you to lock and unlock your desktop or laptop computer by simply removing and inserting the USB flash drive into a USB port. However, you will first need to obtain a USB flash drive to use for the security key.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • USB flash drive

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Go to the download page for Desktop USB Security Key. Click the "Download" button to save the file to your desktop.

  2. 2

    Insert the USB flash drive into a USB port on your computer. Click the "Start" button and then select the "Computer" option. Double-click the icon for your USB drive.

  3. 3

    Copy the downloaded file from the desktop to your USB drive. Double-click on the file to begin the installation.

  4. 4

    Click the "Yes" button to start the application. The program will then create a session key that is unique to your computer and write it to the USB flash drive. You will also see a "Desktop USB Security Key" icon on the desktop.

  5. 5

    Insert the USB flash drive into a USB port on your desktop or laptop computer. Double-click the "Desktop USB Security Key" icon to run the program.

  6. 6

    Click the "Yes" button and the program will now be running in the background on your system.

  7. 7

    Remove the USB flash drive from the computer. This will put Windows into "locked" mode and will also prevent the use of the keyboard.

  8. 8

    Insert the USB flash drive back into a USB port and your system will be unlocked.

  1. 1

    Go to the ID Security Suite website and click the "Purchase" button. Enter the payment information and then download the program on your system.

  2. 2

    Double-click the downloaded file to install the program. Double-click the ID USB Key Lock icon to run the program.

  3. 3

    Right-click the ID USB Key icon that is in the system tray. Select the "Admin Keys" option from the menu.

  4. 4

    Select the drive letter for your USB flash drive on the left. Click the "Generate Key" button to create a unique security key. Click the "X" in the upper right corner to close the window.

  5. 5

    Right-click the ID USB Lock Key in the system tray and select "Lock Computer" from the menu. Remove the USB flash drive from the computer.

  1. 1

    Go to the Speed Apps website and click the "Download" button. Save the set-up file to your desktop.

  2. 2

    Double-click the downloaded file to install the software.

  3. 3

    Insert the USB flash drive into a USB port on your desktop or laptop computer.

  4. 4

    Double-click the USB Lock Pro icon on your desktop to run the program. A unique security key will be created and stored on the USB flash drive.

Tips and warnings

  • Turning off your computer will terminate the Desktop USB Security Key program.
  • If you lose your USB flash drive you will not be able to access your system.

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