You probably know how to protect your data on a shared computer. You would simply create an account by going into control panel and account settings. You choose a username and password which you use to log-in to your account on that shared computer.
Finding out someone’s password isn’t difficult these days and certainly not difficult for a shared computer. So how would you protect your data without being to public?
Windows has this fantastic feature in which it encrypts the login data and can store it in a Floppy.
So how do you do it?
Go to the ‘run’ tab in the Start menu. Type in the command “syskey” (without quotes).
A window labeled ‘securing the windows accounts database’ pops up. Select encryption enabled, if not enabled by default and then select ‘update’.
Another window pops up in which select system generated password and check ‘store startup key on a Floppy disk’.
You need a Floppy to enter the encrypted data. When the process completes click ok.
From next time even if some one login using your username and password, he’ll see permission denied message asking him to insert the Floppy disk.
So unless you place your Floppy disk in the A drive during the booting period no one can access your account.