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.
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Things you need
- USB flash drive
Go to the download page for Desktop USB Security Key. Click the "Download" button to save the file to your desktop.
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.
Copy the downloaded file from the desktop to your USB drive. Double-click on the file to begin the installation.
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.
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.
Click the "Yes" button and the program will now be running in the background on your system.
Remove the USB flash drive from the computer. This will put Windows into "locked" mode and will also prevent the use of the keyboard.
Insert the USB flash drive back into a USB port and your system will be unlocked.
Go to the ID Security Suite website and click the "Purchase" button. Enter the payment information and then download the program on your system.
Double-click the downloaded file to install the program. Double-click the ID USB Key Lock icon to run the program.
Right-click the ID USB Key icon that is in the system tray. Select the "Admin Keys" option from the menu.
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.
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.
Go to the Speed Apps website and click the "Download" button. Save the set-up file to your desktop.
Double-click the downloaded file to install the software.
Insert the USB flash drive into a USB port on your desktop or laptop computer.
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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