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How to Lock and Unlock Windows PC using USB Flash Drive

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Using password protection to keep your Windows PC secure is the best method currently available. However, entering password every time to access your windows PC may not be handy. Now what if you can lock and unlock your Windows PC using USB Flash Drive? Keep reading to know how you can do it.

As I said earlier, the password protection method is the best method available to keep your Windows PC secure. However, there are new technologies in progress which would just unlock your PC simply using your fingerprint, your Eyes Iris and by recognizing your face. Well, the technology isn’t too far, at least for the Windows users. Windows 10 users will have a feature called Hello Windows, which would allow you to sign in to your Windows PC using face recognition, Iris scanning or your fingerprint.

Unfortunately, this feature would take few more months before released for public use. You should also note that this feature will be only available for Windows 10 PC, Tablet and Smartphones. In case, if you are using an older version of Windows, you may have to upgrade before you can make use of this feature.

Nevertheless, you can still avoid using password to lock and unlock your PC with the help of USB flash drive. Yes, you can make use of your USB flash drive to lock and unlock your Windows PC.  Follow these steps to know how to do it.

How to Lock and Unlock Windows PC using USB Flash Drive

Step 1: Download and Install USB Raptor 

To do this, we will be using a free software utility called USB Raptor. With this you can use your USB flash drive to lock and unlock your Windows PC.  All you have to do is, install it, make few settings and you are good to go. Now download and Install USB Raptor on your PC.

Step 2: Setup USB Flash Drive 

Once you have installed USB raptor, connect your USB flash drive to your PC and open USB Raptor. Next, you need to enter a password for encryption. Now select your USB drive and click on create K3y file.

This will create an encrypted key file on your USB drive. Once done, select Enable USB Raptor.

USB Raptor

That’s it. You have successfully  turned a USB flash drive into key for unlocking and locking your PC. In case, you misplace the USB drive, then you can manually enter the password to unlock your PC. This would simply reduce the hassle of entering password every time you login to your PC. Especially, when you have to unlock your PC in a crowded place and you have risk of disclosing your password. 

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