How to Put a Password on Your Computer When You Turn it On

By Bennett Gavrish

Whether you use a PC or a Mac computer, a local account is used to store your data and secure your personal settings. Each local computer account must be configured with a unique password, but on most systems, the computer will automatically log in to a standard account during the start-up process. In order to better secure your computer and information, you can disable automatic login and put a password on your system for when the computer is turned on.

PC Instructions

Step 1

Open the Start menu and click on the "Run" icon.

Step 2

Type "control userpasswords2" into the dialog box and hit "Enter." A window will open with various login information and settings.

Step 3

Check the box next to "Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer."

Step 4

Hit the "OK" button to save the settings.

Step 5

Restart your computer. When the computer finishes booting up, you will be automatically taken to a login screen, where users will need to enter their password before accessing the system.

Mac Instructions

Step 1

Click on the "System Preferences" icon in the Dock.

Step 2

Go to the "Security" control panel in the "Personal" section.

Step 3

Click on the lock symbol in the lower-left corner of the window and then enter your administrator username and password.

Step 4

Check the box next to "Disable automatic login."

Step 5

Close the System Preferences window and restart the computer. When the computer finishes booting up, you will be automatically taken to a login screen, where users will need to enter their password before accessing the system.