Lock your PC with a USB Flash
Ever wanted to be like James
Bond and be secretive? So you
can prevent access to your
computer, but with just a
password, you are missing out
on an alternate (and more
secure) way to lock down your
Predator, a free Windows
program, turns your USB drive
into a key that locks your
computer when it's removed. To
unlock your computer, you'll have
to plug the USB drive back in.
(Talk about having secret-agent-
Anyone who attempts to access
your computer without the USB
flash drive will be hit with an epic
"Access Denied" message. To get
started, follow this guide:
Step 1: Download and
Step 2: Once Predator launches,
plug in your USB flash drive.
None of the contents of the drive
will be deleted or altered in any
way, so feel free to use your
When you insert the drive, a
dialog box will appear asking
you to create a password. Click
OK to continue.
Step 3: In the Preferences
window, take note of a few key
settings. First, enter a secure,
unique password in the "New
password" field. If you lose your
USB drive, you'll use it to unlock
If you'd like, you can check the
Always Required box and you'll
be asked to enter the password
each time you use your
thumbdrive to unlock your PC.
Finally, in the section under Flash
Drives, ensure that the correct
USB flash drive is selected. When
you're done, click "Create key"
and then OK.
Step 4: Predator will exit. When it
does, click the Predator icon in
the taskbar to restart the
program. A few seconds later,
the icon will turn green, alerting
you that Predator is running.
Every 30 seconds, Predator will
check to see that your USB drive
is plugged in. If it isn't, your
computer will dim and lock